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NICHOLAS JANNI – PART 1

In Part 1 of this conversation Nicholas Janni shares powerful insights from his work with companies and leading business schools worldwide. He reflects with Michael Stern on how he works with supporting senior executives and teams to use the We-Space as a gateway to higher consciousness, with an emphasis on its transformative impact on innovation and performance. Nicholas describes how his background in theater sparked his fascination in the relationship between higher states of consciousness and peak performance. He then explores the challenges and opportunities of practicing multi-dimensional Presence in organizations, and the role of the We-Space in changing organizational culture. Nicholas articulates the need to develop the capacity for leadership that is surrendered to the service of the greater whole and how, through the disciplined practice of Presence, we can individually and collectively become vessels for the higher intelligence of creation itself to emerge through us.

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NICHOLAS JANNI – PART 2

Part 2 of the conversation between Nicholas and Michael picks up on the topic of culture change and begins with an examination of language. Nicholas points out that we have forgotten the sensuality of speaking, often using energetically “empty” language that is not aligned with the emotional and somatic levels of our experience. This lack of connection to self and others reduces our experience of life and our capacity as leaders, and reduces vitality in the culture. Nicholas also discusses the We-Space as an essential response to the overwhelming complexity and uncertainty in our world. While he recognizes the We-Space as a key feature of an emerging level of cultural development, Nicholas also cautions against being seduced by the power of that as a ‘story’, encouraging us instead to do the real work of practice, and to make the possibilities of a “Higher We” a reality in our own direct experience.

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BEENA SHARMA

In this interview with Beena Sharma, held by Andrew Venezia, Beena begins with her reflections on what light vertical development shines on We-Space practice. She points out how individuals create and interact with the We-Space based on where they are in their journey of vertical development and how this gives rise to different interpretive dynamics that we tend to identify with and that can range considerably. Looking more closely, she points out how the conventional to post-conventional level-stages color our experience in the We-Space. In narrating these orientations, she acknowledges the gift of post-conventional emergence as this special curiosity for the quality of the shared space between myself and the other. She goes on to unpack four post-conventional levels beginning with the self-questioning stage, followed by the self-actualizing stage with the greater interest of the whole system (both at invisible and visible levels), the construct-aware stage of how this We-Space is both a mirror and filter for our group process and finally through the Unitive stage. In this call, Beena reflects on how We-Space and other group processes provide us with a potent means for spurring our development on towards greater degrees and depths of realization. At the heart of her work is a deeply creative and humanizing impulse, rapt with the mystery of life and possibility.

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MICHAEL BRABANT

In this call, Michael Brabant begins by sharing with Alicia Stammer the secular / mystical expressions of his work that offers a unique and compelling view of We-Space. More than a group practice, Michael reflects on how his We-Space work has moved away from some of the more theoretical integral terrain into a more visceral, experiential way of being of as a way of showing up in one’s life.In terms of the implicit dimension of the work, he points out how facilitators need to be the inflection point more than the transmitter, which he clarifies with the question: “Am I perceiving what is happening as a sacred unified intelligent unfolding?” Michael points out the deeper core embodied qualities that we rest in that make it possible to transmit uniquely from this inflection point. Michael suggests that as the facilitator, we follow the thread of our natural curiosityand interest in depth, which brings us more richly into contact with the creative dimension of an awake field. Michael explores with Alicia the ways in which this curiosity, via our body (as an extension of this larger field) can help us relate with and learn from thisfield with threads of information that connect everything, including our future and our ancestral past. Michael shares insights from his coaching work with business leaders as well as his experience with We-Space as a deeper somatic-based experience. We also discuss how this way of being is an innate human knowing and how being connected to the field without the mind as a dominant mediator of experience is being regained at later stages of development.

