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SFP 66 – Episode 66: Towards Collectivising Solution-Focused Practice: Into the Community with Hope and the Ordinary in Action with Guy Shennan

Simply Focus Podcast – Episode #66

Hosted by: Elfie Czerny & Dominik Godat | Intro: Bibiana Czerny & Ken Brooks | Music: www.bensound.com 

SFP 66 - Episode 66: Towards Collectivising Solution-Focused Practice: Into the Community with Hope and the Ordinary in Action with Guy Shennan

by Elfie Czerny & Dominik Godat | Simply Focus Podcast | 34:25

„And I see it as an ordinary helping people to talk about their ordinary lives, wanting to do ordinary things that people do. (…) So, there is something ordinary about Solution-Focused Practice that I find fascinating.”

„We want to have a conversation in which we metaphorically are looking forwards. (…) And then we want to somewhat help the client to describe what moving in that direction would look like from tomorrow onwards.“  

„Hope includes possibility. But it’s also even more powerful, it’s performative, it’s active.”

“I hope it helps with this shift from individualised to collectivised ways of working“

Guy Shennan

Show Notes

In today’s episode we talk with Guy Shennan, Solution-Focused Practitioner, Consultant, Trainer, Author, and former Chair of the British Association of Social Workers , about

  • what fascinates him about Solution-Focus,
  • the ordinary nature and the forward movement of solution-focused conversations,
  • the 2nd edition of Guy’s book “Solution-Focused Practice: Effective Communication to Facilitate Change”,
  • hope without optimism and how hope is different in many ways,
  • the UKASFP conference and his best hope to have a collective and interactive ethos,
  • collectivising solution-focused practice, the Solution-Focused collective and their manifesto for a socially engaged solutionfocused practice,
  • the power of conversation and the importance of working with others.
  • The Challenge of the week: „Post poems about hope: Share your favorite or an own poem about hope in the comments section below“

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7 Comments

    • Guy Shennan

      Thank you for responding to the challenge, Chris, and for sharing a poem of your own. I love it!

      Reply
  1. Guy Shennan

    I hope (good word!) it’s ok if I share my own favourite poem about hope, which I discovered through my wonderful friend, Sasha Pavlovska from Riga, who is part of the Solution-Focused Collective and I’m thrilled to say is coming to the UKASFP Conference next week. This is by John Clare, a 19th century poet from England, and is simply called Hope. It is on the public-domain-poetry.com website.

    Hope

    By John Clare

    This world has suns, but they are overcast;
    This world has sweets, but they’re of ling’ring bloom;
    Life still expects, and empty falls at last;
    Warm Hope on tiptoe drops into the tomb.
    Life’s journey’s rough–Hope seeks a smoother way,
    And dwells on fancies which to-morrow see,–
    To-morrow comes, true copy of to-day,
    And empty shadow of what is to be;
    Yet cheated Hope on future still depends,
    And ends but only when our being ends.
    I long have hoped, and still shall hope the best
    Till heedless weeds are scrambling over me,
    And hopes and ashes both together rest
    At journey’s end, with them that cease to be.

    Reply
  2. James Clossick

    The bard wrote a lot about hope. Sonnet 29 in particular, one of the most famous, moves in 14 beautiful lines, with not an unnecessary syllable, from despair to not wanting to change his state with kings. That’s the kind of hope love can evoke.

    Reply
  3. Paul hackett

    If I have to pick one I will go with Emily Dickinson I dwell in possibility. Loved the podcast! The most influential part of my career was working with Guy.

    Reply
  4. Allison Hulmes

    “Still I Rise’ – Maya Angelou. Fierce, strong, brave, hopeful!

    Reply
  5. Guy Shennan

    Great seeing all these poems coming in – I can see a poetry anthology in the making! Keep them coming.

    Reply

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