Contributing to the Future
November 16-17, 2023, January 11-12 and March 14-15, 2024 (+2 days to be determined)
An intensive course to learn, develop and practise your future skills.
We have the pleasure to invite you to learn and discover skillsets needed for contributing to the future. It is our experience that the questions and challenges of our time require new skills, that differ from the ones we currently use, are trained and educated in. Skills we all intrinsically have, though they are less and usually randomly trained and not consciously applied. Our present understanding and mastery of the world brought us to where we are; the complex and complicated issues we have to work with in all spheres of life, ask of us to take a step further in our development.
I am an instrument, if tuned right can play with the future!
The skills we have already mastered and use can only bring us similar insights with the same kind of results and problems. Our current knowledge, skills, awareness and intelligence would greatly benefit if they were transformed by the upgrading of our capacities. The course is both an encounter with and a training of those upgraded capacities, enabling us to contribute to a systemic and sustainable future.
The course is comprised of the following themes:
- The training and study of the new skills: Working with Content, Connection, Uniqueness and Wholeness
- The awakening of the senses and the power of observation, as well as information processing and databanks
- The ability to address the influence and power of static belief systems and mental models
- The Other as the gateway to the future
- The recognition of the signs of the “invitational” quality of the future. Learning to “read” the complex language of living systems and collaborations
- Working with the concepts of Empty Space, the Unknown and Unfamiliar, the future in connection with the Other and Pre-consciousness
- Four fields of processing systemic information and their types of data and skills
- Learning to use the whole physical body, and not just the head, as an instrument for finer observation and the deeper development of information
- Theory and background of the development of our skills in the course of history; the insights of groundbreaking philosophers and scientists.
- The art of awaking the contributing to the future in individuals, teams, organizations.
- Practicing and training of the newly acquired skills, using collective intelligence, acting tools, movement, group work, dialogue and feedback.
We start with a 4-day working and learning session in which we investigate on the essentials of the skill sets needed for contributing to the future. At the end of this 4-day intensive we formulate research questions and experiments which helps the transfer of the essentials to the daily life context of the participants. In a half year period, we meet regularly to deepen the insights and skills. In the exchange, research & design sessions we work with organizational and society related theme’s and there is plenty of learning space for the specific questions and challenges of the individual participants.
In between, we are available for (on-line) individual coaching and mentoring.
Essentials (4 days)
Dates: November 16-17, 2023 and January 11-12, 2024
- Awareness and skills of my physical being
- Introduction in the tools and skills of the future
- Working with tools and skills of the future
- Future skills in the societal dynamics
Exchange, research & design 1 (2 days)
Dates: March 14-15, 2024
Themes: mental models and belief systems and the physical body as trustworthy anchor point for information
Exchange, research & design 2
Date: To be determined
Themes: working with and influencing organizational dynamics
Exchange, research & design 3
Date: To be determined
Themes: working with and influencing societal dynamics.
Our understanding of and experience with the skills we need to contribute to the future, is a work in progress and requires a dynamic approach. It is neither a finished methodology, nor do we strive to attain a fixed approach or theory. In that sense the course is an open but stable structure in which to investigate, practice and discover. The facilitators are able to create a challenging, inspiring and gentle space to work in.
It is a lively course where skills are trained in movement, conversation, play, research, exchange, theory-making - all through working with relevant problems and obstacles of today.
With the development and delivery of this training we freely make use of the work of: Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Fritz von Bothmer, Michael Chekhov, Marie Louise von Franz, Humberto Maturana, Dani Nabudere, Chris Argyris, Emmanuel Levinas, Hannah Arendt, Peter Brook, and many others.
Frank Bosboom (1969) works with organizations and networks on current and future societal challenges in housing, welfare, education and health care. Frank’s approach is to work as a learning coach within the organizations in need for transformation.
Peter Paul Gerbrands (1957) assists organizations and collaborations in finding a way into the future. He has a past as stage director, organizational consultant and advisor working with complex interconnected systems.
Paul Harnischfeger (1955) is a theatre director, acting trainer and a teacher of drama education. He also works as a teacher and therapist for movement and the dynamics of space. He is a lover of poetry, story and stone.
Markku Wilenius (1961) has worked some 30 years with organisations helping them to realise how future is different from past. He is professor of futures studies in the university of Turku, Finland and Unesco Chair of learning for transformation and planetary futures.
Information and registration:
Please contact Peter Paul Gerbrands via this form.
Delft, The Netherlands
The fee for attending this course will be determined individually, with each participant in a workable balance between personal or organizational financial possibilities and the actual costs of the course. Please contact us and we will find a way.
The working language is English because we have a Finnish professor/futurologist and an Australian/German theater maker (with Aboriginal roots) in our team, but the two Dutch individuals (and the group) are also capable of explaining everything in proper Dutch or German.
This course can be given anywhere and in different shapes and forms. Please contact us when you have ideas about when, where and how.