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New threshold for Generative Work


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Today, we are delighted to announce a new phase for Generative Work.Space. Having worked together for several years developing our ideas and beginning to test them with our existing coaching and facilitation clients, we are now ready to create a bespoke vehicle to take this work into the world. We are creating a Company Limited by Shares that will be both a Social Enterprise and a B Corp, as we feel this best fits our values and our vision for conscious business. It has been an interesting journey to find the right legal constitution for what we want to achieve, and we will say more about the choices we’ve made in due course, as they come to completion.

Our shared intent and the purpose of our work together is to serve life and to create the conditions for conscious living and being. This work is evolving and will involve ongoing research & development, prototyping and also teaching, in order to be seeded and embedded in the human systems we serve. This is the development of conscious capacities in ourselves, our people and leaders and in projects & organisations.

We look forward to sharing much more about this in the coming months, but for now we are marking this important threshold moment for Generative Work.Space and thanking all of those who have supported and encouraged us and helped us to develop the work that we love.

Sarah and Ali
Monday 20th November

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A different metaphor for value & inclusion


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About seven years ago I was working with a group who were exploring a potential restructure that would affect the ownership and remuneration in the business. As the group sat talking, I noticed a dominant voice in the circle – that of the people who land the work. As I tuned in, I became aware that those who sought out and closed deals displayed an inherent sense of entitlement and worth.

As I continued to hold this in awareness, I heard the archetypal voice of Hunters. Out in the world, their job was to track down the target, make the kill and bring in the meat for all to feast upon. Spontaneously a village appeared in my mind’s eye. I saw a triumphant Hunter group returning home and witnessed their particular strength, skill and alertness. I could discern the same energy signature at work within the business conversation at hand.

I recognised the truth of this pattern in wider business culture and saw how it underpins current hierarchical structures and related beliefs about money-generation. The assumption that the ‘big earners’ hold power and maintain everyone else sets up a particular dynamic, in which those being maintained are rather beholden and dependent upon the money-bringers. In the case of the business group that day, it was expressed in a benign, fatherly way, but examples like Sport Direct present a different, more exploitative face of the uncaring business winner.

There and then, I wondered about other forms of organisation that might release greater potential and wealth-generation for everyone. As if in answer to the question, the scene shifted and I found myself viewing the village as a whole… seeing the basket weavers, the growers of plants, the nurturers, the healers, the entertainers, the elderly and many others. Extraordinarily, I saw that everyone was actively participating and that each was contributing something. They each had a place and purpose within the whole, regardless of age, gender, or the nature of their role.

In that moment, I registered something profound about value and contribution. That there can be a different template for wealth creation based on wholeness. We can build upon a different truth: that every human life is inherently valuable to the life of the whole. This is borne out in our GenerativeWork approach and many alternative systems being proposed in the field of New Economics.

Returning to the business conversation in hand, the purpose of the session was to explore a new organisational form. Knowing that the culture of this organisation was deeply creative and built upon awakened principles, I tuned in, sensing an opening and listening for systemic readiness. The tension in the space built, as different people proposed alternative ideas and forms of governance that would have changed the ownership structure. The emergent potential hovered momentarily and then the group directors closed the conversation down. Much like a wisp in the wind, the seed of potential moved on and the decision was made to keep the structure as it was.

I, in the meantime, took the precious seed to heart. Sarah and I continue to pioneer new potential that we know will fall upon fertile organisational ground at the perfect moment.

 

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Living a vision


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Unload was founded by a visionary ex-serviceman with a passion for working with those affected by armed conflict, both those in uniform and their families.

Mike Payne began exploring the early elements of the vision through a creative, systemic lens – art, humour, nature, honouring the fallen – and through practices drawn from nature-based wisdom. We had the privilege of standing alongside Mike when he invited us to do a development piece and explore his leadership along with some of Unload’s early supporters.

The project has blossomed from its early seeds into a young CIC enterprise. Servicemen from military and police forces are finding a space to experience some peace and ‘me’ time. Here is Mark’s story of going on Unload’s residential weekends.

Unload is a wonderful example of a project whose leadership, internal development and external offerings embody wholeness, loving intention and courage to move beyond individual and collective trauma.

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