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Leadership für Change Maker im WIR-Prozess - Eindrücke vom evolve LIVE! Event in Wien

Autor: 
Dr. Iris Kunze, Institut für Integrale Studien (IFIS)

Es war das erste einer Reihe von Live-Events der Zeitschrift evolve in mehreren deutschsprachigen Städten mit dem Ziel „die Zukunft im Dialog entstehen zu lassen“. Für das Thema des Events am 22. Juni in Wien – „Leadership für Change Maker“ – war Martin Kirchner eingeladen, Co-Gründer der „Pioneers of Change“, ein Netzwerk, das Menschen auf ihrem Weg als Change Maker coacht.

Samstagmorgen, 10 Uhr. Der Raum im Markhof war übersichtlich eingerichtet: ein Infotisch, ein einfacher Stuhlkreis. Nur 15 Teilnehmende ließen erwarten, dass es ein tiefgehender Dialog im Kreis werden könnte. Thomas Steininger, Herausgeber von evolve und Co-Moderator des Tages, lud, statt ein festes Programm vorzuschlagen, zu einem ko-kreativen Tag der Vernetzung ein und zuerst einmal zu einer Vorstellungsrunde. Im versammelten Kreis öffneten sich interessante Welten, die ganz unterschiedliche Erfahrungen und Themen mit Leadership ansprachen, wie kritische Architekten, motivierte Selbstständige, Abteilungsleiter im Burnout, Heiler oder derzeit auf die Familie konzentriert Lebende.

Schließlich begann Martin Kirchner seine Erfahrungen zu teilen. Er wollte in seinem Leben etwas Sinnvolles für die Welt tun und kein „Rädchen in einem kaputten System“ sein. Aber wusste zuerst nicht, wo und wie er wirklich einen Unterschied machen könnte. Er entdeckte dann „Ökodörfer“ als Modellsiedlungen für nachhaltigere Lebensstile und versuchte alsdann über rund zehn Jahrzehnte in immer wieder neuen Anläufen, ein Ökodorf zu gründen - aber es wollte nicht zünden. Schließlich entwickelte er auch ein Konzept für eine Ausbildung für „Weltverbesserer“ bzw. „Social Entrepreneurs“, wie er einer war – aber auch das kam nicht auf den Boden, und beides fühlte sich eher nach Scheitern an.

„Ich habe die Idee einer Ökodorf-Gemeinschaft dann losgelassen. Und in dem Moment als ich frei davon war, da ist es auf einmal entstanden. Natürlich habe ich da schon viel Kraft und Commitment reingegeben.“ Es wurde dann kein Ökodorf, sondern ein Cohousing-Wohnprojekt, eine pragmatische Variante mit Kompromissen, aber dort er lebt seit 2013 glücklich mit seiner Familie.

Fast zeitgleich hat er mit zwei Weggefährten, die auch im Wohnprojekt eingezogen sind, die Pioneers of Change gegründet und dabei seine Idee einer Ausbildung für Visionär*innen umgesetzt. Aus dem Bildungsprojekt wurde schließlich ein Netzwerk und eine Non-Profit-Organisation, die nach dem Organisationsmodell der Holakratie geführt ist. Dabei ist er immer Lernender und Forschender geblieben.

Thomas weist auf den veränderten Raum nach unserem Austausch hin und bittet uns, aufmerksam hineinzuspüren, was jede Einzelne von uns will, dass heute geschieht und was vielleicht das Wir, der gemeinsame Raum will, was sich heute entwickeln kann. Ulrike Haiden, Co-Moderatorin und Gastgeberin des evolve Salon in Wien, erklärt, dass sie bei der Vorbereitung überlegte, ob sie die Mitte dekoriert. Sie ließ sie dann aber frei, um zu signalisieren: die Mitte ist frei, alles ist möglich. Nach diesen Mitteilungen: Schweigen. Stille. Unsicherheit? Achtsamkeit? Schaffen wir das ohne Plan, Moderation, Struktur?

