navigating complexity: full day workshop

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navigating complexity posterJust because life is complex doesn’t mean things have to feel complicated. 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 full-day session we will explore the science of complexity and then go on to try out different ways of playfully making sense of complex situations. You will go home with a better understanding of complex dynamics and a toolbox of tips and tricks for accessing your intuitive ways of knowing in a complex situation.

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 already intuitively understand complexity better than you think. However, you have most likely been trained to use your rational, analytical mind above all else to make sense of the world. Complex systems often defy this kind of analysis – in this session you will be invited to play with different ways of paying attention and interpreting what is going on around you. You don’t need any special background or experience to participate in this workshop, it is suitable for people with no knowledge of complex systems science.

Your guide will be Sophia van Ruth. Sophia has studied complex systems science at Schumacher College in the UK, she is and accredited InterPlay® facilitator and a qualified shiatsu therapist. 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.”

InterPlay works with improvised movement, voice and story. We will blend teachings on the insights from complexity science with the practices of InterPlay, both to simulate complex dynamics and to learn to access your deeper body wisdom.

For more about the workshop series this event belongs to, follow this link.

practical details

Sunday 27 November 2016

Source Creations, Veerlaan 21b 3072 AN Rotterdam
(above the Fenix Food Factory, entrance door is the first door to the left of the entrance to the Fenix Food Factory on the Veerlaan, Source Creations is on the first floor)

10:00 am – 17:00 pm
lunch is not included, you can bring your own lunch, or the Fenix Food Factory will be happy to cater to your needs!

the workshop will be held in English with Dutch translations as necessary

€120 per person (deposit of €60 to be paid on registration)
don’t let a lack of funds prevent you from attending, if you are on a limited income, contact sophia to see what kind of barter or discount is possible

registration is essential as numbers are limited
click here to register by email