The roots of our work are in social- and eco-psychology.
Our mentors have been:
Creative Problem Solving (CPS) - Osborn-Parnes Process
CPS provides us with a flexible and empowering framework to research,
document, and generate ideas, develop solutions and implement actions
for many life, community and business challenges.
Its value is supported by extensive academic research and diverse
professional applications across the world.
Theory U is a change management process which was initially developed
by a team at MIT, Boston.
It has since been firmly established as an innovative and very
effective approach to change, over the last 10 years, by the work of
Otto Scharmer and the Presencing Institute.
It has been tried and tested in a wide range of organisational,
institutional and social development projects around the world.
It has also contributed to the emergence of mindfulness and dialogue as
key working practices, especially when dealing with large teams and
complex systemic issues.
Conscious Business Principles
These were developed by Fred Kofman – we recommend you read his
They promote responsibility, integrity, humility, authenticity,
negotiation, coordination and emotional mastery.
We have a tendency in Western and developed society to live and work
detached from the natural world around us.
We use a number of nature-based methods to help people reconnect to
their core self, communicate more authentically and solve dilemmas or
problems in groups.
Methods include Focusing, Four Shields
Coaching and Equine Facilitated Learning
– click on "Techniques" to learn more about these!
Our approaches promote presence, openness, intuitive awareness,
authentic and compassionate sharing, and creative collaboration.
This is a psychotherapeutic technique initially developed by Eugene
Gendlin. Its main benefit is in re-connecting us to our inner "knowing"
or intuition. It is a useful technique in learning to remain open and
non-judgemental about oneself and others, and in achieving greater
clarity of one's most immediate needs.
Social Theatre Presencing
Developed by Arawana Hayashi for the Presencing Institute, the approach
draws on the arts and contemplative traditions to bring mindfulness,
creativity and body-based learning into organisational and social
Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL)
There is much to learn from the way horses conduct their business and
deal with their relationships. These beautiful animals are powerful
teachers in the way they mirror human communication and leadership.
Working with horses can generate important shifts in awareness and
sometimes profound personal transformations.
We partner with several organisations specialising in EFL related
practices based in Europe:
The Four Shields
The Four Shields is a model based on American Indian wisdom and
traditions. It provides an effective framework within which to
re-establish or create balance in the perceptions of ourselves and the
way we conduct our lives.
The Four Shields model is a very powerful tool for enhancing our
understanding of how we respond to experiences on a moment-to-moment
The circle offers a completely different way to listen to one another,
share one's experiences and personal narratives. There are many
different ways to run circles and each has its purpose and a specific
Generative Dialogue is based on Theory U. It proposes that
organisations are networks of conversations, and that by changing the
way people talk and listen, you can change the way people act. By
promoting inquiry, inclusion, spontaneity, possibility and freedom, you
create the conditions for a truly constructive dialogue where future
possibilities are allowed to emerge for full consideration. This
increases interconnectivity, reinforces shared identity and encourages
a more effective use of resources. All of this facilitates
Lego® Serious Play®
Yes! You get to play with Lego bricks again. But these are special sets
consciously designed to help people learn to share, collaborate and
create more effectively. The experience is participative, playful,
experiential and fully immersive. It is used by worldwide organisations
for team building, knowledge sharing, strategy development, decision
making and problem solving. It always scores the highest number of
likes in our end-of-session feedbacks.
Advanced Projective Techniques
These range from working with play dough, art materials,
psycho-drawings and collages to laddering, role play, social
dramatisation, improvisation and guided visualisations.
We know how important it is to learn through personal observations
– of our self and of others.
We use ethnography to explore, understand and inspire the resolution of
specific problems and technical challenges, and to stimulate the
creation of new, sustainable products and services.
The list below is only illustrative of the tools we tend to use the
The Hogan Assessment
We have come across and tested many psychometric assessments and the
Hogan assessment stands out for us for two reasons:
It is a great tool to understand one's strengths - one's "bright"
personality – and also identify the traits in us that can lead
to stress, when under pressure - one's "dark" personality
It is a positive tool in that it helps individuals grow and perform
better within existing or new teams and environments
The Visual Explorer
Created by the Center of Creative Leadership, the Visual Explorer comes
as a set of visuals and is a tool essentially aimed at generating genuine
shared dialogue between participants. It makes the most of the fact that
our brain processes information more easily and effectively through
pictures rather than words.
We have been working in collaborative practice with RealityCheck Inc.
for a number of years now and Aha!®
is our preferred platform for co-creation and ethnographic journeys.
It allows participants to be truly spontaneous and authentic, whilst
still interacting and collaborating with others.
Pictures and videos can be uploaded, as they are experienced.
The platform goes beyond sharing traditional diaries to allow
participants to express themselves through collages and mappings as
This generates even more authentic and insightful narratives of their
life and their experiences.
Future scenarios can also be explored through pin boards and wishing
walls where participants can share and create in a collaborative and
visually engaging way.
The Labyrinth Walk
The labyrinth is an ancient, symbolic space enjoying many associated
myths and stories, from across many centuries and cultures. We are so
passionate about its power as a creative space for reflection,
problem solving and team-building that it has even inspired our logo!
Our latest labyrinth project saw us creating such thinking space for
the Global Cleaner Production and Sustainable Consumption Conference in
Barcelona in 2015 – with many enjoying a labyrinth walk for the
This assessment is a useful team-building tool and we often recommend
it as preparation for innovation work.
It is an insightful way to explore thinking and collaborative
It also helps to establish individual and collective thinking profiles
for creative problem solving.