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BONNITTA ROY

In this interview, Bonnitta Roy goes into depth in what distinguishes a participatory approach to collective work from how we typically conceptualize and approach the We-Space. She points out the deeply engrained human tendency for humans to rely strongly on symbolic objects (i.e. God, Source, or the We-Space) to mediate their interactions with each other. She cautions us against the limitations of pursuing We-Space work that is informed by this deeply engrained cultural habit of creating a new kind of symbolic object. Instead, she proposes a We-Space approach that deals with a more participatory kind of group work, one that calls forth a rare kind of transparency with each other that takes us to the edge and limit of our knowing and being together. This fascinating and wide-ranging conversation explores a number of conditioning assumptions of human culture and consciousness at this moment in time. New shoots of what appears to be a genuinely new kind of being together and relating that humans rarely if ever see begins to emerge, calling us further into new forms of authenticity, while avoiding recurring if not classic pitfalls of group life.

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TOM MURRAY

In this call Tom Murray, a seasoned veteran of collective practice, explores with Andrew Venezia a number of important theoretical edges of We-Space work. One of Tom’s key insights is that much of what we find valuable about the We-Space is revealed in part through neighboring collective contemplative practices. Certain dialogue-based, Theory U, presenting and other practices open us into distinct experiences of flow between the I and the We. This fosters a sense of participating in something greater, with a special if not rare sense of belonging. In this light, much of the power of We-Space comes from reclaiming central aspects of our being and making these dynamics transparent and accessible to one another. It is highly meaningful, for example, that we are social mammals, though often we overlook the basis for what nourishes this. Tom brings this orientation to shadow work within the We-Space, exploring how we can uncover patterns from the processes of physical matter to the higher cognitive functions of being human. This opens up interesting and in some cases genuinely new possibilities for a kind of performance of the whole spectrum of our being. The call ends abuzz with this possibility.

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PEGGY HOLMAN

In this Summit conversation, Peggy Holman begins by reflecting on her two recent books, The Change Handbook for change in organization and communities and the second book Engaging Emergence: Turning Upheaval into Opportunity. From her work in Open Space Technology, World Café and Appreciative Inquiry, Peggy shares how these practices that have been used in communities and organizations offer ways for engaging people collectively in the We-Space. She describes her Aha! moment while helping to facilitate her first Open Space session that gave her a taste of the magic that can emerge out of group processes—where the needs of both the individuals and the whole could be met. This lead her on a quest to understand what created this sense of magic, the fruits of which were captured in the above aforementioned books. Peggy points out, “When we create the conditions for individual connection and expression, I and You (self and other) through their interactions ultimately a We emerges. There is a turning point where that sense of the We identity emerges, a new coherence arises and a new sense of identity where undermining things collectively becomes crazy like cutting off your own hand.”Peggy goes on to discuss these collective practices and patterns with Robert, and also gets into how she thinks We-Space practice can be scaled to include groups on the order of millions (rather than just dozens or thousands). Her idea is that this can be done through augmenting ourselves with technology she refers to as “Macroscopes”.

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GEORGE POR

In this Summit conversation, George Por begins his reflections on the We-Space with host Robert Best by inviting us into experiencing what is common and already present right now in the field, as George points out, “we don’t have to invent the We-Space, we simply recognize how it is there with us as a prior unity.” Beginning from this place of deeper prior unity, George embarks on narrating his life journey and research into the We-Space and collective intelligence. Tracing the conversation back 30 years, George recounts the evolution of his work through his mentor Douglas Engelbart and the computer technologies he was developing to augment our human capacities for collective intelligence and wisdom, as well as the possibilities of connectivity that were possible through computer use. George reflects on this work and points out that the different locations and types of We-Space that become available through groups. He draws on Dustin DiPerna’s We-Space line of development and reflects on how this changed his thinking about the We-Space as an unfoldment of a center of gravity of stages along this particular line of development. Drawing from his experiences in collective wisdom, George draws on Spiral Dynamics terminology to connect with the late first tier and early second tier We-Spaces he has experienced. This connects to some of his more recent work with Enlivening Edge and the Teal Organization Mapping project which are attempting to serve as collective sensory organs in the We-Space that reflects our emerging ecosystems back to themselves to support their development to higher levels and greater scales of influence.

