Navigating Complexity: Sydney Pilot Workshop

Navigating complexity pilot image longjust because life is complex doesn’t mean it has to feel complicated

You are warmly invited to attend one of the first workshops in this new series on complex systems. This is a trial workshop (at a heavily reduced price). You will be asked to fill in an online evaluation from after the workshop and to be available for a follow up phone call if needed for further feedback. This is considered part of your payment for doing this workshop. Please don’t register if you do not intend to fill in the evaluation form and be available for feedback by phone.

Date: Saturday 23 May 2015
Time: 14.00 – 17.00
Venue: Glebe Justice Centre, 37-47 St Johns Road, Glebe, NSW, 2037
Cost: $30 + your willingness to offer feedback (normal price for these workshops would be $105 for individuals)
Register by email (registration is essential as space is limited)

about this workshop

Would you like to be able to handle complex situations with more ease and confidence? In a scientific sense, a complex system is any system where there are multiple interacting elements that all affect each other and all interact simultaneously. Think of an economy, a traffic network, a family, an ecosystem or even the dynamics at a party. In this session we will explore the science of complexity and then go on to try out different ways of playfully making sense of complex situations.

The first thing that you should know about this session is that:
you will not be asked to do anything that you do not already know how to do

Humans have evolved in a complex world. On a deep, pre-conscious level, you intuitively understand complexity. However, you have probably been trained to use your rational, analytical mind above all else to make sense of the world. Complex systems defy this kind of analysis; in this session you will be invited to play with other ways of paying attention and interpreting what is going on around you.

In this introductory workshop you will first be guided through some of the insights from complexity science and we’ll then explore different ways of playfully making sense of and responding in complex situations. Our playful explorations will be shaped by the practices of InterPlay® where we interact together using movement, voice, story and stillness. Through the give-and-take of complex situations, we can become more consciously present and adaptable, experiencing deeper ease and connectedness.

You will go home with some practices you can use in daily life to help you negotiate complexity more easily.

your facilitation team: Sophia van Ruth and Mark Seton

Sophia has studied complex systems science at Schumacher College in the UK, she is an accredited InterPlay® facilitator and a qualified shiatsu therapist based in the Netherlands. She describes:

I came to a point where I realised that we can’t understand complexity using analytical logic alone. I then became interested in the way people pay attention and make sense of complex information. If we are not using our intellect, then how else do we make sense of the world around us? I came to realise that the practices of InterPlay® and my training as a shiatsu therapist had a lot to offer in this respect.”

Mark has incorporated aspects of complexity theory into his ongoing research and teaching of resilient vulnerability to professionals such as actors, lawyers and nurses. He is an accredited InterPlay® leader and has a doctorate in performance studies.
He notes:
“It’s about trust, perseverance and letting go of the desire to control everything – a control which we can never achieve! But we can play with becoming more conscious of how small choices we make can have surprisingly big impacts on ourselves and those we interact with.”


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