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SOLWorld - Africa

Seeking contributions from those interested in Solution-focused Brief Thought and Practice in the context of Africa. Africa is considered an emerging market - characterised by complexity, diversity and uncertainty. How does/might SFBT&P show up here?See More
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Brian Keith Jennings commented on Svea van der Hoorn's group SOLWorld - Africa
"Hi Everyone, are we still open to connecting in this space, seems more friendly than facebook!"
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Where are you based? (City & Country)
Cape Town, South Africa; Europe; Australia
In which role(s) do you use SF ideas and tools? (You can pick more than one)
Leader, Coach, Consultant, Trainer, Other (please specify it in "About your connection...")
What is your website (if any)?
What is your connection to Solution Focused Work (based on Insoo Kim Berg and Steve de Shazer at BFTC Milwaukee and others)?
Since meeting Steve de Shazer's ideas in his article "Minimal Elegance" in 1989, this has been my preferred way of working. I did my initial training with BRIEF in London, then with Insoo KIm Berg via University of Milwaukee course, and most recently via the trainer's track of Peter Szabo and Daniel Meier's Solution Surfers Brief Coaching course. I continue to experience that despite SFB being simple but not easy, it offers a potent approach to enabling purposeful change.

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Do you do SF(B) work in Africa?


I'd like to invite anyone who does SF(B) work in Africa to join the ning group SOLWorld-Africa. Please share your experiences and stories. Also, let us know whether you know of any national associations for SF practitioners and if so, in which particular African country. Thanks, Svea

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At 23:34 on June 25, 2013, Brian Keith Jennings said…

Dear Svea,

I'm a lecturer (specialising in Christian Ethics) and the quality coordinator (something I have moved 'sideways' into over the last few years) at Ghana Christian University College - a small private HE institution that currently offers undergraduate programmes in Theology and Development Management - but seeking to expand its offerings. As part of this we in the process of developing a relationship with the Global University for Life-Long Learning (GULL) (led by Dr Richard Teare - formally Principal of the IMC business school) which provides a framework for recognising work and community based learning using and action learning methodology. We hope to be able to offer programmes in leadership and educational practice (as a start) to businesses, schools and colleges, NGOs, public bodies, churches and local communities. If you are interested in using AL to integrate learning into experience and practice you might find GULL very interesting. (BTW AL has interesting parallels with the 'palava' tradition in west Africa in which members of a community will discuss issues round and round until a solution emerges that satisfies everyone - usually summed up with a pithy proverb!)

I'm very new to SF. I came across the approach a few weeks ago while doing some research reading in TQM in higher education. One of my favoured authors on the subject, Edward Sallis, gave a report on the introduction of SF rated performance appraisal into his institution Highland College in Jersey. I was immediately hooked and started adapting our appraisal scheme to an SF model. I subsequently done a lot of reading and I'm discovering what a useful tool kit this is.

One of my goals at the moment is to keep all my scholarship integrated - I'm working with themes - virtues, practices, learning, systems, questions, empowerment and seeing how they form patterns of configuration in the different methodologies I'm currently involved in - TQM, AL and now SF. I can see how SF can work with kaizen and quality circles but I'm wondering how it might work with AL. Have you tried to use SF injunction with AL or vice-versa. Can you point me to any literature on the subject.

At 12:48 on September 9, 2010, Paolo Terni said…
All is well,
thank you!! :)
Module 3 went well, the moving process is ongoing...
I might have a business proposition for you, I will contact you next month when I am in California for good.
At 14:51 on September 6, 2010, Anton Stellamans said…
Hi Svea, mission accomplished. I was on the first row at the Founders' Plenary session at EBTA with eyes, ears and a video camera. I'll send you a copy if you send me your post address.

At 6:46 on July 30, 2010, Monika Houck said…
Hello Svea,
a hard copy is fine - just saw on a DVD from a Cologne workshop a sequence of Steve and Insoo on the miracle question: Steve explains the role of the silence within asking the question...
you know that learning to be silent is important in my world ...

Will have a look at your African page - have the feeling understanding your questions will help me to better explore and understand in Budapest.

Looking forward
At 4:53 on July 30, 2010, Monika Houck said…
Hello Svea,
do you probably still have this article on "Minimal Elegance" by Steve? Would love to read it....
Take care
At 4:50 on July 30, 2010, Monika Houck said…
Hello Svea,
very happy that you are joining.
Full of gratitude in how you enabled me to discover a bit of light - even in the darkest dark.




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