05: CD Podcast Episode: Guest Wade Lifton on Dialogue & Group Dynamics

January 16, 2012

Today’s interview features guest Wade Lifton, a Master’s Degree student who is studying at the Vancouver School of Theology and Simon Fraser University and who is passionate about social change.

How best to engage? Wade discusses ways in which to both lead and participate effectively in group settings of all sorts, whether it be in a learning environment, a board meeting or a book club.

Wade has had extensive experience in leadership of children, youth and adults, and shares ideas about topic, process and group life, giving some great tips for anyone working with group dynamics.

Wade’s book recommendation is: (This is an affiliate link, so if you decide to purchase this book, I will get a commission, and I THANK-YOU very much in advance!)

In A Hidden Wholeness, Parker Palmer reveals the same compassionate intelligence and informed heart that shaped his best-selling books Let Your Life Speak and The Courage to Teach.Here he speaks to our yearning to live undivided lives—lives that are congruent with our inner truth—in a world filled with the forces of fragmentation.

Mapping an inner journey that we take in solitude and in the company of others, Palmer describes a form of community that fits the limits of our active lives. Defining a “circle of trust” as “a space between us that honors the soul,” he shows how people in settings ranging from friendship to organizational life can support each other on the journey toward living “divided no more.”

This paperback edition includes two new and useful features. Circles of Trust is a DVD containing interviews with Parker J. Palmer and footage from retreats he facilitated for the Center for Courage & Renewal (www.CourageRenewal.org). Bringing the Book to Life, by Caryl Hurtig Casbon and Sally Z. Hare, is a reader’s and leader’s guide to exploring the themes in A Hidden Wholeness. The DVD illuminates and illustrates the principles and practices behind circles of trust. The guide includes questions that connect the DVD to the book, offering “a conversation with the author” as well as an engagement with the text. Together, these features give readers new ways to internalize the themes of A Hidden Wholeness and share with others this approach to sustaining identity and integrity in all the venues of our lives.

  A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life


Let us know if you have any ideas or thoughts on either being a participant in a group setting, or on better group leadership or group dynamics.

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