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The SOL2012 Experience Begins - With A Very Small Miracle

As I look from my bedroom high over the magnificent quadrangle of Keble College, the signs are promising for a good day at the SOL2012 conference. 

Yesterday afternoon, 30 people gathered at Science Oxford for our pre-conference and enthusiastically learned our 12 Things You Need To Know about Solutions Focus.  They asked some great questions, which we can track through the conference, such as how much can one embrace SF in our personal lives, and does the methodology allow for…


Added by Paul Z Jackson on September 6, 2012 at 6:52 — 2 Comments

New Article "The Sprintformula" - now also available in English

Dear Solutionists

Only 4 days to Oxford!! :-) What a happy time!

And my new article "The Sprintformula" that I would like to share with you is now also available in English:

See you soon and have a nice weekend!



Added by Dominik Godat on September 1, 2012 at 16:57 — No Comments

New Article in German - "Die Sprintformel"

Dear SOLutionists

I am very much looking forward to seeing you in Oxford in a few days!! I can't hardly wait!!

Before, I am really happy to share with you my new article "Die Sprintformel" (In German and soon in English) that emerged out of a flow experience this week:

Enjoy and see you soon!


Added by Dominik Godat on August 24, 2012 at 18:27 — No Comments

Fifty Shades of Therapy - a literary treat

As I was reading volume 2 of the latest literary erotic sensation, Fifty Shades of Grey, I found a particularly arousing passage 79% of the way through.  “SFBT - The latest therapy option,” one character recommends to our heroine.


The therapist himself, Dr John Flynn, is good enough to describe Solution Focused Brief Therapy:  “Essentially, it’s goal-oriented.  We concentrate on where Christian wants to be and how to get him there… There’s no point breast-beating about the…


Added by Paul Z Jackson on July 5, 2012 at 20:39 — 3 Comments

Learn SF with Mark McKergow - next online SF Business Professional starts 15 September 2012

You may have read something about the Solution Focused approach, perhaps even tried it out… but how to get first-class learning in applying SF thinking and practice to your work?  Mark McKergow’s latest online course, SF Business Professional, is starting on 15 September 2012.  Run in association with the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (the home of SF therapy), the…


Added by Mark McKergow on July 5, 2012 at 10:33 — No Comments

J-SOL 5 conference report

The J-SOL 5 conference in Kyoto, Japan was a huge success.  Read my illustrated report on the event at

Added by Mark McKergow on July 5, 2012 at 10:30 — No Comments

Praxis der Positiven Psychologie

My latest book Praxis der Positiven Psychologie (in German) will be published this week by Hogrefe Verlag (Gottingen).

Added by Fredrike Bannink on June 3, 2012 at 12:27 — No Comments

Nora Bateson in London - special event, 24 May 2012

Steps to an ecology of conversation


An exploration of the word and the world

with Nora Bateson


Mark McKergow (Centre for Solutions Focus at Work)

Greg Fisher (Synthesis)

Cath Greenwood (Unicorn Theatre)

Alex Steele (Improwise) 

Thursday 24 May 2012,

Unicorn Theatre (John Lyon room), 147…


Added by Mark McKergow on May 17, 2012 at 13:30 — No Comments

SF London meeting

I am exploring this as a means of beginning to communicate ideas I am developing in the SF world. With the good offices of Paul Z Jackson here on my right, I am blogging for the very first time. This could be the start of something big !!! More later...

Added by Eileen McCabe on May 2, 2012 at 18:16 — 2 Comments

Is Solution-Focus becoming mainstream?

Rockefeller Plaza, NYC, March the 27th

I am very grateful to Peter Szabo for inviting me to co-facilitate the Executive Coaching Conference …


Added by Paolo Terni on May 1, 2012 at 16:47 — 1 Comment

Uncovering Treasure: Influencing with Solution Focus - Report on SFCT UK Chapter call

Uncovering Treasure: Influencing with Solution Focus

Recently we had an SFCT UK call discussion on an article by Loraine Kennedy and Colin Coombs entitled “Uncovering Treasure: Influencing with Solution Focus.” This was printed in InterAction Volume 3 Number 2. We suggest you read this if you have not already done so.

Loraine pointed out that the article was a workshop paper and that it captured the learning from 3 workshops of 2 hours duration on the topic of Influencing…


Added by John Brooker on April 20, 2012 at 17:11 — No Comments

SF and Kaizen: Not all small steps are equal?

