Session 6: March 30
Employing the creative process: listening and reflection
Exploring listening and reflection on a personal level
In the world of design we make sense of the world through analysis, but analysis only can leaves us short changed. The phenomenon of life is deep and nuanced and calls on us to listen and reflect deeply. During this class we explore deep listening, we explore ways to become still and access our innate wisdom to gain a deeper perspective on what is happening.
Lecture and activities
- Activity and discussion: Delving into the difficulties of listening
- Lecture: Introducing strategies to stay present and open
- Lecture: Learning to stop (even if you feel you can’t), to cultivating stillness, openness and connection
- Activity: Practicing methods of personal reflection on something you’ve just seen:
stillness, free-writing, and free-drawing in response to David Whyte’s discussion of the relevance of poetry to corporate leadership.
- Otto Scharmer’s four levels of listening
- The ladder of inference: watch the mind make stories
- Exploring judgment, suspending judgment, staying with emotions
- Becoming still, and using non-analytical tools of expression to reflect
In preparation for session 7:
- Selection on conditions for a “thinking environment” from Naomi Kline, More time to think (Amazon link)
- Write a reflection paper on the creative process, based on the last two class sessions.
- Interview: Joseph Jaworski interviews Brian Arthur (PDF)
Charles Duhigg (NY Times), What Google learned from its quest to build the perfect team