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Gracious Space training June 10-11 and 21 in Seattle

Posted on March 22, 2010 at 4:16pm 0 Comments

The Center for Ethical Leadership hosts the next Gracious Space training for change agents June 10-11 at the Talaris Conference Center in Seattle, with a follow-up June 21 from 2-5 p.m. The training unveils the new Gracious Space Change Model and is particularly suited for internal leaders and directors dealing with challenging conversations and change projects, as well as external consultants and facilitators guiding others through change.

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Montana Gracious Space Practitioners Update

Posted on January 15, 2010 at 5:35pm 0 Comments

Gracious Space is spreading throughout Montana.

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 (part of the ongoing work in Billings) in their work with the Billings City Council and community input survey that began this last summer

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Gracious Space helps Billings City Council with strategic plan

Posted on January 5, 2010 at 11:41am 0 Comments

Bruce Wittenberg submitted a letter to the editor on how well the 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

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At 9:16am on April 11, 2010, John Swenson said…
Patricia, you did not respond after I took the time to answer to your question. I have a question for you. Are you familiar with Dr. Bill Grace's paper "Understanding the Common Good"? In this paper he makes alot of references to "spirit" but never refers to GOD. He also says, "We need more fredom in the United States and in this case today we need to be freed from the bondage of the myths of self sufficiency and individualism. The common good invites us to trade in the burden of individualism for the gift of community. The common good will teach us that the only place for our fears and worries is in the community because it is the only place strong enough to hold them". Further, do you support this ideology?
Otto Scharmer refers to W. Brian Arthur of the Sante Fe Institute in the video you posted. do you know who he is and what he believes? Brian is an evolutionist, and he and others from the institute openly moch Christianity and Christians like myself. Do you also do this?
Rebecca Johns of Bigfork, whom I am sure you are familiar, is introducing Otto Scharmer's ideas and your ideas of Gracious Space to the Polson city manager and city council. I wonder if they are aware of the not so obvious ideology behind the process's you promote, the idea the individualism and self-suficiency are out and the common good is in. I wonder if they know about the moching of Christians?
I do attend the city meetings and I will be there to make sure that they in fact do know the underlying ideology and I will urge them to do their due dilligence and study what you and Dr. Bill Grace promote. I wonder if their constituants know what they are up to?
Again, isollation from one's past is an age old process by which mind control can happen. Living in the "NOW" as Otto says, means that the past is just that, the past, old and decrepid and not possibly of any use. I guess that would mean it is ok to touch the hot stove, regardless of what the past tells me. STALLIN, LENNIN, MARX, agree.
At 7:15pm on March 15, 2010, John Swenson said…
Hello Patricia,
My observation assumes that the purpose of and desired outcome of "Gracious Space" is to arrive at conclusions different than those which would be arrived at when using other methods for decision making. In other words, the conclusions drawn by, and decisions deterimined by, "Gracious Space" have the potential to be acceptable, whereby the oposite would be true of traditional methods of decision making. Those conclusions would not be considered acceptable.
While one might argue that, no, "Gracious Space" does not assume that traditional methods of decision making produce faulty results, but rather that "Gracious Space" instead introduces this new method as an additional tool for the decision making process. Thereby making the decision process more inclusive to a wider range of possible solutions, and therefore making this process a better one.
I would argue that the above position is faulty, and that the process employed by "Gracious Space" has as its single intention to change the value or value sets of the individuals engaged in the decision process. That is to say, the position of an individual or group of individuals promoting "Gracious Space" decision making, has as its goal either, a predetermined value set that they wish to implant in the mind of the individuals making those decisions, or that they find that any decision made while not using the "Gracious Space" decision process will necessarily be faulty simply because of the different process used to come to a decision.
Isolation from ones past is a well known process by which mind control can and will be occomplished. This fact is documented throughout the history of the world, and this process is being used today in communities across America to change the value sets of individuals in communities, in order to implant a predetermined decision outcome. There are those who believe that K-12 is not enough because "we have lost the first five years", W.K. Kellog Foundation.
At 3:09pm on December 17, 2009, Dru Rafkin Jackman said…
It's at the top of my wish list. I sent the video along to the faculty and founder of the Coaching academy I graduated from and am a seminar leader for - the perspective Otto talks about is at the heart of true coaching.
At 8:12pm on November 25, 2009, Jon Ramer said…
Hi Patricia -- It is good to have you here. Welcome!

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