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Martin

Certified Professional Facilitator

I have been facilitating international gatherings since my first assignment with the UN in 2002. I draw on a deep understanding of personal and group dynamics and am in demand as a facilitator of group processes large and small and as crisis coach for leaders worldwide. I am accredited by the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) as a Certified Professional Facilitation™. [More...]

Since volunteering with disadvantaged young people in Moss Side Manchester in the late 1960s and then in a South African charity, I held leadership positions including at Save the Children and the British Red Cross before establishing get2thepoint.

I was Regional Director (Europe, Middle East, N Africa) of IAF for three years to 2015 and I continue to play an active part in a vibrant worldwide community of facilitators.

In 2014 I swam from Alcatraz to San Francisco to raise money for prisoners education, has managed not to come last in six triathlons, enjoys trying to grow vegetables and is the proud owner of a 1968 BSA Bantam D14/4 motorbike.

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Team

I like working creatively with others and have enjoyed collaborating with many people over many years. Based on openness, shared passion and mutual respect the team changes continually as initiatives and projects come and go.

My collaborators in 2017 are:

Andy Connor | Giulia Lindsay | Graham Irwin | Marianne Hartley | Paul Cursons | Richard Chapman | Steven Appleby

Andy Connor is an alternative to throwing the laptop out of the window. If email starts doing weird things or the screen goes a funny colour, he’ll work out what to do. Phew.

Giulia

Giulia Lindsay is project manager for the Meeting Together videos project and also a co-facilitator. When she’s not doing that she works as a facilitator for adults and children. After 3 years running workshops in a change management role in the civil service, she started training and working as a Montessori school teacher. She is Italian English bi-lingual, enjoys the parallels between supporting young children in their learning and co-creating projects amongst adults.

Graham

For almost a decade and a half Graham Irwin has been building and maintaining get2thepoint websites. Since 1990 he has been making computer technology ‘easy to use for all and provide a human side to the world of computing.’ He says of himself that ‘I am a compassionate and spiritually aware man who has committed my life to applying my skills and experience to enlarge and enhance the quality of life for all concerned’. Since 2016 he has been a volunteer mentor in the Sitepoint webmaster forums.

Marianne

Marianne Hartley is the genius who, with Martin, has co-created the get2thepoint branding and design you see on this website. She has been working with Martin since designing the book Meeting Together in 2006. Working in English, French and German, from Basel and London, Marianne is the founder of Hartley and Soul, which creates ‘beautiful designs that truly reflect your passion for your business and its values, engages all of your senses and creates a heart to heart connection that leaves you and your customers feeling connected, engaged and fulfilled. This [is] healing design.’ Indeed it is.

Paul

Paul Cursons has been making the get2thepoint books balance for decades. With Paul’s care and eye for detail, it all works wonderfully smoothly. With a life time of experience as an independent book keeper he makes it all seem so easy.

Richard

Richard Chapman is a trusted friend and co-facilitator colleague with whom I have worked on a series of projects for some years now in the UK and internationally. Richard is a writer, composer and facilitator working with individuals, groups and organisations seeking to integrate sustainability principles into their practice. Whatever form his work takes, Richard’s aim is to help bring about those moments of insight and realisation which lead to positive change and transformation. With an intuitive understanding of depth, he is a most insightful guide and fellow-traveller through the often tricky complexities of group dynamics.

Steven

Steven Appleby is the lovely person behind all the drawings you see on the site and which you will also see throughout Meeting Together. He is an ‘absurdist cartoonist, illustrator and artist living in Britain.’ His humour has been described as ‘observational or absurd, with a keen sense of the turmoil of fear and obsession that teems beneath the respectable exterior of most of us.’ Just perfect for drawing what really goes on in meetings and in our jumbled minds.

 

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There’s Us and there’s You. We have a lot in common. There’s more that unites us than divides. That's how we see it.

We would love to work with you if you see something of yourself here:

  • You value what people can give more than what money can buy;
  • You would like to understand the connections within and between people and with the world around them;
  • You are willing to let go of old ways which don’t work any more and are open to letting something new emerge;
  • You are passionate about what good can happen when people really meet together;
  • You are willing to explore ways of reciprocating, by money or otherwise.

You may also see yourself as part of civil society - an aspiration towards a decent way of living together in local and global communities in which there is a just and sustainable prosperity, in which everyone seeks health, wellbeing and fulfilment and also the relief of suffering for all. My passion is to help people in groups, organisations and networks for whom a primary purpose is seeing this aspiration come true, by engaging in collaborative activity for the good of all.

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This is what clients have said about Martin and get2thepoint:

‘This was the best facilitated session I've ever been to.’
Juliet Michaelson lead author of the report 'The Cost of Loneliness to UK Employers', February 2017

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