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ProcessWork & Deep Democracy: 1-day introduction (Community Change, Deep Democracy and Emergence)

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ProcessWork & Deep Democracy: 1-day introduction (Community Change, Deep Democracy and Emergence)


We are happy to share with you an invitation for a one day introduction to Processwork and Deep Democracy (Mindell). Through a mixture of presentation, story telling and practical exercises you’ll be introduced how this approach can practically benefit community change, interactions and group facilitation. What to expectIn this one-day introduction to Processwork & Deep Democracy we will explore theory and practical applications of this philosophy and methodology in facilitating groups and communities. Around the following questions:



Polarisation in groups & inside ourselves: how come groups polarise into sides? How come different roles appear in groups when working on community building and change? How can we recognise that we hold outside polarities also inside ourselves? How can we process our inner world as facilitators to be of practical benefit to the group?  



Chaotic and difficult moments can be the key to group transformation: many of us understandably and instinctively try to move away from the most difficult spots in group of community life, when things feel very emotional or the communication style or pattern seems to be going out of control. How can we stay present and intervene at these points and also be aware of the historical patterns being played out and affecting our relationships. 



Program & practicalities Date: Wednesday March 6th 

Time: 9.30 Tea & coffee will be ready 10 - 17 Workshop (including an hour lunch break)

Location: Impact HUB Amsterdam Mauritskade 63 1092 AD Amsterdam

About the Process Work teachers Pat Black and Andy Smith are co-founders of Diversity Matters, an Schotland based organisation that celebrates inclusivity and is also partner in the Go Deep Game. Both are Processworkers, teachers and facilitators bringing over 30 years of experience in working with very diverse groups and situations. 

Pat’s interest include justice, trauma and people who have experienced long term  institutionalisation or who have multiple labels from the social work or health system. She is driven by a passion to help uncover the missing  gifts and talents in individuals and communities and include the most marginalised people and groups change. Her passions include cycling, family and good food!

 Andy works with inclusion particularly around engagement with health and social systems and in community and neighbourhood development. He also works as a psychotherapist, coach and supervisor. He is a faculty member of the processwork schools in the UK and Spain, is passionate about punk poetry, music and cycling

How to register & costsPlease register your participation through the ‘register’ button on the Eventbrite page. Costs of the workshop are 125 euro, including lunch, coffee and tea. 

The total of the participation fees will be donated to the development of the Go Deep game. For questions - please contact us through the Eventbrite page. 

Looking forward to welcome you! 

The organising team - 

Niels Koldewijn, Pat Black, Andy Smith, Mara Verduin  

Why this workshop & for whomThis workshop is initiated by a collaboration of organisations developing the Go Deep Game, a process-oriented game combining both the appreciative and action-oriented community building approach of the Oasis Game and the approach of Processwork of welcoming and bringing awareness to diversity and dynamics that are invisible, but show in interactions; like privileges, status, emotions, power, etc. 

This workshop is for anyone who: 



Is curious to understand more about conflicts, polarities, and growth in groups; or 



Is working with groups and is looking for ways to grow as a facilitator, community worker, etc.; or



Is familiar with Deep Democracy or is curious to explore more and dive deeper  



A little bit more about ProcessworkProcess Oriented Psychology (or Processwork) is an innovative approach to individual and group change, which combines psychology, systems thinking, social activism and spirituality in a single paradigm. Its a comprehensive theory, method and orientation to working with individuals, organisations and communities, developed since the 1970’s by Drs. Arnold and Amy Mindell and colleagues. Its applications include psychotherapy, relationship conflicts, extreme states, business and organisational development. For more information: www.iapop.com 



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