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Clean Conference 2014: Speakers and Their Sessions

Clean Conference 2014

Below are the speakers’ session details and their biographies, in alphabetical order by surname, for: Keynote Speakers and Conference Presenters, followed by Research Sandbox Contributors in their groups.


Nora Bateson

No Clean Experience Required

Nora’s film

Nora is both producer and director of her film of Gregory Bateson, who was a celebrated anthropologist, philosopher, author, naturalist, systems theorist, and filmmaker.  The film includes footage from Bateson’s own films shot in the 1930s in Bali (with Margaret Mead) and New Guinea, along with photographs, filmed lectures, and interviews. Nora depicts him as a man who studied the interrelationships of the complex systems in which we live with a depth motivated by scientific rigor and caring integrity.  Nora’s rediscovery of his work documents the vast – and continuing – influence Bateson’s thinking has had on the work of an amazingly wide range of disciplines. Through contemporary interviews, along with his own words, Bateson’s way of thinking reveals practical approaches to the enormous challenges confronting the human race and the natural world.  His theories, such as “the double bind” and “the pattern which connects”, continue to impact the fields of anthropology, psychiatry, information science, cybernetics, urban planning, biology, and ecology, challenging people to think in new ways.  Until now, his work has been largely inaccessible to most of us. Through this film, Nora sets out to show that his ideas are not just fodder for academic theory, but can help instruct a way of life. She presents his thinking using a richly personal perspective, focusing on the stories Bateson used to present his ideas and how the beauty of life itself provided the framework of his life’s pursuits.  This film hopes to inspire its audience to see our lives within a larger system – glistening with symmetry, play, and metaphor. An invitation to ask the kinds of questions that could help thread the world back together from the inside.

Nora’s Keynote session: Finding the Edges of the Frame.  Metaphors, Courage, and Invisible Ink      

The work of Gregory Bateson has been emerging globally to address the need for new approaches to some of the crises we face in this era. We know now that we are interconnected… but what next? What does that actually mean to the way we make decisions? Nora, Gregory’s daughter, brings her work as a researcher, educator and filmmaker to the exploration of the messy processes that are inherent in inter-relationality.   She asks, “How can we become more comfortable with using some of Bateson’s challenging and elegant concepts in our work?” For many, Bateson has been cloaked in mystery. In this session we will open up some of Bateson’s seminal contributions and play with the shift in perspective they offer. In order to interact with the complex world, in our personal lives and in the larger frames of societal and cultural interface with nature – we are going to need to be able to see the interrelationships that form our systems. Revealing the invisible ink inherent in our description of any system is a radical move in the right direction – and it is a step into the beauty of life. We are facing hard questions now, living in an era of mixed up priorities, and we sometimes feel stuck. How do we get loose of the limits of metaphors we live in?

Speaker’s Biography

Nora Bateson is a filmmaker, lecturer, writer, as well as director & producer of the award-winning documentary film An Ecology of Mind, a portrait of her father Gregory Bateson’s way of thinking. She has developed curricula for schools in Northern California, and produced and directed award winning multimedia projects on intercultural and ecological understanding. The film An Ecology of Mind offers audiences a lens through which to see the world that effects not only the way we see the world, but how we interact with it. Nora teaches internationally, leading conversations and seminars with international change-makers, ecologists, anthropologists, psychologists, designers, and IT professionals.  She has been utilizing the film as a tool to introduce some of Gregory Bateson’s thinking tools, asking the question: How can a better understanding of the dynamics of complex systems inform our capacity to respond to the world we live in?”  Nora is uniquely qualified to facilitate cross disciplinary discussions. As an “interdisciplinary interloper” she travels between conversations in different fields and with different audiences bringing multiple perspectives into view to reveal larger patterns.  Currently she is developing her next film and writing a book about the practical application of systems thinking and complexity theory in everyday life, entitled, “Small Arcs of Larger Circles”.  Nora is the president of the International Bateson Institute in Stockholm Sweden, home to projects from around the world, that require interdisciplinary research reaching into and beyond the academic frame. The IBI brings together the sciences, arts and vocational wisdoms to create a focused qualitative inquiry of the integration of living systems. Asking, “How we can create a context in which to study the context?”

