GAIA STORYTELLING FOR GAIA LEADERSHIP – WEIMAR, VILLA INGRID, 15-18 APRIL 2020: An event hosted by the European School of Governance (EUSG).
“Governing the Anthropocene is the ultimate challenge of the 21st century. Anthropocene Thinking and Systems Change lies at the very heart of the European School of Governance as a true thought and practice leader in the tradition of a European New School. Being a community of inquiry and transformation, we research and teach. We engage and intervene. We believe in dialogue, provoking and facilitating public discourse.”
Welcome back to the age of Gaia. Yes she is still here. And she is beginning to kick back reminding us that she is the mother of all life on earth. If it was not for her, we wouldn’t have something called communities, societies, cultures, politics or even economics. If it was not for her, there wouldn’t be storytelling, leadership, corporations or organizations. Gaia is life itself. Water flows through her veins. She creates the air that we breathe. She is the mother of flora, fauna, insects, animals, fish and indeed all life on earth. She is multispecies storytelling. She requires our attention and is calling us all to action. We are creating a Gaia storytelling event for leaders, politicians and other decision makers to meet that call. The event takes place from 16-19 April 2020 in the city of Weimar. Gaia storytelling has several purposes and methodologies. Gaia storytelling is about thorough-thinking. Thorough-thinking is the deep meditation that connects body and mind. Through this kind of thinking a state of bodymind is reached in which this deep thinking flows through the body and to the mind. In this bodymind state we feel the eternal recurrence of all species flowing through us. Every day is a new beginning. Every day is a miracle in which the whole world is recreated in each and every one of us. Being in a state of bodymind is to be answerable to this world. The deep thinking that leads to this state of oneness is to have a “gaialog” with oneself. We believe that sustainable leadership requires having a gaialog with one self as a precursor for enabling gaialogues elsewhere and enabling sustainable practices.
Gaia leadership ‘storytelling’ is to put the bodymind spirit into action. Gaia ‘ensemble’ leadership ‘storytelling’ happens when we come to realize and reconsider our intentions, interests and motivations in engaging with not just shareholders, stakeholders, communities and citizens, but with the multispecies storytelling of Gaia. Gaia leadership storytelling can only happen through collective action and requires courage; a “ensemble leader” who knows that truly living organizations like living organisms only live because of seeds planted and nourished by the cycles of nature, cultures and communities. Ensemble leadership means we are all leading together, doing ‘Together-Telling. Ensemble Storytelling means actively listening to Gaia Storytelling. Ensemble leadership means turning poverty, hunger, social problems, water, air, land, life into the very mission and vision of the corporation instead of ignoring them. A Gaia leader knows that she needs new technologies and material practices to accomplish this aim. She knows, she needs to create other work spaces to create the kind of holistic living that philosophers think we have lost to capitalism. She knows that friendship is one of the most life-giving activities for companies. And she knows that we need to have gaialog circles between actors all along the potentially vast scope of strings of relations that make companies.
We meet four days in Weimar in April 2020. The city of Nietzsche, Goethe, Schiller, Bach and other great philosophers, artists and musicians. The city of the eternal recurrence and the cradle of democracy. Weimar is a vibrant city full of history and life. Villa Ingrid is vibrant and full of history and life. We will perform bodymind therapy, material storytelling, true storytelling and -making, and Gaia theater in order to put you in that state of bodymind and bring out the warrior in you. We will provide space for the gaialog with oneself and for enabling gaialog circles across the scopes of different ensembles of spacetimemattering.
Storytellers shaping the Gaialog spaces
Norman Heydenreich: Weimar storyteller, host and owner of Villa Ingrid
Julia Hayden: bodymind therapist and Princess Gaia
Anete M. Camille Strand: Material storyteller and associate professor at Aalborg University
Jens Larsen: True storyteller and founder of OldFriendsIndustries
Kenneth Mølbjerg Jørgensen: Terrestrial ethics storymaker and professor at Aalborg University
David M. Boje: A shaman, true storyteller and professor at Aalborg University and emeritus at New Mexico State University.
Cost is €1750 per participant plus accommodation & meals. Limit of 30 participants for the four-day event. Please contact Julia Hayden <email@example.com> to make your reservation.
1.Forehaving: How is your organization preparing in advance BEFORE the future takes place?
2.Foreconcepting: What is in advance BENEATH in fore-conceptions?
3.Forestructuring: Identify any BETWEEN the parties, in their fore-structuring?
4. Foregrasping: What is the BEYOND relation of your body to Gaia?
5.Forecaring: What is the entire BECOMING, forecaring?
6.Foretelling: What are the BETS on the future made with foresight?
The combination of the EUSG Labs gives you a way to resituate your own living story within Gaia Storytelling. Your will be learning to apply the True Storytelling Principles so you can make a difference in bringing about a transition from a Red Pathway to a Green Pathway. True Storytelling has been coming to an end, replaced by Fake Storytelling, and by informational narratives presenting collections of facts in a linear (mono)logical flow of ‘Beginning’, ‘Middle’ and ‘End.’ You are a meaningful character morally answerable for the events happening in the world. We can no longer afford to settle for the ‘lie’, the ‘fake’, the ‘fib’, the ‘fabrication’ or the ‘half truth.’ We realize we are asking you to surf against the tide of the Fake Storytelling that has become the norm.
For further preparation see Click here for slides for the Storytelling and Temporal Interplay Seminar at Copenhagen Business School,
Centre for Organizational Time (COT)
August 26 2019
Slides for the Kolding Denmark May 14 2019 seminar done 'storytelling science' are downloadable here
Skagen May 21 Workshop on True Storytelling for Interreg NIV project on migrants in Scandinavia