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JACOB BORNSTEIN

What is needed to create amore generative We-Spacein the boardroom and workplace? In this interview, Jake Bornstein, co-founder of Talentism, reflects with Sara Ness on the role of the We-Space in the deeper evolution of companies and their executives. At the start of the interview Jake clarifies his approach: we’re always in aWe-Space (rather than a space to get to. Jake explores getting to clarity on the culture of our existing We-Space in the workplace and where we are aligned, our shared purpose, group norms, trust dynamics, and then explores how the evolution of how all these dynamics can change and grow.At the midpoint of their conversation, Sara invites Jake to test out this model, shifting their field into greater transparency and relatedness! This conversation with Sara is full of examples and in-the-moment interventions for working with the potential challenges that others and groups deliver that block or impede a more transparent relating with where others are at in the We-Space at work. In their back and forth, they explore different perspectives on how to consult, engage and teach others at these levels. If you’ve been curious about what goes through the mind of a top-level consultant bringing evolutionary consciousness into We-Spacework, this is one you’ll want to watch!

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ROSA ZUBIZARRETA

In this Summit conversation, Rosa Zubizarreta walks us through the insights gained from her work helping people transform the friction of differing perspectives into greater group insight, creativity, and collaboration. Throughout this conversation with Robert Best, Rosa frames her understanding of the We-Space as those social spaces that invite us to experience our inherent connection as humans, “meet” one another in ways that welcome our fullness, and allow each of our gifts to be received. This stands in stark contrast to the pervasive separation and competition that mark our western culture, and which result in so many lives filled with low-grade chronic anxiety and an understandable aversion to “meetings”.  In contrast, whenever group contexts offer deep psychological safety, our human biology can relax and allow our “social engagement systems” to be activated — thus encouraging genuine curiosity about differences along with the emergence of high levels of group creativity and co-intelligence. In addition to transforming workplaces, We-Space has significant applications for our public lives. Along these lines, Rosa offers the distilled essence from her recent article in the Spanda Journal: “Participatory Public Policy Microcosms: Diversity and Empathy as Generators of Creative Wholeness”, where she explores how the We-Spaces generated within microcosm councils can seed new public conversations, as well as influence public policy more directly.
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DANIEL SCHMACHTENBERGER

Through his deep knowledge of neurochemistry and experience in the design of a nootropic product to enhance cognitive functions, Daniel Schmachtenberger explores with Ferananda Ibarra the question of can nootropics empower WE Spaces by enhancing individual flow states? How do they affect empathy and social intelligence and to what extent is the individual affected by the collective and conversely, how does the collective affect the individual? This question led Daniel and Ferananda into a conversation on how the optimization of individual capacity can influence the collective in powerful and emerging ways. Given how we are witnessing a rise of complexity and growth of exponential technologies, the fragility of nature is driving humanity to potentially catastrophic tipping points. What then are the viable alternatives and how can the practices of We-Spaces provide for better collective sensemaking and understanding? Daniel shares a taste of his work on Integral Civilization Design and offers visions of different scenarios and possibilities for humanity collectively in this time of transition.

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RESONANCE PATH INSTITUTE

JOSEPH
FRIEDMAN

JOE
SHIRLEY

CHRIS
CLARK

SPRING
CHENG

This project started out in the standard We-Space Summit Zoom  format, though the participants soon realized that in order to capture and share the unfolding process and discoveries in a way that could do justice to the process, they added a layer of storytelling that in the end, produced a wholly unexpected yet remarkable video documentary on their work in the We-Space. Watch the faculty members of Resonance Path Institute (http://resonancepath.org) including Joe Shirley, Spring Cheng, Chris Clark and Joseph Friedman ride the waves of deeper creative emergence as they present the framework and practices of Resonance We-Space.  In this video, the core team introduces two fundamental practices, Embracing Individual We Space and Dancing with Dissonance. Their term Individual We-Space honours the changing, fluid multiplicity within each person and our inborn ability to reflect the collective experience as an individualized fractal representation within the larger collectives we are an integral part of. Dancing with Dissonance is a new, experiential model of co-creative collaboration inspired by improvisational dance. It maximally transforms the energy of dissonance into creativity.  Join them as they journey into these powerful frontiers in the We-Space.

