Here you can find short descriptions on my and our methods & their backgrounds
Dragon dreaming is a creative method, but also a toolbox, for creating and managing innovative and participative projects which help support social change.
This method created by the australian John Croft and other members of the Gaia Foundation Australia is based on knowledge and lectures contained in the theory of chaos and complexity, system theory and very old aboriginal “dreamtime” wisdoms combined with the newest methods for organization development.
The process, tools and philosophy help to design and run projects which are made to strengthen the individual, the group and the team, but also take into consideration their surroundings.
This approach has successfully been used for over 25 years in over 700 projects across the globe.
Process management (“Prozessarbeit”) is a method to view the world, people and groups. It contains methods for working with individuals, couples, families, groups, communities, and organizations.
Additionally it is also a method of identifying and following what is happening or wants to happen.
It’s a way of getting into a flow and learning from changes. Additionally it teaches to be curious about what causes problems…and then finding something new, beautiful and meaningful hidden beneath, but also solutions, inspirations, creativity and goals.
The focus in process management (“Prozessarbeit”) is on having the ability to learn from every experience to then be able to use it afterwards.
Dr. Arnold Mindell, one of C.G Jung’s students, started developing process management in zürich around the 70’s.
After over 30 years of research process management can be found in many different fields, such as the work with physical symptoms, working with dreams, solving conflicts, supporting the growth of individuals, groups and organisations, working with relationships and families, and also supporting people dying or in comas.
Process management (“Prozessarbeit”) uses the ideas of Taoismus, Zen, Alchemy, C.G Jung’s research, Shamanism, indigenois traditions and quantum physics.
Non-violent communication after Marshall Rosenberg is a model showing the ideal methods of communication for good social relations.
It is also a method aiming to strengthen and form social relationships in a way that also supports physical and mental health. This method can also be used to manage and resolve previously happened physical or ongoing verbal conflicts by teaching to express feelings and thoughts without blaming or judging the other side. Non violent communication aims to teach how to express requests or needs without manipulation or threats. It also teaches how to not take critical or rude statements personally, but instead to find the unexpressed feelings and needs hidden behind these statements.
The core of non violent communication is empathy, for yourself, but also for others. This is also the foundation of not taking said things negatively, but instead using those and therefore staying strong.
At the same time, nonviolent communication is more than just a way of communicating. It strengthens the inner values based on knowing that all people share the same needs. If then, people can successfully stop using and permanently remove labels and the accompanying language, a new, better, sense of community can emerge.
Non violent communication supports the human need to live together with other people and to have social relationships, and also offers practical methods for honest, effective and violence preventing communication.
The model of non violent communication therefore supports a development oriented, constructive cooperation and helps to develop many diverse skills such as:
- Effective communication
- Dealing with conflicts
- The ability to cooperate
- Self awareness,
- Self clarification
- Caring for yourself
Deep Democracy is a concept and method of seeing things to describe and design processes of change and transformation on an individual, but also collective scale.
Deep Democracy consists of approaches, concepts as well as tools and intervention methods.
The basic idea is to give the group and individuals a stronger voice. The method demands that all aspects in a certain task are important for the development of the specific group. Next to facts, subjective elements such as emotions, subconscious knowledge, intuitions, dream-like phenomena and body symptoms are also relevant. By going through experiences and emotions more consciously, more movement will be created in blocked up situations throughout organizations and between individuals.
Deep Democracy was created in the 1980’s by Arnold Mindell in Zürich and can now be found in situations such as organizational consulting, change management, organizational development, leadership training, managing large groups and coaching.
The U-process is a method supporting creative concepts and processes.
With his U-process Otto Scharmer offers a blueprint to form new ideas and solutions from a state of awareness.
The U-process is a multi-layer process: Opening up to thoughts, opening up to feelings, and opening up the motivation.
The first stage in the U-process is observing, experiencing, not judging, often going against habits of behavior.
The second stage is confronting the emptiness, the not knowing. This moment of not knowing is challenging, but at the same time promises a new journey.
From this, non judgemental behaviour a new impulse emerges, a thought, a feeling, a picture of something new.
The third step is about understanding the unknown, a prototype, creating a modell, which will be tested in the real world.
Scharmer describes his U-theorie as a process of “guiding from the future“.
