In reflecting with gratitude on the success of our
recent conference, our aspirations have quickly shifted
toward 2008 and the possibility of building on the
phenomenal energy generated in Seattle. Not only
was this the largest conference in recent memory, but
the level of engagement we observed was virtually
unprecedented. We've collected below some
links for continuing the conversation. Even if you were
not able to be with us in Seattle, we invite you to
follow some of the threads spinning out from this
|What's the Buzz? Staying Connected in the Spirit of Learning
We have received a large number of requests for
follow-up materials from the 2007 Pegasus
Conference. We will continue to add to this collection
as things become available, but participants and the
general public alike are invited to check out the resources now accessible on
the conference website.
Not wanting to lose the learning momentum
created during the conference, our friends at Antioch
University in Seattle are hosting a follow-up gathering
for conference participants residing in the Northwest.
On January 6, organizers will convene conversation
around the questions, What were your
significant "AHA's" from the conference? How are you
taking those into the New Year? And how can we
support each other in that work? If you live in the
region you should receive an invitation shortly. For
more information, contact
And finally, in a quick survey of the blogosphere
we found a few posts capturing some of the learnings
from the conference and inviting further inquiry. We
encourage you to comment on these posts or bring
the conference learnings to readers of your own blog.
Please let us know if you have a blog post to share
with the community.
commented, "One of the things I
liked most about this conference was the effort on
creating solid opportunities for people to dialogue. Not
just networking in the halls between sessions and
bathroom breaks, but instead, deliberate dialogues.
The main ballroom was set with more intimate tables
of 4 and 5 rather than 10 - 12. Each keynote
included a "turn to one another and discuss" part. I
was part of team that hosted deliberate concurrent
session dialogue spaces in the form of World Café
and Circle. A nice buzz in the room. A helpful way for
the group to learn with and from itself."
Cordova said of being at the conference, "it was
easy to envision and experience a different kind of
relational plateau--a way to interact with others that
allowed you to first think about how you are
contributing to society. In other words, what is your
societal impact? How are your actions contributing to
a positive or negative work/family environment? What
is your psychological footprint in how you relate to
others? What are you doing to relate to others in a
caring, open manner? ...do you see where this is
going? It's simple personal dynamics that is heady
stuff nonetheless. But this conference encouraged
that kind of thinking and those kinds of
One participant wrote of Van Jones's
presentation, "It was the most moving part of the
conference and spoke to the experience we have
been talking about in the Theory U presentation. it is
the moment of connection with our hearts and the field
of potentiality. We realize as the collective (over 1,000
folks in the room) that this man's dream touched every
person heart as the right thing to do and the right thing
to support. We all walked out of that room changed
We also saw blog posts from John Inman, David
Hansen, and Amy Lenzo.
|Pegasus Conference Returns to Boston November 17-19, 2008
It's not too early to register for the
18th Annual Pegasus Conference
Lowest early prices available now!
The centrally located Sheraton Hotel in Boston,
Massachusetts will be the site of the 18th Annual
Pegasus Conference, November 17-19, 2008.
Join us in bringing some of the extraordinary
energy from this year's conference back to the east
coast. And get the lowest early registration prices
available! Individuals register for just $950 through
Teams of 4 or more pay
Call for details at 1-800-272-
|We Have to Talk: A Checklist for Difficult Conversations
by Judy Ringer
The majority of the work in any conflict
conversation is work you do on yourself. No matter
how well the conversation begins, staying in charge of
yourself, your purpose, and your emotional energy is
key to a successful outcome. Prepare for a
conversation you've been putting off by creating a
checklist to clarify your intentions and assumptions.
Then follow a 4-step model designed to help you stay
centered so you can constructively shape how
and what you say.
Step #1: Inquiry
Cultivate an attitude of discovery and curiosity. Pretend
you don't know anything (you really don't), and try to
learn as much as possible about your
opponent/partner and her point of view.
Step #2: Acknowledgment
Acknowledgment means showing that you've heard
and understood. Try to understand the other person
so well you can make his argument for him. Then do
it. Explain back to him what you think he's really going
Step #3: Advocacy
When you sense that your "opponent" has expressed
all her energy on the topic, it's your turn. What can you
see from your perspective that she has missed? Help
clarify your position without minimizing hers.
Step #4: Problem-Solving
Now you're ready to begin building solutions.
Brainstorming and continued inquiry are useful. Ask
your opponent/partner what he thinks would work.
Whatever he says, find something that you like and
build on it. If the conversation becomes adversarial,
go back to inquiry.
Practice, Practice, Practice
The art of conversation is like any art-with continued
practice, you acquire skill and ease.
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