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A-Z of Clean

A series of 1-hour conversations during which we'll explore key terms used in Symbolic Modelling, Systemic Modelling, Clean Space and Emergent Knowledge. Before each workshop, we'll publish a blog post on the topic, which will be useful preparation for the workshop.

During each conversation, we'll interview leading thinkers in the field who have expertise in the terms we're exploring.... incuding similarities and differences in their thinking. There'll be a chance for you to ask questions and to explore your own thinking as well. The idea is to raise our awareness of all our thinking around the use of the different terms we use, to clarify any misunderstandings and build knowledge around these topics.

The first workshop is on the topic of Adjacency and you can read the blog post on this here.

The workshops will be recorded and if you sign up, you will receive the recording, even if you aren't able to make it to the session. 

Frequently asked questions

What is Symbolic Modelling?

Symbolic Modelling was created by Penny Tompkins and James Lawley when they worked with and observed David Grove over several years, to discover what he was doing to achieve his phenomenal results. They combined David’s ideas with ideas from the fields of cognitive linguistics, systems thinking and NLP to produce a model which could be taught to others to enable them to achieve the same kinds of results as David.

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What is Systemic Modelling?

Systemic Modelling is an approach for supporting groups to use clean questions and metaphor models to better understand one another and to develop the skills and capability to collaborate meaningfully.

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What is Clean Space?

Clean Space is a facilitation process that emerged out of David Grove's continued search for a way to facilitate clients effectively and efficiently to do the personal work they need to do with the least possible interference from a facilitator. 

In a Clean Space session, the facilitator invites the client to find different physical spaces (usually in a room, although it can be anywhere) to represent different aspects of their thinking. The client moves from space to space, pausing in each one to consider what they know there. In this way, they build up a network of connections between the many thoughts, feelings and ideas in their mind and body.

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What is Emergent Knowledge?

Emergent Knowledge is one of the last processes developed by David Grove before his untimely death in 2008. It is a process of self-discovery which involves the iterative use of clean questions. 

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I attended the first event on Adjacency in this A-Z series and for me it was an excellent event: crisp, nourishing, inspiring, instructional. The set up drew me out of my "normal environment" and I became absorbed by the topic. The dialogue form transported let me know that there are many ways / perspectives to look at adjacency – there’s no single simple universal definition. The anecdotes helped to grasp the idea and made it much more understandable. And being able to view the video recording later helped me to get even more insights.


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A is for Adjacency

7th Jan 2021

By Doris Leibold