Die Redebeiträge werden achtsamer, jemand bringt das Bild von Samen ein, die wir alle mit unseren Fähigkeiten mitbringen, und das Potenzial, dass daraus ein bunter Garten wachsen kann. Die eigenen Samen geben reicht aber nicht. Es braucht Sonne und Wasser – Zuhören, Achtsamkeit und Mitgefühl für die Samen der anderen, damit sie aufgehen können und unser Garten wachsen kann. Aber was wollen wir, was ist das Ziel und warum tun wir es? Gibt es ein absichtsloses Verbinden? Wofür genau braucht es eigentlich Leadership?

Thomas lädt uns zu einer Übung ein, uns zurückzubeugen und in unseren Ich- Raum zu spüren, uns dann vorzubeugen und in den Wir-Raum zu spüren, im Wechsel. Dann tauschen wir uns in Dyaden-Zweiergesprächen darüber aus: einer spricht ein paar Minuten, der andere hört zu, dann andersherum. Ich erlebe durch diesen Austausch eine weitere Vertiefung unseres Raumes. Die Mitteilung zu zweit schafft etwas mehr Intimität.

Auch in der großen Runde sprechen wir dann auf einer persönlicheren Ebene, mehr im tiefen, gefühlten Erleben, als in rein äußerliche Fakten. Zu diesem Punkt mussten wir erst einmal kommen.
„Die westlichen Sprachen sind auf Ideen ausgerichtet“, führt Thomas aus, „weniger auf das Verbindende“. Und eine Gruppe, wenn sie sich mehr in den gefühlten Bereich und das Verbindende entwickelt und Vertrauen entsteht, birgt die Gefahr der Manipulation. Das ist uns beim Thema „Führen“ gut bekannt, weswegen wir lieber unverfänglich das neudeutsche „Leadership“ verwenden. Oder ist Manipulation nur da möglich, wo blinde Flecken und blindes Vertrauen wirken? Wie können wir die Selbsterkenntnis aufbringen, um zu erkennen, wo wir unbewusst Verantwortung abgeben wollen?

Können wir uns noch mehr für das, was zwischen uns werden will, öffnen? Martin hat Ko-Kreativität oft als Flow im Wir-Raum erlebt, „bei dem etwas entsteht, was schlauer ist, als wir Einzelnen“. Dazu gehört es aber auch, den Willen jeder Einzelnen anzunehmen und zu allem „Willkommen zu sagen und es als Chance zu sehen“ – z.B. auch wenn jemand aus ihrer Aufgabe im Team aussteigen möchte, wie es gerade bei den Pioneers of Change einen Fall gab. Der Flow entsteht, wenn „alles da sein darf, wir als ganze Personen mit unseren Schattenanteilen, und wenn wir uns gegenseitig annehmen.“ Für Martin braucht es eine Wahrnehmung des gemeinsamen Feldes, und um das zu pflegen und gärtnern, „müssen wir auch mal meditieren oder uns raufen!“

Jemand mit Erfahrung beim Leiten von Gruppen sagt, dass er den Wir-Raum schrittweise mehr ins Fließen bringen konnte, als er sich als Leiter ehrlich mit seinen Schwächen und Verletzungen zeigte. Martin als Moderator des Pioneer of Change-Online-Gipfels wurde einmal von einem Hörer in einer Rückmeldung als „unbeholfen“ kritisiert, diese Person hätte sich jemand „Professionelleren“ gewünscht. Das hat ihn zuerst getroffen und verunsichert. Martin hat seinen Prozess dazu dann in einem persönlichen Video geteilt, mit der Conclusio: „wenn wir alle darauf warten, perfekt zu sein, dann geht nichts weiter“ und dass „große Kraft darin steckt, unsere Verletzlichkeit zu zeigen“ – dieses Video hatte dann eine starke Resonanz und machte sehr vielen Menschen Mut, denn die Angst vor Kritik und uns deshalb nicht zu trauen, unsere Träume außerhalb unserer Komfortzone zu verfolgen, ist durchaus verbreitet in unserer Kultur. Thomas merkt an, dass die Betroffenheit über die Kritik in Martins Fall offensichtlich nicht aus einer Verletzlichkeit des Egos gekommen ist, sondern aus einer Verantwortung über die Qualität des Online-Gipfels, also für den Wir-Raum, nicht den Ich-Raum. Das erst schafft Verbindung.

