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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

Added by Mark McKergow on March 25, 2016 at 10:57 — No Comments

My new book 'Host' is out at last!

Get it from or…


Added by Mark McKergow on December 18, 2014 at 13:30 — No Comments

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…

Added by Mark McKergow on May 21, 2013 at 18:36 — No 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

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 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

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

The evolution of 'SF Theory' - discussion transcript from EBTA Dresden

I was very honoured to be asked by Heike Schemmel to host a discussion group on the 'evolution of SF Theory' at the recent EBTA conference in Dresden, October 2011.  The invited participants alongside me were Gale Miller, Rayya Ghul and Kirsten Dierolf.   Also participating were Michael Durrant, Michael Hjerth, Carey Glass, Jenny Clarke, Bertil Andersson,  Wolfgang Gaiswinkler, Klaus Schenck and Aviva Suskin-Holmqvist.

I have had the session transcribed.  You can read it by clicking…


Added by Mark McKergow on October 20, 2011 at 14:30 — 4 Comments

Online SF Business Professional course starts 23 October

Thirteen intrepid coaches, consultants and managers joined me on the first online SF Professional course this summer.  Running online in conjunction with the University of Milwaukee Wisconsin (with its historic links to Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg), the programme featured sixteen weeks of readings, discussions, exercises, coaching practice and a project – just like…


Added by Mark McKergow on September 19, 2011 at 8:32 — No Comments

SOLWorld conference 2011 Hungary - personal reflections

This year saw the TENTH international SOLWorld conference!  It’s all come a long way from the initial plans of a few people (including me) in the Hatchet pub, Bristol in 2000 to hold a meeting for anyone interested in applying Solution Focused ideas to organisational work.

This year we were beside Lake Balaton, Hungary in the delightful setting of the Grand Hotel Anna.  Over 120 people from 23 countries gathered to share and build SF practice in organisations, including people from…


Added by Mark McKergow on May 26, 2011 at 12:17 — No Comments

Mark interviewed by Cheryl Esposito, Leading Conversations Radio

Leading Conversations Radio features weekly conversations with leadership thinkers, writers and developers.  The show is introduced by Cheryl Esposito and has hosted many top people - Peter Senge appears in a couple of weeks time.  But before that. you can hear me! 


This three part interview covers many topics including Solutions Focus, the implications of… Continue

Added by Mark McKergow on April 2, 2011 at 10:19 — No Comments

SF for multicultural virtual teams – 5-6 May 2011, Budapest

We have an exciting new venture starting later this year.  sfwork, in partnership with leading London-based cross-cultural specialists Coghill Beery, will be offering a new workshop – Solutions Focus for Cultural Diversity.  The event is promoted by the Society for Organisational Learning Hungary, and we hope to attract participants from across Europe to Budapest for the… Continue

Added by Mark McKergow on March 15, 2011 at 11:14 — 2 Comments

Are conversations emergent? Are ALL conversations emergent?

Discussion at the 1st International Workshop on Complexity and Real World Applications, Botleigh Grange Hotel, Southampton, 21-23 July 2010

Present: Mark McKergow, Ed Olsen, Eileen Conn, Stefanos Michiotis, Martin Reynolds and…


Added by Mark McKergow on August 17, 2010 at 15:48 — 1 Comment

Fantasy academic centre game - come and play!

At the recent 'SF summit' gathering in Malmo (see my report at, Gale Miller suggested that we start playing the game of 'fantasy academic centre'.

It works like this: Suppose that someone has given us $10 million to set up an multi-disciplinary academic centre, probably based at a university, to produce excellent and provocative material in support of the 'SF paradigm' - the framework within which our…


Added by Mark McKergow on May 30, 2010 at 20:00 — No Comments

Daniele Moyal-Sharrock's papers from SOLWorld 2010

We were honoured to have Professor Daniele Moyal-Sharrock join us in Bucharest as a plenary speaker. Daniele is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hertfordshire, UK, and one of the world's leading Wittgenstein scholars. She is also President of the British Wittgenstein Society (

Daniele presented her paper Coming to Language:…


Added by Mark McKergow on May 15, 2010 at 12:21 — 5 Comments

SOLWorld 2010 conference report

The 2010 SOLWorld conference was held last week in Bucharest, Romania. I have just returned from an exciting, thought-provoking and exhausting few days, and wanted to jot down a few thoughts about it all.

The event was held in two adjoining hotels (the Ramada Parc and Ramada Plaza) – this worked very well, with a big plenary room in one and nice workshops rooms in the other. We met on Wednesday evening for a buffet meal – always so many people to say hello and reconnect…


Added by Mark McKergow on May 10, 2010 at 14:54 — 1 Comment

Holacracy - organising with dynamic steering, not predict and control

I have just completed a very interesting online course (four 3-hour sessions over two weeks) in Holacracy – an exciting new way of organising. I use the verb ‘organising’ carefully here, as one of the most interesting aspects of Holacracy is the way it embraces continuous change and movement, with careful language and structured processes that embrace and utilise the change that’s inevitably happening.

Holacracy (the word comes from holarchy, not holistic or holon) is described as…


Added by Mark McKergow on April 2, 2010 at 11:45 — 1 Comment

SF at the OD World Summit, Budapest, 22-26 August 2010

There will be a major conference in Budapest later this year. The first OD World Summit is happening from 22-26 August 2010. Even better, SF will have a good role there - SFCT have been accepted as one of the official 'supporting organisations' alongside Appreciative Inquiry, Open Space, World Cafe, OD Network and many more.
You can find out…

Added by Mark McKergow on March 30, 2010 at 13:16 — 1 Comment




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


Created by Katalin Hankovszky Dec 30, 2015 at 10:18pm. Last updated by Katalin Hankovszky Dec 30, 2015.

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 Mark McKergow Dec 2, 2022.

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