Working simultaneously for change in individuals and groups: Transformational conversations in times of crisis

(Übersetzung durch Susanne Kessler)

Nora Bateson

Stephen Gilligan

Gunther Schmidt



Referent/in: Nora Bateson, Stephen Gilligan, Gunther Schmidt


Termin: 13.05.-16.05.21


Mit Übersetzung konsekutiv


Preis: € 690,- bis 13.2.21 danach 740,-
MEG-Mitgliederrabatt: 20 €

Fortbildungspunkte: ja



1. Tag 10.00 - 18.30   2. Tag 09.00 - 18.00
3. Tag 09.00 - 18.00   4. Tag 09.00 - 13.00
(32 Arbeitsstunden)



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Vielen Dank.


Auf jeden Fall wird das Seminar in dieser Konstellation ein absolutes Ereignis.



Love and justice are not two. Without inner change, there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters.  (Kyodo Williams)


We live in times of growing crisis.  Fascism is rising across the land.  All the old institutions—politics, economics, mental health, education—are fracturing and no longer functional.  AT the same time, voices that have been traditionally silenced—women, people of color, LGBT—are insisting on being heard and included.  


At such times, working from a single perspective or at just a single level—individual or collective—is incomplete and thus cannot produce sustainable change.   Complex systems are patterns of contradictory truths and positions woven through multiple levels.  Sustainable change requires conversational spaces that can hold it all in a way that allows even more.     This is the focus of this special workshop: How to listen, include, connect with, and positively empower each part of a complex system, its patterns of interrelationship, and its overall wholeness.  Each of the three presenters—Gunther Schmidt, Nora Bateson, and Stephen Gilligan—has been practicing and developing systemic work for many years—in psychotherapy, social institutions, education, intimacy relationships, and families.  


We will alternate working with individual systems and larger systems, as a way to cultivate awareness of how each completes the other.  Each presenter will offer overviews of their work in systemic change, provide demonstrations with both individuals and groups, and offer experience.  More importantly, the focus will be on conversational connections between the group, and many opportunities for experiential participation for all participants.  


Some topics to be addressed:

—how to see and participate in a world of interrelational, living systems;

—how each system is equally capable of creating well-being or suffering, depending on how the human connections;

—how to move between individual and collective systems;

--how systems move through periods of stability and instability, and the values and dangers of each; 

--symptoms (at both indvidiaul and collective levels) as attempted “solutions” or resources;

 --how to create conversational spaces that hold contradictions, not-knowing, emotional intensity, and suffering; 

—how to bring compassion, curiosity, kindness, playfulness, and centeredness to chaotic systems;


We are coming together in this workshop with of a shared sense of the dangerous state of affairs in the world, and our shared belief that we can engender transformational change through intelligent, humane connections. We hope you will join us!

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