With the increasing complexity and uncertainty of our world today, scientific knowledge and modernist ideas are more important and less sufficient at the same time. In situations of complexity, such as our changing climate and increasing inequality, other sources of intelligence are needed as well to make wise decisions and steer our society dynamically into a sustainable future.
How can we complement our well-earned rational thinking with other ways of knowing, such as our intuition, in order to navigate complex systems? How can we balance our focus on the outer world of matter, with a focus on our inner world of consciousness and infinite potential? How can we make use of the abundant resources of imagination and consciousness that are inside us, in order to tackle the outer issues of scarce natural resources and environmental degradation?
Do we have the courage to question our mechanical worldview and our ego-system awareness and shift towards an eco-system awareness that can create life-affirming solutions that work in the long term?
In this 1,5 day workshop, you will explore these questions in an interactive and experiential way. Together with leading sustainability practitioners, scientists, entrepreneurs, business leaders and activists, you will gain insights in how to navigate complex systems with grace and wisdom, learning to trust your own systems intuition, and the resources you need in order to make your next bold move towards a flourishing world.
We are honoured to welcome our special guest prof. Dennis Meadows, co-author of the original Club of Rome report Limits to Growth.
Marja de Vries, author of two groundbreaking books, will share with us her research on universal principles that provided direction and balance for indigenous societies for thousands of years.
The workshop will comprise storytelling, experiential exercises working with system dynamics, a climate game, dialogue and reflection.
Sunday November 6th
Dinner at Circular Hotspot De Ceuvel, Amsterdam – with an intimate group (max 30 people – young and old)
16.30 Arrival, drinks
17.00 Start of programme, word of welcome by Club of Rome NL. Dialogue walk in pairs – what’s at heart for you at the moment?
19.00 Guided mindfulness practice, by Christopher Baan (Young Club of Rome)
19.45 Joanna Macy ritual - acknowledging the despair
21.00 The story of our lives - what’s transforming in ourselves; how is that related to what’s transforming in the world around us? With professional storyteller Nancy Wiltink
22.00 Closure, drinks and socializing for those who wish to stay longer
Monday November 7th
Location: Nyenrode University Breukelen
9.00 Arrival - coffee, tea
9.30 Plenary welcome
Morning workshop: Playing with Systems to understand Climate Change
An experiential workshop by Prof. Dennis Meadows, author of the Club of Rome report Limits to Growth
Journalling questions & sharing of experiences in pairs
13.15 Relative vs absolute play
14.00 Afternoon workshop: A phenomenological approach to perceiving system dynamics. How can such an approach, that taps into intuitive ways of knowing, help us acknowledge the patterns that we’re part of and evolve towards the behaviour we want to stop climate change from aggravating?
An experiential workshop by Martine Verweij (Club of Rome NL, Green Bridges), Sjef Staps and Herman-Jan Stroes
18.00 Open Space dinner – what would you like to talk about? Tables form around subjects at heart
19.30 Best-selling author Marja de Vries on a new and emerging holistic worldview
21.00 Room for questions
21.15 Group dialogue facilitated by Club of Rome NL
21.40 Closure round with personal intention statements, connected to the experiences of the day