Frames Of Mind


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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. The workshop provides tools for each of the five minds.

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Frames Of Mind

  1. 1. Exploring frames of mind<br />A workshop to expand thinking potential, starting with Howard Gardner’s Five Minds for the Future<br />Presented by <br />Christo van Staden<br /><br />
  2. 2. Programme<br />08:00 Arrival<br />09:30 Seeing our thinking: Experiencing and exploring the five minds in action<br />11:00 Tea<br />11:30 Experiencing our thinking: How mind makes the world<br />13:15Lunch<br />14:00 Accessing and practising the five minds<br />15:00 Tea<br />15:15 Accessing and practising the five minds (continued)<br />16:15 Close<br />
  3. 3. Our approach today<br />Very little lecturing …<br />Lots of conversation<br />Goethe’s fairy tale of the Emerald Snake – “And what is more quickening than Light?” – “Conversation”<br />Con-versare – to turn together<br />You know it already; we are here to help you discover how<br />
  4. 4. We are not …<br />Giving you quick mental fixes – this is not a box of tricks<br />We challenge you to engage in fundamental shifts of perspective<br />We work on a integrative level – one mind does not exist separately from another;one mode flows into the next<br />Discipline is inherent in all five minds – it is about consistently practising our knowledge<br />Focused exclusively on the intellectual side of “mind”<br />We challenge you to engage your heart and your will too,<br />As well as your inspiration and your aspiration<br />Physical, emotional, mental and spiritual<br />
  5. 5. This is not just about skills to think differently about the world<br />It is about transforming the world by transforming the way that we think!<br />
  6. 6. Conceptual tools<br />
  7. 7. Introduction<br />What is mind? Why five minds? Which five minds?<br />
  8. 8. What is “mind”?<br />Mind is more than thinking<br />Small mind – Big mind: what is inside the mind and what is outside the mind?<br />Mind and perception: mind provides frameworks<br />Mind and consciousness – mind as the unlimited<br />“What we perceive is what we are”<br />
  9. 9. Why five minds?<br />The five minds suggest a framework for approaching thinking challenges from different perspectives<br />It’s similar to, yet at the same time very different from De Bono’s Six Hats<br />Bohm: similar differences, different similarities<br />Bateson: the difference that makes a difference<br />Each mind can be practised in a disciplined manner<br />Each mind represents a thinking competence required for success in our world<br />
  10. 10. An overview of the five minds<br />What are the different ways in which you think every day?<br />Disciplined mind<br />Synthesising mind<br />Creating mind<br />Respectful mind<br />Ethical mind<br />
  11. 11. The disciplined mind<br />Discipline is about creating order through focus, concentration, routine, habit, mastery of technique, etc.<br />Important disciplines:<br />Body (exercise disciplines, body care disciplines)<br />Emotion (shadow work discipline)<br />Mind (classical intellectual disciplines)<br />Spirit (mindfulness, devotion)<br />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.<br />We need to know what works for us – how our mind works – and apply it in a disciplined manner.<br />
  12. 12. The synthesising mind<br />Synthesis is about putting different things together to make something more complex, more encompassing, more conceptually powerful.<br />It is also about seeing relationships and connections and making the right combinations, links, categories – it’s an ordering act.<br />The synthesising mind seeks out opportunities for synthesis and then experiments to find new levels of perspective and understanding<br />
  13. 13. The creating mind<br />To create is a fundamental instinctual activity of all living beings<br />We create every moment through our movements – <br />Spiritual movements such as praying, visioning, meditation<br />Mental movements such as thinking<br />Emotional movements – emotions are energy in motion!<br />Physical movements<br />The creating mind brings our world into existence every moment!<br />
  14. 14. The respectful mind<br />Respect is about valuing others for whatever reason:<br />Traditional and cultural ideals, such as age or hierarchy<br />As inspiration for our present and future actions<br />The intrinsic value of diversity and difference<br />The intrinsic value of all life<br />The respectful mind creates a safe space where we can discover our “kindness” – being of the same kind<br />
  15. 15. The ethical mind<br />Ethical action is when we consider what is in our best interest<br />Who are we? <br />Ethical thinking expands our sense of who we are to include more “others”, at more profound levels<br />The ethical mind enables ethical thinking and ethical action<br />
  16. 16. Transforming thought<br />We think the way we think because we think it’s the only way to think<br />How do we escape this trap?<br />By first seeing how we think<br />Then realising how our thinking creates the world we are living in<br />Then facing the worst of what could happen if we did not think that way<br />Then stopping our thinking<br />And allowing new thinking to come to mind<br />Then practising the new thinking<br />
  17. 17. Playing with the five minds<br />Images * Descriptions * Keywords<br />
  18. 18. Imagine five minds<br />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! <br />The aim of the exercise is to make a visual connection with the five minds.<br />
  19. 19. Describe five minds<br />Match the descriptions to the five minds<br />The objective is to develop a verbal language of the five minds<br />
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  21. 21. Keywords for the five minds<br />Match the keywords to the five minds<br />The objective is to develop a quick reference for the meaning of each mind<br />
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  23. 23. Reflecting on the journey<br />The key moments * What we did, how we decided, how we related, how we thought * The minds we used <br />
  24. 24. Key moments<br />Identify eight key moments, related to the eight questions on the worksheet. Write them on notes and stick by the question.<br />The objective of this exercise is to structure the story we tell about our journey.<br />
  25. 25. How did we act, think?<br />For each key moment, reflect on what you thought, how you made decisions and how you generally acted.<br />What mind(s) did you use? You may place cards with descriptions/keywords onto the note.<br />What minds, if you used them, would possibly have led to different results? <br />Reflect on what minds you used most.<br />
  26. 26. We get what we think<br />Thought, emotion and action<br />
  27. 27. “Thought produces results, but thought says it didn’t do it. And that is a problem.” <br />David Bohm<br />
  28. 28. Maturana’s story of the frog<br />and the cruel experiment with the kittens in the white room<br />What is perception?<br />Thoughts and perception<br />Every act is a perception<br />
  29. 29. Thought makes the world<br />Assumptions, beliefs, habits, practices<br />What are they about thinking?<br />Participation<br />How do we continuously recreate our thinking patterns?<br />Letting go<br />Letting go of our thinking patterns, habits<br />Letting come<br />New vision of thinking practice<br />Put in practice<br />Trying out new modes of thinking<br />
  30. 30. Movement exercise<br />Synchrony<br />Syntony<br />Flow<br />
  31. 31. Exploring challenges in our world<br />Changes and challenges we face * exploring five frames of mind * Tools, pratice<br />
  32. 32. Changes and challenges<br />Identify the biggest changes and challenges we face on various levels of our lives.<br />Cluster these challenges to see what themes are emerging.<br />
  33. 33. Think in different frames<br />Use the five minds to think about specific challenges we are facing.<br />Divide into five groups - each group select a mind<br />Explore the tool/technique and how you can apply it to the challenge<br />We come together and give feedback to the other groups about what we have done and what results we achieved.<br />
  34. 34. Discipline tools<br />
  35. 35. Synthesising tools<br />
  36. 36. Creating tools<br />
  37. 37. Respectful tools<br />
  38. 38. Ethical tools<br />
  39. 39. Reflect on you learning<br />What did you learn today? What do you want to explore next?<br />
  40. 40. Contact us<br /><br /><br />