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Speakers at the Clean Sandbox for Research, 8 June at Clean Conference 2014

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Jackie Arnold

Coach 4 Executives and The Leadership Foundation for Higher Education

UK Universities: potential growth of Clean methodology in research

I am currently acting as a consultant for the LFHE at several UK universities on building a ‘clean’ coaching culture. I am also delivering ILM & CMI coaching and mentoring courses using ‘clean methodology.’

Participants on the courses have identified several areas where a ‘clean’ coaching and mentoring approach could support both staff and students. There is definitely the potential for Clean to grow as a research methodology.

Case study: In my work with two universities and one public sector organisation who are completing their qualifications we are looking at which specific Clean Approaches would be useful and relevant.  Some areas such as Interviewing, Appraisals, ‘Difficult’ conversations, 1-2-1 Coaching & Mentoring, Staff meetings, Supervision and Action Learning set formats have been proposed. I am also beginning to ask what needs to happen for Clean Approaches to be used in research or as the subject of research in the future.

Speaker’s Biography

Jackie Arnold, author of “Coaching Supervision at its BEST” (Crown House), is a qualified and experienced coach, author and supervisor (ICF, LF, AOCS and CSA). Jackie has trained in Clean Language and also completed the Clean Facilitator training with Clean Learning.  She uses Clean in her executive coaching practice, coaching supervision and as a training method for the ILM in Coaching and Mentoring in Management.



Heather Cairns-Lee

HeidelRose GmbH and University of Surrey

Process and initial findings of PhD research: metaphor, leadership and development

Heather will share the process and initial findings from her PhD research that seeks to find out what leaders can learn about their leadership and development from an exploration of their inner worlds through metaphor. The study is based on Clean Language facilitated interviews with 30 business leaders from 16 nationalities.  Leaders have been asked to draw their metaphors of leadership and of the research process following the interviews. Heather will share how decisions have been made to guide the research within a Clean framework as well as provide space for questions and discussions.

Speaker’s Biography

Heather Cairns-Lee is an executive coach who works with international executives and business schools on leadership development experiences. She is undertaking a PhD at the University of Surrey on what leaders can learn about their leadership and development through an exploration of their inner worlds through metaphor. Originally from the UK, Heather lives in Switzerland with her family and two gorgeous daughters.



Jackie Calderwood

Institute of Creative Technologies, De Montfort University

Case Study: Adding Clean Approaches to Transdisciplinary Doctoral Research


Speaker’s Biography



Dr. John De Simone

Research and Knowledge Exchange Development Officer, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Potential applications of Clean Language in practice based performance arts research

Building on my experience with Clean Language through Research fundraising I will present a provocation about the potential benefits and difficulties in integrating Clean Language with Research into the Performing Arts. I will ask how we can articulate the benefits of Clean Language as a research methodology, how we can integrate it within existing methodologies, and how the reflective power of Clean Language can be of use to researchers in the development of their work. I would also explore the difficulties in pooling together an effective bibliography in order to support further fund-raising efforts.

Speaker’s Biography

John De Simone is a composer, educator and researcher based at the Royal Conservatoire in Scotland, where his role is to develop research and promote Knowledge Exchange in the performing arts. As a composer he enjoys a growing reputation, with performances and broadcasts from leading ensembles and orchestral throughout the world.



Lara Just

Awaken School of Outcome-oriented Psychotherapy

Challenges of using Clean interviews in research

Lara Just has been researching clean language in psychotherapy as part of her PgDip dissertation. As part of an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) methodology she included clean language skills in the interviewing process with therapy experts in the field. Having used some clean language in her therapy practice herself, very different experiences and challenges came up in the process of ‘clean interviewing’. For example, different to the context of the therapy hour where things can be more ‘free’ and flowing for the client’s needs, teasing out certain information for the purpose of answering specific research questions raised some challenges around how to balance a ‘clean’ (phenomenological) approach with a more directional approach to align both interviewee’s and interviewer’s needs. This provides a unique leaning opportunity to share and discuss the overall research process, highlighting some of the key challenges and potential solutions going forward in an interactive way.”

Speaker’s Biography

Lara Just is a PgDip student with Awaken School of Outcome-oriented Psychotherapy. She came across Clean Language during her NLP Master Practitioner training which she has since incorporated in her psychotherapy and healing practice. It has also been tremendously helpful in the NHS work where she works with big change projects.



