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100 Days Of Awe: Day Ninety – Rats

Day 90: RatsIMAG5148

I love dis great polluted place
Where pop stars come to live their dreams
Here ravers come for drum and bass
And politicians plan their schemes,
The music of the world is here
Dis city can play any song
They came to here from everywhere
Tis they that made dis city strong.

Benjamin Zephenia – The London Breed 1998

I first came across the Musuem Of London a few weeks ago when I attended a workshop on story called Stories in Action workshop.   This short visit was a tantalising taster and I wanted to see more.   Back in the East End today I only had about 45 minutes between one meeting in Bethnal Green and a train to a late lunch in Twickenham but it was enough to take a very brisk way through 450,000 years of history from London Before London, through to Modern London.  Each of the Permanent Galleries are wonderfully curated full of educational facts, curious artifacts and creative displays that capture the imagination.  I weave my way through little people, in school groups or in families. For a museum it is alive with cacophony of squeals and excited voices rather than the floating silence of dusty archives.  And then there were the rats, where I least expected it in The British Fashion Council’s exhibit NEWGEN MEN – a sponsorship scheme. Featuring work by Agi and Sam, Astrid Andersen, Alex Mullins, Diego Vanassibara, Kit Neale and Matthew Miller.  It was Kit Neale’s work that got me to look again.  Yes there were rats everywhere. An intentional homage to London; Peckham and the largely run down and dated Elephant & Castle.  Food for thought if not for lunch.

Agi & Sam, Astrid Andersen, Alex Mullins, Diego Vanassibara, Kit Neale and Matthew Miller. – See more at: http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/london-wall/whats-on/exhibitions-displays/newgen-men-2014/#sthash.TesMc1I2.dpuf

100 Days of Awe is a playful project I set up to bring my attention to awe in my daily life. I see awe as wonder, a mixture of amazement and respect.  I expect the experience of awe to be about perception shifting awareness and that demands a reframing of some sort.  I am excited to see what will awe me on this journey.

Anne K. Scott is an imagination technologist, her work to teach, facilitate and deliver innovation for individuals and business.  She is the creator of FindYourMojo a FREE iPHone productivity app. If you are interested in what intuitive coaching can do for you or your business please do contact me.  I support clients all over the world.

What is intuitive coaching?

“A warrior chooses a path with heart, any path with heart, and follows it; and then he rejoices and laughs. He knows because he sees that his life will be over altogether too soon. He sees that nothing is more important than anything else” ~ Carlos Castaneda

I am Anne. I guarantee inspiration and momentum for the curious through teaching and sharing the technology of superconsciousness and imagination.IMG_2814

“What is the work you do about?  What can I expect from an intuitive coaching session?”  Two great questions and an opportunity to share what intuitive coaching is about.

Often I am asked if what I do is life coaching.  The short answer is yes but, and it is a big BUT, intuitive coaching is life coaching not as you might know it.  The work I do is a creative modality using imagination and intuition which are tools that serve the agenda of the heart rather than the mind.   I use techniques that allow you to step beyond your limiting beliefs, assumptions and definitions to get a full 360 degree picture of what it is you truly want to create.  Even if you only choose one session the orientation will be creative.  When you choose a longer programme of work I share and teach you to use the techniques for yourself through coaching and training workshops. You don’t need to do any preparation for a session, you don’t even have to know what you love beforehand.  All I ask is that you be open and curious.

It takes courage to do what you love and to maintain focus and commitment to following through. Doing what you love maybe obvious but the distractions of life’s busyness get in the way, or perhaps you don’t know what it is you love or understand how to go about creating it or how you could possibly be fulfilled doing it. The work I do is about guiding you to create that which is truly congruent for you.  It is action oriented, it is about moving you forwards on your path. Whatever your challenge with the path of the heart I can be your guide. I have dedicated the past 8 yrs to staying on the path of my heart, despite the mist, the fog, the obstacles and the sneaky side paths.

What you can expect in a session:

Values:  The values of confidentiality and service are key to the work I do.  The intention will be to serve you, in confidence, to get to a place where you experience what is true for you and you have the clarity and certainty to take the course of action to make this real.

End Result:  Clarity on the path that is true for you with relationship to the challenge or question that you arrive with and a clear course of action to take to actualise what is true for you.