Das Thema Verletzlichkeit ruft kritische Fragen hervor: Wenn man schon einmal negative Erfahrungen gesammelt hat, zeigt man sich aus gutem Grund nicht mehr so offen. Außerdem gibt es mehr oder weniger heikle Themen. In der Politik darf man sich kaum verletzlich zeigen. Zudem besteht die Herausforderung darin, wie man mit Leuten umgeht, die nicht passen, inkompetent sind oder wenn die Gruppe sehr heterogen ist. Vielleicht liegt die Kunst darin, das passende Maß zu erspüren, was eine Gruppe und man selbst als Leader (aus)halten kann. Aber das begrenzt. Aus meinen Forschungen mit intentionalen Gemeinschaften habe ich die Erkenntnis gewonnen, dass es Schutz braucht, um Vertrauensräume zu sichern, wenn man weitergehen und das Achtsamkeitsniveau anheben möchte. Aber wer bestimmt diese Grenzen?

Martin hat viel Zeit in Gruppengründungen verbracht, weil er sich nicht getraut hat, in seine Quellkraft zu gehen und die Verantwortung dafür zu übernehmen, diesen Gruppenraum zu halten: Kompetenz und Wissen verpflichten. Ein Paradox: Als er schließlich eine ausreichende innere Entschlossenheit entwickelt hat, dass er bereit war, sein Projekt mit oder ohne andere Leute anzugehen, kam die Vision auf den Boden. Seine Entschlossenheit hat ausgestrahlt und wiederum entsprechende Menschen angezogen. Quellkraft muss nicht unbedingt heißen, nur neue Projekte im Außen zu erschaffen. Laut der Tiefenökologin Joanna Macy gibt es drei Formen von Wandlungsarbeit: Protest („Holding Actions“), neue / alternative Strukturen schaffen und ein neues Bewusstsein anstoßen. Für einen gelingenden Wandel brauchen wir Aktivitäten auf allen Ebenen – und jeder von uns kann entscheiden, auf welche Ebene er oder sie wirken will.

Thomas wünscht sich, dass evolve auch nährende Kontexte als Biotope des Wandels für Menschen schafft, die sich an problematischen Positionen in den herrschenden Systemen befinden.
Eine Erkenntnis des Tages, nämlich dass wir eigentlich immer ko-kreieren, bewusst oder unbewusst, hat mich fast erschreckt. Geht es noch mehr darum, uns die Prozesse unseres Kreierens bewusst zu machen und uns achtsam zu beobachten, statt zu meinen, wir seien im leeren Raum und starten einfach mit einer Ko-Kreation?
In der abschließenden Runde, in der gefragt wurde, was die Teilnehmenden mitnehmen, war als Essenz für mich spürbar, dass nicht nur der inhaltliche Austausch, sondern vor allem die über den Tag entwickelte Achtsamkeit und das Mitgefühl füreinander sowie die unterschiedlichen Erfahrungen als bereichernd empfunden wurden. Und diese Qualität kann vielleicht tatsächlich mitgenommen werden.

My experience in the IFIS Colloquium on Metamodernism

Autor: 
Daniel Görtz

The colloquium gathered a wide range of highly competent and engaged people. I was given plenty of time to explain my views and was asked clarifying and relevant questions by the participants.

In the talk, we explored the six new forms of metamodern politics, and interesting comments and suggestions were offered by people in the group.

As listeners, the colloquium participants were ideal, seeming to deeply engage with what was being said by others and myself.

