The main pillars of my work
One of the main characteristics of my training methods is experience-based learning. I try to minimize theoretical inputs to a limit that is really necessary for understanding what we are doing in a specific workshop or training. Rather I prefer to take you right into the experience itself. This allows you to generate your own insights while you are already doing "the thing". It means active partizipation in a shared learning-environment. I work with a whole range of methods that include body, mind and emotions and thus activate our souls energy to break through an often over-intellectualized mode of being.
The heart piece of my work are generative dialogue processes. This approach goes back to the quantum physicist David Bohm and it was further developed at the MIT in Massachusetts. Bohm was highly inspired by the way how the most intact indigenous tribes on our planet still practice and access collective wisdom as an eye-level based way for the whole community to share what is at stake for them when facing certain challenges, share their insights, their fears, their needs and thus practice a setting that allows a certain action to evolve organically. It is mainly Bohms merit that this already existent settings were further developed into a format that is accesible for westerners and allows highly individualized human beings to reconnect with a community-based spirit. Hence, what we do in generative presencing labs is indeed creating something new. It is a pioneering way of creating new formats where the individual meets the collective.
Theory U of Otto Scharmer highly influences all pillars of my work and can be classified as the more project-design oriented and project-management oriented format that works with the underlying spirit of dialogue processes. In simile with what we practice in generative presencing labs it promotes the need to dig deeper; listen, allow and observe first, before we design and finally take action. And it intends and encourages concrete, focused action from a certain point on; while in contrast dialogue processes can stand for themselves as well and must not necessarily include a call for action.
Conflict transformation is based on the work of peace research scientiest Johan Galtung. It is a need-based approach. Whenever basic human needs stay unmet over a longer period of time conflict is unavoidable. To thoroughly address the roots of conflicts it is necessary to include the three main levels conflicts are based on and rooted in: the deep-cultural setting, the deep-systemic setting and the ways how individuals are embedded in and act inside this environment. It addresses collective trauma and all the hero- and victim-stories that derive from it and further play into new conflictive situations. The basic assumption is that the energy of a conflict itself carries in it already the power to transform a conflict into a situation that generates well-being on the base of mutually respecting and acknowleding the basic human needs of all parties involved in a conflict. It highly encourages all parties involved to create a shared outcome that goes far beyond compromise, but generates something new; something that is of high value for all sides involved in a conflictive situation.
Trauma integration is a somehow logical additional pillar of my work. As long as we are unaware how trauma functions collectively and individually it will constantly fall on our feet without us even understanding, what is really happening there. Trauma, as long as it operates on the unconscious or subconcious level, both individually and collectively, has the power to generate outcomes that no one really wants or it prevents focused action for a desired outcome even right from the beginning. The main focus in trauma integration work aims to make accessible and letting surface the subtle energies that are at work when trauma plays into a specific situation. This rarly happens naturally, for the very nature of trauma tries to avoid exactly that. Nevertheless, as long as we don't step into these processes, our traumatized past still highly influences our present moment and thereby the outcome of any future action. Basically one can say that a part of any individual or collective entity is updated to a certain extend with any current situation and intends or wants to manifest a certain outcome while the unintegrated trauma-past torpedoes it. It is a state of significant incoherence. In making accessible splitt-off energies anew, more coherent ways of action become available.
A basic foundation of all the above mentioned experience-based learning-fields is mutual trust. Trust can't be trained. It can't be demanded. It is a delicate little plant that needs constant care to finally flourish. And it is a main ingredient of any nourishing relational space. Consequently one of the underlying intentions of my work is to allow mutual trust to emerge and establish. The more trust comes into effect it can indeed be a game-changer for whatever a group wants to head to. It is the precious foundation that allows our inadequacies as well as our capacities and strength to serve something that is far beyond ourselves.