Dear friends and colleagues,
I have been thinking of starting this blog for a while. Now my
daughter Karen Hunter http://www.karenhunter.com has been so kind to
set it up I will start a conversation or two and trust that readers will
add to it.
My commitment is to “whole people co-operating in a sustainable
world” and I see this blog as one way of engaging others,
particularly group facilitators, in conversations that can enhance
the way we work with groups and organisations.
In this conversation I want to bring together two topic areas that
can inform one another. These topics are collective intelligence
and what I will call subtle capacities or supernormal capacities.
(There is a background paper on this site introducing the topic of
As a group facilitator and facilitator educator, I observe collective
intelligence at work. A facilitator works with collective intelligence
as a matter of course. We know that the wisdom is in the group
and not only the individual. We work to tap into synergy to
accelerate and grow a group’s performance. Research is now
backing up the claim that collective intelligence is real and not
related to the individual intelligence of group members (refer
background paper and Anita Woolley http://www.a nitawoolley.com
In addition, I have observed people in groups demonstrating
subtle capacities of many different kinds. What I am referring
to are people’s ability to sense and/or see energy and energy
patterns in individuals, groups and in nature (trees, plants, birds
and animals). There is also the capacity to envision, dream or
imagine the future including “seeing with an inner eye”; knowing
what is about to happen (precognition) or what others are thinking,
even at a distance; intuitive hunches or “hits” about all kinds of
things; and more. Sometimes these capacities are termed psychic
or psi. Scientist Dean Radin works in this area at the Institute
of Noetic Science (IONS) and his books “Entangled Minds” and
“Supernormal” are very imformative http://www.deanradin.com
These capacities seem to be unevenly spread among individuals.
Some people have none, one, a few, or many subtle capacities
and as already said they come in many forms.
It seems to me that these two areas, subtle capacities and
collective intelligence have a lot of promise for group facilitators
especially those already working in an holistic way. I am thinking
that it could be time to bring this conversation into the mainstream
arena, at least among group facilitators.
If some people who have subtle capacities, that they are willing to
share, then they can potentially add to the collective intelligence
of a group and enhance group outcomes. For this to happen,
however, facilitators will need to create safe spaces for people
to share their subtle information and ensure that recognizes
new input as information (not the whole truth) to be considered
alongside other conventional information and data.
At the Australasian Facilitators Network Conference (AFN)
at Macquarie University 4-6 December, 2013, I am leading a
workshop to discuss this topic.
I will post a summary of our discussion and also encourage those
attending the workshop to contribute here on this blog as well.
Thanks for listening,