Last year I was lucky enough to be lead facilitator at the TED Fellows Collaboratorium event in New Orleans (link).  The event was to bring together the brilliant young TED Fellows group with coaches and mentors, working on real issues in quite large groups – something of a facilitational challenge. As part of my role I wrote a facilitators’…


Added by Mark McKergow on March 20, 2012 at 15:00 — 4 Comments

SF Association in Hungary: start-up workshop

Just a piece of local information to share: on March 2nd the first members of the newly founded SF Association spent a Saturday designing a future vision and first steps on the Hungarian scene, a very exciting colorful mixture of professionals including even a composer. We would like to thank the community for coming to Hungary this spring to the Balatonfured conference, help and inspire a Hungarian community form and start working. The future plan, among others, includes SF cooperation…


Added by Eniko Tegyi on March 4, 2012 at 11:09 — 2 Comments

What difference did publishing 'The Solutions Focus' book make?

It’s ten years now since the publication of The Solutions Focus.  We wanted the book to spread the ideas, and ten years later it’s succeeded to some extent – there’s a flourishing world-wide community of practitioners, a great annual conference, and thousands of people who have used SF in their lives and work.  The OSKAR coaching model pops up in many organisations, and it’s fun to recognise elements of SF in some unlikely places.

I heard yesterday, for example, that at Wembley Arena,…


Added by Paul Z Jackson on February 22, 2012 at 16:00 — No Comments

Sharing documents with the others

From time to time, members of the of the The SOLUTIONS-L email listserv may wish to share a document with other members .

There are several ways to achieve this. The key issue is whether the contributor wants to share the document with the world, or they want to restrict access to members of the listserv.

When a member adds a document to their own SOLWorld blog, it…


Added by Ivan Webb on February 14, 2012 at 19:00 — 1 Comment

Solution Focus Checklist

The document below gathers some 'indicators' of an organisation's progress towards being Solution Focused.

I have used it with schools and it is a great discussion starter


Added by Ivan Webb on February 13, 2012 at 23:30 — 11 Comments

Multiculturalism and Solution Focused Psychotherapy: an exploration of the none-expert role

The role of the Solution Focused psychotherapist is less about confirming the rights of the client as an individual and more about amplifying their preferred social performance. The client, the therapist and the drama of therapy represent the object of this performance in which cultural meaning is simply amplified. The identity of the client is framed within multicultural narratives and discourse with which the psychotherapist grapples and strives to maintain a type of neutrality and…


Added by Eva Golding on February 11, 2012 at 15:55 — No Comments


Identity is culturally constructed. We acquire our own identity through shared understanding of cultural practices i.e. the positioning of own gender, race, class and status etc, it is a positioning and classification of ‘self’ within these repertoires of cultural practices that we gain our identity…

Added by Eva Golding on February 11, 2012 at 15:50 — No Comments

Local Radio interview

I gave a short interview the local Community radio  and outlined the Solution Focused  Approach to coaching yesterday.
I  was reflecting on the interview yesterday, trying to put things together.
 Then all of a sudden a thought came to me from a quick chat I had with the station manager.
The station itself is a community radio station and is solely funded by donations. It is manned purely by volunteers. They have struggled to  make ends meet, particularly…

Added by Owen Charnley on February 9, 2012 at 14:32 — No Comments

Ten years of The Solutions Focus book

It’s ten years to the day since the first edition of The Solutions Focus book was published.  I’ll always remember 8 February 2002 – because it was the first day of the SOL 2002 conference, the first of the astounding series of SOLWorld events over the past decade.  So, it’s a good moment to look back on what’s happened over the intervening period and also indulge in a…


Added by Mark McKergow on February 8, 2012 at 23:13 — No Comments

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Jumpstart into Solution Focus

You want to learn more about "Solution Focus"?

You prefer a "step by step" introduction instead to start with reading some
voluminous books?

You would appreciate to have a complete "helicopter view" on SF after the first step…


Created by Hans-Peter Korn Dec 25, 2009 at 10:25am. Last updated by Mark McKergow Nov 3, 2014.

Making the most of

If you’ve just arrived at (the SOLWorld ning group), you may be looking at all the features and wondering where to start.  This note might be helpful…



Created by Mark McKergow Jun 3, 2008 at 4:55pm. Last updated by Jesper H Christiansen Aug 22, 2017.

Open Space at SOLworld conferences

SOLworld Open Space instructions as it was used at the 2011 conference, by Mark McKergow


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SOLWorld Resources

Welcome to the SOLWorld Resources section.  This part of the site features information about the SOLWorld network, our past events and materials from our previous website.  It will take some time to update all the information, so thanks for your patience. 

Information in this part of the site is 'read-only'.  If you want to start discussions, please go to the Forum or Groups. …


Created by Mark McKergow May 12, 2008 at 4:08pm. Last updated by Hans-Peter Korn Dec 25, 2009.

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