A Symposion on Collective Insight
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.