Clean Space: Modeling Human Perception through Emergence
David Grove, the originator of Clean Language and the innovator of many processes for working with client-generated metaphor, has created Clean Space, a fascinating new approach that uses emergence to model human perception and facilitate organic change.
Clean Space Revisited
Clean Space: the first workshop 2002
- Describe a Clean Space 'Lite' version that contains only the central elements.
- Identify the main choices available to a facilitator within the Lite version.
- Note some of the ways facilitators have found to respond to the unusual.
- Document some of the common add-ons in the feature-rich versions practiced by experienced facilitators.
These may be the first written notes of David Grove describing his embryonic Clean Space process during a workshop in Auckland, New Zealand in February 2002.
Joining Up the work of David Grove
Proximity and Meaning
This paper presents a model that ‘joins up’ the three main
phases of David Grove's work. Rather than trying to
integrate the phases into a single process I have maintained the individuality of each domain and language model. I used the metaphor of
‘join up’ because David was inspired by The Horse Whisper
, Monty Roberts.
When 'Where' Matters: How psychoactive space is created and utilised
Adjacency is about 'next to-ness'. It creates meaning in people's minds - naturally. This article examines the significance of adjacency, how we can recognise it, and how we can work with it for ourselves and our clients, taking a 'clean' approach to adjacency.
Neurobiology of Space
A joined-up model of how methodologies derived from the work of David Grove invoke the psychoactivity of spatial relations in therapeutic, as well as in other settings. Once a space becomes psychoactive a person is effectively 'living in their metaphor'. Then, when something changes in that perceptual space (often spontaneously), more of their mind-body is involved. This usually produces a more embodied and systemic change.
Clean Language Without Words
"In all living creatures, from snails to people, knowledge of space is central to behavior. We live in it, move through it, explore it, defend it. Space is unlike other senses [because it] is not analyzed by a specialized sensory organ. The brain must combine inputs from several different sensory modalities and then generate a complete internal representation that does not depend exclusively on any one input. How, then, is space represented?" In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind,
Eric R. Kandel, Norton, 2007
Clean Language is a method developed by David Grove to dialogue with a client's symbolic representations and metaphoric expressions. This article briefly describes how you can use Clean Language to enhance your non-verbal communication with clients.
Space is not 'nothing'. It may be no 'thing', but that is not the same as 'nothing'. It is probably the most overlooked aspect of cognition. Just as the goldfish in its bowl does not include the no-thingness of its water (or rather, the clarity of its water) in its cognition of things, so we tend to disregard the space within which our cognitive processes function. I say within which our cognitive processes function, because the evidence is that we do not think within our heads, but within our perceptual space. The totality of human subjective experience would seem to be an intimate interaction between the body , the Perceptual Space and its Generative Source (not considered within the scope of this article).
Setting Up Clean Space
David Grove's Clean Space has often been presented as a linear technique. This blog attempts to redress the balance by attending more to the artistic aspect of Clean Space. It examines the role of the facilitator and introduces 'Six Set Ups' and aligns them with the 'Level I Criteria of Competence