Today’s leaders face so many challenges,
including finding enough time for thinking, and staying attentive to and informed about the world outside of their own lives and organisations. The world is changing, the future likely to be a very different one from now, and many leaders want to engage in conversations with people who come from different contexts and who hold diverse views to their own so they do not become blinkered to other realities. And they need to develop the capacity to think with both sides of their brains.
Iain McGilchrist, the acclaimed Lecturer, Psychiatrist, Philosopher, and Author of "The Master & His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World" will be exchanging his ideas with us in this unique residential event. Iain believes that:
Our brains are not mere machines but an inseparable aspect of our whole selves AND of the culture in which we have taken a part in creating because of the way our brain hemispheres attend to the world.
The differences in our two brain hemispheres are responsible for moulding the world in which we now live. However, in modern times the left hemisphere has become dominant in organisations and decisions with often devastating impact.
So why is this important for leaders? Well we look to leaders to lead on creating culture. To question, explore, and innovate so we can do the same. And if a leader is living in a bubble, or seeing the world through only one side of their brain, they won’t be able to do that. They will shape according to the world they see, but they are only seeing it through their eyes. So, it’s only partly real.
The Thinking Environment
Created by Nancy Kline of Time to Think, the Thinking Environment comprises of ten “Components” which add value and quality to thinking in discussions of all kinds with groups of all sizes. We have found that many of Iain’s ideas and philosophies resonate deeply with those of the Thinking Environment.
And so, in a unique first …
We’ll bring both sets of powerful ideas together in this special programme. Participants will be able to engage in fascinating and stimulating discussions, whilst learning about and drawing on the Thinking Environment for balanced brain thinking!
Facilitated by Linda Aspey and Time to Think colleagues, this will be an experience, not a conference.
Who is this event for?
You may be a leader, a coach, an academic, a medic, a parent, a philosopher, or none of those things; we expect that like us you will be keenly interested in questioning the nature of existence and how our world works. And what part we can play in making it better
What will we talk about?
Over two thoroughly engaging days, we will look at the structure and function of the two brain hemispheres, how they contribute differently to our own experience of the world and indeed how we have shaped the modern Western world because of the way our brain experiences it.
We will blend Iain’s lectures with world café style groups in a Thinking Environment to explore the implications of the Divided Brain in the fields that interest you.
For example, you might want to think and exchange ideas about leadership, education, commerce, government, health and social care, society, environment and more.
Myths, Attention, Reality, Paradox, Metaphor, Hope, and so much more.
There is a maximum of 35 residential and 5 non residential places.
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