Elke organized the event smoothly and professionally, with a friendly touch, and this allowed for flexibility when I spoke too long and the schedule had to be changed.

On the whole, I think the colloquium offers a unique platform for exploring integral-etc. ideas, and I have rarely experienced a better place to share and learn from other members of the wider community.

Culture Transformation and Values based Leadership

Autor: 
Jan Artem Henriksson

Some reflective thoughts by Jan Artem Henriksson:

The Colloquium was very professionally handled with many curious and well-informed people who could both question and contribute.

My goal was to test out a new process on story-telling around personal values with a construct aware crowd, that I think would be hard in a regular audience. The experiment was successful and the more playful approach to development was appreciated.

As a result, many good questions emerged regarding the limitations of adult development theory and how it can actually limit the possibility to grow.
There is a paradox that in order to get people to rise in vertical complexity you might need models that do not talk about vertical complexity but rather focus on getting to play. By playing a game with our values and meaning-making we can become aware of all the other games we play as adults. And that can help us grow!

Healing the masculine principle

Autor: 
Barbara von Meibom

Reflective statement about my input to the IFIS Online Colloquium by Barbara v. Meibom:

A) How did you experience our Colloquium, in general, and the way your presentation was handled there?

The colloquium was well prepared in close cooperation. So an inspiring agenda was created to achieve a good combination of information, reflexion, intuition and dialogue.

B) Did you have specific goals, concerns or objectives connected to your presentation, and how has the Colloquium helped you to achieve those?

I wanted to introduce a clear distinction between principles of the masculine and feminine, both existing in each man and in each woman, and on the other side a gender perspective which differentiates between men and women.

1.The first focus has been to give respect and appreciation to the principles of the feminine and the masculine and to acknowledge in each of them the bright and the shadow side;

2.The second focus has been to give attention to the misuse of the masculine in men (origin, form, expression) and to bring to attention how this misuse could eventually be transformed from young age onwards.

C) Which important questions came up during the event, and which avenues for further discussion or research emerged that would be particularly worthwhile to deepen in the future?

The wounding of the masculine principle differs highly between different cultures. It has been particularly interesting to have one participant from a muslimn country, thus broadening the perspective.

It might be interesting to form gendered subgroups to deepen the consciousness respectively, thus coming to a better understanding, what the male child, boy, adult might need to transform the shadow of the masculine.

It would be interesting to deepen the understanding of the polar principles, the means of balancing them, the areas of application and the foreseeable outcome.

A detailed report about this Colloquium by Iris Kunze is available here:
https://www.ifis-freiburg.de/sites/www.ifis-freiburg.de/files/img_ifis/2...

For further reading:

- Suki Colegrave: Yin and Yang. Die Kräfte des Weiblichen und des Männlichen: Eine inspirierende Synthese von westlicher Psychologie und östlicher Weisheit, Frankfurt: Fischer 1984Riane Eisler: Kelch und Schwert. Unsere Geschichte, unsere Zukunft. Weibliches und männliches Prinzip in der Geschichte. (2005)

- Gerald Hüther: Männer. Das schwache Geschlecht und sein Gehirn, Vandenhoek & Ruprecht 2016

- Barbara von Meibom: Spirituelles Selbstmanagement. Ein Weg zur Versöhnung von Macht und Liebe, Bielefeld: Kamphausen 2009 (also as E-Book)

- Book to read and soon to be translated into English https://tredition.de/autoren/raymond-fismer-18238/ein-ganzer-mann-paperb... and www.https://integraleuropeanconference.com/project/raymond-fismer/

Transforming a top-down political culture to one of dialog and inclusion

Autor: 
Bernard Le Roux, Dialogues Facilitation Gothenburg

Editorial note:
Bernard Le Roux was the presenter in our Online Colloquium n° 20, in which he shared experience from his dialog and mediation work with Swedish municipalities. As a Kick-off question, Bernard invited participants to explore the following question:

How do we understand the resistance of powerful people to participation processes, and to an honest, open conversation that actually addresses the issue?

