The Collab Salon is a monthly webinar when online faculty and members from around the world meet together informally in real time. Our “meetings on a cloud” always occur at 5pm (New York time) on the third Sunday of the month, and each Salon we focus on a different theme as a starter dough for invigorating conversation. Sometimes we feature our Narrative Faculty as presenters and at other times we come together as equals around a particular shared interest area. Our meetings last about an hour (sometimes a bit longer, but usually not more than 1-1/2 hours). Events are recorded, and then become available on-demand afterwards to all Collab Salon members including anyone not able to join in real time. All members can participate in a Google Group – to share not only reflections and follow-up materials, but our innovations and projects with each other.
Four reasons you should join us:
- The Collab Salon is a place where members can meet informally in real time with others with common interests and commitments.
- Together we explore fresh ideas and practices with faculty from around the world.
- We are committed to technology and learning principles that support rather than dominate lively conversation.
- Our annual membership fee is only $100!
What Is Included in a Collab Salon Membership?
Collab Salon members can sign up to join our monthly real-time meetings on a cloud and access our growing library of current and past Collab Salons. All members can participate in a Google Group to continue to share discoveries, exchange ideas and learn from each other. A heart-felt thank you to all who have contributed!
How Do I Join the Collab Salon?
An annual membership to The Collab Salon gives you access to a whole world of conversation.
Five Steps in preparation
It’s easy! Just follow these five steps:
- Subscribe (or renew) your Collab Salon membership here.
- Download Zoom (it’s free!)
- Figure out when we meet according to your time zone here.
- Members review the Upcoming Collab Salons and register when you know you can join us. Remember you will need to login to register.
- When the time comes, join us in our special “Collab Salon Meeting Room” (posted for members only).
How It Works
How does The Collab Salon work?
It’s easy! Having tested a number of options, we chose Zoom – a cloud meeting company – as having the best video, audio and screen-sharing quality across Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, or telephone. For instructions for getting started, simply click here and/or read about Zoom on our FAQ page here.
Our Zoom Webinar plan has the capacity for up to 50 interactive video participants who can view the live session, and participate through a questions and answers dialog box with live or text answers.
Peggy Sax and Charley Lang facilitate the Collab Salon meetings. It’s a joy to have discovered this way to work together. This little video shows how our Zoom-based webinars work:
Interactive Learning Principles In Action
Rather than traditional teaching, Collab Salon faculty flip the classroom to guide and support our members.
- Whenever possible, we post a recording or text for participants to review ahead of time so we can reserve as much time as possible for conversation rather than lecture.
- Events are recorded, and then become available on-demand afterwards to all Collab Salon members including anyone not able to join in real time.
- If you wish, members can also post reflections and questions on the bottom of each Collab Salon post
Who We Are
Our exciting — and growing — online faculty also includes Maggie Carey, David Epston, Kay Ingamells, David Marsten, Laurie Markham, marcela polanco and Larry Zucker.
Our members are narrative practitioners, teachers, and students from all over the world who wish to pursue our studies of narrative practice and collaborative inquiry, to reflect on developments in our work, and to keep learning through study, practice, reflection and invigorating conversation. Regardless of our level of knowledge and skill, we aspire to a beginners mind — an attitude of openness, eagerness, and awareness of preconceptions. We come together for training, professional development and continuing education in a narrative approach to therapy, organization and community work.
In January, 2015, we began an archive of past Collab Salons. Each archived post includes a recording of the actual session as well as whichever materials were presented through powerpoint slides, video and/or written material. For example, here is a glimpse at SuEllen Hamkins’ presentation slides from the March, 2015 Salon
All Collab members are welcome to review — and share reflections — on previous sessions. Here are some items in our ever-growing library Past Collab Salons:
- Sunday, January 18, 2015 : An introduction to each other, Zoom, and Re-authoring Teaching features.
- Sunday, February 15, 2015: Larry Zucker: Escaping Blame: Helping Couples Develop Account-Ability.
- Sunday, March 15, 2015: SuEllen Hamkins: Sustaining hope, creativity and emotional attunement when working with people facing severe and persistent problems.
- Sunday, April 19, 2015: Maggie Carey: Current Reflections on Rich Story Development.
- Sunday, May 20th, 2015: Charley Lang: Reflections on Queer Counseling.
- Sunday, June 21, 2015 @ 5:00 pm NY time: Peggy Sax: Teaching & Learning Narrative Therapy.
- Sunday, July 21, 2015: Laurie Markham & David Marsten: Imagining new possibilities with young people and their families.
- Sunday, August 16, 2015: Peggy Sax: Orienting to new Re-authoring Teaching features
- Sunday, September 20, 2015: marcela polanco: Culturally grounded practices from latin american perspectives
- Sunday, October 18, 2015: Michael Giancola, Charley Lang & Will Sherwin: Exploring new possibilities for outsider witnessing
- November 15, 2015: David Epston, Sasha Pilkington, Travis Heath: Case studies: Writing, mapping and learning practice (SPECIAL TWO HOUR SESSION!)
- December 20, 2015: Linda Moxley: Recuperating Michael White and recuriositizing narrative therapy
- January 17, 2016: Sarah Hughes & Linda Moxley: Reimagining Narrative therapy: Where might narrative practice go now?
As you explore The Collab Salon, please remember we are interested in your ideas. We are co-creating this online learning community together, so we value your help in generating a space that is really useful and engaging. Check out these ways to engage in conversation outside of the monthly salons.