“ Most of us can have a conversation, but not many of us know how to do it well. The art of conversation is more than learning how to ‘say what you mean and mean what you say without being mean’. It’s also about transcending the limits of a problem, cultivating the collective wisdom in the room and getting to inspired solutions. That’s a conversation that can really make a difference”
~ RENEE MARTYNA
Creator of the CIC project, in
‘The lost Art of Conversation’
CIC will be established in 2014 as a social enterprise with the aim of empowering people in the art of transformative conversation. The CIC project teaches people to ask and answer powerful questions about their work and life so that they can transcend challenges and negotiate transitions effectively.
Through it’s online curriculum, in-person trainings, and retreats, the CIC project aims to train an international network of ‘conversation curators’. The curators will be self-selected from community and/or business leaders who wish to convene with their peers in a supported and constructive environment to tackle their individual and collective problems using the ‘Challenge Process’. (Examples include: business managers, organizational learning managers, therapists, coaches, professional facilitators and whoever wants to use the process to improve the communication culture in their communities).
‘The Challenge Process’ is a results-based conversation tool that teaches people to ask and answer powerful questions about what’s blocking progress in their work or life. The unique offer of the Challenge Process is that, unlike traditional therapy, the process is highly efficient in offering tangible, actionable strategies, immediately! At the same time, it differs from traditional trouble-shooting models common to corporate environments because it simultaneously:
1) develops emotional and spiritual intelligences, (EQ)
2) builds strong community between participants (team-building)
3) cultivates collective wisdom (higher consciousness)
4) discovers creative solutions to common challenges (innovation)
5) supports personal as well as professional development concurrently.
“the Challenge Process trouble shoots problems using powerful conversation, creativity, community and consciousness”
The process can be used by anyone, anywhere, at almost anytime, so it is especially well suited to groups in remote locations, where people do not have access to regular or familiar channels of support (aid and development workers as well as digital Knowmads who are far from family and culture of origin, for example). To date the process has been used successfully by self-help-groups, philanthropists, social entrepreneurs and peer support groups in 5 countries. It has proven particularly useful for people and/or businesses in the midst of personal transition or organizational change. It was originally conceived, and has worked well, as a means of “helping the helpers”; that is, to support those people who often find themselves supporting others. Typically, that includes, healers, aid workers, social workers, teachers or medical professionals who find themselves confronting major personal, emotional and ethical challenges as a matter of course within their work, but who are under resourced for handling them. It is within the vision of the CIC project to make the process accessible to different types of groups around the world, by making translating the process into different languages, partnering with training organizations and training curators who work for organizations-in-need through our charitable wing.