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Where are you based? (City & Country)
London, UK
In which role(s) do you use SF ideas and tools? (You can pick more than one)
Leader, Coach, Consultant, Trainer
What is your website (if any)?
What is your connection to Solution Focused Work (based on Insoo Kim Berg and Steve de Shazer at BFTC Milwaukee and others)?
With Jenny Clarke, I run the Centre for Solutions Focus at Work based in the UK but working all over the world. We aim to lead the latest developments in SF thinking and practice with our seminars, trainings, in-house development programmes, books (we also run the SolutionsBooks imprint) and keynote presentations. More at

I am author of The Solutions Focus (with Paul Z Jackson) - now in its second edition and eight languages, Positive Approaches to Change and Solutions Focus Working (both with Jenny Clarke).

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Early bird deadline for SOLWorld 2016 conference is the end of March!

The wonderful SOLWorld 2016 conference is booking up.  Remember that the cheapest way to get there is to take the early bird discount and book before the end of March 2016.  Full details at the conference page

Posted on March 25, 2016 at 10:57

My new book 'Host' is out at last!

Get it from or…


Posted on December 18, 2014 at 13:30

The first SF research conference - 19-20 September 2013, UK

Mark is very involved with setting up the first SF research conference. This two-day event is a co-production of SFCT and the University of Hertfordshire, and will take place on 19-20 September 2013 in Hatfield, just north of London.

The conference ( will present and build dialogues around these topics:

  • The future of therapeutic practice from non-pathologising, enactive…

Posted on May 21, 2013 at 18:36

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…


Posted on July 5, 2012 at 10:33

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At 19:46 on May 29, 2010, Stanus Cloete said…

Hi Mark, Here are the photo's of the steering group. Best wishes. Stanus

At 21:24 on May 18, 2009, Gerda Hammink said…
Dear Mark,
how happy I am with this virtual network! The spirit of SOL 2009 stays with me because of the possibility to stay in contact with all the great people I have met on Texel. Thank you very, very, very much for making this possible. Gerda
At 10:29 on May 18, 2009, Marianne Geurts said…
Dear Mark, thanks for the sharing thoughts during breakfast. And thanks for all your power and energy you have been investing in the (virual) network to make even more synergy possible... Marianne
At 16:12 on May 11, 2009, John Bonnett said…
Thanks for your early welcome to the group.
My minimal acquainance with the SF subject has led me to think its use could make business consultants more effective. Is that a possibility? Are there any examples, cases, where a series of SF steps have proven successful. Is there a 'best' approach to optimize its use?
At 22:33 on April 28, 2009, Roger Acton said…
Thanks Mark that clarifies things for me - I'll stick to using the full tool set.
All the best, Roger
At 20:35 on April 27, 2009, Roger Acton said…
Thanks for the welcome Mark much appreciated. Actually I do have one question/comment for you. I have really enjoyed applying the Solutions Focus Model in both 1:1 coaching and workshop situations - it feels really natural to me but ofd course needs losts of practice, as you say simple but subtle. My question relates to OSKAR, given your Solution Focus model has such flexibility why did you feel the need to add a specific coaching model. Thanks, Roger
At 12:47 on February 19, 2009, Julia Cook said…
Hi Mark,

Many thanks for the welcome, nice to hear from you. Kamila has also left a note for me, I feel like I belong already!

Don't do Facebook or any of those kinds of sites so it might take me a while to feel my way around this site. Gonna go now and see if I can do the friend adding thing....wish me luck! Julia.
At 19:07 on February 18, 2009, Karin Holzinger said…
Hello Mark, thanks for adding me to your circle of "friends" on SOLWorld, I'm honoured.

...currently trying very hard to remain solution-focused in the face of bad weather with snow and icy wind in Vienna ;o). Regards, Karin
At 6:34 on February 13, 2009, Meri Walker said…
Thanks for the tips, Mark. I've put code into these text boxes in Nings for awhile now, but I don't know WHAT code to use to get a Twitter update in here. Does Ning have a specific widget for this? Do I get it from Twitter? I've got updates on my wordpress blog with a plugin but I don't know what kind of widget to use here for Twitter... do you know? I figured you would because your feed looks so nice...
At 15:05 on February 12, 2009, Meri Walker said…
One more thing...Just followed you on Twitter and would love to add my Twitter updates to my page here. Would you please point me to the widget or whatever directions you used to add yours to your page?




Jumpstart into Solution Focus

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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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