The term ‘deep democracy’
was coined by Arnold Mindell (a physicist and Jungian psychologist) in
the 1980s to refer to the need to engage with the range of one’s own
internal voices, as well as all the voices in the community, to achieve
Myrna Lewis (a clinical psychologist also working in the corporate
sector) and her late husband Greg Lewis, adapted Mindell’s work when they
were consulting to Eskom, South Africa’s power utility. They were
contracted to help the workplace transform after the apartheid regime.
They followed the ‘teach people to fish’ approach knowing that this was
the only way to tackle issues at scale, and provided people with tools for
communication, decision making and conflict resolution. The Lewis Method
‘tool kit’ was born and Myrna has been refining and expanding the work
with a growing network of instructors over the last nearly 20 years.
CoResolve, a participative leadership program has also been developed.
Powered by the Deep Democracy tools, it addresses the challenge leaders
have in holding neutrality, when the very nature of their role is that
they have a view.
The Lewis Method is learnt experientially and Cath Elderton will use the
session on Monday 10th April to provide people with a taste of
some of the tools, such as the Soft Shoe Shuffle, the 4 Steps and The
Argument. It would be good if you can come with a topic that you
think it would be good for the SFN to discuss!
About Cath Elderton Cath Elderton came across The Lewis Method Deep Democracy
at a workshop Myrna Lewis ran in Darwin in 2011, and has been learning it
ever since. She has many years’ experience in development practice (both
overseas and in northern Australia), including learning and development
work. She has recently completed training in Process Oriented Psychology,
a psychotherapy methodology that is another plank that underpins Deep
Venue: [We will be at UTS]
University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Jones Street, Ultimo corner Thomas Street. Room 5.580 Level 5, Building 10, Take the lift to level 5, cross the atrium footbridge, walk straight ahead to room 580.
From 5:30pm to 7:30pm sharp | No RSVP - Just turn up |Donation $5