Presencing

There are three ways of looking at human creativity and leadership. Take the example of a painter painting a picture:

1. We can look at the END RESULT, the product. In this case the painting as testimony of the creativity.

2. We can observe the PROCESS. How did the painter do it?

3. We can focus on the SOURCE. The painter is standing in front of a blank canvas: from where does (s)he start interacting?

Otto Scharmer calls this third perspective the Blind Spot: the missing link in our thinking about learning and leading. It is felt and experienced but not often shared. It is real but not made epxlicit, therefore it’s easily lost and the potential force of tapping into this common source is not used.

When working with change making and social entrepreneurship we can focus on these same aspects:

* the impact we create (monitoring, measuring indicators, documenting case studies, return on investment),

* the approach we use to bring change (business models, intervention logic, leverage points in the system, best practices),

* the inner condition of WHO we are being when we do our challenging work.

Gandhi is often quoted as saying “be the change you want to see in the world“. What does this actually mean? How does my personal being relate to the change that is “out there” in the systems and structures that I want to tackle?

To master the art of change making, it is critical to accustom ourselves with the inner terrain of places we act from: attitudes and intentions that create the conditions for inspiration, intuition and imagination to emerge. What does it feel like to be with our attention? How can we tap into this source in a pro-active way, rather than waiting for it to appear?

In Auroville we spend a lot of time experiencing ways of re-connecting to this source, getting familiar with the places inside of us from where we act and think. During the Nomad’s Hub we want to share this attitude and approach. This does NOT mean ignoring the other perspectives of IMPACT and PROCESS. The challenge is to integrate ALL three, alternating whenever it makes sense to do so.

Change making: an integral perspective

How does it work, this alternating between the three aspects of change making? How does the focus on our inner self fit into practical business management? Einstein spoke about the intuitive mind:

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”

How to befriend the analytical or rational mind with the intuitive mind ? The Presencing Institute and the U Lab offer practical tools and approaches to try out this integral approach, and we happily borrow their ideas for our Nomads Hub curriculum.

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