26th Global

Mentoring, Coaching and Supervision Conference

1-3 June 2020

26th Global

Mentoring, Coaching and Supervision Conference

1-3 June 2020


Katherine Long

Taking a living systems approach to Diversity & Inclusion

Theme: Diversity & Inclusion for Organisations

Area: Coaching & Mentoring

Style: Mainly Discussion

Type: Workshop

Session on 2 June 2020 14:00 UTC - View on timetable


This session is aimed at anyone who is committed to supporting the Diversity & Inclusion of their organisation or of their client’s and is looking for some fresh angles and ideas to inspire their thinking.  Borrowing from a range of disciplines (living systems thinking, complexity theory, appreciative enquiry) we’ll be exploring participants own questions and contexts through a range of lenses, creating a rich data picture amongst the group to better understand promising practices, as well as how to recognise how and where both resistance to change and conformity may be created as an unintended consequence to change initiatives.

This is less of a ‘how to’, but rather  an opportunity to broaden ways of thinking about supporting greater diversity as a key enabler to addressing complex organisational challenges.  We will be applying a Theory U process to support the over-arching framework for the session, as well as drawing from Nora Bateson’s Warm Data Lab methodology. Please come ready to share, listen, and explore new territory!



Katherine Long is an experience coach and OD practitioner with over 25 years of experience.  Katherine is EMCC accredited at Master Practitioner level and is an EMCC accredited supervisor. Coming from a background in culture change and inter-cultural competences in leaders and teams, Katherine has partnered with numerous teams globally to support the health and well-being of the whole system (individual, team, organisation, and inter-organisation) as well as addressing their specific challenges applying a whole systems approach to growth and change.

Katherine previously led the Masters in Coaching programme at the University of Warwick (UK) and currently combines coaching and organisation development work via living systems/regenerative design approaches including Diversity & Inclusion.  She also leads immersion in nature retreats for leaders and change practitioners allowing an embodied experience of living systems thinking and being to illuminate new ways forward.