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Bob Dick is well known as an action researcher, an elder of  facilitation in Australia, and an international figure in the field of Action Learning and Action Research – as facilitator Andrew Rixon, writes in his introduction to Bob’s Approaching Change – one story at a time, 20 stories and insights for coaches, facilitators, trainers and change leaders; an e-book to be launched next week – more details and buy it here.

Bob Dick begins his collection with ‘…the discovery of the virtues of story as intervention and story for diagnosis.’ Tools for change!

These illustrations are just hints to the story gems in this book.

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SA Kids is a parenting magazine, published in South Australia. An ongoing feature in the magazine has been the story of baby Stone.  The story began before Stone was born and has been updated in each monthly (and now bi-monthly) edition.

Stone is now well past his first birthday (see an earlier post) and his parents have been teaching him the proper names of the parts of his anatomy. When it comes to applying his new knowledge to other creatures he has a little trouble confusing a tail with a …

Esool Gnah is a character that emerged in a group story  in one of Andrew Rixon’s (Babelfishgroup) Fairy Tale Workshops. The story of Esool Gnah can be found in Andrew’s Opening Up: Creative Storying at Work.

Esool was a shepherd who wanted to develop leadership skills among his sheep. Despite working on his own facilitation skills he found it  frustrating work …. you’ll have to read the story but a clue to how Esool Gnah learned – after some reflection – to live happily ever after lies in his name.

Esool Gnah inspired  a number of full page comic strips, here are a couple of his adventures ….