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David Whyte        

Acclaimed Poet & Naturalist

David Whyte is a poet, author and internationally acclaimed speaker. He is the author of six books of poetry and three books of prose. His poetry collections include Pilgrim (2012) and River Flow: New and Selected Poems (2007), and Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words.

Whyte’s life as a poet has created a readership and listenership in three normally mutually exclusive areas: the literate world of readings that most poets inhabit; the psychological and theological worlds of philosophical enquiry; and the world of vocation, work, and organizational leadership.

An Associate Fellow at Templeton College and Said Business School at the University of Oxford, he is one of the few poets to take his perspectives on creativity into the field of organizational development, where he works with many European, American, and international companies. In spring of 2008, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Neumann College, Pennsylvania.

In organizational settings, using poetry and thoughtful commentary, he illustrates how we can foster qualities of courage and engagement, qualities needed if we are to respond to today’s call for increased creativity and adaptability in the workplace. He brings a unique and important contribution to our understanding of the nature of individual and organizational change particularly through his perspectives on Conversational Leadership.

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SOLACE: The Art of Asking the Beautiful Question

An Evening with David Whyte

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