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The Developing Group
We (Penny Tompkins and James Lawley) established a supervision group in January 1997 for facilitators using Clean Language and David Grove's Metaphor Therapy. In 2001 we changed the scope of the group to a regular forum for the exploration of new ideas in the field. We also changed the name to The Developing Group.

Our aim is to provide a setting where, within a clean approach:
  • leading-edge thinking can be applied in practical ways
  • we can go into greater depth on specific aspects related to Symbolic Modelling and other clean approaches
  • participants can develop their modelling skills and the ability to work systemically.
All the topics presented at the group are listed below.

The Developing Group is for people who use Symbolic Modelling and David Grove's Clean Language, Clean Space and Emergent Knowledge processes. Annual membership of the group is open to those who are personally recommended by a leading member of the Clean community, who have 10+ days training in Symbolic Modelling and who have maintained a fluency with Clean Language.

The Developing Group is not a training. We present a day on whatever we find interesting and worth researching. Participants do not know what the topic of the day will be until we send out an email with background 'notes' a week or two in advance. These notes and the input from the day either form the basis for an article that is subsequently published or they remain a 'work in progress' paper. Click on the links below to go direct to the relevant paper or see the summaries following the table.

* These papers are published articles.

YEAR DATE TOPIC
2015 Nov 28
Extending Clean Space (with Marian Way) 
  Oct 3
Saying ‘No’ to Self: Modelling the Structure of Self-restraint
 
Jul 4
It Takes Two To Tango: Changing relationship patterns
  May 9
Getting to ’It’: First Words – First Questions
2014 Nov 29
Embodying Others' Metaphors and Acquiring their Tacit Knowledge
  Sep 27
Polishing the Mirror of Reflective Practice
  Aug 2
Calibration and Evaluation 3 Years On
  May 24
The Leader-Follower Dynamic: A systemic perspective
2013 Nov 30
Solution Focus Through a Clean Lens

Sep 28
What do you say before you say goodbye?

July 6
Deconstructing Feedback 

May 18
Applying Cross-Domain Thinking
2012 Dec 1
What’s the ‘Co-’ in Cooperating, Collaborating and Co-Inspiring?

Oct 8
What's in a Name?: The effect of labelling on experience

Jul 7
Inhibition: The Art of Systemic Balancing 

May 12
Pointing to a New Modelling Perspective *
2011 Dec 3
Clean Evaluative Interviewing 
  Oct 1
Self-Nudging: how we can bias our future self 
  Jul 9
Calibrating when what you are doing is working – and when it’s not 
  May 14
REPROCEss: Modelling Attention *
2010 Dec 4
What did Improv ever do for us? 

Sep 4
Modelling the Written Word 

Jun 5
Huh? - Shifting Frames
2009 Dec 5
Modelling how we act from what we know to be true

Oct 3
Cognitive Dissonance and Creative Tension

Aug 1
Clean Space Revisited

Jun 6
Embodied Schema: The basis of embodied cognition

Apr 4
Accepting Acceptance

Feb 28
Attending to Salience
2008 Dec 6
Clowning and The Art of Split Attention
(with Vivian Gladwell and Carol Thompson nosetonose.info)
  Oct 4
Joining Up the work of David Grove *
  Aug 2 Vectoring and Systemic Outcome Orientation
  Jun 7
Maximising Serendipity: The art of fostering potential
  Apr 5
Black Swan Logic: Thinking outside the Norm
 
Feb 2
"And Death Shall Have No Dominion" - A memorial to David Grove
2007 Dec 1
Responding-in-the-Moment (with Random Acts Theatre Company)

Oct 6
Coaching in the Moment

Aug 4
The Neurobiology of Space

Jun 2
The Systemic Nature of TA Games: When Symbolic Modelling meets Transactional Analysis (with Michael Mallows craftylistening.co.uk)

