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Michelle Murton

Michelle Murton

Michelle Murton is a nutritionist and public health practitioner with the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness, and a registered yoga teacher. She says she is privileged to learn from and work with fellow lovers of good, healthy, sustainable food--nationally, provincially and in local communities. She believes food and health are essential, sacred and precious, and offers her experience and passion to ‘real’ conversations and action in these domains.

Transforming Public Health in Nova Scotia with Participatory Leadership

Posted on November 29, 2011

Co-authored by Nicole Druhan-McGinn

We have begun a new journey in Nova Scotia, one that has challenged us to re-imagine, regenerate and reinvigorate our public health system. In December 2008, a group of practitioners and partners in public health from across the province began searching for new ways to bring people together to seek solutions that would benefit the public health system and improve the health of our population.

We recognized that to address the current challenges, we needed to tap into the wisdom of diverse stakeholders, and doing so required a different approach. One that fostered leadership, collective ownership, deep listening, and innovation. Our approach was rooted in participatory leadership, believing that change for the common good called for involvement, collective intelligence and co-creation to discover new solutions and wise actions. We invested in learning new ways of working together using participatory methods including Art of Hosting, Appreciative Inquiry, World Café and Theory U. We chose Theory U to guide our journey as it encouraged fresh ways of being and seeing the world and its opportunities, and uncovering solutions together. Read More »