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In the Frames of Mind workshop delegates explore the five minds proposed by Howard Gardner, and how we can effectively deal with challenges and opportunities by developing a wider frame of reference. …

In the Frames of Mind workshop delegates explore the five minds proposed by Howard Gardner, and how we can effectively deal with challenges and opportunities by developing a wider frame of reference. The workshop provides tools for each of the five minds.

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  • 1. Exploring frames of mind
    A workshop to expand thinking potential, starting with Howard Gardner’s Five Minds for the Future
    Presented by
    Christo van Staden
  • 2. Programme
    08:00 Arrival
    09:30 Seeing our thinking: Experiencing and exploring the five minds in action
    11:00 Tea
    11:30 Experiencing our thinking: How mind makes the world
    14:00 Accessing and practising the five minds
    15:00 Tea
    15:15 Accessing and practising the five minds (continued)
    16:15 Close
  • 3. Our approach today
    Very little lecturing …
    Lots of conversation
    Goethe’s fairy tale of the Emerald Snake – “And what is more quickening than Light?” – “Conversation”
    Con-versare – to turn together
    You know it already; we are here to help you discover how
  • 4. We are not …
    Giving you quick mental fixes – this is not a box of tricks
    We challenge you to engage in fundamental shifts of perspective
    We work on a integrative level – one mind does not exist separately from another;one mode flows into the next
    Discipline is inherent in all five minds – it is about consistently practising our knowledge
    Focused exclusively on the intellectual side of “mind”
    We challenge you to engage your heart and your will too,
    As well as your inspiration and your aspiration
    Physical, emotional, mental and spiritual
  • 5. This is not just about skills to think differently about the world
    It is about transforming the world by transforming the way that we think!
  • 6. Conceptual tools
  • 7. Introduction
    What is mind? Why five minds? Which five minds?
  • 8. What is “mind”?
    Mind is more than thinking
    Small mind – Big mind: what is inside the mind and what is outside the mind?
    Mind and perception: mind provides frameworks
    Mind and consciousness – mind as the unlimited
    “What we perceive is what we are”
  • 9. Why five minds?
    The five minds suggest a framework for approaching thinking challenges from different perspectives
    It’s similar to, yet at the same time very different from De Bono’s Six Hats
    Bohm: similar differences, different similarities
    Bateson: the difference that makes a difference
    Each mind can be practised in a disciplined manner
    Each mind represents a thinking competence required for success in our world
  • 10. An overview of the five minds
    What are the different ways in which you think every day?
    Disciplined mind
    Synthesising mind
    Creating mind
    Respectful mind
    Ethical mind
  • 11. The disciplined mind
    Discipline is about creating order through focus, concentration, routine, habit, mastery of technique, etc.
    Important disciplines:
    Body (exercise disciplines, body care disciplines)
    Emotion (shadow work discipline)
    Mind (classical intellectual disciplines)
    Spirit (mindfulness, devotion)
    The disciplined mind develops habits and attitudes that enable us to continuously refine and improve methods and frameworks for creating knowledge and maintaining well-being.
    We need to know what works for us – how our mind works – and apply it in a disciplined manner.
  • 12. The synthesising mind
    Synthesis is about putting different things together to make something more complex, more encompassing, more conceptually powerful.
    It is also about seeing relationships and connections and making the right combinations, links, categories – it’s an ordering act.
    The synthesising mind seeks out opportunities for synthesis and then experiments to find new levels of perspective and understanding
  • 13. The creating mind
    To create is a fundamental instinctual activity of all living beings
    We create every moment through our movements –
    Spiritual movements such as praying, visioning, meditation
    Mental movements such as thinking
    Emotional movements – emotions are energy in motion!
    Physical movements
    The creating mind brings our world into existence every moment!
  • 14. The respectful mind
    Respect is about valuing others for whatever reason:
    Traditional and cultural ideals, such as age or hierarchy
    As inspiration for our present and future actions
    The intrinsic value of diversity and difference
    The intrinsic value of all life
    The respectful mind creates a safe space where we can discover our “kindness” – being of the same kind
  • 15. The ethical mind
    Ethical action is when we consider what is in our best interest
    Who are we?
    Ethical thinking expands our sense of who we are to include more “others”, at more profound levels
    The ethical mind enables ethical thinking and ethical action
  • 16. Transforming thought
    We think the way we think because we think it’s the only way to think
    How do we escape this trap?
    By first seeing how we think
    Then realising how our thinking creates the world we are living in
    Then facing the worst of what could happen if we did not think that way
    Then stopping our thinking
    And allowing new thinking to come to mind
    Then practising the new thinking
  • 17. Playing with the five minds
    Images * Descriptions * Keywords
  • 18. Imagine five minds
    Match the images to the five minds. Have a conversation while you are doing it, explaining to each other why. There are no right and wrong answers!
    The aim of the exercise is to make a visual connection with the five minds.
  • 19. Describe five minds
    Match the descriptions to the five minds
    The objective is to develop a verbal language of the five minds
  • 20.
  • 21. Keywords for the five minds
    Match the keywords to the five minds
    The objective is to develop a quick reference for the meaning of each mind
  • 22.
  • 23. Reflecting on the journey
    The key moments * What we did, how we decided, how we related, how we thought * The minds we used
  • 24. Key moments
    Identify eight key moments, related to the eight questions on the worksheet. Write them on notes and stick by the question.
    The objective of this exercise is to structure the story we tell about our journey.
  • 25. How did we act, think?
    For each key moment, reflect on what you thought, how you made decisions and how you generally acted.
    What mind(s) did you use? You may place cards with descriptions/keywords onto the note.
    What minds, if you used them, would possibly have led to different results?
    Reflect on what minds you used most.
  • 26. We get what we think
    Thought, emotion and action
  • 27. “Thought produces results, but thought says it didn’t do it. And that is a problem.”
    David Bohm
  • 28. Maturana’s story of the frog
    and the cruel experiment with the kittens in the white room
    What is perception?
    Thoughts and perception
    Every act is a perception
  • 29. Thought makes the world
    Assumptions, beliefs, habits, practices
    What are they about thinking?
    How do we continuously recreate our thinking patterns?
    Letting go
    Letting go of our thinking patterns, habits
    Letting come
    New vision of thinking practice
    Put in practice
    Trying out new modes of thinking
  • 30. Movement exercise
  • 31. Exploring challenges in our world
    Changes and challenges we face * exploring five frames of mind * Tools, pratice
  • 32. Changes and challenges
    Identify the biggest changes and challenges we face on various levels of our lives.
    Cluster these challenges to see what themes are emerging.
  • 33. Think in different frames
    Use the five minds to think about specific challenges we are facing.
    Divide into five groups - each group select a mind
    Explore the tool/technique and how you can apply it to the challenge
    We come together and give feedback to the other groups about what we have done and what results we achieved.
  • 34. Discipline tools
  • 35. Synthesising tools
  • 36. Creating tools
  • 37. Respectful tools
  • 38. Ethical tools
  • 39. Reflect on you learning
    What did you learn today? What do you want to explore next?
  • 40. Contact us