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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 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
2017 Nov 25
Mindfulness and Symbolic Modelling

Sep 16
 It's a Matter of Opinion
 
July 8
Going Live

May 6
What happens when we examine “... what happens to ...?”
 2016 Dec 3
Learning from Transcripts
  Oct 8
Appreciating Aesthetics: The effect of beauty
  July 9
It’s about time: Modelling frames of desire
  May 7
Questioning Clean Language Questions: Combinations & variations
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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Perspectives to Model By
Einstein's Theory of Relativity highlights that WHERE and HOW we perceive makes a difference to WHAT we perceive. We have noticed that people who are experienced at using Symbolic Modelling do not seem to perceive the client's information from any of the traditional NLP "Perceptual Positions". So, where and how are they gathering information and constructing their model?  
What is Emergence?
The point is not to have another piece of knowledge called 'emergence'; rather it is to learn to think and operate in a new way. A way that is congruent with the subject matter: bottom-up, circular feedback loops, indirect control. While we may talk about emergence, our aim is to create conditions for you to 'think emergently'.

A Model of Musing: The Message in a Metaphor
This article describes a model for a way of thinking during those few seconds when you are pondering what the client has just said. It describes a way of modelling-in-the-moment; a way to ensure that what you decide to say is maximally informed by the client's information.
Big Fish in a Small Pond: The Importance of Scale
Do you make 'mountains out of molehills', or are problems just 'a drop in the ocean'? How you proportion your perceptions is fundamental to the structure of your subjective experience. Your map may not be the territory, but if it's to be of much use you'd better know its scale. This article is about the nature of scale, how to begin modeling it, and what happens when you change the scale of things to come.
Going Live
Although there is only 'now', we get seduced by the idea/metaphor that there are other times. We talk about the past and future as if they exist rather than being figments of our momentary imagination. As clean facilitators we retain the knowledge that whatever the client is saying or doing, neurologically and physiologically it's happening now. We also assume that the client’s behaviour is always embodying their current model of the world but they are often unaware of it. When we 'go live' we are inviting the client to attend to that model, metaphor or behaviour, in-the-moment, as it happens. In this way the client becomes aware of, and stays close to what is happening for them 'right here, right now'.
Learning from Transcripts
The two main ways we use transcripts as a professional development tool are:  Supervisory feedback to coaches and therapist; and Modelling experienced facilitators. We show you how we do this with an annotated example of each kind of transcript.

Appreciating Aesthetics: The effect of beauty
Two events resulted in realisations for Penny Tompkins. Penny’s musings and artistic explorations prompted several discussions which we recognised could be explored and enriched by creating a Developing Group day in honour of beauty and aesthetics.
It’s about time: Modelling frames of desire
Desired outcomes, aims, goals, intentions, objectives, plans, purposes and targets all describe a preferred future. When in the future and what kind of outcome makes a difference to how we facilitate clients to realise their desires. Whether a person wants to take a decision in the here and now, or to enjoy the rest of their life, involves different timeframes and structurally different outcomes. This paper examines modelling the timeframes, structures and evidence of client’s desires.
Saying No to Self - Modelling the Structure of Self-restraint
Have you experienced the desire or attraction to do something illegal, immoral or unhealthy – and not acted on that desire? If so, how did you do that? We aim to find out.
It Takes Two To Tango
By James Lawley | Published 04 07 2015
The Developing Group , Self Development
The longer a relationship pattern continues the more we can be sure neither person is solely responsible for the recurring outcome. From a systemic perspective it takes two to tango. That is, both parties (often unwittingly) perpetuate the pattern and the consistency of the outcome. This paper examines these relationship patterns and what needs to happen to take steps to initiate and maintain a new behaviour.



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