Format:  The majority of my sessions are online over Skype/Facetime.  The average session is 60 to 75 minutes.  You are advised to allow a little time to absorb the session afterwards so a 2 hour window in your diary is ideal to give you the time and space you might need.

Structure:  All sessions are clearly structured.  The specifics will be dependent on whether the session is a one off session or part of a coaching programme but an initial session will have two parts.  The first part is based around a simple set of questions that you will be asked to answer automatically – whatever comes in to your head is ok in this space.  The second part of the session is about tapping into the space of imagination and intuition using a little meditation and the conversation of story telling.  This is an open and free format but my gift is to navigate the way to the end result we have established for you.

What do I need to do before a session?  There is nothing that you need to do or bring to a session but I invite you to be curious and open to learn.

What can I expect after a session?  People have different experiences after the sessions; you may feel energised or quiet but without exception everyone feels like they have connected with who they truly are.  This can be freeing or mind blowing but regardless it is awesome – have a look at Success Stories if you want to see more.

How much do sessions cost?  As part of a coaching programme sessions are typically £100 each.  One off sessions cost £175 + depending on your requirement.  Bursary options may be available depending on funds.

I offer a FREE 15 minute Technology Of Imagination consultation when you are ready to follow your heart path. Fill in your details below.  Options include:

  • Dynamiting session to explore a specific challenge
  • FindYourMojo sessions to dive into your core talents and way of being (expanding on the FindYourMojo app on the Apple Store)
  • Vision Questing to establish your core goals and guide you to creating them (tailored to meet your needs)

 

100 Days Of Awe: Day Eighty Nine – Nature’s Fabric

Day 89: Nature’s Fabric IMAG5105IMAG5116It is hard to take a picture of Sweet Pea that does this flower justice.  It’s petals are artfully folded to look casual, flounced and pouting, it’s symmetry a multi-dimensional mystery.  The petals are ideal material for the dancing dresses of pixies and elves, soft veined and velvety, curved edging beautifully finished.  Picked last night on my walk on the scrubs a bright pink smile for the morning and a beckoning into a little bit of nature’s magic to balance of my day of down to it doing.

100 Days of Awe is a playful project I set up to bring my attention to awe in my daily life. I see awe as wonder, a mixture of amazement and respect.  I expect the experience of awe to be about perception shifting awareness and that demands a reframing of some sort.  I am excited to see what will awe me on this journey.

Anne K. Scott is an imagination technologist, her work to teach, facilitate and deliver innovation for individuals and business.  She is the creator of FindYourMojo a FREE iPHone productivity app. If you are interested in what intuitive coaching can do for you please do contact me.  I support clients all over the world.

Supporting Business In Uganda

The great generation

IMG-20140424-WA0004I have been invited to Uganda at the end of July to participate in a project with local enterprises and to experience the work of The Great Generation with a view to joining them to expand their training programmes. Part of the experience is to understand the work on the ground and also the fund raising process.  So here I am asking for your help and support.  Every £1 will help but I am personally offering a coaching session for every £100 donated. You can take this session yourself, gift it or add it to my bursary fund.  I will be capturing my experience in Uganda as I go and sharing words, images and end results so that you can see how your contribution helps.

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100 Days Of Awe: Day Eighty Eight – Big Sky Breather

Day 88: Big Sky Breather

IMAG5098Wormwood Scrubs

Phew, a relief to get out of the minutae of my life for a moment and dealing with the slow sluggishness of pushing and pulling data up and down the internet line.  What did I ever do before internet.  There is a plethora of stuff to surf; photos to photoshop, job sites to check out, job applications to formulate and stuff to research.  It sucks me in.  We have Summer but we don’t have sun, a warm mugginess that is plagued with drafty holes.  It is weird weather indeed.

I have been under a pall a little today digesting Cancer news from a lovely friend last night; not able to really comprehend that wormhole but feeling the teetering of it, for her, for me, for the future.  But all there is now for all of us and in this moment the choice to be alive to life.  It a soft feather of a place poised, balanced and then lightened up by one of those friendships that no matter how long they are put down for just slide into a groove of exchange and support whenever they are picked up.  In that place something else comes through, an energy, a joy and oozing of breathe.  Despite the evening closing in I am drawn up to Wormwood Scrubs, the wide open expansive of playing fields a table cloth under this illusion of big, big sky dotted by sea gulls and crows on their evening passegiata.  The green parakeets seem to be already tucked up for the night. and the usual westward bound aircraft traffic replaced with lift offs to exotic places.  Night night London Town.

