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Beyond The Map And The Territory:

 

Relational dynamics, processes of collective transformation, „we-space“ – a comparison of integral maps and the territories that go with them.

By Anne Caspari and Mushin Schilling[1]

 

 “AQAL is a map of samsara, a map of the prison, but if you’re going to make a prison break, you need a good map.” 

 

Despite the many efforts in the last few years around the much vaunted ‘we-space’, only meager work and reflection has been done in Integral Theory circles on the dynamics of relationships and communities. Much of what does exist concerns integrating social and sociological hypotheses into an overall framework or refining theoretical and meta-theoretical knowledge creation. When it comes to actual phenomenological research into a relatively new phenomenon, though, the field is still wide open.  vortexSo when we start to connect meta-theory with the practical application of group-dynamic processes and their emergent characteristics to gaining new insight – for “insighting” – and to finding new processes and products – for “prototyping”  things get really exiting.  … Read the full article here: -Map-territory-article

 

 

 

[1] Translated by Mushin from the article in the Integrale Perspektiven issue june 2014:f8472f56cb Beziehungsdynamiken, kollektive Trasformations
prozesse, “we-space”, – ein Vergleich integraler Landkarten und der dazugehörigen Territorien. Integrale-Perspektiven-Juni2014 (2)

 


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June 21 to June 29, 2014, near Berlin, Germany  

Transformation Intensive is a full immersion 9 days residential course on personal transformation and insight. 

This Course is specifically designed to help individuals make those personal changes that are most important to them.  You may have experienced that even after having done your real best to change you fall back into your old habits. Your most thoughtful plans and heartfelt intentions haven’t gotten you the result you wanted.  This course is different. The approach first generates a personalized insight into what is usually invisible – the way your current mindset produces exactly those behaviors which prevent progress on the goal you most want to achieve.

transformation intensiveThe rewards of taking the full Transformation Intensive are new perspectives and realizations about your hidden assumptions and thought patterns that you had no idea were “running you”.  These insights are very liberating and provide the necessary basis to regain personal power. Now, it will be much easier learning and applying the skills to dissolve these limitations, recurring patterns, these inner conflicts and incoherence for good.  Once you see the real source of what has been preventing change, the approach guides you on a new path to accomplish it in day to day life.  The insights of this course can be directly applied to personal, professional, and collective challenges.

Transformation Intensive addresses individuals and teams who:

  • feel they are running against the same old walls and have tried different approaches that showed limited success;
  • experience recurrent life situations they are tired of;
  • are interested in exploring how to generate insights, even in personal or collective challenging situations;
  • are in a period of transition (job, relationship, etc.) in their personal life and want to create something new
  • would like to discover legitimate shortcuts to change

Moreover, the course is an excellent training ground for professionals, coaches, facilitators, change agents, integral thinkers, leaders interested to go deeper in their own development and enhance their capacity and skill set.

The Course has been developed so that you as an individual with your special talents and expertise, no matter what phase of your life you are in, learn to use your innate capacities, to:

  • gain insight into the deeper, most hidden mechanisms of change and transformation
  • learn a practice of  ‘precision consciousness’, presencing and generative listeningU diagram 1
  • find and use efficient tools if you are operating predominantly in thinking mode
  • create a solid structure if you are operating predominantly in intuitive mode
  • use your potential fast track for stage development (socialized mind to self authoring to self transforming mind; see Kegan’s work)
  • gain deeper insights into how resistances, adaptive pushback and escape mechanisms can be handled in yourself and with others
  • strengthen personal integrity and coherence
  • access personal power and the skill to prototype

little girlThe course is an expedition into consciousness and its mechanisms and how to personally make the most of it.  It speaks to your own level of expertise and happens in a safe and light environment.  Transformation Intensive will be thoroughly experiential. It uses methods and materials that can be seen through the lenses of Ken Wilber’s Integral Theory, Otto Scharmer’s U-Theory or Robert Kegan’s Immunity to Change work. They can also be cross-referenced with other more intuitive transformative processes, tools and methods. It also incorporates new insights gained from ongoing work on post-dialectic process methodology for collective or generative participatory insighting from the work with the Alderlore Insight Center, CT, USA.

Practical Information: Course dates: June 21 to June 29, 2014, Countryside near Berlin, Germany. Nearest Airport Berlin. We help you getting there. Pick up from the airport or a central place can be arranged. The course costs 2900 Euro, excluding travel and hotel. Please ask for details. For more information on travel, accomodation, food or anything else write to Anne anne@mindshift-integral.com or call on skype annecaspari.

