Navigating Complexity Workshop

navigating complexity posterjust because life is complex doesn’t mean it has to feel complicated

Date: Saturday 20 February 2016
Time: 10.00 – 17.00
Venue: The Hub Amsterdam: Haarlemmerweg 10C 1014 BE Amsterdam
Cost: €100* full price, or €60* + your willingness participate in a feedback process**
Register here: sophia@animatearts.net
Coffee/Tea and snacks are provided, you can bring your own lunch or there are cafes nearby.
Language: English with Dutch translations as needed

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 probably intuitively understand complexity better than you think. However, you have probably 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 explore your deeper body wisdom around the ideas you have been introduced to. You will go home with some practices you can use in daily life to help you navigate complexity in your daily work or life. For more about these workshops follow this link.


* please note that prices are inclusive BTW for individuals and exclusive BTW for businesses
** feedback process includes filling in an online survey (1/2 hour approx) and being available for one follow up phone call relating to your survey if Sophia would like to go deeper with you.