One of the themes I’ve been working on lately is to cross-fertilize three communities that I feel have a great deal to learn from each other.
They are: The Creativity Community
The Personal Development/Spirituality Community and
The Conflict Resolution or Peace Community
I use the word “community” in the singular in each case but there are many versions of each of these community categories.
The Creativity Community for me includes:
The Creative Problem Solving Institute (CPSI) http://www.cpsiconference.com/ (CPSI) and a whole range of other conferences that seem to all owe their beginnings to CPSI.
CPSI is a conference that has been running for close to 60 years now. It was started by an advertising executive Alex F. Osborn. Osborn developed a creative problem solving process using applied imagination and deferment of judgment enabling as many ideas as possible to be expressed (group use of this principle was called Brainstorming). Dr. Sidney J. Parnes further refined Osborn’s work, resulting in what is commonly referred to as the Osborn-Parnes Creative Problem Solving process (CPS).
A long list of conferences have followed in the footsteps of CPSI. One of my favourites is Mind Camp that happens north of Toronto every year. There are many others. See http://www.conferencealerts.com/creative.htm for a list.
There are also a whole range of companies that specialize in providing services to help organizations increase their creativity.
The Personal Development Community for me includes:
Coaching and counselling practices of many types; personal development organizations like the ManKind Project, http://mankindproject.org/ ; the Inner Journey http://www.innerjourneycanada.com/ ; The Oneness University; Yoga; Chi Gong and many others. In fact there is a huge variety of approaches to personal growth and healing.
The Conflict Resolution/Peace Community for me includes:
Mediation; Peace groups of many types, e.g. The Canadian Peace Initiative ; Civilian Peace Service Canada; USAID; many of the offices of the United Nations and so on.
What these three communities:
- The Creativity Community
- The Personal Development/Spirituality Community and
- The Conflict Resolution or Peace Community
have in common is that to be successful they need to help people develop new perspectives and behaviours. The growth is related to personal growth as distinct from growth of knowledge. It’s not book learning we’re speaking about here. It’s a change in how each person sees the world and his or her relationship to the world. These are profound changes people need to make.
I see these three communities as being mutually synergistic.
So, I like to challenge myself and those I interact with by asking:
1. Do you agree that these three “communities” have a lot to offer each other?
2. If yes, what can you and I do to make use of each others’ knowledge and activities?
If no, are you willing to learn more about one of the other two communities to see if there is a benefit?
I’m looking forward to your comments…..!