Saturday, August 23, 2008

Episode 6: Connecting for Change: Talking in Ways that Can Change the World

Talk can be idle and ineffective . It can also be more powerful than anyone imagined when practiced in accord with new principles and protocols that are revolutionizing the art of conversation. Join Brenda Chaddock as she hosts Charles Holmes and Dawna Markova, emerging world leaders in this new way of transformational talking. Charles is an educator, consultant & founder of the Learning Strategies Group at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, and an associate of the Dalai Lama Centre there. Inspirational speaker and writer Dawna Markova, Ph.D is internationally known for her groundbreaking work in helping people learn with passion and live on purpose. They talk about the power of effecting transformational change through conversation – and the fresh and inspiring possibilities this approach offers leaders in any organization and at any level. Experience this power firsthand as you follow the leaders modeling transformational conversation.

Guest Bios

Dawn Markova
Dawna Markova, Ph.D., is internationally known for her groundbreaking research in the fields of learning and perception. She is CEO of Professional Thinking Partners, and a research member of the Society for Organizational Learning. She holds a Ph.D. in Education and Psychology from Union Graduate School. In 2003, Dawna co-founded which is devoted to creating a global asset-focused revolution in how human capacity is recognized, utilized and developed.

As one of the creators of the Random Acts of Kindness series, she helped launch a national movement to help counter America's crisis of violence. She is the author of The Spot of Grace, Wide Open, I Will Not Die An Unlived Life, The Smart Parenting Revolution, The Open Mind book and audio series, No Enemies Within, How Your Child IS Smart, Unused Intelligence, and Learning Unlimited. At business and educational conferences around the world, Dawna has given inspiring keynote speeches on a wide-range of topics including finding purpose and passion, intellectual diversity, asset-focused parenting, organizational learning, living beyond cancer, and empowering individuals, groups and nations.

Dawna was recently honored with the Visions to Action Award, "for people who have made a profound contribution to the world." A long term cancer survivor (she was told she had six months to live almost thirty years ago), Dawna has appeared on numerous TV programs, and is a frequent guest on National Public Radio and New Dimensions. Visit her websites at http:// to learn about her work as a professional thinking partner and to read about her newest book Spot of Grace.
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