Here is Bernard's reflection of the Colloquium:

I was very happy to explore the question of resistance of people in power to more intimate dialogue with participants who work in different countries with different groups. It showed me that – however sure I might be of my own hypothesis – a diverse group, well facilitated, is more intelligent than one individual.

So, my hypothesis was that people who are in positions of power (official or social) that rely on hierarchical structures for their authority become uncertain when the game changes. Often functionaries derive their identity from the position they have been elected to. If “new democratic forms” create the possibility for more people to participate on an equal basis, uncertainty arises.

This is, I admit a rather limited or simplistic view. Participants contributed with their own experiences and views. A number focused on the reluctance to own up to one’s own part in the problem, asking the question: how have I been complicit in this? This relates to the reluctance of showing one’s true self. The strategies then used are to back into maintaining the status quo, meeting opposition with counter-attack.

There are in other words challenges in the way the world is changing, challenges to the old order. Part of this may well be the traditional sense retreating into rationality for fear of moving into the sphere of not-knowing.

What do the new leaders require in order to cope with the shifts in society? What do we need to be teaching our children in schools and our young people in universities? Perhaps it is to become comfortable with not-knowing, to trust that from a sense of chaos, a new order will emerge and a sense that we need to face the fact that complex living systems cannot be controlled.

I am grateful for having had this brief conversation and am hopeful that we shall be able to continue talking about collective intelligence and democracy – knowing that intelligence is multi-faceted and comprises all aspects of being human.

Working towards a more conscious society through personal development

Autor: 
Tomas Björkman

It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to present during the IFIS Online Colloquium session on Mach 21st, 2018. Thank you for inviting me.

The purpose of the presentation was, first, to provide a brief overview over the various initiatives I’m involved in. I spoke about the Ekskäret Foundation operating the retreat centre the Ekskäret island outside Stockholm with the purpose of exploring and facilitating the connection between inner, personal development and societal change. I spoke about the Ekskäret Klustret co-working space and the TechFarm co-living space, both located in central Stockholm. Both these spaces aim to be what Robert Kegan calls “deliberately developmental”, that is they aim to hold and facilitate the personal and organisational development of the members. I also mention our similarly Deliberately Developmental Space, a “DDS”, in Berlin: the Co-creation Loft.

Secondly, I got the opportunity to speak about my three recent books: The Market Myth (2016), The World we Create (2017, in Swedish) and The Nordic Secret (2017). The last one co-authored with Lene Andersen and describing how large scale, government supported, personal development projects in all the Nordic countries played an important role more than a hundred years ago in bringing these counters successfully into modernity. The expressed aim of these projects was to support a substantial part of the populations in becoming, again using Robert Kegan’s language, “self-authoring”.

I came off the colloquium with much inspirations and thank you all very much for the fruitful discussion and the interesting dialog!

StageLens - a digital tool for measuring ego development

Autor: 
Dr. Tom Murray

It was a pleasure describing the StageLens automated assessment technology to the IFIS attendees. I found the questions and conversation to be fruitful and I look forward to follow-up opportunities to dive deeper. Questions about the development of human consciousness and "wisdom maturity" are so important in our day, and though our tools for psychological measurement don't match the complexity of the phenomena, they and the theories of adult development that they are based on, can add important insights to questions about human capacity, organizational development, large scale social behavior, and civic/political conflict, collaboration, engagement, and dialogue. Now that we are beginning to see cost-effective high quality assessment technologies, which traditionally were limited to individual or executive team assessment, investigations can be scaled up to scan for patterns across organizations and populations. This brings up entirely new ethical and practical issues and inquiries. In addition to describing the StageLens artificial intelligence technology and the STAGES developmental model it uses, I engaged participants in discussing these emerging issues. For example, we can now scan for developmental patterns within a large organization, but exactly how does on interpret a developmental profile at the group level? Many theorists and practitioners in the field have intuitions or advice about this, but we actually have little real experience or best-practice principles worked out yet (as we do for individual-level developmental coaching reflection).