100 Days of Awe is a playful project I set up to bring my attention to awe in my daily life. I see awe as wonder, a mixture of amazement and respect.  I expect the experience of awe to be about perception shifting awareness and that demands a reframing of some sort.  I am excited to see what will awe me on this journey.

Anne K. Scott is an imagination technologist, her work to teach, facilitate and deliver innovation for individuals and business.  She is the creator of FindYourMojo a FREE iPHone productivity app. If you are interested in what intuitive coaching can do for you please do contact me.  I support clients all over the world.

100 Days Of Awe: Day Eighty Seven – Blue

Day 87: BlueIMAG5091

Yesterday I wrote about the futuristic chandelier lighting at The Village, Westfield, today I am captivated by a beautiful blue glass lampshade at a friend’s place where I am staying this week.  I am particularly aware of this lamp and it’s shade as last time I stayed here I knocked over and smashed the precariously balanced green glass shade.

I am in a new environment, I am called to attention, my spatial awareness has to be redefined.  I love having a bigger bed and I have effortlessly stretched into it in just couple of breaths, I have a big sofa to curl up on and a telly which has sucked me into it’s cache of blood, guts and gore like an old friend, I am wonderous of the powerful flush of the loo, love the big picture windows that I can sit and work in front of, I was catlike happy yesterday sitting in the chair that basks in the sun – when it shines.   I am still playing splash and dash with the shower, am tentative about the gas cooker, a bit perturbed about bending down to get into the fridge and of course am extra careful raising and lowering the wooden venetian blind that nuzzles up against that beautiful blue glass shade.  Next week the danger will be past – and I will be squeezing back into my own domain.

100 Days of Awe is a playful project I set up to bring my attention to awe in my daily life. I see awe as wonder, a mixture of amazement and respect.  I expect the experience of awe to be about perception shifting awareness and that demands a reframing of some sort.  I am excited to see what will awe me on this journey.

Anne K. Scott is an imagination technologist, her work to teach, facilitate and deliver innovation for individuals and business.  She is the creator of FindYourMojo a FREE iPHone productivity app. If you are interested in what intuitive coaching can do for you please do contact me.  I support clients all over the world.

100 Days Of Awe: Day Eighty Six – The Village

Day 86: The Village

IMAG5077Gabellini Sheppard Chandelier*

When I moved into North Kensington in London in 1996 we had Sainsbury’s on Ladbroke Grove for food shopping, Portobello Road for the eclectic and the quirky.   For more traditional shopping I headed down to High Street Kensington where Whole Foods Market, in the wonderful old Art Deco Barker building, is one of my favourite shops for a gander. The Cheese Room is particularly envigorating.  Now Tesco metro is on our doorstep – in place of the North Pole Gastro Pub that alternatively fizzed and dwindled over the years before it was snapped up by the hungry conglomerate – and the giant Westfield shopping centre in Shepherd’s Bush brings House Of Fraser, Debenhams and Mark & Spencers all within walking distance.

I am not a shopping mall girl. I find the cornucopia of goods on offer overwhelming and depressing in the extreme. There is something about being in a space chocca with gaping maws looking for my money under artificial lighting that makes me feel that I truly am just a hamster in the unending wheel of life.  How and ever I have discovered a soft spot for Westfield and not just because there is an Apple Store.  There is also the architecture.  Yes it is undercover, yes there is artifical lighting but the combination of the central atrium – that has hosted the Saturday’s and a good sized ice rink every Christmas – plus the unique geodeisic style roof cleaned by City Abseiling bestows it with more of an Eden Project ambiance.  Southern Terrace dining reminds me of Australia for some reason and this is a seriously big achievement. My outings to Westfield are typically mission focused driving me to take a head down in and out approach but today I take a moment to slow down and look up; the view is pretty stunning in The Village – the home of luxury brands – this futuristic chandelier designed lighting was created by New York based spatial architects and interior designers Gabellini Sheppard.