Die Myroagogik ist ein Modell des Trauer- und Emotionsforschers Jorgos Canacakis, entwickelt aufgrund seiner Forschungsarbeiten und langen Erfahrungen bei der Arbeit mit Trauernden. (MyroAgogik ist eine Wortschöpfung aus den beiden griechischen Wörtern “myromai” = klagen, weinen, kreativ trauern und “Agogik” = anleiten und begleiten.) Die Myroagogik ist u. a. inspiriert durch die Myroloja, eine uralte griechische Trauer- und Klagetradition bestehend aus Klagegesängen in improvisierter Gedichtform, Melodien und Texten, die während des Trauerrituals spontan und gemeinsam entstehen.
Dr. Jorgos Canacakis entwickelte in über 30 Jahren intensiver Forschungsarbeit ein Modell und Seminarkonzept (LTUM), in welchem er altes Wissen zum Umgang mit Verlusten für die heutige Kultur adaptierte. Auf dieser Grundlage bietet das intensive dreitägige Lebens- und Trauerumwandlung (LTUM)® Basis-Seminar die notwendigen Bedingungen für einen gesunden Umgang mit Ihrer Trauer.
Ziel des Seminarkonzepts ist es die Trauerfähigkeit zu entwickeln und den dazu gehörenden Gefühlen Ausdruck zu verleihen.
“Es gibt den Rahmen, nicht mit dem Wasser wegzufließen, sondern wieder in Fluss zu kommen mit dem Leben.”
Dies sei nur in einer Umgebung mit den notwendigen Schutz- und Rahmenbedingungen möglich, wie sie in den Seminaren behutsam aufgebaut und gestaltet werden.
Der Kern dieses Prozesses ist die “Umwandlung” von lebenshindernde in lebensfördernde Trauer.
Dies geschieht durch das gesehen, gehört, verstanden, akzeptiert und mitfühlend bestätigt werden von der Trauergemeinschaft.
Dadurch wird der trauernde Mensch zur Selbständigkeit und Selbstverantwortung geführt. Die Angst wird verringert, wirkliches Loslassen ermöglicht, neue Lebenskraft wird freigesetzt und die aktive Lebensgestaltung wird wieder möglich.
Restorative Circles was developed by Dominic Barter in Brazil and is used places where people are affected by violence and crime daily.
Restorative Circles shows a new approach for dealing with conflicts, by not focusing on punishment of the culprit or the definition of fault.
Instead, the central goals are to rebuild relations between the conflicting parties. To achieve this, all those which are affected come together in a circle as equals, their combined goals are to listen to each other and be listened to, taking responsibility for your own behaviour and trying to find new paths to restore balance and equality.
The approach to the circle conferences, like the method of offenders victim compensation, is based on the basics of restorative justice. This form of justice was very common in indigene communities and still plays a major role in some cultures. It’s not about finding the guilty, but about fixing the victims problems caused by the crime. This is supposed to be achieved by making everyone involved listen to each other and take responsibility for their actions.
Dominic barter began his work in the favelas in large cities in Brazil. He now also successfully implements his concepts in other social areas. Since 2004 he works as a consultant and leader of the project Restorative Justice in Brazil, which is carried out in cooperation with the UN Development Program, UNESCO but also the brasilian ministry of education, and the secretary for human rights.
Permaculture has its origins in permanent agriculture, and is still often used and associated with gardening techniques.
But in its over 30 years of existence it has evolved into a large ethical design system which is oriented around sustainable natural ecosystems.
Permaculture consists of tools, ecological principles, methods, and ethics that help to design and implement ecologically harmonious, efficient, and productive systems.
The overall goal of permaculture is to offer the foundation and knowledge needed to locally, but also globally, find doable solutions to a sustainable way of living.
This method teaches to use resources more effectively and shows how to fulfill your needs without exploiting yourself, other people or the environment.
The core of permaculture is the innovative design of an ecological and effective way of living by utilising the construction of houses and gardens. Additionally permaculture is finding its way into social systems, local communities and companies.
System dialog has its roots in systematic structures. The approach designed by Bernd Isert integrates models of the NLP and kinesiology. System Dialog is a creative and very effective form of expression using figures and symbols, which is effective for personal development but also for topics at work and in the economy.
Art of hosting includes methods and communication processes which help to use collective knowledge and strengthen the ability of groups of any sizes to self organize.
Art of Hosting promotes following skills:
- Skill sets for times of change
- Responsibility and participation
In addition, we use in-depth knowledge of systemic work, working with visions, social-dreaming, and much more.