Engaging with the problems we face in the world today requires an exercise of imagination and creativity that is often stifled by the driven simplicities of dominant practice.
The core problem with much of our current approach is that it severely impoverishes the depth, the integrity, the humanity, the alive nature of work in the social field. Much engagement with the social world, and most of the thinking that underpins it, works with approaches that do not enable us to see emergent living process on its own ground.
If we can develop the ability to see into the depths of things, then the processes, relationships and connections that form the living skein of social, and socio-ecological situations become transparent. The situation begins to transform from the inside, out. We gain awareness of a larger reality. This, we suggest, is built through the disciplined practice of observation as it enters the living processes through which life on earth unfolds.
If you are working in the social, ecological / environmental or development field and you are searching for a significantly different way of contributing – through understanding the living nature of social process – instead of continuing to reproduce solutions that don’t satisfy anyone, then please read further.
Do you recognise this call for different action and personal engagement?
Do you want to be part of an alternative answer to the common, dominant practices we are all caught up in?
Are you excited about the possibilities of reading living processes from the inside out?
In Sintra. Arrivals to Lisbon (closest airport) are expected on the 4th of May and departures on the 10th of May 2019.
For us it was clear from the outset that everyone who wants to participate should be able to do so regardless of his or her financial situation.
We offer a diversity of rates inviting everybody to consider your feeling of abundance or scarcity around money. The standard price is 500 €.
Those who feel abundant can practice generosity and enable those for whom it doesn't. You can consider these fees:
Corporate: 1.000 € (supports two and half scholarships)
NGO’s, small businesses and individuals: 600 € (partial scholarship)
If you can't commit to the fixed price, you can ask for a scholarship reducing the fee to 300 euros (lesser fees will only be given on a case by case basis with secured funds from contributing participants).
Travel costs and board and lodging are not included. Consider an average cost of 60 euros per day with full board and lodge in double rooms but all efforts are being taken to find offers that reduce this.
If this invitation resonates with you, book the dates and register now. After that we will send you the details for payment to confirm your place. For further inquiries, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Allan Kaplan and Sue Davidoff are development practitioners, teachers and writers. They are the authors of The Development Practitioner’s Handbook and Artists of Invisible, and of The Learning School, respectively; together they have written A Delicate Activism. They work in the field of social phenomenology, drawn more specifically from the approach and methods developed by JW von Goethe. Their activism includes the leading of long-term and accredited programmes in Reflective Social Practice (which some call a Delicate Activism). Their work is an attempt to realise the full consequences of true participation, of socio-ecological complexity, and of polarity in the generative quest for wholeness. They have established the Proteus Initiative (www.proteusinitiative.org) as a vehicle for doing this. They have also established the Towerland Wilderness Retreat (www.towerlandwilderness.org) as a space for nature and for the learning that may come through immersion in, and communion with, nature.
Sue and Allan will be accompanied by Inez Hackenberg and Nuno Da Silva, development practitioners, facilitators and social activists who consider Reflective Social Practice to be foundational to any work with development of living processes. Inez studied Cultural Anthropology and brings almost 30 years of experience as development practitioner working with communities, and national and international organisations, the majority of which are in Africa. Inez loves to facilitate learning trajectories and to connect people (currently at www.voice.global). Nuno is a “recovered” Economist who spent the past two decades facilitating collaborative learning processes, working with the people and organisations in Europe, Africa, South America and South East Asia. He is a network weaver and curates educational journeys (among others currently at www.emergencenetwork.org)
The course is hosted by the RIPPLES of the NEW eXperiment, a team hosting eXperiences that question how we think, Imagine, collaborate and innovate: https://ripplesexperiment.net/ and facilitated by the Proteus Initiative which strives to bring together a sensibility for, understanding of, and practice towards the relationship between ecological wholeness and social coherence and healing: http://www.proteusinitiative.org/