When an innovative education centre such as the KAOS-PILOT UNIVERSITY
- themselves experts in creating change - need an external person to guide
the staff and the leadership team through our own internal renewal process,
we could only ask for help from only the best. And Jean-Claude Audergon
was the person we asked to guide us in change.
A weekend is not a long time. But, Jean-Claude did what no one thought
was possible. With a mix of humor, smartness, cleverness, wisdom, a a
lot of practical tools and 'on the floor experiments' Jean-Claude confronted
the staff with itself, the reality we create daily.
The result was outstanding, on an individual, team, and organizational
level. That's half a year ago. Yet the learning process is still alive
and kicking! That's something! The only problem is: we want more of Jean-Claude
Audergon's work - his worldview, his working methods, his feeling for
life and his ability to help us with team fights, but also with playfulness
and sensuality which comes with it.
Uffe Elbaek, Director Kaos Pilots University, Aarbus DK
When I met Lane Arye and Arlene Audergon, in 1994, my country was torn
apart by bloody war. At that time, Arlene and Lane became our link to
the world, and the world's link to us, and somehow our link to the future.
Over the years, their commitment to understand, support, and facilitate
conflicts and post-war tensions made a tremendous difference. It takes
great skill to transform such deep conflicts, and it was hard to navigate
through the thick fog of history, myths, prejudice, hatred, violence,
mistrust, and hopelessness. Daring to sit in this fire with us and facilitate
with respect and true love, Arlene and Lane enabled us to witness in awe
moments of change. Hundreds of people left those conflict facilitation
seminars with renewed sense of hope, which helped to transform their lives
and their communities. Personally, I am grateful for the growth that happened
inside me, inside many people I care about, and inside my country through
Tanja Radocaj - UNICEF's liaison with the Croatian Government, Zagreb,
I saw Arlene Audergon and Lane Arye conducting reconciliation workshops
with the groups of Croats and Serbs in Croatia, just after the war was
over, and ever since then I have had no hesitation to recommend either
of them for any conflict facilitation work. I saw them demonstrating an
outstanding ability to accurately notice and understand the various dynamics
in the group, not necessarily the foreground ones only. However, I was
far more impressed with their courage and capacity not to understand and,
then, venture together with the group in the process of unveiling. Still,
all this would be in vain without the end result, which, now from the
hindsight, looks even more remarkable than immediately after the workshops,
when Serbs and Croats were emotionally expressing mutual understandings
and commitments for dialog and support. Most of the participants did actually
live up to these commitments."
Misko Mimica - United Nations High Commission for Refugees, Community
Services Officer, Pristina, Kosovo
Lane and Arlene joined us in Croatia during a very hot and difficult period
immediately after the war. They participated in the design of the project "Building Sustainable Community in the Aftermath of War," and facilitated
many forums for professionals and leaders from all over Croatia. They
also trained, supervised, and supported members and associates of our
organization. Arlene and Lane showed persistence, tolerance and enormous
sensitivity to all our experiences, opinions, emotions and expressions.
They helped us to understand processes and encouraged us to work with
horrible conflicts and traumatic experiences. Their commitment made a
change in us, local professionals - a change away from discouragement,
avoidance, and giving up in this difficult job. We plan to work together
more in order to prevent violent conflicts, promote higher values, and
guide more people in building their sustainable communities.
Nives Ivelja, president of the Association "Mi", Split, Croatia.
President of the Council for Development of Civil Society in Croatia
Letter from Tanja Radocaj, Director of Unicef, Croatia