“Kerry McGovern and Associates brought me over to Brisbane to do a masterclass on the Map of Meaning and we decided to launch the book to coincide with the River of Fire which ends the Brisbane Festival. So, in the borrowed light of fireworks, we launched the book in Australia.
Despite the fireworks, given that 14,000 civil servants in Queensland had just been made redundant, the mood was stunned, angry and despairing at times.
In the masterclass, the Map of Meaning proved its value by reconnecting people with what is enduring and vital in their lives. Its simplicity made it easy for people to grasp even when upset, and its depth supported them in reclaiming what is truly valuable to them and once again put this at the foundation of their thinking.
Through the masterclass each person found ways to bring their insights into practical action in their lives.
“I feel as if I have been bumping into things in the dark all my life and now someone has switched on the light. It validates all my past decisions and it gives me the framework for my future”, said Elvan Turak.
I’ll be going back to Brisbane to do another masterclass in April 2013. It is a joy to have such a constructive framework to offer to people when they are struggling in such challenging times”.
This account of the Map of Meaning masterclass 2012 is brought to you by Lani Morris, co-author of The Map of Meaning
A Guide to Sustaining our Humanity in the World of Work.
To find out more about the Map of Meaning, why not have a look at fellow author Marjo Lips-Wiersma’s engaging TEDx talk on how to find meaning in the daily grind.