SF World Conference, Bad Soden, Germany, 22-24 September 2017

I had the good fortune to be here, and my best hopes – of learning lots from multifarious workshops; of developing my thinking through the critical thinking and academic rigour evident in the discussions; and of being immersed in a sea of solution-focused practitioners – were outstripped.

I ran a workshop on SF Reflecting Teams, introducing the model then facilitating a real session in the room. The feedback was good and I think there’s scope to run something similar at next year’s conference – in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Travelled by train, and the quality improved as I moved east, from Great Western to Eurostar to France’s TGV bullet train from Paris to Frankfurt (cruising – floating – at 200mph). Given the environmental impact of aviation, it was good that Zebra Collective could demonstrate that rail is an option even over these kinds of distances. I worked plenty on the train. To a significant extent, “I don’t have time” is a mindset, and how it’s affecting things out there.

Marc Gardiner