If you are here to help me, I do not need your help, and it will not help anyway. But if you are here because your destiny is tied to mine, then we can work together to repair all this.
- anonymous aboriginal woman -
Karin Margit Vatter
COLLECTIVE DIALOGUE FACILITATOR
Peer Consultation & Coaching
I developed facilitating collective dialogue processes in a very specific way. First, my inner drive is very connected to the future. I can sense and feel future scenarios of human culture - a different way of being with each other. Our understanding of individuality will change as well as our understanding of our collective dimension and it will be a much more reconciled state of these two poles of human nature.
AND the experience of half a lifetime taught me that if we want to go for a different future we need to deal with the past as well. Collective trauma and drama recently became an issue for a much wider public. Yet, actual ways to address that in groups often throw participants back into their individual experience of these traumas. Most of us are children of an over-individualization. We have this tendency - inside us and via the way how we interact with each other - to re-address the responsibility for any kind of change, development or improvement back to the individual alone. This is a trap and the setting of my work has the potential to break through that vicious circle. We experience individual trauma in the context of collective trauma. This is a crucial and infusible inter-connectedness. A big part of my work is to develop a new relationship with the collective context of our ‘individual' experiences and vice versa. It allows the individual to re-define his/her self-understanding inside a much bigger context and act differently.
Awareness of emotional subtleties that show up in these processes is an important part of the work, yet, it points out to something beyond emotionality. It addresses our basic and essential inner drive in life, which is unique to every single one of us and it wants to find its place inside the collective. This deep explorative inquiry comes along with a lot of thoughts, feelings and even physically felt movements inside us. But the real driving force is this essential unique "spark" that interestingly can't exist and can't unfold its potential outside the community with other "sparks".
In short: I practice collective dialogue facilitation because I'm genuinely interested in these individual-collective dynamics. I studied conflict transformation because I saw how often we fail to solve conflicts successfully, being ignorant of dynamics that sabotage our basic human needs. I work with Theory U, because I'm aware that collective dialogue processes generate impulses to act - and this kind of action needs to be directed and facilitated in a way that is different from classical project management. And I studied trauma integration because I've experienced in a very tangible personal way that a different future is only possible with a very well integrated past - otherwise, it will be always only a re-production of what we have established so far.
Most of my educational and practice background happened to be in an European or international context. During the last years I explicitly engaged with practice groups dealing with conflict dynamics and collective trauma integration in Israel as well. I offer my work worldwide, both in English and German.