Reality = Community

The IAF EUROPE CONFERENCE 2012 in GENEVA SWITZERLAND saw the first of an one day workshop by me about the (meta-)praxis I’ve developed for facilitating change. These pages will be dedicated to this workshop. Currently there is no publication in English yet, however, my way of working is an extension of Will McWhinney’s Creating Paths of Change. My Dutch book is dedicated to this great, friendly and wise man.

“Reality, as we perceive it, is our own invention.” Von Foester, The Invented Reality (1984).

The way we perceive reality defines our actions and ultimately ourselves. By enacting our perceptions we invent reality – reality is not created, the world has been created. These inventions are like stories. As the Thomas Theorem states, things which are not real are real in their consequences, the consequences of our perceptions, our stories become reality. We live our life in our stories. The language we use both describes ourselves. The community, which gives us our language, captures our reality. Reality equals community.

Reality=community 2.1 refers to the power point I used in this workshop.

This raises questions like:
– how do we perceive realities?
– what reality perceptions do we have?
– how do we change these?
– how do we facilitate groups and communities in changing their ways and means?

In this workshop I’ll show how we can use reality perceptions as means to accept assignments, design session, interventions, choose methods and techniques. The objective is “…to increase the number of choices”. The interactive workshop illustrates my book “Faciliteren als Tweede Beroep“, (In Dutch, I’m afraid, Facilitating as a Second Calling) and will use cases by the participants.

– (preparation) Web-based self-assessment

– Reasons to participate
– Expectations, questions

First part
– One system
– Two divisions
– Four reality perceptions
– Six modes of change
– Twelve methods
– Paths of change
– Facilitating change
– Solving problems using Reality Matrix

Second part
– Cases
– Evaluation

– Have better ways to solve problems
– Locate tools and methods more efficiently
– Express their ideas more profound
– Improve their skills to work with people
– Able to make a constellation (systemic approach) to design a session

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