Debb Hurlock, PhD
Creative Theory is a boutique Calgary-based consulting company that started in 1996. My consulting work comes in many different forms, from community-based research to facilitation to strategic development. I draw much of my love of working within complex and un-knowing spaces from my union of social justice and poetry. This may sound like a stretch, but not so much, given my first love is the marriage of art and social justice. Whether I begin with a poem, or surfacing the learnings of a group of people, or an organization, I arrive with similar questions: What are the nuances of an organization or project? What are its values and social context? What are its lifelines, struggles, and possibilities? Essentially, I ask myself, what are the poetics of an organization?
Whatever the form of the consulting projects, my process remains steadfast: I believe working with clients is a recursive process of curiosity, acute listening and generous dialogue. This ensures that the work leverages the capacities of an organization, and pairs them with the new understandings and changes that emerge from the consulting process.
At the end of the day, I believe that this is simply caring and ethical practice.