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Leading Change by Leading Self

10906142_766865953399258_3939350231287480436_nThe training we propose is somehow different. We invite participants to take a very close look at how they operate in a seemingly counterintuitive way that is actually post-logic, and thus extremely powerful. Should you be interested in taking this closer look at your most sabotaging behaviours, your more familiar limitations and your immunities to change on the one side and at your heart felt dreams, latent potentials and performances on the other side, we invite you to come and see. You will be working on your own self as the basic playground. You get to know the mechanisms that operate in the more hidden dimensions of your consciousness – the mechanisms that are really fast, automatic, hidden from introspection, not accessible by logic, negative in their impact and yet most often protected by an ‘immune system’ that is geared to preserve a homeostatic equilibrium – a status quo in your life. If you have been trying to change a certain level of your performance, your financial status, your relationships and have had limited success, you will have an inkling of what we are on about.

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The next course will be held in Stockholm, September 31/ October 1st. In only two days, you will get an experiential clarity about how these mechanisms work, how they play out in your life and a good idea what to do about it. This works like an extra effective debug on your own inner is the only work operating system combined with a well-placed acupuncture treatment. This is the only kind of work that can potentiate all your other skills and competencies as a coach, trainer or professional. This is lean.

Leading change by Leading Self is a two day full immersion training for coaches and leaders, who are

  • familiar with the latest tools, models and approaches ranging from Agile methods to Holacracy, networked organizations, Integral Theory, Systems Thinking and Self Organizing teams.
  • still experience difficulties in getting expected results and leading change in highly complex environments.

Otto Scharmer, MIT, author of “Theory U: Leading from the future as it emerges” gives us a key insight: “The success of our actions as change-makers does not depend on what we do or how we do it, but on the inner place from which we operate”. This is like the Master in martial arts who knows that external actions will only be as good as the internal state, and that developing our inner world is just as important as developing our skills and toolbox.

The key to increasing our impact and becoming true Masters of our trade is to ‘upgrade’ our inner world to make it fit for the hyper-complex environments we work in. This is the “aikido move” of self leadership. This course will let you explore your inner world and perform some truly impactful “aikido moves”, which will greatly help you in your job and in other parts of your life.

 Leading Change by Leading Self: September 30 – October 1st, 2015  Stockholm, Sweden;  Venue: Crisp AB, Sveavägen 31 SE-111 34 STOCKHOLM.

Costs: Early Bird until August 30th, SEK 15.000. Afterwards SEK 17.000. excl. VAT; Prices include breakfast, lunch and coffee. Please ask for a personal introduction on skype. Write to anne@mindshift-integral.com.

Next full Transformation Intensive (9 days) will be in Germany, near Berlin/Stettin: October 31 – November 8, 2015. Please ask for details. http://www.schmagerow.com

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Reality is a process

Deconstructing transformative processes

I want to take a closer look at those change processes where simple, technical solutions don’t work.  Here, different approaches are needed. If the solution is not ready at hand or fails repeatedly the challenge is most often a complex adaptive one. Resistances and pushbacks are arising and make it difficult to get to the root causes of unwanted behaviour or undesired personal realities. This is where it gets interesting.

At the bottom of these phenomena are patterns with a combination of properties that are

  • difficult to detect (fast, automatic, hidden, with defraction),
  • difficult to understand (non-logic, pre- or non-conceptual origin, based on incorrect ‘meaning-coupling’), and
  • actively protected with what can be described as an immune reaction against the intended change: the wrong meaning-coupling or mapping error is considered of existential importance – hence resistances and pushback are getting more intense the closer the individual gets to the source of the unwanted behaviour (see graphic)

However, with the right understanding of these nature of these processes, a willingness to explore despite of discomfort and resistances and the adequate tools, transformation is not only possible, but can take days instead of lifetimes, hours instead of years.

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Shortcut to Happiness. Really?

Shortcuts – I love them.  I am a somewhat impatient person. Mix that with a sense of entitlement and a knack for quick pattern recognition and you have a perfect recipe for catastrophe, aka avoiding things that are uncomfortable.

girlThe thing with shortcuts the way I had taken them, was that they didn’t get me faster to where I wanted to go, they made me avoid where I needed to go.

The point is: there are some processes serving our own development and growth that can’t be avoided or cut short, as much as we would like to. And quite often we have to deal with what life throws at us that makes living, loving and growing real hard, real painful and certainly not something we would choose consciously, given that choice.

The crux of the matter is that these difficulties and also the pain are intrinsic to the process of growing, meaning they belong inseparately to it in a way that without them there would be no process or, at least, it would be a different one. Shortcutting to a known solution would be avoiding it altogether. A shame that the thinking mind doesn’t always get that.

The work is this: We can work with the resistance, we can ease that pain and milk the whole damn process for what it’s worth. This is where the gold is. How on earth do we get there…? How to stay, not leave. Participate, not hide. How do we dig that gold and harvest insights and new perspectives from it.

This is where “legitimate” shortcuts come in. I love this concept. Now, legit’ shortcuts are ways that get you through thechange-illustrationnecessary steps in a way that you minimize the discomfort and you maximise insight and alignment. One of the transition points of this transformation is marked by you becoming so dis-identified with previously held positions or perspectives or lenses that now you can allow for completely different ideas, insights and solutions. A shortcut to happiness? Maybe yes, certainly a shortcut towards new choice fields and the power to act on that new choice.  You decide the rest.

There are tools and techniques you can learn that make you familiar with the basic understandings, skills and competencies you need for staying in the loop and to navigate the phenomena you meet in your own consciousness and mind. Then you learn how to feel for what wants to emerge from that space of source and clarity, how to consciously use your widened choice field and create and consolidate new realities.

For me this has proven invaluable. It saved me from me, in a way.


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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:

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prozesse, “we-space”, – ein Vergleich integraler Landkarten und der dazugehörigen Territorien. Integrale-Perspektiven-Juni2014 (2)

 


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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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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