Mar 31
'If only God would give us a sign' - The Role of Meta-Comments *
  Feb 3
Iteration, Iteration, Iteration
2006 Dec 2
David Grove presents Emergent Knowledge
  Oct 7
Modelling Conflict 
  Aug 5
Using Symbolic Modelling as a Research and Interview Tool
  Jun 3
Thinking Networks - II
  Apr 1
Becausation
  Feb 4
PPRC: Paying attention to what they're paying attention to
2005  Dec  3
When the Remedy is the Problem
  Oct 1
Learning From Relationship
  Aug 6
Clean Conversations: Remaining Clean-ish in Everyday Settings
  Jun 4
Feedback Loops
  Apr 2
When Where Matters: How to create & utilise psychoactive space *
  Feb 5
Preferences: What and How We Like 
2004
Dec 4
When and How to Use 'When' and 'As'
  Sep 25
Body Awareness (with Julie Driver)
  Jul 31
Proximity and Meaning: A 'clean' approach to adjacency *
  Jun 5
Thinking Networks - I
  Apr 3
Learning to Act from What You Know to be True
  Feb 7
Self-Deception, Self-Delusion and Self-Denial
2003 Dec 6
It's Happening Now! 
  Oct 4
A Developmental Perspective
  Aug 2
Levels
  Jun 7
Multiple Perceptions, Perspectives and Perceivers
  Apr 5
Context Matters
  Feb 1
Constructivism is Only a Construct
2002 Dec 7
Endings and Beginnings 
  Oct 5
Utilising Autogenic Metaphor 
  Aug 3
Metonymy and Part-Whole Relations
  Jun 1
Modelling Dynamic Equilibrium
  Apr 6
Perspectives to Model By
  Feb 16
What is Emergence?
2001 Dec 1
A Model of Musing: The message in a metaphor *
  Oct 13
Big Fish in a Small Pond: The importance of scale *

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What's the Co in Cooperating Collaborating Coinspiring
What does it mean to 'collaborate'? Is it the same or different as 'cooperating'? Where does 'co-inspiring' fit in? What does a clean approach add to the mix? And how do we do any of them?

What's in a Name: The effect of labelling on experience
By James Lawley | Published 06 10 2012
The Developing Group
When we consider that all words are labels, we realise every word slants our thinking in some way. Given we have to label to communicate verbally, and since most of us, most of the time, have no idea how we label, or the effects of one label over another, we thought it would be interesting to explore this rich topic by looking at labelling from a number of perspectives. 
Inhibition The Art of Systemic Balancing
Inhibition does not do what most of think. We explain how inhibition works neurologically and psychologically, its 9 function and give 12 self-modelling activities.
Pointing to a New Modelling Perspective
After more than a decade of searching for a satisfying analogy that describes the perspective I take when symbolic modelling I’ve finally found one right under my nose. It is the simple and everyday act of pointing.

Clean Evaluative Interviewing
A research project will use Symbolic Modelling and Clean Language to discover how coachees evaluate their experience of coaching. This paper explorers the methodology required and  gives guidelines for anyone wanting to undertake a ‘clean evaluative interview’ (CEI).

Self-nudge
We review where decisions come from, apply Thaler & Sunstein's social principles about “choice architects” to the individual, and propose a method of Self-Nudging: Biasing our Unconscious Mind.
Calibrating whether what you are doing is working
How do facilitators calibrate when “it’s working”, and when it’s not? It is not easy for a facilitator to describe the in-the-moment criteria by which they navigate a session. However, even if a facilitator cannot specify how they decide what to do, they have a duty to consider the question: How do you know when what you are doing is (or is not) working?
REPROCess: Modelling Attention
The first principle of Symbolic Modelling is: Know what you are modelling, i.e. what kind of experience the client is having. This article shows how the REPROCess model enables a facilitator to do that. Published Acuity, Vol.3, Nov 2011.
What did Improv ever do for us?
Based on the work of the grandaddy of modern improvisation, Keith Johnstone, we explore what clean facilitators can learn from the art form of improvisation.
Modelling the Written Word
This paper describe and give examples of the many kinds of written word we have modelled. These include: Single statements/questions; Questionnaires; Letters to staff; Transcripts of 1:1 therapy/coaching; Exemplar Modelling; First-person accounts; Academic research interviews; Processes/Techniques; Shared or Group Reality.



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