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Transformative Processes and Adaptive Pushback. Mapping out Stages, Patterns, Mechanisms, Immunities to Change and How to Respond

shiftWhy are we resisting Transformation?

In the global change arena we see more and more the need for leaders to know about what happens in transformative processes inside out in order to play a different game. It is ironic that our best whole systems thinkers are becoming ever more frustrated at the lack of visible change in response to knowledge and evidence about growing threats to sustainability. The problem is more often than not that the intrinsic mechanisms of transformation are still not widely understood nor mastered. Transformative processes that are supposed to respond to adaptive challenges require a fundamental shift in perspective and meaning. In order to be able to design, catalyze, foster or lead such shifts, leaders need to recognize stages, depth and width of the process, need to identify patterns of systemic pushback, know what to do with immunities to change and how to handle the usual resistances and escape mechanisms.

The following Powerpoint shows maps of

  • stages and stations on a archetypical transformative process
  • pushback and escape mechanisms tipically occurring in relative accordance with the stage of the process
  • generative interior and exterior condition that can foster a successful process
  • a selection of toolboxes, techniques and methods that are helpful in order to bring participants back on track

What are your thoughts? Download the presentation here:

looking into transformative processes and adaptive pushback

Paper Presentation during the Conference on ‘Transformation in a Changing Climate’, University of Oslo, June 2013.

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Transformative Workshop January 12/13 2013 in Oslo

Transformative Leadership Workshop –  Taking on the Future: Global Transformation, up-close and personal 
“Where the rubber hits the road”
January 11, 2013, 13.00-16.00, Georg Sverdups Hus, Auditorium 2, University of Oslo Followed by a two-day workshop on personal transformation, January 12-13

Over the next years we are likely to experience global changes at a rate and scale that is unprecedented in human history. Many people are concerned about the future – and frustrated because there is currently so little evidence of actions at the scale and magnitude considered to be necessary to meet complex challenges like climate change. We often hear talk about leverage points for large-scale systems changes, or about the role of “trim tabs,” whose small moves can make a powerful difference. But how do we actually make change happen? Do we ourselves need to change? To more effectively contribute to collective change, we need to have more hands on knowledge about change mechanisms and how to get around the blind spots–and experience it first-hand so that we can work better with others.

In January 2013, we, Anne Caspari and Karen O’Brien, will address these issues head-on by offering a 3-hour experiential intro workshop that focuses on the mechanisms of change, including how our individual and collective beliefs can create immunities to change that can sabotage well-intentioned efforts to make a difference. This is about personal change, collective change, and global change. Participants will gain personal insights on their own beliefs and how they influence their actions in the world around them. For those who are willing to go deeper and want to lead change, the 3-hour workshop will be followed by a 2-day “Resurfacing” course that will work directly with personal beliefs and attitudes towards change. The Resurfacing Course requires a commitment of two full days, and for this part there is a participation fee of 2600 NOK/350 EUR. More information about this course will be sent to those who are interested.

The workshop addresses individuals who:

  • feel they are running against the same walls and have tried different methods that showed limited success ;
  • experience recurrent life situations that they are ready to change;
  • are interested in the mechanisms of change, transformation and obstacles to it, in self and in others;
  • feel they are ready to play a bigger game and make a difference in the world;
  • are personal coaches, change agents, or trim tabs (complementary with coaching work, shadow work, integral theory, immunity to change work).

The 2-day workshop will be thoroughly experiental and intensive. The exercises in Resurfacing take you behind the scenes of consciousness for a look at the blueprints by which you build your life experiences. The rewards are new perspectives and realizations about how personal reality works – or why it doesn’t. You get special insights into hidden assumptions and connections that you had no idea that they were stored and well -hidden on your “hard disk” – yet were creating some recurring themes in your life and were protected from introspection and from changing them. ReSurfacing is an expedition into consciousness that you personalize according to your own needs. The insights you gain can be directly applied to professional and collective topics.

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