Cultural Emergence Design Course
13 -17th March 2018
Tutors: Looby Macnamara, Lex Titterington and Keith Ellis
|This training will give you the confidence and skills to design any aspect of your life. We will be using the Design Web to create a design for ourselves as well as exploring how it can best be used in different scenarios. You will leave with a design for integrating Cultural Emergence into your life at many levels. We will also be exploring how to bring Cultural Emergence to a wider audience to bring more breakthroughs in creating a life enhancing culture for all beings.
During our time together we will focus on how we can dedicate our energy to finding solutions for ourselves and the world. This will be a richly nourishing, empowering and truly life transforming course.
During the course you will
This course is designed to help us grow, shift through old patterns and beliefs, and support us in manifesting our dreams, while grounding this vision in a realistic design for ourselves.
What is Cultural Emergence?
Humanity is presently in a crisis of disconnection and a time of mass cultural emergency; we see the personal, social, political and environmental problems as stemming from a lack of cultural understanding and cohesion. We believe there are tools that can help turn this around into mass Cultural Emergence; where abundance, gratitude, care and connection are part of our everyday culture. Emergence is a term used in systems thinking where 2 or more things come together with unexpected results. By bringing people together with these tools and methods we have the opportunity to ask good questions and to co-create answers and solutions and emerge the culture we want.
Cultural Emergence is a toolkit for expanding our positive impact in the world. Cultural Emergence uses conscious design and action to help us manifest our ideal scene, for ourselves and the world. The toolkit is designed to support us to be proactive and facilitate visionary responses to our global crises. It emerged through the collaboration, distillation and synthesis of Looby and Jon’s pioneering work in the arenas of personal and social permaculture and deep nature connection and village building. We are now collaborating with Starhawk, Maddy Harland and other visionaries and leaders around the world to bring together the most profoundly effective toolkit.
Our Vision - To accelerate global cultural transformation towards a peaceful, connected world for a positive regenerative future.
Our Mission - To create an effective toolkit that we can use to challenge and awaken, move and invigorate, nourish and empower ourselves and others.
Lex Titterington and Keith Ellis have both trained as Cultural Emergence leaders with Looby and Jon Young in 2016. Since then they have been bringing their own existing skills and knowledge together with the practices of Cultural Emergence to lead profound Cultural Emergence foundation courses in and around Brighton.
Cultural Emergence Pathways
There are many ways in which to become familiar with the toolkit. The Cultural Emergence Design Web Course is one of the modules to engage with Cultural Emergence, in particular it engages us with the practices for the Move and Invigorate phase to assist us in gaining forward momentum towards our goals and visions. The modules can be taken in any order, and reinforce each other and deepen understanding of different aspects of the toolkit.
The other 2 modules are the Activating Cultural Emergence course and the Nurture in Cultural Emergence course
People who have taken all 3 modules can then apply to do the Cultural Emergence Leadership Training which will be held in 2019 (full details to be confirmed).
In 2012 Looby published People and Permaculture. This was the first book globally that directly explored how to use permaculture design and principles for people – to restore personal, social and planetary well-being. People and Permaculture is a pioneering book which has widened the definition of permaculture, taking it right into the heart of our own lives, relationships and society, making permaculture relevant to everyone. (you can buy signed copies of People and Permaculture directly from Looby here)
For this book Looby created a new design framework specifically for use with people based designs – the Design Web. Since 2012 many hundreds of designs have been created using this. People all around the world have used the design web to bring their dreams into reality, to improve relationships, enhance businesses, and bring organisations into alignment. There have been many different types of design from personal health designs tackling a particular illness to organisations wanting to rethink their strategies, from managing your own well-being while full-time caring for others to creating a safe world for women and children. The design web can be used to create designs in any zone -
Zone 00 – designing for ourselves
Zone 0 – designing our intimate relationships
Zone 1 – designing for groups and workplaces
Zone 2 – designing for bigger organisations & businesses
Zone 3 – designing for towns and cities
Zone 4 – designing on a national level e.g. national schools, governance, healthcare
Zone 5 – conceptual global designs
Within each zone we can use the Design Web to become more conscious about the culture. For example how can we manifest a culture of well-being in our lives, or a culture of effectiveness into our workplace.
Who is it for?
This course is aimed at people who have an interest in people permaculture and Cultural Emergence and want to bring people based designing into their lives. No prior experience of permaculture or Cultural Emergence is necessary, although if you have skills in either this course will definietly be able to further deepen and embed them.
This course is particularly aimed at:
This course will give you
The experiential feel of the course
The foundation for this course is the creation of our own designs. This enables us to integrate the learning into our entire being as well as having a tangible outcome. This will be a richly textured course with creative teaching methods used throughout, such as group work, discussions, observation, visualisations. These are supportive of different learning styles & for people with learning difficulties. There will also be plenty of fun and games, socialising, singing and music.
Come prepared to stretch yourself, learn with your whole being and create a new direction in your life.
Empowerment is the essence of the course. We will be using practical and theoretical teaching methods to create a fun, lively & inclusive course. As a group we will benefit from collaborative learning & from having fun together. We recognise that everyone has their own unique skills, knowledge & areas of interest to bring to the course.
Comments from previous participants
“I didn’t expect this to be such an emotional experience for me. In some ways the effects come from the safe space as much as from the course content and I really appreciate the witnessing and honouring of my process. I’ve gone deep and come back to the surface with clarity that I’m on the right path and I need to stop putting pressure on myself to move quickly. I’ve also laughed more this week than I have in a long time (and I laugh quite a lot anyway!)”
“I expected to learn about myself, connect with other people and experience a magic when intentional people come together and to be spiritually nourished and challenged – I experienced all these and have grown as a human being. I’m sure it’s just the first step.”
“It has helped me to grow in a very big way. I feel I have shifted something. I wasn’t sure how these ways of thinking would help me, but they have indeed now become a tool I will try and use everyday, helping me on my journey.”
“I’m more open, more honest, more ready and more poised for the future!”
Concessions (limited places available for students, pensioners and those on benefits) £325
Low waged (under £15K/year) £395
(If finances are a limit to you, then there is the possibility to pay in regular installments or to do a part work exchange, please be in contact to discuss).Lunch and drinks throughout the day and provided. There is no accomodation on-site but if you need somewhere to stay locally we might be able to help you find somewhere.
What to bring
Enthusiasm and an openness to whatever magic presents itself as a new community of like minded people come together.