ENLIVENING EDGE PANEL

GEORGE
POR

ALIA
AURAMI

WILLIAM VAN
INWAGEN

RIINA
RAUDE

Riina Raudne joins George Por, Alia Aurami and Will Van Inwagen to share their work with Enlivening Edge, whose purpose is to nourish and amplify the agency of the larger ecosystem of next-stage organizations. After the introductions, Alia Aurami shares a beautiful invocation for participants to become present in the field and panelists began playing with taking turns speaking AS the Enlivening Edge. How does the Enlivening Edge perceive its own growth as an organization? How do people join and leave? What role might conflict have in growth? How do the elephants in the room get named and engaged? In this intriguing conversation, we explore what an organization or workplace might look like when a number of founders and senior members are long term practitioners of various intersubjective meditative formats. The panelists from EnliveningEdge.org, speak about how in their workplace, the We-Space is seen as a line of development and a subtle-energetic morphic field of awareness, with an energetic architecture where wisdom, information, and insights can be downloaded and uploaded. The panelists share how the We-Space can agentically pull us, inspire us, function through and as us, transcending and including us as individuals in the workplace.

SYNERGISTIC DEMOCRACY PANEL

JUAN
CARLOS

SHERI
HERNDON

BARBARA
MARX HUBBARD

LAWRENCE
BLOOM

DAVID
KARCHERE

In this panel call, Lawrence Bloom, Juan Carlos, Barbara Marx Hubbard, David Karchere and Sheri Herndon delve into a new form of democracy that is subtly emerging everywhere.  Panelists explore this new form of democracy and how its real potency awakens in the We-Space.  Mirroring the profound process of dissipative structures identified by Ilya Prigogine, social innovations accelerate in their capacity to connect and by the structure of evolution itself create new whole systems. Panelists explore how humans have been structured into silos of separation through culture, age, race, yet at the growing edge of synergistic democracy all of these separations are finally dissolving into a larger field of resonance. The inner impulse of yearning to create is evolving such that we are attracted to join genius and abandon the old habits of separation for the purposes of winning and dominance. The panelists explore a core We-Space capacity to open our evolutionary eyes in order to learn how to stabilize our perception to see what is emerging in the convergence zone–the space in the field where newness begins to shows up. When your impulse to co-create joins into this larger movement and it happens in a resonant We-Space of mutual awakening, we move toward greater synergy. This is the foundation for an emerging synergistic democracy. Standing at the threshold of social and spiritual evolution with our forms of governance and enlightened social structures, these panelists open a groundbreaking inquiry into how to nurture the New Human and the possibilities for unearthing deeper principles for a macro We-Space that can support this undertaking.

NEW ORGANIZATIONAL FORMS PANEL

ARTHUR
BROCK

ERIC HARRIS
BRAUN

MATTHEW
SCHUTTE

FERNANDA
IBARRA

Arthur Brock, Eric Harris-Braun and Matthew Schutte begin the conversation with Ferananda Ibarra by exploring the thinking behind a technological approach for developing an embodied WE in Organizations. We begin the conversation by jumping into demonstrating Game shifting as a collective intelligence tool to embody social patterns and practices that enable groups to play more smoothly together by paradoxically unlocking the individual capacity for polymorphism and internalizing the discipline to honor structures and patterns. The conversation moves into how this emerging technology provides a space to embody new forms of interaction and bring higher consciousness into being in various collective contexts. In this conversation, the panelists share more in depth how ‘unenclosablecarriers’ allow for the possibility of embodying a Higher WE intelligence by enabling new expressions of it through a kind of Social DNA. This has ramifications for how our Social Organisms and Organizations can heal the We. If you are curiousto learn more about the unencloseablecarrier and why and how this is so essential to the next generation forms of Organizational culture, this panel is for you!

