A human of many facets

Most recently, I’m the co-editor of two books (and two more in-progress)  of protocols designed to help groups grow trust, address dilemmas, and avoid “quick fixes” while still accomplishing more in short bursts of time. As Director of NSRF Virtual Learning, Assistant Director of the National School Reform Faculty, and an International Facilitator/Trainer and Coach, my work for the last ten years has been supporting educators and other folks in learning collaboration tools to improve their professional lives.

I also act as an independent consultant and public speaker, reaching out to education and non-education audiences on these topics.

As the former licensee and curator for TEDxBloomington, I’ve coached more than 60 speakers for the stage, watched two of our speakers land on the TED.com main page, and many others have profound impact upon our local community and the broader community (thanks, Internet!)

I love sharing from stages myself, especially when I can get my audiences interacting and building community and belonging together.

For all of my professional life, I’ve been a professional communicator, having done about everything you can do in journalism and advertising: creative director in direct marketing, copywriter and media buyer in an ad agency, ghostwriter of speeches and educational materials, minimalist graphic designer, website architect, freelance magazine writer, daily newspaper reporter, radio announcer and newscaster, public relations and marketing director, podcaster and blogger.

Today, I write and advocate only for things I care about. I help people think about what to do in the context of a larger cause: I am a Critical Friends Group coach and an International Facilitator leading trainings in collaborative skills, I volunteer every year for the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival in Bloomington, and I occasionally act as ghostwriter or copywriter for things that matter to me.

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