Methods

methodsThe methods and sources that inspire us

For our methods and inspiration we’re drawing on a broad range of rich sources that have benefitted us on our journey, and we’re happy to share with you.

Ancient wisdom traditions

George Pór started meditating in 1977 and since then he has immersed in the following traditions:

Tibetan and Zen Buddhist practices, Vipassana, Tantric meditation, and the Medicine Wheel of 8 Intelligences, a holistic container and process for balancing your archetypal intelligences, based on the Earth wisdom traditions.

Contemporary disciplines of individual and collective wisdom

Below are some approaches that we practise. We are grateful for the changes they brought to our life and to the people and organisations that we’ve been working with.

  • Transparent Communication (developed by Thomas Hübl ) is a way to comprehend the inner experiences of ourselves, others, and the intersubjective space that envelops us, which, when practised appropriately, can become a way of being in the world.
  • AQAL, the “All Quadrants, All Levels” model developed by Ken Wilber provides the underlying gridlines for Integral Mindfulness.
  • Presencing (Theory U) is both a personal/professional life navigation system developed by Otto Scharmer, MIT, and a method for learning from the future as it emerges, and “prototyping landing strips for the future” (Scharmer).
  • Communities of Practice is a discipline of organisational and social design, focused on cultivating the collective genius in groups of people, who are passionate about their common domain of action.
  • Evolutionary Journaling is a unique form of self-reflection using the power of the written word to bear witness to your learning and development.
  • World Café is a structured conversational process that maximises the cross-fertilisation of ideas and inspirations about questions that matter, first used in 1995 by a team the George was a member of.
  • Action Learning is an educational process used in small groups of 5-6 people (the “action learning set”). They learn together by tackling real issues and acquiring relevant knowledge through actual actions and practice, and blasting their blindfolds with the help of well-crafted question from other members of the set or the facilitator.
  • Art of Hosting is an approach to leadership that scales up from the personal to the systemic, using personal practice, dialogue, facilitation and the co-creation of innovation to address complex challenges.
  • Appreciative Inquiry is a method for studying and evolving social systems (groups, organizations, communities), which advocates collective inquiry into the best of what is in order to imagine what could be, followed by collective design of a desired future state that is compelling and thus, does not require the use of incentives, coercion or persuasion for planned change to occur.

Homegrown process tools, methods, and frameworks

The following ways to support your mindfulness, individual and collective, grew out from George Pór’s own R&D efforts and his pleasure to see people and groups evolve by using them over the last three decades. They are perpetual works-in-progress, and our clients are invited to experiment with and apply them to the unique circumstances of their life and / or the unique working conditions of their organisation.

  • Shared Mindfulness is a growing body of innovative practices that combine the power of contemplative awareness and computer-enabled real-time conversation, such as Chaordic Chat (on Skype) and ContemplaTweet .
  • Innovation Architecture is a systemic way to address such domains of innovation as social, business, knowledge, and technical, and go for their sweet spot, where they overlap.
  • Living Report is an interactive document that elicits and reflects new patterns, mission-critical to your aspirations and drawn from the analyzed transcript of mentoring conversations, team conversation, online forums, etc., which shows developmental strengths and opportunities for improvement.
  • Lifework Mapping is a “radar chart” tool for the self-assessment of the key contexts, in which you want to develop higher-level competences and consciousness.
  • Wheel of Evolutionary Leadership Competences is a personal development tool that covers such areas as Systems Thinking, Personal Knowledge Ecology, and Attention Mastery, patterned after the Native American Medicine Wheel.
  • Collaborative Learning Expedition is an action-focused inquiry by scouting teams working, typically, online between the all-expedition base camps held face-to-face, where the teams report on their discoveries and get trained for the next phase.