Life Journey Map® author.
About Scott Bristol
Creating educational settings in which all participants, including myself, can approach learning and change with a sense of curiosity and support, is my essential focus as an educator. I especially enjoy helping others apply their learning's to making their work lives and personal lives meaningful. I call myself an educator.
A number a years ago I left a corporate job as Director of Training and Organizational Development. Part of my reason for leaving was accepting my limited ability to create learning settings where I could be my most meaningful self.
After reflecting on this experience I came to the conclusion that the dialogues I participate in define me. It is through dialogue (verbal, written, and non-verbal) with others that I manifest the values that give me meaning and define me. In retrospect, what I felt was a frustration at my own inability to effect meaningful dialogue- dialogue that was rich in content and process and able to address our team's pressing problems.
Having worked professionally as a therapist, experiential educator, group process consultant and having worked on a number of creative and productive teams, I'm well aware of specific skills necessary for rich dialogue, creative problem solving, and continuous learning.
What I have learned through my work in values is a more realistic way to align with and appreciate an individual's, team's, or culture's present potential for change... vs. my need for them to change.
If I extrapolate on my learnings, then my biography is a history of the conversations that have influenced me. Here are some of the people and dialogues, past and present, that define me:
- My wife Michaela, who reminds me to exercise, laugh, and with whom I share a life mission of being 'guardians of hope' to the marginalized.
- Isadore From, a Gestalt Therapist, who I studied with and who taught me how to be "present". And who I still talk to, with amusement and intellectual rigor, even though he's dead.
- Learning how teams work and how I can use authentic disclosure to facilitate problem solving is a 40 year conversation I been having with my professional colleagues at NTL Institute. NTL is a organization I'm proud to be a member of because of our commitment to human rights- freedom, justice, and equality.
- 'First Communion' songs and voices of hope and prayer: St. Matthew's Anglican Church in Soweto, South Africa; August, 1987.
- Rinpoche Tara who spoke in Tibetan, but who through an interpreter taught me about compassion and Mahayana Buddhism.
- Listening to, my mother, Barbara's excitement, compassion and dedication to teaching students to read. She went back to teaching school in 1998, at age 71.
- My father, Dale introduced me to meditation. As a young boy and teenager fishing and hunting with my father, saying little while sitting, surrounded by the wonder of outdoor silence, was a language of its own.
- Laughing at the outrageous antics of 'Calvin and Hobbes' while reading years ago to my daughter's- Mirar and Nigel.
- Learning about diversity from, my son, Dalyn's life and suicide and his 18 year struggle with mental illness.
- My professional education and experience.
- My passion for books, good science, and different fields of study.
Current Projects and Interests
- LJMap.com is a growing project that challenges me at many levels.
- Making the Life Journey Map® available in more languages.
- Ball room dancing... still learning to be a good lead and get up to courage to dance in public.
- Moutain biking, swimming, hiking, and staying healthy.
Scott Bristol, Ed.D.