Round 2

It’s 24 days until the second L(d)N retreat in the hills of southern Ohio. This go round our planning team has put a closer and more intense focus on curriculum- with sessions on building vision boards, appreciative inquiry, and mapping out our future selves (sound hokey? maybe. guess what? it isn’t). But we’ll also be woods-walking, cocktail-sipping, night-singing, fire-ringing, hot-tubbing, mindfulness training, life-listing and trinket-exchanging among other things. I’ve been thinking a lot about how we can create an environment ripe for transformation. What kind of energy and vulnerability do participants and hosts need to bring to events like this in order to encourage something truly ‘new’ to emerge? <a href=”http://www.presencing.com/presencing-theoryu/”>Theory U</a>, a methodology created by MIT’s Otto Scharmer, has this to say on the topic: “The way in which we attend to a situation determines how a situation unfolds:<em> I attend this way, therefore it emerges that way.</em> As a practical social technology, Theory U offers a set of principles and practices for collectively creating the future that wants to emerge.” I’m hoping to create some newness by utilizing some of the exercises Scharmer’s institute has crafted…