Renewal is working with feedback, knowledge/know-how and appropriate adjustments over time. Even the most ‘mechanistic’ organisations will change as their environment changes. We all learn and adjust – some of us are just quicker and more flexible! For ease of access here are four main areas of focus:
Honey and Mumford – Learning Styles
Beliefs and Expectations
We create and respond from the wonderful empty place that is generated when we surrender. I say “wonderful empty place,” but most of us think of emptiness as terribly scary. We fill ourselves with all sorts of stimulation, keeping busy in order to avoid that unpleasant, queasy feeling of facing our own emptiness.
When we face our emptiness and look at it from the outside, it may indeed appear frightening or alarming; but when we move in and actually become empty, we’re surprised to suddenly find ourselves most powerful and effective. For only empty, without entertainment or distracting internal dialogue, can we be instantaneously responsive to the sight, the sound, the feel of the work in front of us.S. Nachmanovitch, Free Play, p145-6
Develop and work with awareness and feedback.
Making Meaning / Sense Making
Creativity, Co-creation, Intuition and Intentionality (will)
Working with Liminal Space
One of the many catch-22’s in the business of creativity is that you can’t express inspiration without skill, but if you are too wrapped up in the professionalism of skill you obviate the surrender to accident that is essential to inspiration. You begin to emphasize product at the expense of process.S. Nachmanovitch, Free Play, p119
The goal of freedom is human creativity, the enhancement and elaboration of life. Creativity always involves a certain amount of discipline, self-restraint, and self-sacrifice. Planning and spontaneity become one. Reason and intuition become two faces of truth.
We now find ourselves, as individuals, as nation-states, and as a species, involved in a period of intense and often bewildering transformation. The systems of government, production, culture, thought, and perception to which we have become accustomed and that have functioned for so long are not working. This presents us with a challenge. We can cling to that which is passing, or has already passed, or we can remain accessible to – even surrender to – the creative process, without insisting that we know in advance the ultimate outcome for us, our institutions, or our planet. To accept this challenge is to cherish freedom, to embrace life, and to find meaning.S. Nachmanovitch, Free Plan, p189-190
Taking appropriate action and supporting possible failure