Contributing to the Future
March 2-3 and 16-17, April 13-14, June 15-16, 2023
An intensive course to learn, develop and practise your future skills.
We have the pleasure to offer you a training and discovery of skill sets needed for contributing to the future. It is our experience that the questions and challenges of our time require new skills, which differ from the ones we currently use and in which we are trained and educated. Our present understanding and mastery of the world brought us to where we are today. The complex and complicated issues we work with in all spheres of life, require that we take a further, most necessary step in our development.
I am an instrument, if tuned right can play with the future!
The skills we have learned and mastered until now can only give us similar insights to those of the past, with the same kinds of results and problems. Our current knowledge, skills, awareness and intelligence would greatly benefit if they were transformed by the enhancements of our capacities. The course is henceforth an encounter with and a training of those enhanced 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 data banks.
- 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 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 ability to contribute 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 work in 4 two-day modules:
1: Awareness and skills of my physical being
with Paul Harnischfeger and Frank Bosboom
Becoming aware of and training one’s own unique capacity for movement.
- Wisdom of the body and the discovery of the forces of space.
- Connection between body and consciousness.
- Playfulness and future.
- Awareness of ease, form, beauty and wholeness.
2: Introduction in the tools and skills of the future
with Peter Paul Gerbrands and Paul Harnischfeger
Pre-consciousness, consciousness and intelligence as different but integrated ways into the future. Observation as a path into the future.
- Development of our skills over time.
- Observation, awareness, feedback fields and future skills.
- From impulse to active influence.
- The “language” of wholeness and uniqueness.
3: Working with tools and skills of the future
with Frank Bosboom and Markku Wilenius
Using conscious skills: differentiating and correlating and intelligent skills: thinking and feeling to activate people teams or organizations to contribute to the future.
- The function of will in conscious and intelligent fields.
- Working with traps, loops, mental models.
- Training to move from intelligent to conscious activity.
- Training intervention skills.
4: Future skills in the societal dynamics
with Markku Wilenius and Peter Paul Gerbrands
Collaboration and organizing approaches that contribute to the future. Bringing about change and transformation in complex environments and conditions.
- Working with uniqueness and wholeness in organizations.
- Awareness of the impact of dominant belief systems.
- How to deal with coercive societal dynamics.
- Creating space and time to contribute to the future.
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 organizations helping them to realize 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.
Module 1: March 2-3
Module 2: March 16-17
Module 3: April 13-14
Module 4: June 15-16
All days from 9.00–17.00
Delft, The Netherlands
€ 3750 (with lunch, without VAT)
Information and registration: Please contact Peter Paul Gerbrands via this form.
This course can be given anywhere and in different shapes and forms.
Please contact us when you have ideas about when, where and how.