Entries by Robert Sams

Just Hanging Out

Just Hangin’ Out… One of the privileges of working in a community-led, service-oriented organisation, is that I come across some remarkable people. Remarkable, not because they are heroes who save the day, not because they perform magical acts that miraculously take away the pain and grief that many people we connect with experience, and not […]

Dolphyn Newsletter – Sept. 2018

Important Changes at Dolphyn Welcome to Dolphyn’s latest Newsletter where we share important and exciting news about our future. People who have followed our work closely will know of my personal involvement with Lifeline for many years. I started as a volunteer Director in the Newcastle & Hunter region in November 2012. Dolphyn began in March […]

Models From Social Sensemaking

Social Sensemaking In this piece I introduce you to two of the semiotic models developed in my first book Social Sensemaking. Firstly, The Decision Tree and then The Trade-offs Model. The Decision Tree Why is it challenging to accept that many of our ideas and thoughts originate in our unconscious? What is it that seduces […]

Support and Empowerment in Helping Others

How may our worldview influence our method when it comes to training and also helping others? If we do not acknowledge our own worldview, what impact may this have in how we support others? Also, how can we even begin to ponder what our worldview is, and so consider the above questions, if we don’t […]

I was Offloaded!

Why is it that even with ample information, and despite ‘knowing‘ differently, that sometimes our ‘feeling of risk’ may override, or at least heavily influence, our response to it? Also, how could someone who has studied and reflected on it in a rather intimate way for the last six years, not control or change their […]

Do we Need a Different Way of Being in Safety?

There are many people working in Safety who seek a ‘different’ way of engaging with others, and rightly so. The current policing and patrolling approaches adopted by many, seem to be doing little to support people in how they tackle the challenges of risk. Some even suggest that rather than being a problem, people are […]

Social Sensemaking – Auckland Workshop – 14 May 2018

So What is Social Sensemaking? As author Rob Sams notes, the book and the idea itself of ‘sensemaking’, was born from a search for a more humanistic approach and methodology to supporting people to deal with risk. That is because to make sense of risk, we need to commune and converse with others; that is, […]

Human Being and Becoming

I’m enjoying reading David G. Benner’s Human Being and Becoming (http://www.drdavidgbenner.ca/human-being-and-becoming/) at the moment; I’m on my third read. Here are some quotes from the read on my flight home this afternoon: “Ultimately, we need a meaning that will be strong enough to make suffering sufferable… But for meaning to be useful, it has to help […]

In This Together

The Importance of Social Identity in Health – Including Dealing with Pain We know that humans are social beings. That is, we long for, and need connection with others. It is at the very heart of what it means to our being as a human. We know also that on the flip side of this is […]