THE PARTICIPATORY PANEL

TOM
MURRAY

MUSHIN
SCHILLING

ANNE
CASPARI

BONNIE
ROY

ANDREW
VENEZIA

This panel conversation takes a critical turn in problematizing a few of the dynamics of collective process in groups and ventures perspectives on how this implicates and limits the We-Space.  When groups engage in collective practice, the question this panel returns to is what are we actually participating with?  They point out, for some groups, there is a tendency to be caught in projection, in thought or perhaps our own social anxiety or social agenda among a wide diversity of possible experiences. As this panel explores, facilitators in such contexts often default to professional strategies to control the direction of the process toward desired outcomes based on their particular preconceived ideals of group process. Such groups then become bound to an idea or ideal of “we-ness” and then go out of their way to make this particular flavor of we-ness happen. In this panel, the participants take a step back and call into question any kind of position that is projected onto the field of collective practice. Connected to this inquiry is problematizing any pre-conceived sense or ideal of “We-ness” that is a reflection of this more conventional stage approach of engaging the shared field. Turning instead to the more radical or post-conventional possibilities of collective practice that lie beyond the mainstream layers of social habit and convention, the panel posits the possibility of a more open and direct participation that proceeds instead from sensory clarity as the basis for authentic participation.  What creative potentials then emerge in such groups where participants are no longer constrained, via positive or negative associations and projections of the We? Panel members share their stories and current practices as examples of what they believe lies beyond this more commonplace variety of conventional We-Space practice.

NAVIGATING DEVELOPMENTAL PERSPECTIVES 

SUSANNE
COOK-GREUTER

BEENA
SHARMA

ANDREW
VENEZIA

What light can adult ego developmental theory shed on collective leadership, group practices in the We-Space and what it means to be human at a time of our planetary crisis? In this call, Susanne Cook-Greuter and Beena Sharma speak with Andrew Venezia about their work using adult developmental metrics coaching leaders and working within organizations. Starting with Beena and Susanne’s approach to development, the conversation weaves into some more foundational questions around what it is to be human, to make meaning as an individual and in a group. Susanne points out the hazards of reification in communication and the need to be aware of the naming and labeling tendencies, including the term We-Space. She goes on to describe the Spiral Representation of Development that illustrates the stages of deeper unity and maturity that become possible for human beings. Beena points out the possibility of vertical development that disrupt our current ways of meaning making from knowledge to wisdom, as well as collective wisdom. As the conversation develops, they move towards a more comprehensive embrace of both the known and deeper mystery, unknown and miracle of the other in communication. Understanding leadership as the enactment of being human, in the later part of the conversation they explore how an internal sense of navigation and the act of getting closer to reality through the later stages of development in community and in culture offers a purposeful orientation for the We-Space in spite of the challenges and existential confusion that pervade our current age.

FELICITY PANEL

SYLVIE
VAN DER MEERENDONK

ANDREW
VENEZIA

MIRIAM
VAN GROEN

What is Possible Now? Why are We Here Together? In this call, Miriam van Groen and Andrew Venezia, interviewed by Sylvie van den Meerendonk, talk about Felicity, a group flow state of joyful, meaningful, productive co-work. Far from being merely chaotic or sluggishly consensus-driven, this way of working is generative, effective, abundant. It represents a new standard of generativity, and organizations unable to participate with this meaningful, purposeful work will not survive for long. Not only a call about Felicity,but also an expression of it, as the three speak out of their own experience of what is alive and present, their conversation offers a strong taste of their experience in the We-Space. Felicity Consulting brings this experience into work environments, using simple orientations and practices to help individuals and teams organize around purpose. This brings about a much more enjoyable, holistic, and effective working environment.