Black Swan Logic
Coaching in the Moment
A review of the ideas from The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb who asserts that "our world is dominated by
the extreme, the unknown, and the very improbable — and all the while we spend our time engaged in
small talk, focusing on the known, and the repeated. In spite of our progress and growth, the
future will be increasingly less predictable, while both human nature
and social 'science' seem to conspire to hide this idea from us."
Neurobiology of Space
The notes of a prototype model of how to use Vivian Gladwell's (of Nose to Nose) approach to training clowns to develop any skill that can benefit from in-the-moment feedback which does not interrupt the process
. The example given is enhancing skills of Symbolic Modelling.
The Role of Meta-comments
"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
‘Meta-comments’ are those verbal and
nonverbal expressions which comment on what has just happened. These ‘about-the-now’ comments can
range from the fully conscious and explicit to the completely unconscious
and implicit. They are much more common than you might expect. This paper describes how to recognise and make use of them in your facilitation.
Iteration, Iteration, Iteration
If you search for 'iteration' on the web you will find precious little
outside the domain of mathematics and computing. And yet iteration is
commonly seen in nature as a way for organisms to grow and develop and
as a change process in an increasing number of psychotherapeutic
procedures. So what is iteration and how can we make use of it? These are unpublished notes written for The Developing Group
The root meaning of the word ‘conflict’ is ‘to strike together’. A friend of ours, Lynne Bell
Using Symbolic Modelling as a Research & Interview Tool
wondered, “Does this produce a spark or a conflagration?” Judy DeLozier calls a minor or
early-stage conflict “a bump”. Conflict also derives from the Latin for ‘a contest’. So no
wonder the prototypical image of a conflict is a fight.
Thinking Networks II
Our aim is "To get you to think networks. It is about how networks emerge, what they look like, and how they evolve. ... Networks are present everywhere. All we need is an eye for
From a constructivist, systemic perspective, nature doesn’t have causes — people punctuate the continuity of natural processes into ‘cause’ and ‘effect’. Aristotle identified four basic causes. They can be viewed as four different ways to perceive a situation. Our premise is that four perspectives are better than one, two, or three.
Paying attention to what they're paying attention to
An introduction to the Perceiver-Perceived-Relationship-Context (PPRC) model. It enables a client’s verbal and nonverbal behaviour to be used to infer how they construct their model of their world, i.e. it is a model of perception from the client’s perspective.