* Apparently photography is forbidden without a permit but I only discovered that after the fact.

100 Days of Awe is a playful project I set up to bring my attention to awe in my daily life. I see awe as wonder, a mixture of amazement and respect.  I expect the experience of awe to be about perception shifting awareness and that demands a reframing of some sort.  I am excited to see what will awe me on this journey.

Anne K. Scott is an imagination technologist, her work to teach, facilitate and deliver innovation for individuals and business.  She is the creator of FindYourMojo a FREE iPHone productivity app. If you are interested in what intuitive coaching can do for you please do contact me.  I support clients all over the world.

100 Days Of Awe: Day Eighty Five – After Monet

Day 85: After Monet

IMAG5068Lupins From Wormwood Scrubs

Every now and then I give myself permission to be awake and lazy on a Sunday morning which means I plugging in my telephone headset and listen to The Archers Omnibus on BBC Radio 4.  Aired for 15 mins daily, the Sunday edition is the weekly culmination –  75 minutes –  of English rural living unfolding as it has for over 60 years here on the wireless.  So imperceptibly that it is hard sometimes to believe that stories rise, arch and come to completion changing the landscape of this imaginary community as shockingly as electricity pylons or new motorways.  Although it is true that I can drop into the familarity of this show anytime it alway surprises me when I discover that people have died or have being scandalised and have flown the coup.

The Archers beautiful nestles up against Desest Island Discs a cosy insight into the life story and musical tastes of some inspirational, and oftimes little known, stalwarth of science, art, politics or education; someone who has earned their stripes in the proper British way, over time and despite, if not without, pomp and ceremony.  This week it was Palestinian author and human rights activist, Raja Shehadeh.  A lazy but worthy start to the day set me up for a gentle bobbing along.  I momentarily struggled for razor sharp close ups of my friend’s lupins picked up on Wormwood Scrubs but fell in love instead with the blurry edged petals and thumb splotchs of colour that reminded me of artistry and artists.

100 Days of Awe is a playful project I set up to bring my attention to awe in my daily life. I see awe as wonder, a mixture of amazement and respect.  I expect the experience of awe to be about perception shifting awareness and that demands a reframing of some sort.  I am excited to see what will awe me on this journey.

Anne K. Scott is an imagination technologist, her work to teach, facilitate and deliver innovation for individuals and business.  She is the creator of FindYourMojo a FREE iPHone productivity app. If you are interested in what intuitive coaching can do for you please do contact me.  I support clients all over the world.

100 Days Of Awe: Day Eighty Four – Study On A Cactus

Day 84: Study On A CactusIMAG5020Short and sweet today. A 10 penny cactus, tucked away on a friend’s window sill, drew me in to it’s magic.  Paradoxically prickly and pink, flowering it’s heart out.  Soft and so simple. A snatch, a glimpse, when explored opens up to awe.

100 Days of Awe is a playful project I set up to bring my attention to awe in my daily life. I see awe as wonder, a mixture of amazement and respect.  I expect the experience of awe to be about perception shifting awareness and that demands a reframing of some sort.  I am excited to see what will awe me on this journey.

Anne K. Scott is an imagination technologist, her work to teach, facilitate and deliver innovation for individuals and business.  She is the creator of FindYourMojo a FREE iPHone productivity app. If you are interested in what intuitive coaching can do for you please do contact me.  I support clients all over the world.

Stories In Action

Stories In Action

IMAG4945On June 10th I attended Stories In Action hosted by SparkNow at the Museum Of London – a bit of a hidden gem tucked away on London Wall.  I heard about the event via The Gurteen Knowledge Letter one of the first newsletters I ever signed up to.  David Gurteen is a freelance Knowledge Manger and coach, ex International Czar for Lotus in the 1980s, founder of the Gurteen Knowledge Community and creator of the Knowledge Cafe.  He is passionate about the place of conversation in the workplace and it’s effect and impact on knowledge, how it is used and interpreted and what becomes of it so it was no surprise to see the SparkNow event listed on his newsletter.

