Trip Barthel, “Creativity in Consultation”

Sunday, June 5, 2016, 2 p.m. Eastern (11 a.m. Pacific, 8 p.m. Western European time)

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The most difficult problems require the most creative solutions.  This webinar will connect the Writings, the science and the practice of creativity, and show how to apply it in consultation. Creativity is not 9 people talking around a table.  Creativity begins in isolation.  Dreams enable our creativity, subjects who dreamed during a nap resolved 40 % more puzzles.  It is an axiomatic fact that while you meditate you are speaking with your own spirit. In that state of mind you put certain questions to your spirit and the spirit answers: the light breaks forth and the reality is revealed ( (‘Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks 174, rpt. 1972).  The source of every new idea is the same, it is a network of neurons shifting into an unfamiliar pattern.  Knowing this, how do we create an environment of creativity?  We’ll end the webinar with some simple activities that promote higher levels of creativity.


Trip Barthel, M.A.C.R. (Antioch Univ.), has been teaching and practicing mediation and facilitation around the world since 1997. He has taught at the National Judicial College, University of Nevada (Reno) and Shivaji University in Pune, India. He was adjunct faculty for 5 years at JiaoTong University (Shanghai) and Shanghai University of Political Science and Law.  He has given training programs in Hong Kong, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Russia, Czech Republic and England. He was the Founder and past Executive Director (1999-2009), Neighborhood Mediation Center, Reno, Nevada. Trip has conducted over 400 mediations, 50 arbitrations and trained over 3,000 people in courses ranging from 2-40 hours. Trip is past President of the Nevada Dispute Resolution Coalition and a member of Association for Conflict Resolution. Trip serves on the Advisory Board for Mediators Beyond Borders and the Asia Pacific Mediation Forum. Trip was a trainer for Baha’i Justice Society’s 40 hour Mediation Program from 1997 to 2007. He has written 2 Baha’i books, Golden Choices and Dynamic Consultation.

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