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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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Black Swan Logic
By James Lawley | Published 05 04 2008
The Developing Group
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."

Coaching in the Moment
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.
Neurobiology of Space
By James Lawley | Published 04 08 2007
Clean Space , The Developing Group
"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


The Role of Meta-comments
‘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.
Modelling Conflict
The root meaning of the word ‘conflict’ is ‘to strike together’. A friend of ours, Lynne Bell
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. 
Using Symbolic Modelling as a Research & Interview Tool

Thinking Networks II
By James Lawley | Published 05 06 2004
The Developing Group , Clean Space
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 them."
Becausation
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
Perceiver-Perceived-Relationship-Context (PPRC)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.


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