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Integral Without Borders

Community of Practice ConCall

Working with Resistance in International Development –  A Concall with Ken Wilber, Anne Caspari and Integral Without Borders

Our third Integral Without Borders Community Call was on December 7th 2013. As you may know, our intention with these IWB sangha calls is to co-create the kind of ‘integral community’ we want, one that is deep and wise in its content, supportive in its interpersonal connections, and world-centric (even kosmo-centric!) in it’s moral embrace. Each call will focus on an aspect of integral practice in development with certain practitioners leading on these topics and with participants contributing examples from their integral projects.

The topic of this call was diving deeper into  “Working with Resistance in International Development.”  The call was facilitated by Gail Hochachka of Integral Without Borders. Ken Wilber and Anne Caspari discussed the deeper and finer issues  of Theory U and transformative processes, that Anne had mapped out in her earlier work (Diagrams – working with resistance). We discussed the different phenomena of restistance and adaptive pushback that are usually surfacing as recognizable patterns in these processes and their relationship to stages of development, states of consciousness and the shadow. Then we went also to explore the difference between individual and group processes,  a research on collective insighting with Bonnitta Roy and the Alderlore Insight Center, that Anne is also involved in.  Since all of the participants, including Ken was really interested in this research at this ‘fresh edge of discovery’, we will keep you posted on the outcomes of that.

Listen to the recording of the call here (a donation to IWB would be appreciated)

 

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Full Immersion in Personal Transformation, January 2014, in Switzerland

January 11 – 19, 2014, Aesch near Basel, Switzerland  

Transformation Intensive is a full immersion 8,5 days course on personal transformation and insight. 

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This Course is specifically designed to help individuals make those personal changes that are most important to them.  You may have experienced that even after having done your real best to change you fall back into your old habits. Your most thoughtful plans and heartfelt intentions haven’t gotten you the result you wanted.  This course is different. The approach first generates a personalized insight into what is usually invisible – the way your current mindset produces exactly those behaviors which prevent progress on the goal you most want to achieve.

The rewards of taking the full Transformation Intensive are new perspectives and realizations about your hidden assumptions and thought patterns that you had no idea were “running you”.  These insights are very liberating and provide the necessary basis to regain personal power. Now, it will be much easier learning and applying the skills to dissolve these limitations, recurring patterns, these inner conflicts and incoherence for good.  Once you see the real source of what has been preventing change, the approach guides you on a new path to accomplish it in day to day life.  The insights of this course can be directly applied to personal, professional, and collective challenges.

Transformation Intensive addresses individuals and teams who:

  • feel they are running against the same old walls and have tried different approaches that showed limited success;
  • experience recurrent life situations they are tired of;
  • are interested in exploring how to generate insights, even in personal or collective challenging situations;
  • are in a period of transition (job, relationship, etc.) in their personal life and want to create something new
  • would like to discover legitimate shortcuts to change

Moreover, the course is an excellent training ground for professionals, coaches, facilitators, change agents, integral thinkers, leaders interested to go deeper in their own development and enhance their capacity and skill set.

The Course has been developed so that you as an individual with your special talents and expertise, no matter what phase of your life you are in, learn to use your innate capacities, to:

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  • gain insight into the deeper, most hidden mechanisms of change and transformation
  • learn a practice of  ‘precision consciousness’, presencing and generative listening
  • find and use efficient tools if you are operating predominantly in thinking mode
  • create a solid structure if you are operating predominantly in intuitive mode
  • use your potential fast track for stage development
  • gain deeper insights into how resistances, adaptive pushback and escape mechanisms can be handled in yourself and with others
  • strengthen personal integrity and coherence

The course is an expedition into of consciousness and its mechanisms and how to personally make the most of it.  It speaks to your own level of expertise and happens in a safe and light environment.  Transformation Intensive will be thoroughly experiential and requires a commitment of 8,5  full days.

This course uses  materials that can be seen through the lenses of Ken Wilber’s Integral Theory, Otto Scharmer’s U-Theory or Robert Kegan’s Immunity to Change work. They can also be cross-referenced with other more intuitive transformative processes, tools and methods. It also incorporates new insights gained from ongoing work on post-dialectic process methodology for generative participatory insighting  with the Alderlore Insight Center, CT, USA.

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January  11 – 19, 2014, Basel, Switzerland. Nearest Airport Basel; for more information on costs  write to Anne anne@mindshift-integral.com or call on skype.

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Think/Feel Tank: In-sighting Emergent Capacities

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We are co-creating a collaborative symposion called “In-sighting Emergent Capacities” at Alderlore Insight Center, CT, in November 14 – 17, 2013, under the guidance of Bonnitta Roy.

