This weekend has seen me back in Totnes for the very happy occasion of the marriage of my friends Ben and Zemfira, both alumni of Schumacher College, having studied the MSc in Holistic Science. I was in the same year as Ben (graduating in 2010) and Zemfira the year before. I stayed at my the flat of my good friends Constantin and Laura, also MSc graduates, where three other fellow MScs were staying too this weekend, Emma, Pin and Roland.
Although of course many of us stay in touch on Facebook etc, it really has been quite fantastic to really have all the time in the world to really chat about what we are all up to around the world, myself in Brazil, Pin in Hong Kong, Roland in Scotland and soon to be New Zealand, Emma who is here in the UK, and Constantin who is now working at Schumacher College developing their e-learning systems.
All of us are great fans of Henri Bortoft, and as you can imagine we have discussed his work a lot, as well as Goethe, and how we are implementing Henri’s phenomenological philosophy and teachings on Goethe in our working lives, in businesses, organisations and educational establishments.
Although we have maybe taking Henri’s core teachings and implemented these in our own unique ways, I have been inspired by everyone’s observations and insights. I had a long talk with Roland today and one of the key words that came out of talk was observation. We observe a lot in business, doing surveys, interviews, and evaluations, especially within our own organisations when we want to diagnose problems and discover solutions. Goethe really can teach us a huge amount about the act of observation, and this is what Henri helps us to achieve, a new way of seeing organically, seeing the deeper underlying dynamics of a situation, rather than just that which we can quantify. I am now really going to think about this a lot, and how I can now extend the work I am doing on the act of seeing and thinking, into the active observation in organisations.
Both Pin and Roland may well be contributing articles to Transition Consciousness soon, and you can already read the great dissertations by Ben and Emma in the Papers page of this blog.