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The Deep Democracy Of Open Forums

Practical Steps to Conflict Prevention and Resolution for the Family, Workplace, and World
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Publisher: 
Hampton Roads
 | 
November, 2002
ISBN:
9781571742308
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In 1994 Arnold Mindell released a seminal work entitled The Leader as Martial Artist, which introduced the concept of “Deep Democracy,” a form of conflict resolution that seeks to heal communities by resolving the shadow issues that lurk beneath the surface and stir up real trouble. Now, Mindell takes his groundbreaking work a step further with The Deep Democracy of Open Forums.

Most of us are terrified of conflict, says Arnold Mindell, internationally recognized for his innovative synthesis of Jungian therapy, dreams, and bodywork. But we needn’t be. His burning passion is to create groups and organizations where everyone looks forward to group processes instead of fearing them. He calls this the deep democracy of open forums, where all voices, thoughts, and feelings are aired freely, especially the ones nobody wants to hear.

As he teaches, most group and social problems cannot be well facilitated or resolved without access to the dreamlike and mystical atmosphere in the background. The key is becoming aware of it.

Mindell introduces a new paradigm for working in groups, from 3 to 3,000, based on awareness of the flow of signals and events.

You can take the subtlest of signals indicating the onset of emotions such as fear, anger, hopelessness, and other altered states, and use them to transform seemingly impossible problems into uplifting community experiences…

I share how everyone—people in schools and organizations, communities, and governments—can use inner experiences, dreaming, and mysticism, in conjunction with real methods of conflict management, to produce lively, more sustainable, conscious communities.

An epilogue, “Keys to the Open Forum," summarizes methods and insights so that you can take them with you to your next small—or large—group meeting.

To mediate conflict, we need to remember that everything changes, the world is a dance, and we need to discover the steps trying to take place.

Among Mindell’s other books are Dreaming While Awake and Quantum Mind.

Publisher’s Description: 

Most of us are terrified of conflict, says Arnold Mindell, PhD, author of fifteen books and internationally recognized for his innovative synthesis of Jungian therapy, dreams, and bodywork. But we needn't be. His burning passion is to create groups and organizations where everyone looks forward to group processes instead of fearing them. He calls this the deep democracy of open forums, where all voices, thoughts, and feelings are aired freely, especially the ones nobody wants to hear.

Since 1992, one of Mindell's prime interests has been the bringing of deeper awareness to group conflicts. Conflict work without reference to altered states of consciousness is like a flu shot for someone in a manic or depressed state of consciousness. Most group and social problems cannot be well facilitated or resolved without access to the dreamlike and mystical atmosphere in the background. The key is becoming aware of it.

Mindell introduces a new paradigm for working in groups, from 3 to 3,000, based on awareness of the flow of signals and events. You can take the subtlest of signals indicating the onset of emotions such as fear, anger, hopelessness, and other altered states, and use them to transform seemingly impossible problems into uplifting community experiences.

As Mindell explains, "I share how everyone--people in schools and organizations, communities and governments--can use inner experiences, dreaming, and mysticism, in conjunction with real methods of conflict management, to produce lively, more sustainable, conscious communities."

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