You might guess from reading my blog that I am a bit of a storyteller.  It is also a very important element of the coaching and mentoring work I do.  I find that when people are guided into the story telling space; boundaries disappear, true heart desires emerge and unique creativity is displayed as we all join the dots in different ways.  The Sparknow pitch drew me in ‘Stories aren’t just for kids.  They have a powerful role to play in organisations as a source of insight, as a vehicle for sharing knowledge, as a way of generating energy and enthusiasm, as a means of engagement’ and their invitation sealed my fate  – ‘We’d love you to participate in something that will be part experience, part challenge, part exploration, part instruction – whatever we make of it together‘.  This was a ticketed event but with an option to donate the decision to attend was an easy one to make.

It is no small challenge to bring together a disparate group of people to engage and explore but the choice to hold the event at the Museum Of London was inspired.  The Museum had engaged Sparknow to work with Caroline MacDonald and Georgina Young of the curation staff, to develop a new content creation framework.  This case study was the thread that joined all the strands of this presentation together.  I loved the registration panel; no need for a desk or staff you just looked for your name on the brown paper grid on the wall, ticked that you were present and wrote up your own badge.  Brown paper was the order of the day from the origami orientation booklets to table clothes that begged to be covered in questions, quips, comments and wisecracks. No time was lost getting the eighty or so participants conversing with a North, South, East & West ice breaker and this engagement was further enhanced by the creation of six different streams of organisational story telling of thirty minutes each.  We could pick to attend three out of the six streams on offer.  It is amazing how it concentrates the mind to choose.  All of the pitches were intriguing but in the end I opted for Philip Gibson‘s Quality of Mind, Iain Christie’s Listening Stories Out Of People and Fiona Hiscock’s Weaving Patterns From Hidden Threads.

Quality Of Mind: People learn by thinking for themselves’ ~ Philip Gibson.  A fascinating presentation on the use of stories to heighten awareness and change behaviours at a global manufacturer.  People become inured and immune in some way to pronoucements from on high not matter how carefully extolled.  By collating stories from across the business anonymous scenarios could be created for dissemination. Framing up these scenarios around discussion of open ended questions led to  quality behaviours becoming more integrated and embodied.

Listening Stories Out Of People: Iain Christie is a curious combination of Barrister, mediator and actor.  I couldn’t think of anyone better to put together this oral history project of the The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, one of the four inns of court which have existed since the 14th Century.  Hallowed ground indeed and it looks like the oral histories may be wrapped into into that hallowed space as the powers that be have had a change of heart about making these stories public; and that of course is a story in itself.  The snippets we heard were an insight into history and hearts; The Inner Temple may be trying to hide it’s feet of clay but what a shame to deny the World the human, humorous hearts that we heard on tape.

Weaving Patterns From Hidden Threads:  I love a bit of technology me and technology that collects and patternises (is that a real word?) stories I found fundamentally thrilling.  Ancedotes are the life blood of our lives, easy to relate and share; the grumpy bus driver, the helpful teenager who pushes your car out of the traffic, the next door neighbour who always needs that cup of sugar just when you are having visitors, the friendly doctor who makes whatever you were worried about not so terrifying.  SenseMaker(R), an app used to design story capture campaigns and track experience, demonstrates the powerful patterns that emerge from pulling stories together around a particular theme.  Understanding patterns is a first step to directing change; is the grumpy bus driver just one individual or is it an endemic problem, is the helpful teenager a rarity or confined to particular areas, how can doctors become more friendly and able to put people at ease?  This is a great app just waiting for people to develop some uses.  Far more fun to engage with than the traditional dry crusts of the questions and answer surveys that are currently doing the rounds.

The finale of the event was to decide which of the streams would receive seed funding raised through the day’s ticket sales to pursue further research.  For a change of scene we convened to the Modern London section of the museum with Mary Quant, Doctor Martins and a bit of The Savoy for the vote.  The question raised by The Museum Of Lies stream, which I did not attend, won the election with the question ‘How can lies and curating lies shift thinking in the boardroom?’  On that note we repaired to the London Wall Kitchen & Bar for a civilised couple of glasses and some more of that never ending stuff called conversation.

Anne K. Scott is an imagination technologist, her work to teach, facilitate and deliver innovation for individuals and business.  She is the creator of FindYourMojo a FREE iPHone productivity app. If you are interested in what intuitive coaching can do for you or your business please do contact me.  I support clients all over the world.