Our Origins

Generative Change Work

Generative Change work is the "brainchild" of Robert Dilts and Stephen Gilligan. They met each other as students at UC Santa Cruz, through their deep involvement in the original NLP groups.  In the late 1970's, they took different directions.  Robert became of the principal developers of NLP, creating generative new models and applications in the fields of health, creativity, and business development.  Stephen received his doctorate at Stanford University in Psychology, and became one of the most important students of Milton Erickson. 

In the mid-90's, they started to collaborate in different programs. after mutual students pointed out important shared patterns in their work.  They have continued that collaboration over the past 20 years, creating various models and methods of what has come to be called Generative Change work.  This work has applications in many areas--therapy, coaching, business, conflict resolution, community development, and group transformation.  The IAGC is the culmination of these collaborative efforts.