Who is using Clean Language, anyway?
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Who is using Clean Language, anyway?

A compilation of interviews of people around the world using Clean Language in their work

About the Book

We, Andrea Chiou and Sharon Small, have created this book to help connect the community of people using clean language questions and methodologies to others who are interested in clean models and methodologies. We wanted to create a fun to read book filled with personal stories. We also wanted to create a book with the potential to grow, which is how we came to use Leanpub.

Clean language practitioners and enthusiasts use a certain set of questions, called clean questions and a different way of listening to encourage independent thinking and discovery. There is a philosophy behind clean as well - one that holds a person’s experience and understanding of the world in highest respect with the intention of non-interference. We are taught a way of listening and asking questions that gives the person we are with complete freedom to have and own their own way of being without our suggestions, input or creative re-interpretations. There is more to it than this and our hope is as you read through the pages of this book that you will begin to see the difference being ‘clean’ can make for you and those you care about most.

Clean is practiced now in a very wide variety of professions and domains. This book will begin to give you a flavor of the breadth of its impact, from equine therapists to small IT shops, from music teachers to ISO 9000 auditors. Clean is universal because it taps into our most innate desire for acceptance and connection and does so in such a respectful way.

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Andrea Chiou
Andrea Chiou

I am an agile coach working and living in Reston, Virginia who has been studying and using Clean Language, Symbollic Modeling, and Systemic Modeling since 2012. My interest in Clean Language comes from a deep desire to learn to accept each person exactly as they are and to support them in who they want to become. Through clean language I have learned to stay curious, rather than to advise, judge, or fix people, when coaching.  I edit/create the Who Is books because they contribute to this wonderful community and broaden the reach of these tools in a very personal way - through the stories of individuals whose lives these tools have changed. I founded the company Connections At Work, LLC to promote these skills in the workplace as well.

Sharon Small
Sharon Small

About Us

Sharon Small

I have been teaching Clean Language methodologies since 2008. Over the past 12 years I have become an internationally recognized Clean Language trainer, assessor and am the founder of the Clean Language Institute in California. I love innovation, creative solutions and diligence in learning. This makes me a great travel companion on your journey to improve your work, your life and your sense of self. 

I believe human language is one of the most fascinating topics that exist and is a key to understanding humans, human knowledge, and how we structure our reality, all at the same time. I love teaching Clean. It is like a bundle of fun and utilitarianism all rolled up into one.

My purpose in editing/writing this book with Andrea is to help give readers a sense of Clean Language and those that are attracted to it. Clean is not for everyone. It is for the curious and those willing to leave the security of common knowledge behind. The variety of contexts Clean language is being used in since the creation of this book has expanded into academic interviewing, cause evaluation, and business applications, as well as being blended with many useful models you may already be using yourself.

This book is about broadening and connecting with people who might love to be part of our international Clean Community. 

Curious? Have any lingering questions? Join one of our informational and fun webinars!

Hope to meet you soon,


Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • A little About Clean Language
  • Who Is Andrea Chiou? - Editor
  • Who is Sharon Small? - Editor
  • Who is Gina Campbell?
  • Who is Daniel Dow?
  • Who is Patti Schlough
  • Who is Yuji Yamagami?
  • Who is Madalyn Beth Hanson?
  • Who is Stuart Clark?
  • Who is Bev Martin?
  • Who is Barb Stuckey?
  • Who is Matt Roland?
  • Who is Allison Galbraith?
  • Who is Carolyn Winkler?
  • Who is Rosalyn “Ros” Bristow?
  • Who is Rona Puntawe?
  • Who is Sioelan Tjoa?
  • Who is Susan Van Westen?
  • Who is Ruby Raymond?
  • Who is Kantu Rumiko Nishigori?
  • Who is Lynndal Daniels?
  • Who is Yoriko “Deshana” Matsuda?
  • Who is Rick Burke?
  • Who is Hans-Peter Wellke?
  • Who is Emi Yamagami?
  • Who is James Ramirez
  • Who is Sheryl Andrews?
  • who is Rachel Ghinn?
  • Who is Lesley Downs?
  • Who is Daso Saito?
  • Who is Judy Rees?
  • Who is Janis Underwood?
  • Who is Sue Sharp?
  • Who is Anita Olland?
  • Who is June Kim?
  • What are some of the other Frameworks using clean principles?
  • Who is doing Clean Language training worldwide?
  • What are some on-line Clean Language On-Line resources?
  • What Clean Language books are there?

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