Consultation vs Persuasion

Two Culture Talks

I just got back from a luncheon-talk on a mine proposal.  It was interesting in that I think I learned some things about the project.  It was a bit hard to tell if I learned something useful because the talk was designed to shape my thinking in the way they wanted me to see things.  It was geared toward me leaving with the impression that there is very little cause for concern.  But I listen with a critical ear.  It was a competition between my critical ear and his persuasive abilities.

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There was a buzz as I waited to buy my ticket.  People expected a show.  And they were right!  We patiently and politely waited until the presenter delivered his presentation and then the audience unleashed their questions that were intended to find flaws in his information or discredit his motives.  I became fascinated with the process.

The speaker was…

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Author: Kim Hudson

I enjoy the big picture. I love to explore what is driving a situation, the archetypal nature of human beings, or the trend behind a collection of seemingly unrelated successes. My background reflects this. I began my working life as a geologist, working in male dominated exploration camps. As a result I'm fascinated with masculine feminine dynamics and how both exist in every person, to varying degree. I eventually studied writing for film and television and wrote a book on the feminine counterpart to the hero archetype. I give workshops on The Virgin's Promise: Writing Stories of Feminine Creative, Sensual and Spiritual Awakening worldwide. I particularly enjoy working with Raindance Film School in London. I have also been a Land Claims negotiator in the Yukon, working for the Canadian Federal Government. I was also a consultant to First Nations on geologic and environmental issues. This work with Western and Oral cultures created a foundation for my current book The Arrow and the Ring: Activating the Power of Linear and Circular Thinking. I enjoy writing, speaking, workshops and think tanks. Anything that presents the challenge of understanding the driving forces and co-creating new possibilities.

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