Using Meetup to Build Community

In this, our fourth Clean Learning podcast, I interview Katie Raver, a Community Consultant from Austin Texas. She uses a website called Meetup to help people to build different kinds of communities in Austin and other places in the USA. During the podcast, Katie talks about how she got started with Meetup and the thriving NLP community she has helped build. This has led to an interest in Clean Language and earlier this year she organised for Penny Tompkins and James Lawley to run a 'Symbolic Modelling Lite' training there. Katie describes the experience of being a client with Clean Language as 'shining a light on parts of my internal map that I might not normally go to'. Katie has also been instrumental in helping to get us to get an opportunity to deliver a 1-day training in Clean Language at the IASH Conference in California.

Katie has done a modelling project on the whole process of building community using Meetup, including how groups form, how they make decisions and how groups dissolve - and during the second half of the call, I ask Katie clean questions about when she is community building at her best. 

Tags: podcast, clean language, marian way, katie raver, meetup, community, nlp, at my best

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Marian Way

Company Director & Trainer, Portchester, Fareham
A highly skilled facilitator and trainer, Marian, who founded Clean Learning in 2001, has developed and delivered training across the world. She is the author of Clean Approaches for Coaches, co-author, with James Lawley, of Insights in Space and co-author, with Caitlin Walker, of So you want to be... #DramaFree. Marian is an expert Clean facilitator, an adept modeller, a programme writer and an inspirational trainer. She has a natural ability to model existing structures, find the connections between them and design new ways for people to learn. Marian was a leading innovator within the Weight Watchers organisation, which included developing the “points” strategy, a local idea that went on to become a global innovation. She is a director of both Clean Learning and Training Attention CIC, world leaders in clean applications for corporate, educational and community development. She designs our programmes and workbooks, leads workshops and teaches on all our courses. She's trained people in Great Britain, Russia, Sweden, Germany, Australia, Japan and the USA. Marian is also a recognised Clean Assessor.

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