Month: April 2016

The first Biodynamic Qualification in the UK

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Crossfields Institute and the Biodynamic Association are delighted to announce the launch of the first Ofqual regulated qualification in biodynamic farming and gardening. The new Level 3 Diploma in Biodynamic Farming and Gardening (VRQ) is now available for learners to register. This is the first qualification of its kind in this country, and represents a significant step forward for biodynamic agriculture.

Read the full press release…

Transforming Experience Framework

Crossfields Institute’s Grubb School of Organizational Analysis hosted a 1 day Seminar on the 5th of April in Central London, with the theme Leading in Turbulent Times for 24 participants representing business and public sector organisations, consultancy and trusts. There were participants from the UK, Netherlands and Sweden. A Grubb School faculty team, including John, Olivia, Rebekah, Marjoleine and Janet as an MA year 3 participant hosted and worked with participants on the day.

Working with and applying the Transforming Experience Framework (TEF) was at the heart of the seminar, as a framework for taking effective leadership actions in the complexity and turbulence of organisational life today. After the opening, Susan Harrison shared stories of 3 poignant and practical case studies in which the TEF informed her understanding and effective role take up. Participants then engaged with the TEF literally moving through the domains and linking with their own organisational challenges and dilemmas.

The afternoon was spent in leadership clinics, in which Organisational Role Analysis was applied to specific situations brought in by participants.

The final plenary reflection brought together some of the important questions about role and leadership, change and transformation, collaboration as opposed to competition, purpose and human values and the particular relevance in times of turbulence.

Overall the energy in the room was dynamic, critical, reflective and highly engaged and generated serious interest in joining the next MA cohort.

People interested in the Alanus/Crossfields MA in Social Innovation: Organisational Analysis and Leadership should contact jane.tyler@crossfieldsinstitute.com

Book Launch

51PCkcoFwPL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_Most participants stayed for the celebration of the TEF book : Transforming Experience in Organisations, edited by Prof Susan Long (Karnac). They were joined by about 30 other guests, from professional and personal circles around the Grubb and its late Executive Director, Bruce Irvine. The reception opened with a video message from Susan Long explaining why this book was needed and why now, followed by Rebekah and Olivia who presented a powerful example of the application of the TEF in practice with a large client organisation.

John Bazalgette (GSOA Honorary Fellow) provided insights into the journey of the Grubb’s thinking, the various contributors and commemorated in particular on Bruce Irvine’s role to whom the book is rightfully dedicated.

The formal part of the evening was closed by Marjoleine and followed by a lively reception, attended by former Grubb colleagues and associates, ISPSO members, Tavistock colleagues, friends and family.

Karnac has confirmed that the book sales are so high that it is currently the #1 bestseller book on their website and a second edition will need to be printed soon. It is also available in print and as Kindle version on Amazon. We strongly invite you to write a review on Amazon and welcome any discussions and questions.

Remembering Virginia Smith

We have lost an extraordinary person, a member of our community of alumni, a friend and colleague. Virginia died in British Columbia Friday of last week. She graduated from the Masters of Science in Practical Skills Therapeutic Education (IPD) in 2014 with a distinction from University of the West of England on the back of the most inspiring assignments and a phenomenal dissertation about Intuition.

Virginia was the most intelligent, warm and generous person with a wicked sense of humour. She was a highly achieved Waldorf educator, respected deeply by colleagues for her unique approach to teaching. She served both as a class teacher, school administrator and mentor for many teachers and colleagues.

We hold Virginia in our hearts and minds.

Thank you for everything!