James Lawley

Some Clean Experience Required

(Friday 6 June) Principles, Practices and Possibilities: Applying Clean to almost any situation

More information to follow

Lisa Farr

No Clean Experience Required

Keynote: How to Avoid Seven Expensive Mistakes When Marketing Clean Language

Getting a steady stream of paying clients to your business is often one of the biggest challenges.  This presentation will tell you seven of the most expensive marketing mistakes that many people make, how to avoid them and what to do instead.  You will also discover my top tips on how to develop your business and take it to the next level.  If you want more clients, this workshop is for you.

What people say about the workshop:

  • Clear and inspiring.
  • Witty, warm, very generous with material.  Fantastic.
  • Very, very useful.
  • The best marketing strategy I have attended.
  • Intentional, clear, fun and inspiring.
  • Very clear and enlightening.
  • Very relevant and interesting.

Participants will learn:

  • Seven of the most expensive mistakes when marketing clean language
  • Lisa’s top marketing strategy for getting more clients
  • Understand how a positive marketing mindset can bring more success to your business
  • Top tips for taking your business to the next level
  • A walk-through of Lisa’s 8-step marketing system for ‘How to Get More Clients’

Who Will Benefit?

Coaches, consultants, trainers and therapists.

Speaker’s Biography

Lisa Farr, Marketing Consultant and Coach, specialises in helping small business owners to get more clients.  She has twenty-four years’ experience in marketing and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, which puts her in the top 3% of marketers worldwide. Lisa has helped hundreds of business owners to improve their marketing and get more clients. Her passion is to support business owners and entrepreneurs to greater financial success through doing what they love. Many clients report doubling, or even tripling, their income as a result of working with her.  T: 01903 787506; E: lisa@inspiredmarketinguk.com; W:www.inspiredmarketinguk.com



Jackie Arnold

Coaching Supervision at its BEST

Some Clean Experience Required

In this session you will explore interactive new ways of coaching and supervising at your BEST.

How do we Build on our knowledge and skills?

What techniques do we use to really Engage with our clients?

What enables us to Support them so they reach their potential?

How can we learn to Trust that their way is the right way for them?

Participants’ outcomes

  • The chance to practically explore and discover the CIRCLE and CLEAN 7 Eyed Supervision Models.
  • Using ‘clean’ we will build on Peter Hawkins superb model of supervision and you will have the opportunity to co-create your own metaphor for supervising at your BEST – be prepared to draw, design and create!

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.

Lynne Burney

Revisiting the Drama Triangle from a Clean Space Point of View

No Clean Experience Required

Everyone attending this workshop will have the opportunity to explore a relationship that is or has been a source of confusion, frustration or pain by taking part in a Clean Space process. Most people are aware of the rotating roles of victim, rescuer, persecutor in the relationship “game” but this process invites participants to explore 3 further spaces. Clean Space plus The Power of Six facilitates the emergence of a different perception of the relationship in question.

Participants will:

  • Experience a Clean Space process and gain real insight into a past or current relationship
  • Be given the essential steps of how to cleanly convert any well-known model into a learning opportunity for their clients (Mindful Self Compassion / The 5 Stages of Grief…..)

Speaker’s Biography

Lynne Burney is the founder of the Paris based LKB School of Coaching (2000). She  was part of the David Grove Normandy Salons between 2002 and 2007. She has combined the techniques and stance of Clean with Constellations, Process Work, Narrative Practice and Yoga. She has been a certified yoga teacher since 1993. She works extensively with company teams and their managers.

Jackie Calderwood & Jeni Edge

Expanding Facilitation with Clean Touch

Some Clean Experience Required (no bodywork experience required)

We will present our latest developments of Clean Touch:

  • Exploring the dynamics of working with a co-facilitator when using touch and Clean Language with a client, and of receiving from two facilitators – how this accesses the metaphors and movement of your body in an empowering new way
  • Exploring the relationship between client’s information, your own expertise and intuition

Participants will gain first-hand experience of Clean Touch – giving and receiving.

  • A practical, innovative, refreshing, relaxing session.
  • An excellent opportunity to become aware of the boundaries of your own sense of knowing, interpretation and response. Transferrable to other contexts.

Speaker’s Biography

Jackie Calderwood is an artist and researcher, working with people, landscape, media and technology. Jackie trained with Clean Change Company, integrating Clean with her research practice. Since training in holistic massage (MTI,1992) and Reiki she has practiced bodywork professionally, taught and created massage-inspired artworks.

