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Gracious Space Practitioners


Gracious Space Practitioners

This group is for change agents, leaders, consultants and facilitators using Gracious Space.

Location: Seattle, WA
Members: 49
Latest Activity: Feb 19, 2015


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How are you using Gracious Space lately?

Started by patricia hughes. Last reply by steve stapleton Jan 27, 2011. 6 Replies

Happy December!It's exciting that we now have 85 people trained in the new Gracious Space as a Container for Change Framework and a few hundred more using the GS four elements - spirit, setting,…Continue

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Spanish Gracious Space

Started by patricia hughes. Last reply by Dru Rafkin Jackman Mar 29, 2010. 1 Reply

Hello all,We are starting the exciting process of translating some key Gracious Space documents into Spanish. Thanks to the entrepreneurial spirit of Analia Bertoni in Seattle, who is a member of…Continue

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Comment by Mike Beebe on March 1, 2010 at 5:51pm
Hi all- I have been having fun integrating some teaching on Gracious Space into my Group Facilitation Skills workshops that I lead on fairly regular basis with AmeriCorps teams. AmeriCorps members have appreciated this new component to my workshops.
Comment by Dale Nienow on January 29, 2010 at 9:59am
Dan, I like your insight about highlighting and adding to the unique aspects of a place to support the work to be done in a group. We have held some of our national gatherings on crossing racial boundaries at sites that have a history of discrimination as well as transformation. For instance we gathered 180 people to meet at Stone Mountain Georgia for 3 days. This was the founding place of the Ku Klux Klan, but has since been reclaimed by African Americans as a place for family gatherings. We used this location to bear witness to the injustices currently happening and to bring a collective spirit of healing.

In south Texas we have some of our gatherngs in the Llano Grande house in Edcouch Elsa. This is the house of the former White overseer of the citrus empire built with the labor of Mexican Americans working the fields. Llano Grande is a Latino group that bought this house and has transformed it into a center for education in order to build a new regional economy based on their creative talents and not only their manual labor. When we meet in this space, the legacy of this transformation enhances the depth of the conversations.
Comment by Dan Leahy on January 29, 2010 at 8:32am
Hey Pat,
Just saw the GS video. Nice! :)

It got me thinking about "setting", based on our practitioner meeting reflections yesterday. The current frame of "setting" seems to be unidirectional. What can I do to "make" the space, the place, hospitable for learning. If we add what we talked about yesterday, that the place (both physical and organizational) holds seeds of GC already, then we have a multidirectional dynamic at play in "setting" the Space. So then the question may become "How to I add to, &/or highlight, the aspects of this space/place to co-create the most potent setting for learning together?"

Just a thought...

To be continued...
Comment by patricia hughes on January 15, 2010 at 5:32pm
Here is a thought for the week: When people pay attention to the elements of Gracious Space - irrespective of whether they specifically identify it as Gracious Space - in order to intentionally improve how people are learning from each other and working together, they are more likely to open people to transformative change.
Comment by patricia hughes on January 15, 2010 at 5:31pm
Update from the Montana Practitioners group. Summary: They ROCK!

Dru Jackman is attempting to introduce Whitefish City Council to GS; Rebecca Johns and Todd Crossett are introducing GS to the Poulson City Council, and David Pals, Karen Heikel and Dona Hagen have joined up with Bill Cochran, Bruce Wittenburg, Mary Hernandez and Jani McCall in their work with the Billings City Council and community input survey that began this past fall.

Additionally, David is wooing the local Rotary Club with GS, and Ann Schrader is working GS into the Bozeman Women's Business and Professional Association.

Ned Cooney and Nan Russell facilitated a retreat with the Flathead County Library System and applied some GS "setting" and "learn in public" approaches. They used a circle format rather than lecture, added music, and used the 2-minute uninterrupted conversation tool to help people understand each other better. Ned also put his hat in the ring to facilitate a wastewater management conversation with elected and appointed officials in the Flathead Watershed. Go Ned!

MC Jenni, Lois McElravy and Karen Marsolek in Missoula are supporting each other's practices, bringing GS to coaching and public speaking, and MC might attempt to bring GS to book clubs that argue incessantly with each other.

Everyone was reminded to bring GS to themselves first, for it must be "in here" in order to work "out there."
So many places in need, but so many of us! Great work everyone!
Comment by Dru Rafkin Jackman on January 5, 2010 at 12:02pm
Thanks, Pat, I just shared the link with the City Manager of Whitefish. We had a meeting in December and he was definitely open to the idea of bringing GS to the City. We're looking at whether that might be the City Council or a community committee.
Happy New Year !
Comment by patricia hughes on January 5, 2010 at 11:45am
Here's a way to celebrate the New Year!
Bruce Wittenberg submitted a letter to the Billings Gazette on how well the Billings City Council embraced Gracious Space and civil discourse in a recent round of community meetings to address some tough community issues. Read more in Sunday’s Billings Gazette at
Comment by Jeff Leinaweaver on December 3, 2009 at 4:56pm
Pat, Thanks for setting up this group!
Comment by patricia hughes on December 3, 2009 at 3:15pm
Like Karma I have been immersed in writing about Gracious Space over the past several weeks (except when eating turkey!) The Center is putting together its chapters on on Gracious Space book two, which will feature the GS Change Framework and all our work over the past five years to deepen our ability to bring GS to life. More soon!
Comment by Karma Ruder on December 1, 2009 at 6:10pm
I have been deep in writing about the connection between Gracious Space and collective leadership and community change. When this is completed, I will add it to this site so that others can see what they think too.

Thanks for setting this up, Pat!!!

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