Another issue that came up was how to measure and theorize human development at the very highest levels ("Construct Aware" and above). Our automated scoring technology is not very accurate at those levels, but O'Fallon's STAGES system claims to be able to assess development at these levels. It is assessing *something* (and has been shown to have statistical reliability at these levels), but is it pointing to the same developmental phenomena that other system are pointing to at their highest levels? This is a fascinating topic for future discussion. Open Way Solutions is the company that offers the StageLens technology, and our mission is "to assess wisdom skills in individuals and groups using advanced technology to support the development of deep insight, broad perspectives, full compassion, and bold action." StageLens is just the beginning of what we foresee, and, for me, the "holy grail" of such technology would be to help us assess and reflect on "shadow material" at the group level. Though I work in the area of human development, I think it is more important to help people establish health, integrity, and integration within their existing developmental levels than to push forward into higher levels. Psychotherapy and contemplative practice tires to do this for individuals, but I believe we will need more tools for working at the collective level to meet our global challenges. Lets keep the inquiry going--we have just begun!

Introducing the Lectica assessment model for measuring leadership development

Autor: 
Jonathan Reams

It was interesting to engage with an informed audience around dynamic skill theory and the Lectica assessment model. Discussion around the lenses people used to evaluate the order of statements in the exercise was rich and helped to illuminate how any kind of ordering we do in trying to understand phenomenon is subject to the lens we use to perceive and make meaning of the phenomenon. As well, questions helped to illuminate the boundaries within which such assessments can be useful and contexts, focal points or conditions under which it might not be adequate.

Once the boundary conditions and appropriate domain on utility was circumscribed, the robustness of the model was clearer. As with any assessment tool, fitness for purpose of use is important. Here it was emphasized that the utilizations of such assessments is only as a support for highly targeted, domain specific skill building. In this context, it is also clear that ‘skill’ as a construct can imply quite subtle cognitive processes, such as emotion regulation. Working to build such types of core cognitive skills in one domain can increase the ease of learning pathways of applying such core skills in other domains.

In terms of practice, long term coaching and or programmatic use of Lectical assessments can be a more precise and robust way to support growth. While this model and tools is highly informed by and focused on verticality, it also understands that vertical growth in cognitive functioning is primarily a result of building robustness at existing levels of cognitive functioning. Finally, it was made clear that this is only one aspect of healthy growth and development. The contents of our beliefs, the morality of our actions, and the domain of embodiment to have integrity in the area of performance are all also essential components of healthy growth and development.

Experience with the IFIS Online Colloquium

Autor: 
Harald Walach

Normally I am quite sceptical concerning hybrid and new technologies for communication and prefer the classical set-up with people in front of me I can interact with. But this was surely a very good example to the contrary. I would have never thought that it is in fact possible, even fun to have a good colloquium via internet. (It’s possible to have one, but whether it is good is another question. This one I found was good.) I have done that once previously and found it very tedious, because there was always the odd glitch. Now it worked perfectly well. The Zoom platform is very professional. So, from the technical side, it was really perfect.

I felt well as a presenter, although it does make a difference, whether you can see and sense your audience directly or not. However, true to the topic, I felt that there was sufficient connectedness between the remotely placed but online connected participants such that I felt listened to and addressing real people and not just the ether in general. So it felt like a decent seminar. I think, my input was useful and well received, and I learned that useful communication can happen even over the internet. The break-out groups via internet were a first-time experience for me, but funnily it worked well.