Mohammed Karolia

University of Huddersfield

Metaphor as a method of encouraging reflective practice for HE lecturers

The role of reflection as means of improving practice has been advocated by many authors (Dewy, 1933, Schőn, 1987) and actively promoted within many aspects of education.

While an array of methods of reflection are used in education, a critical analysis of the methods used suggests that the use of predominantly process-based models such as the ones advocated by Kolb (1984), Gibbs (1988), etc. are at odds with how people think and learn and how the one-size-fits-all approach to reflection could prove counter-productive in some instances (Bolton, 2010, Bulman and Schutz, 2006)

To help counter the criticisms of current reflection practices, Baud and Walker (1998) identify how the use of ‘coaching’ style of reflection would be more productive, particularly in relation to the role of metaphors which Mahlios, Massengill-Shaw and Barry (2010) suggest are representative of the constructs which individuals use to organise their thinking and plan their actions (Cook-Sather, 2003).

Hence it is proposed a study aimed at exploring the use of the ‘Clean Language’ model (which specifically explores metaphors) as a method of encouraging HE lecturers to reflect on their practice, may help to determine if the model helps individuals to more effectively reflect on their practice and counter the criticism of existing models of reflection.

Speaker’s Biography

Mohammed Karolia is a Course Leader/Senior Lecturer in ‘education’ with the University of Huddersfield.   Mohammed’s research interest revolve around the use of narratives, stories and metaphors in teaching and is currently working towards his doctorate which aims to examine the impact and influences of metaphors in promoting reflection within the higher education sector.



James Lawley

The Developing Company

Progress, Practicalities and Possibilities of Clean Research


Speaker’s Biography

James Lawley is an independent researcher and partner in The Developing Company, which provides training and consultancy in the areas of modelling, metaphor and Clean Language. James has twenty years experience of developing and applying the work of David Grove.  He has been using a clean approach as an overt research methodology for over ten years both in commercial and academic research projects.


Jan Nehyba

Masaryk University, Czech Republic

Modelling a live storyteller’s approach top storytelling

Our goal was to facilitate modelling of an expertise of “professional live storyteller”, and facilitate writing a book based on the sessions. The book would help people (mainly from the field of education) model (aspects of) his approach. In the first phase we collected “raw material“ (as metaphor, sequences, …) using Clean questions and Symbolic modelling, in the second phase we switched into more interactive approach to modelling – categorizing the gathered data together and teasing out the desired broad structure of the book within a dialogue interspersed with Clean questioning. Next phase will be specifying structure of the specific chapters and building up exercises based on the SyM process.

Speaker’s Biography

Jan Nehyba has masters in Social Pedagogy and Counselling and a bachelor’s in Philosophy. He’s a PhD. Student at the Department of Educational Science within Masaryk University, working also as an expert assistant at Academical Centre of Personal Development. He’s finished a training programme in group oriented psychotherapy (SUR) and participates in a training programme of communication/Ericksonian psychotherapy.



Blane Savage

School of Creative and Cultural Industries, University of the West of Scotland

Using metaphoric landscapes to interpret re-occurring symbology within art practitioner’s creative practice

Within practice based research, there is a requirement for artists to interrogate their own creative process, as they take on the role of reflexive practitioner. Challenges exist within the methodologies & mental processes utilised by art practitioners, within this evolving sphere. Problems can arise where they are unable to consciously interpret the roots of some of their ideas; such as compelling visual imagery or recurring symbology. Psychologists and psychotherapists interpret streams of unconscious thought in many ways. This paper examines the use of clean language and symbolic modelling, within a case study examining a practitioner’s reoccurring emotional states, and their associated symbology used within their creative process. Symbolic modelling may help in overcoming the inherent difficulties of decoding the relationship, between the art practitioner’s unconscious and conscious thoughts, through developing understandings of their own personal metaphoric landscapes.

Speaker’s Biography

Blane Savage is a lecturer at University of the West of Scotland, a qualified NLP training specialist and Ericksonian Hypnotherapist with his own clinical practice. Within his Doctoral research he is currently exploring pedagogical issues surrounding the teaching of creativity. He has recently published a book on Stand-up comedy using Hypnosis and NLP.



Wendy Sullivan

Clean Change Company

Speaker’s Biography



Dr Paul Tosey

Surrey Business School, University of Surrey

An academic’s perspective on Clean research: The research onion


Speaker’s Biography

Dr Paul Tosey is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Surrey Business School, where he is Head of PhD programmes.  His research interests include organisational learning and Clean Language; he has published on the latter in the British Journal of Management and supervises doctoral research in this area. His career experience also includes consultancy, coaching and line management.

