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Experience: Our Ally at Work

Experience: Our Ally at Work

By Rebekah O'Rourke
Rebekah has conversations with people who have truly learnt from their experiences. These in-depth discussions explore not just what people have done, but their key insights, challenges, most vulnerable moments and who has helped them on the journey. These people have learnt stuff from experience and use it to make a difference in their own ways, in their parts of the world. They are useful.
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Experience: Our Ally at Work

Impact with Michael Parkes
Michael leads an environmental start-up in Portugal. Passionate about the food system, his organisation is pioneering the use of wasted energy of buildings to grow plants.  His first role in the world of work was with McDonalds and this set him on a path of a successful corporate career.  He then went on to transition into health and environment through study.  A significant aspect of Michael's experience was undertaking experiential learning in relation to human behaviour and leading in groups.  This integration of various disciplines allows Michael to work with impact now.
November 28, 2020
Creativity with Fiona Bennett
Fiona is a creative facilitator, poet, theatre practitioner, and podcaster.  She is a founder and director of The Map Consortium, a company that integrates artistic fields of practice with leadership, professional and organisational development. Fiona's own work as a poet explores themes of connection in a disconnecting world. She is also the founder and director of The Poetry Exchange, a national and international project exploring the place of poetry in people's lives.  This is done both live and through an award-winning podcast. 
November 14, 2020
Regeneration with Matthieu Daum
Matthieu is a highly regarded organisational consultant who works across various sectors.  A key part of his work is organisational strategy. He has a deep interest in regeneration in organisations as they live into the future.  Consulting to religious orders in relation to their relevancy, impact and contribution to the world has deepened his practice and opened up spiritual questions in work and life.  He recently published a book about his experiences of consulting to religious orders.  
October 31, 2020
Connected with Zohar Berchik
Zohar has worked extensively with individuals and groups, using her own experience and training in voice dialogue. She currently works at the university level, enabling participants to discover their own unique contributions and influences as they study across various helping professions. Her own story is one of learning and tenacity and her experiences have influenced her desire to offer people processes and ways of working that are truly liberating. 
October 20, 2020
Health with Alison Taylor
Through her early experiences in both the family and living in Africa, Alison was inspired to study Medicine.  She went on to become a GP and did further studies in Homoeopathy.  Believing that health is about the whole person, their environment and relationships Alison has taken her learning and applied it to organisational life.  She currently leads in the National Health Service in the UK and continues to work with a systemic understanding of leadership. 
October 03, 2020
Source with Martin Henwood
Martin is interested in the influence of unseen realms or forces on our experience of being human.  He is a priest in the UK, a community leader and has a keen interest in constellations and human systems.  He also designed a set of reflective cards, in the spirit of tarot, using Christian symbols and history.  The Orisons. In this episode, we explore his cards and the experiences he has had actively working in the context across various organisations.  Martin's capacity to access his own experiences, to learn and share is always inspiring. 
September 18, 2020
Community with Marie Carroll
Marie's career began in social work and over time she moved into community development, eventually leading large collaborative social care organisations.  Her dedication to her own learning and reflection enabled her significant contribution to the social care sector in Ireland.  Today she serves on various boards, consults in systems psychodynamics and enjoys being able to continue to offer support to important social organisations in society. 
September 05, 2020
Openings with James Hayward
James learned very early on that certain types of environments enabled him to thrive, while others were not very useful.  His tenacity and openness to trying new things led to applying experiential learning approaches in his leadership.  Today James successfully leads a team as the CEO, enabling a large retail chain, and continues to apply insights with the people he works with.
August 22, 2020
Margins with Liz Skelton
At a young age, Liz observed people in society who were at the margins.  At its core, her work in the world has been about working toward social change.  Creating spaces, movements and organisations that are able to provide an environment for people to hear each other and connect in order to make progress together.  She is currently a DIrector with Collaboration for Impact, an organisation dedicated to developing the capacity to create a more equitable and inclusive society.  Liz's commitment to learning is both ongoing and inspiring, providing the impetus for her powerful impact through the roles she takes up in the world.  
August 15, 2020
Accents with Dan Oburu
Dan was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya.  He relocated to the United States and along the way lived and worked in Asia. Traversing such vast differences in culture, he navigated many challenges.   Upon arriving in the U.S, he had to forge a career from scratch.  Today he is the General Manager of a hotel, leading a large team to provide outstanding customer service. His capacity to listen to others and learn from experience is truly inspirational.  
August 08, 2020
Educating with John Bazalgette
John has dedicated his life to learning and educating people about human systems.  From a very early age, he realised that he was a small part of a  vast universe and those powerful dynamics of the education system were largely ignored in favour of the curriculum.  During our conversation, he highlights how some of his early experiences at various schools shaped the organisational analyst he is today.  John has positively contributed to many lives through his work at the Grubb Institute.  Working with his colleagues to pioneer frameworks and practices that have assisted countless people to navigate the various human systems they inhabit.  Over the last 50 years,  he has published extensively, bringing some reflection to the experiential work he loves to co-create.  Technically he is 'retired', however, he continues to assist people to make sense of their lived experience through various projects that he is part of.
August 01, 2020
Ecosystems with Carly Burnham
Through an ongoing transformation process, Carly has found new roles and co-leads in an ecological farming business.  She also serves her wider community through an arts project and holding space for births, deaths and marriages.  This inspirational journey of a woman born and raised in rural Queensland, reveals what is possible in terms of challenging paradigms, discovering purpose and being grounded in who one truly is. 
July 25, 2020
Nuance with Tom Minter
Tom is a keen observer of the human condition and how we interact across our differences. A black playwright based in Washington D.C, he draws on his own experience to offer works that provoke us to examine the impact of the paradigms we inhabit.  He is also a teaching artist at the Kennedy centre where he enables students to find their unique voices in an unfolding world.
July 18, 2020
Unseen with Aarti Kapoor
Aarti has been working in the field of human rights, specifically child protection, child labour and human trafficking for over 15 years.  Her desire to continue to make an impact led her to explore how to work with the unseen or more systemic aspects of how humans function together. In this conversation, she shares how her experience has shaped how she leads and approaches the very difficult aspects of human rights in our society now.  
July 11, 2020
Presence with David Cameron
David is an accomplished Director, Actor and Performance Coach.  Based in Australia,  he offers his experience and learning from the rich world that is the arts and how this applies to the many aspects of being human.
July 04, 2020
Shifting paradigms with Mario Mouraz
Mario Mouraz is a young entrepreneur from Portugal who has learnt how to grapple with adversity and challenge while holding the course.  In this episode, we talk about his path of deliberate learning that enabled many insights and outcomes across the three start-ups he has led.  
June 27, 2020
Transitions with Olivia Margo
Olivia talks about what she has learnt from her experiences of multiple transitions in her life.  Currently working as an Organisational Analyst in the UK, she is able to articulate her learnings in a very accessible way. 
June 20, 2020
An introduction to Experience: Our Ally at Work
June 20, 2020