On the Edge - Mapping a Field of Collective Intelligence & Spiritual
is a 90 page exploration into those moments of magic when collective
insight, co-creation and action emerge within groups. Over 100 people
were surveyed about their work with groups and 61 were interviewed.
The authors have endeavored to mirror back what these people said;
to bring form to the images and energies that pulsated throughout
this process; to capture some of the textures and multi-dimensionality
of the deeper harmonic which were heard and felt.
To respond to the
multi-dimensionality of the phenomenon and to honor the many different
ways readers may choose to access information and create meaning,
Centered On the Edge includes poetry; quotations;
color; photography; archetypal images; original art.
the heart of Centered On the Edge is an
intricately woven braid of three strands of writing. One strand
of this braid is a series of eight pattern stories written
by Alan Briskin. Each story is an excerpt from one of the interviews,
followed by commentary from Alan highlighting some of the insights
and paradoxes the stories reveal. We call these "pattern
stories" because the themes, organizational elements,
and group dynamics evident in each story appeared repeatedly throughout
the interviews. To see the eight stories, go to Pattern
Stories on the Collective Wisdom Initiative web site.
with the pattern stories is a second strand of writing, the
principles. Given form by Chris Strutt, these principles
also emerged from the transcripts, and are organized into three
categories: Elements of the Experience, Significance of Gathering,
and Practices for Preparing and Opening.
The third strand of this braid is the metaphor clusters.
Joan Lederman read and listened to every word of the transcripts,
with an ear for the natural and metaphoric ways people describe
their experiences of collective intelligence and spiritual wisdom.
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