David Whyte - eTown

THE COURAGE IN POETRY – Understanding the Relationship Between Vitality & Vulnerability

  • When: May 11, 2019 Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Where: eTOWN HALL / 1535 Spruce Street, Boulder, CO 80302
  • Cost: $95 (Plus Applicable Service Fees)
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Much is said in today's world about just being. But human beings have never had the luxury of choosing between an untouched and interior foundational self and the necessities and often overwhelming revelations of the outer world, where we have to work, pay bills and look after others, often before ourselves.

We are conversational creatures who shape a real identity only at the edge between our exhaustion and our vitality, between the self and the world, between the here and the there, between leading others and then following them, between how we need to be and what we need to be, and especially between the ground beneath our feet and the far horizon to which we go.

Join David Whyte, through the revelations of poetry and the poetic tradition, for a look at some of the bold, courageous, robustly vulnerable and sometimes painful steps in bringing our seemingly interior states out into the world to do, to achieve and above all to give.


David Whyte

David Whyte - eTown

Poet David Whyte grew up with a strong, imaginative influence from his Irish mother among the hills and valleys of his father’s Yorkshire. He now makes his home in the Pacific Northwest of the United States.

The author of nine books of poetry and four books of prose, David Whyte holds a degree in Marine Zoology, honorary degrees from Neumann College and Royal Roads University, and has traveled extensively, including living and working as a naturalist guide in the Galapagos Islands and leading anthropological and natural history expeditions in the Andes, Amazon and Himalaya. He brings this wealth of experience to his poetry, lectures and workshops.

His life as a poet has created a readership and listenership in three normally mutually exclusive areas: the literate world of readings that most poets inhabit, the psychological and theological worlds of philosophical enquiry and the world of vocation, work and organizational leadership.

An Associate Fellow at Said Business School at the University of Oxford, he is one of the few poets to take his perspectives on creativity into the field of organizational development, where he works with many European, American and international companies.

In organizational settings, using poetry and thoughtful commentary, he illustrates how we can foster qualities of courage and engagement; qualities needed if we are to respond to today’s call for increased creativity and adaptability in the workplace. He brings a unique and important contribution to our understanding of the nature of individual and organizational change, particularly through his unique perspectives on Conversational Leadership.