Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Conversations for Power and Possibility: The Global Conversation

Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 by International Coach Federation

Below is part of an occasional blog series highlighting the Catalysts and sessions of ICF Global 2012.

The Global Village has never seemed smaller, our fates so clearly intertwined.  Economic, social and ecological challenges threaten our shared future. What is our creative response?


Darlene Chrissley, MCC
In the past, conversations that mattered were held behind closed doors where a few powerful men gathered. The media were controlled by a handful of media barons, who held politicians in thrall.  A few powerful advertising companies carefully managed their brands and our impressions.  There was little opportunity for the individual to make a difference on a global scale.  Communications amounted to a one-way broadcast activity, and citizen engagement was given lip service at best.

But the mobile revolution has put a phone, audio and video recording device in every pocket and we have become connected to a virtual global conversation that never stops humming.

The people of the world have been empowered to collaborate on issues of common concern, especially those issues that threaten our future on the planet.  We have never had this capability before.  Its existence now, is one of our best hopes as a human community. 

As coaches our medium is conversation, our mission to facilitate positive change for individuals and systems.  What is our vision for coaching the really big conversations, and influencing the global systems that are shaping the future of our species and planet? What is our creative response?

In the session Conversations for Power and Possibility: The Global Conversation we use two case studies as springboards to possibility thinking.  Conversations for Power and Possibility was launched by ICF Toronto in response to the economic crash of 2009. The film Iceland: Future of Hope documents a nation’s soul searching at the same moment in time.

I hope you’ll participate what promises to be a provocative dialogue on coaching the global conversation Friday, Oct.5 at 2:30.

Darlene Chrissley, MCC, is a Catalyst at ICF Global 2012, October 3-6 in London, UK, where she will be presenting “Conversations for Power and Possibility: Coaching the global conversation." Register today!

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