Graphic Facilitator & Group Process Consultant

Many of our resolutions, personal or professional, are about things that we’d like to DO. Some are about things we want to STOP doing. I rather like this little piece by Jeff Haden at Inc. on ten things to stop doing in order to be happier at work: blaming, impressing, clinging, interrupting, whining, controlling, criticizing, […]

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A common complaint that I hear from my intentional community clients as we prepare to work on a vexing issue is, “We talked about this same issue LAST year!” There is a great desire to be DONE with it already, to set it to rest, to come up with a final solution or policy that […]

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Hello WordPress, Good-bye Google!

By: Eris Weaver | Date: February 6, 2012 | Categories: Uncategorized

I’ve been blogging via Google’s Blogspot for awhile. Google makes me nervous. There are a lot of things about their new policies that are bugging me. I trust my local internet service provider ( and the open source WordPress community more than I trust Google. So, I’m moving! I’ll do all my new posting over […]

No Do-Overs, Just Do Betters

By: Eris Weaver | Date: December 5, 2011 | Categories: Uncategorized

Recently I had two fairly challenging gigs back to back. Immediately after each one I  floated on a high of exhausted euphoria…I love my work, I did cool stuff, the client had a major breakthrough, etc.  This was followed by a complete crash, in which I picked apart every possible thing I might have done […]

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What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

By: Eris Weaver | Date: August 18, 2011 | Categories: Uncategorized

  When I was a kid, my list included: teacher doctor first woman president artist nun (I went to Catholic school, OK?) It occurred to me recently that I have managed to incorporate elements of all of these roles into my work life! I lead workshops and I teach at two local colleges. I worked […]

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Death to PowerPoint!

By: Eris Weaver | Date: July 14, 2011 | Categories: Uncategorized

>In a recent blog post, Harvard Business Review writer Peter Bregman calls PowerPoint the “#1 Killer of Meetings.” I’m not sure if I agree it’s number one – I’ve been to any number of sucky meetings that didn’t involve PowerPoint – but it is definitely in the top five. I personally am on a one-woman […]

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>Just as visual artists know that white space is a key element in a good design, good facilitators know that break time is a key element in good meeting design. When there is a lot of work to be done or information to be conveyed, it is tempting to schedule every minute, but this will […]

> When Kim Coontz first asked me to lead a workshop on strategic planning at the California Cooperative Conference I was a little surprised; I usually teach meeting facilitation, communication skills, or conflict resolution, so it seemed outside my area of expertise. She pointed out that as a facilitator, I am frequently hired to help […]

A Simple Spiritual Path

By: Eris Weaver | Date: March 28, 2011 | Categories: Uncategorized

> I have long felt an attraction to the poetry and teachings of Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi. I recently stumbled upon a delightful book that condenses Rumi’s spiritual practices into a short, simple easily-remembered list. Rumi’s Four Essential Practices: Ecstatic Body, Awakened Soul by Will Johnson explains the practices and connects them to the larger body […]

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Visual Problem Solving: Analyzing Conflict

By: Eris Weaver | Date: February 15, 2011 | Categories: Uncategorized

>My friend Kathy (names changed to protect privacy) asked for help in dealing with conflict in one of her project groups. As she told me more about it, I doodled a rough map of the relationships between each of the individuals as well as the different organizations involved in the project. It has been my […]

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