Emily Walker

Embodied Knowledge: proposal for research in performance using Clean Language

I’d like to propose a discussion about setting out on a research journey using Clean Language. I can present where I am currently in my journey in teaching Clean Language to Performing Arts students, having recently been part of an intensive week long MA module in Porto called ‘Embodied Knowledges’ with Leeds Metropolitan University and ESAME  – integrating Theatre, Improvisation, Feldenkrais and Clean Language. The ideas generated from the students about how they would like to use Clean Language in their own creative practices and research is very inspiring!

Speaker’s Biography

Emily Walker is a professional cellist and teacher, who has been expanding her practice over the years integrating her knowledge of Clean Language and the Feldenkrais Method. Emily has recently been designing and delivering workshops for performing artists at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Leeds Metropolitan University, and ESAME in Porto. She runs a monthly Clean Language Practice Group in Glasgow.



Jakub Lanc

Masaryk University, Czech Republic

Helping with tacit knowledge acquisition and sharing research

Recently started research project at the Faculty of Education, Masaryk University is focused on exploring of the influence of the tacit knowledge of the students of pedagogy on their decision making and behavior in „unexpected situations“. Second phase of the project is dedicated to building up a methodology to facilitate students’ modelling and self-modelling of more useful patterns within their educator practice. Part of it consists of training the students in the basics of CL and modelling, and then facilitating their questioning of expert teachers.
We’re helping the research team clarify their research hypotheses, lead the interviews, as well as „tailor“ the methodology for their research.

Speaker’s Biography

Jakub Lanc has bachelors of Information Science from Brno University of Technology and bachelors of Psychology and Sociology at Masaryk University, Brno. His master’s thesis in Psychology (under construction) touches upon Clean Language. His areas of interest include modelling of expert knowledge transfer and utilizing technology for catalyzing self-modelling of skills related to attention and habit formation.


Jennifer Johnson

University of Liverpool Management School 

Cross-cultural doctoral research using Clean Language

Jennifer Johnson carried out longitudinal ethnographic research in 2013-14, using Clean Language questions in Focus Groups. Participants were all Chinese students studying for their Masters in a UK Management School.

Jennifer’s synopsis of her research will be presented in her absence by Greta Irving.

Speaker’s Biography

Jennifer Johnson is Director of the M.Sc. HRM programme at University of Liverpool Management School.



Rupert Meese

Texture Mapping: text only clean language metaphor elicitation with naïve subjects

This study used text based instant messaging to elicit metaphors to describe the personal and subjective experience of the touch of two sample fabrics.  The study conditions were such as to remove many of the mediators of rapport:  Participants were seated at a computer terminal remote from the interviewer and given in turn one of two squares of fabric.  A significant proportion of the participants were non native english speakers and none had prior experience of Clean Language.  The interview was conducted through typed text in an instant messaging application in which participants were asked to describe the feel of the fabric.  Responses were then developed cleanly.  The study showed that a large proportion of the interviews resulted in evocative idiosyncratic metaphor for the feel of the fabric.  Further study is needed to test the potential of the developed metaphors for discriminating between similar fabrics.

Speaker’s Biography

Rupert Meese is a Clean Language facilitator with an interest in the role of metaphor in the rational account of subjective experience.


Caitlin Walker

Training Attention Ltd.

Semi-structured interviews augmented with Clean questions with HE students, 1:1 and in focus groups

I have been using semi-structured interviews, augmented with clean questions in a wide range of projects over 15 years in the fields of business, education and training.

I do this to measure ‘distance travelled’ as well as to create an overall map, with individual metaphors, of where an organization is and what it wants to have happen.

This session will focus on a project at Liverpool John Moores University in which I interviewed individual HE students and focus-groups to explore what had allowed them to make the most of their time at university. The aim of the research was to design a clean modeling tutorial programme to raise the achievements of other students. I’ll share the case-study, the learnings and be able to answer questions from a variety of contexts, not limited to education.

Speaker’s Biography

Since 1996 Caitlin has been pioneering group level applications for Clean Language in business, education, welfare and training. With a variety of associates in Training Attention I’ve developed Systemic Modelling and have recently published my first book – From Contempt to Curiosity – creating the conditions for groups to collaborate – with clean language and systemic modelling.




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