Martin Farrell

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I have been facilitating international gatherings since my first assignment with the UN in 2002 which is the same year I set up my limited company Get2thepoint. I draw on a deep understanding of personal and group dynamics and lots of experience as a facilitator of group processes large and small and as crisis coach for leaders worldwide. I am accredited by the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) as a Certified™ Professional Facilitator.

Since volunteering with disadvantaged young people in Moss Side Manchester in the late 1960s and then in a South African charity, I held leadership positions including at Save the Children and the British Red Cross before establishing Get2thepoint.

I was Regional Director (Europe, Middle East, N Africa) of IAF for three years to 2015 and I continue to play an active part in a vibrant worldwide community of facilitators.

In 2014 I swam from Alcatraz to San Francisco to raise money for prisoners’ education, and three year later cycled 100 miles to raise money for struggling families. I have managed not to come last in six triathlons, enjoy pottering in my garden, and am the proud owner of a 1968 BSA Bantam D14/4 motorbike.

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Collaborators in 2020

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For over a decade and a half Graham Irwin has been building and maintaining get2thepoint websites. Since 1990 he has been making computer technology ‘easy to use for all and provide a human side to the world of computing.’ He says of himself that ‘I am a compassionate and spiritually aware man who has committed my life to applying my skills and experience to enlarge and enhance the quality of life for all concerned’. Since 2016 he has been a member of the volunteer staff at the Sitepoint webmaster forums.

Marianne Hartley is the genius who, with Martin, has co-created the branding and design you see on this website. She has been working with Martin since designing the book Meeting Together in 2006. Working in English, French and German, from Basel and London, Marianne is the founder of Hartley and Soul, which creates ‘beautiful designs that truly reflect your passion for your business and its values, engages all of your senses and creates a heart to heart connection that leaves you and your customers feeling connected, engaged and fulfilled. This [is] healing design.’ Indeed it is.

Richard Chapman is a trusted friend and co-facilitator colleague with whom I have worked on a series of projects for some years now in the UK and internationally. Richard is a writer, composer and facilitator of organisation development for civil society. Whatever form his work takes, Richard’s aim is to help bring about those moments of insight and realisation which lead to positive change and transformation. With an intuitive understanding of depth, he is a most insightful guide and fellow-traveller through the often tricky complexities of group dynamics.

Debbie Bannigan With a life time of observing human beings at work, deep in the trenches of the real world, Debbie knows what makes organisations tick - or not. Powered by a fascination with the struggles which can unfold when well meaning people try to do good, she is blessed with the insight and intellect (and Doctorate in Business Administration to prove it) to be able to make sense of it all. That’s the work she’s doing with Martin. She is drawing out the wisdom arising from Martin's decade and a half of coaching third sector CEOs through crisis and is distilling what may be learnt so that it can be passed on. For the good of all. So watch this space: book, videos, articles, presentations + who knows, a Hollywood blockbuster ... prime time television ... musical? Well whatever next ? ;-)

Raquel Ark walks her talk. And her ‘talk’ is not talking, but listening. She invites you to ‘play and experiment with listening’ and to ‘discover the gold in every circumstance, relationship, team and project’. At Listening Academy she is devoted to ‘sharing ideas, tools and resources that will help you master the art of listening’. We have been and are working together with Fairtrade International and are team members of the Virtual Listening Campus of uLab-S Societal Transformation offered by the Presencing Institute at MIT, Boston USA.

In 2013 Lilian Wang started to share her facilitation expertise with HK civil society groups. This attracted a group of facilitation practitioners to regularly share their methods and skills and also to facilitate various types of dialogue projects for the HK community. The group then developed into the International Association of Facilitator Hong Kong (IAF-HK) with a mission “to build a better HK with meaningful dialogues.” With substantial background in management consulting, staff development, research collaboration, marketing and operations in both public and private sectors across Asia Pacific region, Lilian combines business rigour with a rich intuition. She integrates oriental culture and philosophy into her coaching and facilitation practice to spark engaging authentic conversations, creative flow, deep reflection and understanding which invite personal and team transformation. Born in Beijing, educated in Hong Kong and Germany, Lilian is an internationally accredited facilitator and executive coach and speaks fluent Cantonese and English.

Patricia Koster helps people to die - wise. She also helps people to live - well. Patricia is a guide for people who face the end of their lives and those close to them. She supports organisations to ‘find and connect to their own rhythm and heartbeat’ and supports them in the flow of embracing what serves and letting go of what is no longer needed. She practices the art of listening and invites those she lives and works with into co-creative dialogue. Having worked in Africa and SE Asia and now worldwide, Patricia is sensitive to the profound impact of deep cultural patterns. As a corporate anthropologist, Patricia lives in Amsterdam. More about Patricia here and here.

Patricia, Susanne and Martin co-faciliate ‘Live Well Die Wise - virtual listening groups to let go, and let come’ which is one of several initiatives flowing from the virtual listening campus which was part of the Societal Transformation Lab, Presencing Institute 2018-19. The invitation to join a LWDW group begins: ‘We are born, we do stuff, we die. Not only that, but our ancestors were born, did stuff and died and so will those who follow us. This obvious existential truth is the holding frame for our Live Well Die Wise gatherings. Within this frame we will, together, touch the moment in which we each find ourselves - today, now.’

Susanne Conrad knows how to blend face-to-face and online spaces. Having led an E-Academy and having held senior positions in the corporate sector, she has years of practice in creating virtual learning spaces that really work. With rich experience as a learning & organisational development consultant as well as being a certified online coach, Susanne knows that listening with real understanding and true empathy is one of the most potent forces for change that we have in our transformation toolbox. More about Susanne here.

Patricia, Susanne and Martin co-faciliate ‘Live Well Die Wise - virtual listening groups to let go, and let come’ which is one of several initiatives flowing from the virtual listening campus which was part of the Societal Transformation Lab, Presencing Institute 2018-19. The invitation to join a LWDW group begins: ‘We are born, we do stuff, we die. Not only that, but our ancestors were born, did stuff and died and so will those who follow us. This obvious existential truth is the holding frame for our Live Well Die Wise gatherings. Within this frame we will, together, touch the moment in which we each find ourselves - today, now.’

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