Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful festive season and have made lots of plans for enjoying 2009 in just the way you’d like. For us, 2008 was an rollercoaster ride… and the excitement shows no sign of stopping in 2009. What would you like to have happen? And when the year is just as you’d like it to be, it will be like… what?

Inspiring thinking at Clean Business Exchange

“I feel inspired having witnessed the power of a small group of people thinking together about how to develop an idea with the potential to bring about profound individual and social change.” That’s how newcomer Jitse van Ameijde captured the essence of Clean Business Exchange. To read his full report of this fascinating event, go here.

Cleaning Tip: Tuning in to metaphor

Clean Language questions are at their most valuable when used to ask about the metaphors people use. And the first element of this is to notice their metaphors.

Here’s an activity to heighten your metaphor-spotting skills. Tune your radio to a talk station, or discreetly listen in to a conversation between two strangers, and just listen to the words. Don’t think about the implications of what they say, don’t speculate about the backgrounds or relationships of the speakers. Just keep your ears listening to the words.

Now give yourself a new target. Count the metaphors! As well as the ‘sayings’, ‘common places’ or ‘cliches’, which will usually be metaphors, notice whenever someone says, “It’s like …”. Should you find your mind wandering, gently bring it back to the words and to the metaphors.

Tip: Almost all words that refer to space or force are metaphors e.g. ‘wandering’, ‘gently’, ‘bring back’.

(Taken from Clean Language: Revealing Metaphors and Opening Minds by Wendy Sullivan and Judy Rees)

Clean Conference 2009

Want to explore the latest in the world of Clean Language, Clean Space and Symbolic Modelling? Don’t forget to put the dates of Clean Conference in your diary – 13 and 13 September. The venue will be in central London, close to Euston Station. And the event has a brand-new logo thanks to designer Kevin Matthews. Book now and pay the 2008 price!

Clean Podcast

If you’re new to Clean Language, you might be interested in a new podcast, in which Gemma Bailey both interviews Judy Rees, and acts as her client for a demonstration session. Download it here.

New batch of Jedi feel The Force

Fifteen new ‘Jedi’ emerged from Clean Change Company’s training in December after completing all eight of our modules – 22 days of training in all. Our picture shows the excited graduates and assistants with trainers Wendy Sullivan, Penny Tompkins and James Lawley. Some participants spread their training across five years, taking a module-by-module approach, while others had squeezed the entire course – and associated practice – into a year. Some were psychotherapists and coaches, planning to use what they had learned in one-to-one client work, while others had a wide range of applications in mind. If you’d like to complete our programme during 2009, there’s still time to get started with Modules 1 – 4 in February, Modules 5 and 6 in May and Modules 7 and 8 in September. Full programme details are here.

Emerging in France

Jennifer de Gandt organized a 3-day ‘Emergent Knowledge Learning Community’ event in Normandy early in November. A hawthorn tree was planted as a memorial to David Grove. Hawthorns, Philip Harland points out, are quite prickly. They also provide wonderful blossom and fruit, and are extensively used for forming hedges. Hedges are a means of protection: they make useful boundaries, and provide shelter for wild life. The word ‘hedge’ also means ‘to avoid committing oneself by supporting two sides”, which the Clean Language questioning of ambiguity has always done very nicely.

Philip presented his latest work on the book, The Joy of Six, that he and David planned together, and ran a therapeutic exercise combining Clean Language, Clean Space, Therapeutic Metaphor and the Power of Six. Lynn Bullock, Lynne Burney, Maurice Brasher and Jennifer shared some of the Grovian-inspired EK and Power of Six work they have done this year. Lynne tried out an emergent coaching exercise which she ran subsequently at a corporate event in Marseilles.

As a result of the Normandy event, a French EK Group was formed that will meet monthly in Paris. Philip will liaise between the new group and the London Clean & Emergent Research Group (whose 10th anniversary falls in 2009).

Symbolic Modelling in Sydney, Australia

Penny Tompkins and James Lawley, authors of Metaphors in Mind: Transformation through Symbolic Modelling will be giving their first 3-day workshop in Sydney 31 Jan – 2 Feb 2009. Please visit http://www.cleanlanguage.co.uk for full details. Then if you have further questions feel free to contact Zannie Barrett in the UK, or Judy Baker in Sydney (+ 61 2 9518 5325).

Clean flavour to new NLP book

Newcomers to the world of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) will get a taste of Clean Language thanks to Lynne Cooper, author of the newly-published Business NLP For Dummies. Lynne uses Clean extensively in her business consulting work and includes some simple examples in this book, including her ‘Five-Minute Coach’ model. Our review is at http://www.cleanchange.co.uk/store/CleanLanguage/2008/12/29/business-nlp-for-dummies-by-lynne-cooper/

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