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Human to Human is a daily blog, Monday through Thursday, on which I post current learnings (taking sporadic weeks off to write longer pieces or to rest). Posts are 300-500 words, often with photos, intended to be read in five minutes and inspire reflection, individually and communally, on varied aspects of participative leadership practices, insights, and human to human depth.

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On Minimalism

At The Circle Way Practicum, Whidbey Island, I appreciated several conversations about “minimalism.” In this context, it was about the minimal intentions and actions needed to be meeting in circle. A center. A rim. A spirit of circling up to share information and perspective.

Of course, it is true that everything minimalized can also be done at greater scale.… Continue reading

Teaching The Circle Way

I am in quite a stretch of teaching The Circle Way. Last week, with Amanda Fenton, it was a practicum on Whidbey Island. Really a delicious experience. The food. The location. The group of participants. The stories shared. The laughs from the belly. The tears from heart. The evolution of learning. In me, and among all of us.

Today I… Continue reading


I am but a simple Canadian boy.

I grew up in the prairies of Alberta, nestled in what was the outskirts of urban Edmonton life in the 1960s. I loved sports. My Dad was my baseball coach for a few years. My Mom taught tap-dance after school to neighborhood kids in our basement. I had one sibling; my sister was… Continue reading