Getting to know Michael White

Like many other approaches in the field of organizational transformation, working with stories in organizations has some roots in the therapeutic field.

One of the seminal figures that shaped what is now called Narrative Therapy was Michael White. During his career as a social worker and family therapist, he developed foundational practices like Externalization conversations, Re-Membering Conversations and others and founded the Dulwich Center – now a leading institution for the advancement and teaching of narrative therapy and community work.

What made his work distinct is not only the inventiveness and creativity he brought into his work, but also the keen awareness for how our surroundings and the social and historical context in which we live shape the stories we choose to inhabit.

In 2005, Michael White was invited by ABC for a small radio feature. Together with witer and autobiographer Barbara Brooks, he explores the impact of story on the life of people and the possibilities to evolve these stories into narratives that are healthier for themselves and others.

For the commemoration of the ten years of Michael White´s death, the Dulwich center produced short assemblage of some notable moments during his lectures. The scenes captured in the video provide a glimpse into the thinking and practice of one of the pioneers of transformative narrative work.

 Click on the image to watch the Video on Vimeo.

Click on the image to watch the Video on Vimeo.

Many of his writings are available online and the Dulwich center offers a nice video series on the foundational concepts of narrative practice.

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