Theory U is based on a concept called “presencing.” A blend of the words “presence” and “sensing”, presencing signifies a heightened state of attention that allows individuals and groups to shift the inner place from which they function. When that shift happens, people begin to operate from a future space of possibility that they feel wants to emerge, people avoid reproducing solutions from the past when disruption is needed. Being able to facilitate that shift is the essence of leadership today.
As You Open Your Eyes invites you to the homes and places of communities the world over. We will be the guests of people who have found a way to overcome sometimes life threatening challenges.
During the workshop we will watch and discuss one episode in a series of beautiful, touching and inspiring documentaries where, in 30 minutes, communities tell their own story of change. Each of the six communities in the series has a compelling story to tell. They are spread around the world, and the challenges they face are as diverse as their cultures, societies and economies. Each episode in the series tells one of these stories, including the essence of the different stages, emotions, difficulties and creative solutions encountered along the way.
During the workshop we will explore what we learn from a community that may seem very different to the groups or teams to which we belong. Interactive reflections will make us realise that we can do it too!
Participants will not leave the room before they will have established their own small feasible action plan towards a change in their very own community, team or workplace.
In this workshop, participants will be exposed to the basic principles and tools of applied improvisation and will be invited to use these principles and tools for personal development, team building, creativity, innovation and wellbeing. Applied improvisation argues that creativity happens collaboratively by using the principle of short turn taking between individuals in the group. Creating an atmosphere of positive purpose, everyone is encouraged to contribute. Fear, suspicion and anxiety are replaced with focus, creativity and sense of collaboration. This approach allows individuals, groups and organisations to release their creative potential. The exercises in applied improvisation encourage risk taking, playfulness and to be in the moment. Consequently participants will find that they are having fun whilst also developing or challenging their existing mind-set. It is a way to unlearn to give space for new learning. Learn to be flexible and explore multiple perspectives. Be at ease in an uncertain world and be resilient, compassionate and playful.
A workshop to strengthen the collective identity and shared values of your team, organisation or community.
Many signs indicate that complex human systems are fragmented by traditional management methods and techniques. Organizations and (urban) spaces lost their collective identity and shared values. Imagine you and your team re-discovering these core elements which are essential for development and growth in a fast changing world.
How it works? We will facilitate an interactive and playful workshop in which team members answer two online questions on a tablet. This takes 10 minutes. From their answers, a unique profile with collective identity and shared values is created. This can be a profile of a team, department, organisation, community or even a urban place. The profile stimulates participants to become aware about what keeps them together, what thrives them and how to further develop. During the conversation participants share observations, gain insights and agree on how to take action. It’s this collective experience that creates necessary commitment for action. The basic set-up is easy, it always works.
In today’s world we are experiencing more than ever the urge to intervene, but we often do not know how. We expect our leaders and ourselves immediately to come up with the best solution, but for complex problems a simple answer is not obvious. A correct answer and a creative solution cannot be forced under the pressure of time. We collectively feel that there is too little time, while the pressure is getting higher every day. Control prevails while confidence disappears. The opposite is necessary in order to arrive at true insights and creativity. From a philosophical perspective and theoretical framework (logic) we would like people to experience these insights (magic).
Delayed time as a catalyst for progress. That delay alone is perceived as disruptive (both in an organizational context and a personal context). It is very uncomfortable to make a pass at the point when the pressure is so high. And it is also very uncomfortable to experience the feeling of fear and failure that is coming up when you stand still. But still: shared uncertainty reduces fear and creates connection. So why not adjust your pace – stand still, sit together, debate, share stories, and create possibilities?
In this workshop people will experience different dimensions of time and the way they are able to consciously switch between these dimensions of time. Participants will also experience their unique ways to slow down their pace even in the midst of turmoil. In doing so they will experience that they tap into the power of the Visionary Self (the part of us that is connected to the Relational Brain). This is important in order to go beyond uncertainty and the ways we are used to doing things.
The “Sticks and Balls” approach is all about using fun constraints (sticks, balls…) to connect our bodies through physical curiosity to the agility, creativity and stamina needed to change and grow. Trusting and experiencing a real feeling of strength and stability under some constraints, a unique transformative tension can develop. It is only with healthy tension that we can change and adapt.
This kinesiologically and design-thinking informed session will also have attendees walking out with a reminder that the human mind/body thrives when it can explore its agility and curiosity physically. Leave armed with tools you probably have in your cupboards and a new way to feel, experience and prepare for change.
Never underestimate the power of creative play and “goofing off”. The games in this set are the jumping off point for all the deeper questions to be asked in Nathan Bragg’s Image Theatre workshops. This is a cornerstone.
This workshop will:
- playfully exercise creative muscles
- raise awareness that images are inherent to all communication
- encourage a new form of deep listening
- begin to illustrate the effectiveness of communicating through images we create with our bodies and/or objects.
In this experiential workshop you will acquire a new set of strategies of how to overcome obstacles with ease and reach your goals more effectively and joyfully. Bring along a challenge and we’ll explore ways to to deal with it using mental power, intention and collective wisdom. You’ll be guided through an empowering 4 phases process to overcome the obstactle you brought with you. You’ll learn how to surf between outer and inner obstacles. With the support of the group you’ll anchor in your body the capacity to overcome obstacles bending a steel rebar with your throat. Once you’ve experienced what incredible actions you can perform with the power of your mind, any future obstacle will seem a piece of cake to you. After the workshop you’ll have at least one obstacle less and a couple of new approaches in your toolbox more.