interaction

Welcome from the Co-editors

John Brooker, Carey Glass and Annie Bordeleau The continuing development of InterAction SFiO and SFCT before us, have produced InterAction uninterrupted, from print to online, since 2008. Twelve years' worth of high-quality Solution Focus organisational content in one place is a valuable contribution to the Solution Focus community. It is a global collaborative effort and to be part of this is exciting for us. Enabled by our new website design, we start the next transformation with this edition, towards The InterAction Collection of Solution Focus Practice in Organisations.

"Focus on the 80%"

Tara Gretton Introduced by Anna-Julia Szabo In this interview, we see how the Solution Focus approach has changed the culture of a school. There is a focus on enabling students and staff to have meaningful conversations, concentrating on possibilities and solutions and what is already working. Tara Gretton introduced the Solution Focus approach in this school and met staff and students were very welcoming, full of energy and had a hunger for new possibilities for useful change.

"Being captain of their boats"

Liselotte Baeijaert Celebration Introduced by Julia Kalenberg This story is of SF practitioner Liselotte Baeijaert bringing SF to students of a school for hotel workers on the beautiful island of Sumba/Indonesia. A tale of how SF can work even when language first seems to be a barrier. It is a story of mutual learning, of working with what is there and of combining SF practice creatively with bodywork.

"There is no roof on top of it"

Tara Gretton and Katrin Berger Introduced by Katalin Hankovszky On the SF World Day 2020, Tara Gretton (UK) and Katrin Berger (D) started a network, Solution Focus in Schools (Click link for Facebook page). The invitation goes to all interested Solution Focus practitioners linked to schools: Teachers Counsellors Headmasters Parents and pupils too! Online gatherings (every month on the 3rd of the month) keep to a pre-set focus (such as ‘WOWW' or ‘student-driven').

"Drawing people out to be a better person"

Nic Vidot Introduced by Carey Glass Nic Vidot is a humble leader and a great story-teller. From his belief in continuous improvement, he describes stories of using SF to make life even better in the secondary school he led. SF became just way the school did things, and they used it in many situations, e.g.: Working with 100 student leaders, whom Nic met twice in each school term Asking questions in assembly Changing how teachers and students interacted in the school grounds When working with the parents of pupils or enacting change with the school’s leadership team In this audio, Nic verbalises his belief in Solution Focus as a leadership tool.

"SF Formats to Stay Connected"

Annie Bordeleau Introduced by Carey Glass “Our experience facilitating and connecting online during the lockdown showed that virtual formats not only reduce cost and CO2 emissions, they can also enhance work-life balance, create more human organisations and build a stronger sense of community”. With these themes in mind, Annie presents SF ideas for non-work related get-togethers online that bring people together and leave people uplifted. She next provides well-needed tricks and tips to enhance your use of Zoom at work, so that you feel at ease using online platforms.

"Make Life Simple"

Andrew Gibson Reviewed by Wendy Van den Bulck Just as the whole world is overwhelmed by complexity, here’s Andrew’s latest book, ‘Make Life Simple’. I’d say, brilliant timing… I met Andrew on two occasions; the SOL World Conference in Frankfurt in 2017 and the SFiO Unconference ‘SF use in Large Scale Contexts’ in 2019, long before he wrote this book. Having read his book, I realise now that in our conversations at these events, Andrew did a lot of what he describes.

"Learning from our own diversity"

Biba Rebolj Introduced by Lilian Ing I love experiencing and working with people from different cultures, and this is what attracted me to this online workshop. I was not disappointed: 22 cultures were present at the meeting, bringing not only their wealth of diversity but also the common ground of being SF Practitioners. SF group learning is always fun, vibey, collaborative and light, and this session was no exception!

"If I can you Can Too!"

A Global Chapter Meeting with Annette Gray and Peter McLean Introduced by Andrew Gibson With this simple premise, lives have been transformed in Australia, thanks to the Can Too Foundation. The Can Too Foundation works with a community of supporters who train their bodies and minds towards a goal event. While they benefit personally from this programme, they also give back to the Foundation through fundraising, and through supporting their fellow trainees.

"Three beautiful SF conversations"

Alex Steele Introduced by Carey Glass In life, we come across ‘unplayable pianos’. This is the real situation that jazz pianist Keith Jarrett faced when he played at a Koln concert hall packed with fans, using a piano with defective notes and pedals. There, in a live recording, he produced one of the most famous jazz albums of all time, The Koln Concert. In this video, Alex on the piano and Dom on saxophone take us through an entrancing journey.