Jeni Edge is a human and equine masseur and NLP Master Practitioner who started exploring clean massage whilst attending workshops with Caitlin Walker, David Grove, Penny and James in Hull.  She is currently studying Psychotherapy with Beeleaf and working in a Wiltshire school as equestrian yard manager.


Zakia Carpenter-Hall

Unfold Your Own Myth: Myth, Metaphor & Flash Fiction Stories

No Clean Experience Required

Instead of spinning straw into gold, we will be spinning metaphors into flash fiction stories.  Go from ‘what would you like to have happen’ to crafting a story for your metaphor.

In the words of the Sufi poet Rumi “Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone for others. Unfold your own myth.”

Participants will:

  • Discuss at least 1 flash fiction story, myth, fable.
  • Learn techniques for how to turn their metaphor into a story using a flash fiction story and format as a model.
  • Have the opportunity to share their experience or story.

Speaker’s Biography

Zakia Carpenter-Hall is a Writer, Multidisciplinary Artist and Facilitator. She offers workshops in a variety of art forms including sessions that combine creative writing and Clean. She has had several published essays and poems, is a member of The Developing Group and has delivered a workshop for the National Association for Writers in Education (NAWE) introducing them to Clean techniques.


Keith Gregory

“Feel the fog and do it anyway” – using Clean Language to implement organisational change

No Clean Experience Required

By combining the techniques of “Clean Language” with the “Obeng” project categories (Paint-by-Numbers / Quest / Movie / Fog) we arm the would-be change agent with a selection of simple but powerful approaches to bring clarity & focus.

This workshop will provide change agents with an understanding of which approaches to use for any particular change activity and a chance to explore them, so that they can take them back to the workplace with a good understanding of when and how they can be used.


Speaker’s Biography

Keith Gregory’s career took many twists and turns including being “sold” three different times and finding himself as the “accidental project manager” running a 5-year major European network upgrade for IBM/AT&T with a team of 11 country PMs. He now works as a Business Transformation PM ,which includes leading a major UK organisation alignment activity.


Robin Hills

Images of Resilience

No Clean Experience Required

Ei4Change has developed a tool Images of Resilience depicting a range of experiences and emotions linked with the theme of resilience. These can help awareness of situations and issues that affect resilience for each individual. The facilitated session looks at how metaphors represented by images and underpinned with clean language enables people to describe resilience through their own metaphors, understanding and meaning leading to insights and long term learning.

Participants will leave with:

  • A chance to explore the use of clean questioning with a coaching toolbox designed to facilitate the development of resilience.
  • An understanding of the use of metaphor as an expression of resilience.

Speaker’s Biography

Robin Hills is an empathetic communicator, team player and facilitative leader with a calm and positive outlook. He is an Emotional Intelligence Coach and Trainer with over 30 years’ successful commercial and leadership experience and has presented at national and international conferences on resilience. Robin co-leads the Manchester Professional NLP and EI Network and contributes regularly to International Coaching News.

Greta Irving

Living from the Clean Principles

No Clean Experience Required

In this session we will explore the principles that underpin Clean Language from a different perspective to that of client, facilitator or coach: from one of facilitator of our own lives. How might we apply Clean principles to our lives? What is the embodied experience of that? And what difference does all that make?

Participants will:

•              Explore a new dimension of the Clean Principles

•              Explore 2-3 specific principles

•              Facilitate and be facilitated in the embodied experience working from the principles

•              Explore the principles in relation to real life situations and contextsSpeakers

Speaker’s Biography

Greta Irving is a Facilitator, Trainer, and UKCP Registered NeuroLinguistic Psychotherapist.  She is the current Chair of the NeuroLinguistic Psychotherapy and Counselling Association.  She works with individuals and groups in private practice and in corporate freelance work and has been using Clean Language and Symbolic modelling in her work for 10 yrs.

James Lawley, Penny Tompkins and Marian Way

How Do You Know When You’re Modelling?

Some Clean Experience Required

People often think they are modelling when what they are doing is trying to understand from their everyday-sense-making perspective. This is a useful way to learn, and it involves a form of modelling, but it is not the kind of modelling that uses the exemplar’s way of organising experience. Getting good at the latter will add a new dimension to your facilitation, learning and your understanding of others.

Participants will:

  • Leave with a clearer understanding of the modeller’s perspective and an embodied sense of when you are – and when you are not – modelling.