Whether, what I had to say was useful for the participants they have to decide. It seemed to me I was able to convey what was important. What emerged as a topic to follow up is clearly the question of phenomenology and analytical scrutiny. The danger of starting to think from a new paradigm is surely inflation: everything is suddenly somehow weird and quantum-something, and we tend to then forget straight and clean thinking. That is the big danger I see, and that is also, why I use any terminology of that type in normal discourse very sparingly, although I am quite convinced that we need a new type of thinking. But this will not come as an alternative or something that replaces what we have, but rather as a complement. So the question will not be that of an “either – or” disjunction, but a conjunction of “as well as”: using classical analytical thinking and a more integral, holistic approach. The question is not either – or, but when to apply which at what level. And this question is tricky. The best way to approach it, I find, is to start with very good phenomenology, documenting the effects, observing them closely and then see how much of it can be understood using classical approaches and what aspects of a phenomenon defy classical interpretations. That is, when a holistic approach like the one I have sketched, comes into play. And to be quite clear here: I have just shown one possible path. There may be many more, and the one I have shown might not even be the best option. But one has to start somewhere, and here is a possible starting point.
So to carry on, I would urge people to collect phenomenological instances of experiences that seem to cry out for a non-local explanation, and then carefully think how they might be explicable in classical terminology and via analysis, and which aspects defy such an approach. There we will have the raw material that is needs another type of analysis. Perhaps a website like the IFIS website might be a possible starting point for collecting such experiences, and then allow for a discussion?

For more info about Harald Walach's presentation see here: http://www.ifis-freiburg.de/sites/www.ifis-freiburg.de/files/img_ifis/IF....

Resilience – a useful "one word answer" to the recent increase in crises? An integral approach

Autor: 
Karim Fathi

The presentation "Resilience – a useful "one word answer" to the recent increase in crises? An integral approach" during the IFIS Online Colloquium on November 30, 2016, was part of my ongoing reflections within the frame of my postdoctoral lecture qualification.

The purpose of this presentation was, first, to provide a brief overview over the very different contexts and systems levels the notion of "resilience" is currently used. Second, this presentation was and is an invitation to jointly and critically discuss the resilience concept in a transdisciplinary fashion. An open key question for me was in how far this notion could be transdisciplinarily applied as a "one word answer" to different types and contexts of crisis.

Brief summary of my presentation: Resilience can be defined as “… The capacity of a dynamic system to withstand or recover from significant challenges that threaten its stability, viability, or development.” (Ann Masten et al. 2013). There are different types of resiliency: Prevention (before the crisis), reaction (during the crisis) and bouncing back (after the crisis). Furthermore, this notion is applied to different system levels, like individual, organizational and societal resilience. Each level itself refers to very different resilience factors and crisis types, i.e. societal resilience may refer to natural disasters, cyber terrorism, economical crises, the refugee crises etc. One might rightly criticize that referring to resilience as a "one-word-answer" to all of these very different crises might be like comparing apples and oranges. However, in today's highly complex world one might argue that all of these different systems levels and crises contexts are interrelated requiring a cross-contextual concept.

Closing my presentation, I formulated the following three summarizing statements:

1. Against the background of a highly complex world and cross-disciplinary manifesting crises, there is an increasing (theoretical and practical) relevancy of a “broadly applicable” notion of resilience.
2. Resilience as an “umbrella-term” may be only useful in terms of a transdisciplinary approach, but should carefully distinguish between different sub-concepts and definitions of resilience.
3. The application of AQAL and other transdisciplinary approaches (including various concepts of systems thinking) leaves open questions for further research.

The subsequent discussion included a lot of contributions inspiring me for further research:

- What does resiliency mean with regard to the AQAL dimension Levels: Are there different development levels of resiliency? From a cybernetical point of view: the higher the level of complexity, the higher the competency to deal with complexity. But from the other hand, high development and complexity might also lead into higher and more complex vulnerability.
- Similar questions also with regard to development lines and states...
- What does resiliency mean with regard to the AQAL dimension: Types? Given the fact that contemporary resilience studies is highly Western-centric, it would be interesting to consider inter- and transcultural dimensions. I.e. Japanese and German organizations and the whole society proved to be highly resilient in the aftermath of WWII. However both societies appeared to show very different cultural patterns of resilience.
- With regard to the "panarchy of adaptive cycles" model contrasting the concept of evolutionary resilience: In how far can the resilience concept be related to already existing models of evolution and development? And in how far is this useful?
- What does a cross-disciplinary concept of resiliency mean in terms of "transformative science" (mode 3 science)? An aspect making this question very challenging is the fact that transformative science has ethical and normative implications, whereas this is not necessarily the case for the resilience concept (i.e. resiliency can also be inspired from and implied by amoral actors like the mafia or IS).
- What does systemic resiliency imply in a trans-anthroprocentric (or metaphysical) context? I.e. if humankind does not prove to be resilient and dies out in the face of an utimate crisis - what does this mean for the planet (and its resiliency) and the emergency of an adapted post-human species in terms of "evolutionary resiliency"?

With these and other reflections in mind, I came off the colloquium with more questions and inspirations than in the beginning of my presentation. Thank you all very much for the fruitful discussion and your highly enriching contributions!

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"Learning Transition/La transition s'apprend", LiFT-Workshop Luxemburg, 18.-20.11.2015

 

Fortsetzung LiFT-Projekts als Strategische Partnerschaft bewilligt! Mehr hier.

 

IFIS-Newsletter Nr. 5 (Frühjahr 2015), download hier

 

IFIS-Herbstklausur 2014 "Integrale Konfliktlösung", 28.-30.11.2014, CH-Bassecourt

 

"The future of organization(s)", LiFT workshop Vienna (Austria), November 21-22, 2014. Read report

 

"Why School?" A visioning workshop about the future of education. LiFT Workshop Stockholm (Sweden), August 22-24, 2014

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Infos zur Diskussion über den ESM 

Börsen-Experte Dirk Müller zum ESM

Interview mit Wolfgang Hetzer zur Finanz- und Schuldenkrise

Benzin aus Sand. Interview mit Dr. Peter Plichta


IFIS-Newsletter Nr. 3 (Januar 2012), Download hier als PDF.


Termine:

31.5.-2.6.2013: Symposium "Adult Development Research meets Social Sciences – Applications in various disciplines", gemeinsam mit der ESRAD, CfP und weitere Informationen hier

 

27.-30.9.2012: IFIS-Herbstklausur zum Thema: "Wissenschaft 3.0 - integrales Metakognitionstraining", Saig/Schwarzwald
Information und Anmeldung hier

 3.-6.5.2012: "Integral ecology and ways of sustainable living", Seminar im Rahmen einer Grundtvig-Lernpartnerschaft (Freiburg)

 

20.-22.4.2012: Arbeitstreffen Methodenentwicklung integrale Hochschulbildung (intern)

 

IFIS-Herbstklausur 18.-20.11.2011


Symposium Wissenschaftliches Forschen

7.-8.10.2011, Kassel (gemeinsam mit dem Deutschen Kollegium für Transpersonale Psychologie und Psychotherapie, DKTP )


IFIS-Pfngst-Retreat

11.-16. Juni 2011
6 Tage integrale Forschung und Begegnung im Südschwarzwald

 

"Wirtschaft ohne Wachstum?!" Vorlesungsreihe des Studium Generale, Universität Freiburg im SS 2011


IFIS-Februar-Klausur 2011
mit integralem Forschungskolloquium
Freiburg-Schauinsland, 18.-20.2.2011

IFIS-Newsletter Nr. 2

(Dezember 2010)
Download
hier als PDF


Auszeichnung:

IFIS-Mitarbeiter erhält Kapp-Forschungspreis für Ökologische Ökonomie

Mehr Informationen hier


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Lernen aus der Krise.
Auf dem Weg zu einer Verfassung des Kapitalismus. Mehr unter:

http://www.rat-kontrapunkt.ch/

 

IFIS-Newsletter

Nr. 1 (Dezember 2009)
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hier als PDF

 

Ein Aufsteller:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXh7JR9oKVE

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