Louise Mitchell, BSc, DipEd, has over 25 years experience as an educator. She began teaching in Catholic Secondary Schools, a rich and rewarding vocation and then in 2000 joined the Australian Emergency Management Institute (AEMI) as an educator and assistant director for 16 years. Here she was immersed in the dynamics of community and disaster impacts and saw the benefits of and explored the art of working collaboratively across sectors. Holding the tensions of this important societal work and different organisational cultures and continuing to ask questions led to an introduction to the Center for Courage & Renewal in 2010 through Parker Palmer’s books and subsequent retreats. She undertook facilitator preparation in 2014/15 with the support of the Institute to develop programs for participatory leadership development in Disaster Recovery. The Circles of Trust® Principles and Practices have contributed to her passion for group facilitation and educational work that incorporates the whole person and creates community. Louise has a particular interest in working with community recovery workers, K-12 educators, community initiatives and grassroots groups for meaning making with the hope of fostering generative organisational and community cultures.
"Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force …. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand. Ideas actually begin to grow within us and come to life …. When we listen to people there is an alternating current, and this recharges us so that we never get tired of each other …"