Alderlore Insight Center invited people from diverse wisdom traditions who are driven by a strong desire to realize the next iterative and alternative steps in common reality going beyond the usual dialectics. The people participating in this symposium have been very careful to delineate specific approaches that steer clear of the conventional traps of collective practice. This symposium brings these traditions together for the first time to engage as peers – all on the same level to practice collective insight. We will be using shared capacities of intuiting and our understanding of systems design and meta-theory in order to identify principles underlying the in-sighting process and in order to liberate truly emergent and elegant solutions for complex adaptive challenges.

The central attractor for such an assemblage is a kind of “collective alignment” that is very similar to the individual experience of insight, with the progressive elimination of limiting structures, habits, pathological patterns, internalized shadow, collective shadow, etc… in order to reach the free and spontaneous energetic inter-being of an intimate collective. The design is such to allow us to see if and when a group can achieve collectively, this state of which is both shared and share-able, where the possibility for insight is heightened, then are we able to function collaboratively in a much a more effective way, analogous to the effects of insight meditation on the individual and the individual’s life-projects.

“To design for such co-creative emergent processes means to discover the minimum elegant structure for insight-generation. Since this can lead to periods of intense chaos, a community of trust must be developed and maintained through a deep and intimate fabric of mutual fellowship, which includes respect and reciprocity. A crucial component of trust is theory-practice consistency; and so it is important to be on the lookout for means-ends conflicts, since they are the way theory-practice inconsistencies show up in community. It is also crucial that we don’t have prior assumptions about what community health or process looks like, or what the “we-space” is supposed to feel like, or how the transpersonal should express itself in a collective endeavor. To design for emergent transformation, requires designing from causal generative states of awareness. This takes the form of “ritualized inquiry” combined with a deep sensitivity to what is latent and wants to emerge – a sensitivity which arises in the core spaces of one-self(s) as universalized creative energy” (Bonnie Roy).

In our exploration we are looking to identify a rigorous set of principles for collective insight that is not values or world-view specific, but is methodological in scope and processural in practice. Then we have the possibility of bringing collective insight-training into a much larger context and have a powerful practice for addressing 21 Century problems.

Stay tuned here, if you want to learn more about the context and the process. Click here for even more information, if you want to benefit from the insights or if you simply would like to support our exploration – which we would be grateful for.

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Buchpräsentation: Integrale Ökologie

Wir laden Sie herzlich ein zur Buchvorstellung und Diskussion mit

Hilde Weckmann und Anne Caspari
Integrale Ökologie
6. November 2013, 19 Uhr

Schweisfurth-Stiftung, Südliches Schlossrondell 1
80638 München

Es gibt heute eine Vielzahl von unterschiedlichen Perspektiven zu Ökologie, Natur und auch zum Klimawandel, die sich nicht selten grundlegend widersprechen. Wie können wir all diese wertvollen Ansichten auf die natürliche Welt – formuliert von vielen Wissenschaftlern, Ökologinnen, Aktivisten und Philosophinnen -vereinen und zu einer umfassenden Perspektive kommen, um unsere Umweltprobleme effektiv in den Griff zu bekommen und in einem angemessenen Einklang mit unserer natürlichen Umwelt zu leben?

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Wir stellen die ‚Integrale Ökologie‘ von Prof. Sean Esbjörn-Hargens und Prof. Michael Zimmerman vor: Diese wendet die Integrale Theorie Ken Wilbers auf unsere Umwelt und unser Verständnis der Natur an, und integriert damit all die unterschiedliche Theorien, Ansätze und Einsichten in einem umfassenden Modell.

Die Integrale Ökologie als Metatheorie macht blinde Flecken und Grenzen einzelner ökologischer Disziplinen dort sichtbar, wo Praktikerinnen und Experten immer wieder an Grenzen stoßen. Aus der Zusammenschau möglichst vieler Perspektiven heraus können komplex-adaptive Systeme diagnostiziert und Initiativen erfolgreich geplant und durchgeführt werden. Wir werden dies praktisch verdeutlichen und zeigen den Teilnehmenden anhand recht verschiedener Themen, wie z.B. Klimawandel, nachhaltigem Tourismus und ökologischem Landbau auf, wie solch ein integraler Methodenpluralismus wesentlich mehr Ansatzpunkte und Hebelwirkung für effektives Handeln liefert.

Anmeldungen bitte bis 1. November telefonisch unter 089-17 95 95 11 oder per E- Mail: veranstaltungen@schweisfurth.de.hilde anne

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