Tenneson Woolf
(www.tennesonwoolf.com; tenneson@tennesonwoolf.com)

I am a facilitator, workshop leader, teacher, blogger, and coach committed to improving the quality of collaboration and imagination needed in groups, teams, and organizations — to help us be in times such as these with more consciousness, kindness, and learning. My work over 20+ years has been to design an lead meetings in participative formats. From strategic visioning with board to large conference design to communities just learning to listen again to one another. Lately I have been working with community organizers, faith communities, and educators.

I post a daily blog, Human to Human, in which I offer reflection on varied aspects of participative leadership practices, insights, and human to human depth. Living systems, self-organization, and emergence inspire all of my work orientations and invitations. So does emptiness, breath, or a fresh picked garden tomato. My work lineages include The Berkana Institute with Margaret Wheatley, The Circle Way with Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea, and The Art of Hosting with Toke Moeller. I live in a small town where urban meets rural in Lindon, Utah, at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains. I’m originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. A new love for me is kayaking.

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My work is often called leadership and community development. I am a facilitator, workshop leaders, speaker, and writer. I am a group process artist. I am a consultant.  I have hosted interactive processes at large conferences, worked with many teams, and coached many individuals in diverse organizations – from hospitals to financial planning associations, from universities to faith communities, from corporate clients to labor unions. My focus is often to help awaken and claim the soul of the work and the simple wise choices of action that grow from there. I believe that we must turn to one another in these times as the primary sources for sustainable learning and adaptation. Deliberate conversation is a core strategic process to help get us there.

IMG_0071_sIn 1993 I began working through The Berkana Institute, a great group of global friends and practitioners working to bring forward new leadership forms in this time. It is home. I have been a steward in two communities of practice: The Art of Hosting and The World Cafe. I am a board member for the Calling the Circle Foundation. I am a practitioner of the Flow Game. I work locally to support and design local dialogues on living in healthy community. Formerly, I was with The Dyer Institute for Leading Organizational Change, where I worked with university students, faculty, and managers on practices of change.

My educational background includes a Masters Degree in Organizational Behavior and a Bachelors Degree in Psychology. I live in a small town where urban meets rural in Lindon, Utah, at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains. I’m originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. A new love for me is kayaking. I am a Dad to two adult children and one teenager: Zoe, now married to Cam, both of them finding their way in professional life; Isaac, who continues to teach me about being simple and having fun; and teenager Elijah, who impresses me in the gentle way that he tries to encounter the world.