Speakers’ Biographies

James Lawley is co-developer of Symbolic Modelling and co-author of Metaphors in Mind, with Penny Tompkins. Together they have a private practice and teach Symbolic Modelling to people throughout the world. They also offer consultancy to organisations which have included GlaxoSmithKline and The University of Yale Child Study Center. James is a UKCP supervising psychotherapist and founder member of the Neuro Linguistic Psychotherapy and Counselling Association in 1992.

Penny Tompkins is co-developer of Symbolic Modelling and co-author of Metaphors in Mind. She delights in being a leader in the field of autogenic metaphor and systemic change. She likes to be the power behind the throne – says little, sees much, and supports many to create their own kingdoms and queendoms. She is also renowned for her Dingbats and evocative storytelling.

Marian Way is an established and well-respected trainer of Clean Language, Clean Space and Symbolic Modelling, and author of “Clean Approaches for Coaches”. She has trained these processes in the UK and worldwide. She is currently working with Caitlin Walker to establish training courses for those who want to use their clean skills to work with groups, and with Penny and James on “Train the Clean Trainer” and “Modelling Demystified”.

Michael Mallows

Mindfulness Meditation and The Moon Inside

No Clean Experience Required

Applying Mindfulness to the mundane, some short meditations, some poetry, and probably some laughter!

Participants will Cleanly explore:

  • How to be grounded and centred in (almost) any situation and how to avoid being pulled this way and that by harnessing the power of The Moon Inside
  • How we can be and remain the centre of their own gravity

Participants will leave:

  • Calm
  • Relaxed
  • Attentive
  • Focused
  • Thoughtful

Speaker’s Biography

Michael Mallows is an author, healer, Clean facilitator, and a bit of a maverick working with adolescents in schools, introducing them to Clean. A different approach to group dynamics and facilitation. Honorary Fellow of The Association for Professional Hypnosis and Psychotherapy.

Julie McCracken

Mental Models and Misconceptions

No Clean Experience Required

The mental models pupils create (which underpin understanding) can be more or less useful – significantly they’re the source of many misconceptions. Clean Language offers an effective way to check-out mental models from the bottom up. Teachers, parents and children can use clean questions to focus attention systematically to unveil models, reveal their structure and find out how they work.

Participants will consider common misconceptions – maybe discover some of your own as you…

  • learn to use some Clean Language questions
  • experience a Clean Language process
  • explore your own models and those of others
  • change some misconceptions if you wish
  • ponder implications.

Speaker’s Biography

Julie McCracken is author of ‘Clean Language in the Classroom’ (Crown House Publishing). Experienced teacher, senior coach and mentor, she develops clean approaches for teaching and learning – creating inclusive, interactive and happy learning environments.  Parents, teachers, coaches… anyone with a mind to inspire learners and young people … value new perspectives they find in her work.

Rupert Meese                                       

The Gap – An Exploration of the Metaphysics of Metaphor

Some Clean Experience Required

Many people have a strong sense of a gap between their rational scientific understanding of the world and their understanding the world in spiritual or mystical ways.  The gap between the arts and sciences is ingrained and institutionalised. By following the path uncovered by David Grove revealing the significance of metaphor, we hope to show how the gap can be re-understood.

In the session we will pursue metaphor right to the edge of metaphysics, and coming back again will visit phenomenology and general semantics in a new light.  The consequence being to extend rationality beyond its current confines and to a conclusion that often a mystical account of the world is the more rational than a scientific account.


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.

Wendy Sullivan

Creative problem-solving

Some Clean Experience Required

Speaker’s Biography


Caitlin Walker

Mediating between the conscious and unconscious with Clean Language

No Clean Experience Required

As a clean language practitioner, whether you’re working 1-1 or facilitating a group, you need to make decisions about when to ask a clean question, how many to ask and for what purpose. This session explores different ways to introduce Clean Questions to clients, how to enter the symbolic domain, ways to keep clients in an up-time state and when it isn’t appropriate to induce trance.

Participants will come away with:

  • A range of entry points for introducing clean questions to clients
  • Guidelines for getting clients into and out of trance
  • Techniques for using clean conversationally in groups

Speaker’s Biography

Caitlin Walker has specialized, for 15 years, in developing group applications for Clean Language and delivers in community, business and education sectors. She developed the team building process Metaphors at Work, has a training DVD: An Introduction to Clean Language and Systemic Modeling and is the author of the book Systemic Modeling – adventures in living, learning and working collaboratively.





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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