emergent dialogue

• coherence • co-conscious creativity • intersubjective sense-making

A 6-Month Intensive Practice Program

• Starting March 17, 2021 •

What is emergent dialogue?

emergent dialogue invites you to forge the foundation of a new culture of creative togetherness. Through this collective practice, you become an agent of emergence, discovering how to make yourself available to what wants to become known between us. Neither simply a method nor a technique, emergent dialogue takes the most fundamental human activity—speaking with each other—and transforms it into a powerful shared space of curiosity, reverence, meaningfulness, and potential.

emergent dialogue brings to life a Co-Conscious We. It takes us beyond interpersonal relationship into the dimension of shared intersubjectivity where co-consciousness and co-intelligence thrive as a new way of being. 

Dia means “through”; logos translates to “word,” or “meaning.” In essence, a dialogue is a flow of meaning. But it is more than this too.

--William Isaacs

emergent dialogue is a process of collective sense-making that arises from the space between us—a space that has an intelligence greater than any of us individually. It is catalyzed by the longing in the human heart for wholeness, connection, and depth, which becomes a creative life force when we each dare to open ourselves to its presence, vulnerability, and power.

emergent dialogue is a practice ideal for culture changers, intentional communities, social entrepreneurs, and pioneers of the human spirit. It is for anyone who wants to step beyond the boundaries of the known to find out what wants to emerge from the living intelligence that we share.

Stealing the culture...

This is an invitation “to steal the culture,” as cognitive scientist John Vervaeke would say. Not only is this practice a means to transform and enliven the work you do with others, it is also in itself an answer to the increasing limitations and dangers of the modern Western mode of thinking and being. The ongoing practice of emergent dialogue—carried into your life and work, relationships and projects, becomes part of a radical experiment to shift the axis of Western culture from separation and division to entangled, interdependent intersubjectivity.

I want to do what Augustine did as the Roman Empire was falling. He laid the foundation. He laid the cultural cognitive grammar for an entirely different culture and they stole the culture from the bottom-up.

--John Vervaeke

As a practitioner of emergent dialogue, you join in a bottom-up process of creating transformative microcultures in which joy, intimacy, awe, freedom, and collective insight are unleashed between us. You learn to navigate complexity from wholeness. Learning how to perceive and become available to this intersubjective co-intelligence is the foundation of a new, transindividuated self sense—one that includes and transcends our individuality. Through emergent dialogue, your relationships and projects become part of a bottom-up network of experiments that can lay the foundations for the future.

In emergent dialogues the intelligence of the field becomes part of the conversation. Our different perspectives cohere into a living and united creativity.

--Thomas Steininger

What will you learn?

Through your committed engagement in the program, you can:

  • develop the awareness and skill to participate in collective emergence,
  • become a force for what wants to emerge between people in different contexts,
  • discover and cultivate new capacities of sensing and intuition, 
  • expand your sense of who you are and who you can be in a fundamental way,
  • find a deeper trust in the life process itself, and
  • come to realize that what we, as human beings together, are capable of is far more than you might have imagined or thought possible.
And you will share all of this in the company of curious, high-spirited fellow humans.

The only way to learn emergent dialogue is through practice. You cannot learn it by studying or thinking about the concepts only; dialogue is something that you have to do. Yet, “doing” here is more than speaking together; it’s a matter of sensing, presencing, letting go, choosing, and being available to the emergent edge of what happens between us.

During the six months of the program, you will have many opportunities for practice. We combine ongoing instruction and exercises in each teaching session, and twice monthly small practice groups will allow you to explore and develop what you have learned.

Transmission & Initiation. The first, and most important, element in learning emergent dialogue is an experiential recognition of this living space between us. Establishing this through transmission is essential. It is an initiation into collective presencing.

Experience & Exploration. Practice starts with perception training: developing the sensing “muscles” to perceive the subtle, embodied connectivity of the living intersubjective field. Again, this is not a concept or an idea, but depends on the palpable experience of this field and the sensitivity to recognize it. From here, we inquire together into the nature of this space of interbeing, and in the process, it and we develop a new way of being human together.

Understanding. In addition to exploring and inquiring together, we will also provide content for the mind to place the practice of emergent dialogue in a larger context. This includes philosophy, history, developmental psychology, and cultural evolution.

The three parts of the program build on each other. Like the facets of a jewel, they cannot be separated but we can focus on each one in order to make the emergent dialogue process more clear and accessible.

  • The emergence of coherence, which is the discovery of collective presence and the living intersubjective, creates the foundation for the next two sections.
  • Once coherence has been established as a living field between us, then a tension and dynamism arise as we make ourselves available to the emergence of co-conscious creativity.
  • Finally, in the emergence of intersubjective sense-making, we deliberately inquire together into different subjects that demand that we learn to work with a diversity of perspectives without fragmenting our coherence.

Each 90-minute session will begin with an approximately 30-minute exploration of one aspect of emergent dialogue. This exploration is primarily led by Elizabeth Debold and Thomas Steininger with Pamela von Sabljar. You are invited to share in this inquiry.

This opening is followed by small group exercises designed to give you experience with each aspect of emergent dialogue. Finally, the last third invites you to share your experiences. The teaching team will take questions, discuss implications, and provide context about emergent dialogue–and offer guidelines for the small group work. (Overall guidance and support for the facilitators leading the small groups will be provided primarily by Pamela.)

Your Guides

We are delighted to be able to offer this comprehensive introduction to the practice of emergent dialogue. For the first time, Elizabeth Debold and Thomas Steininger will be working with Pamela von Sabljar in presenting this online program. We three share a deep recognition of the transformative power and cultural potential of intersubjective emergence. Although we come to this shared understanding from different angles, each of us three have been committed to developing this potential for between 20 and 30 years.

The collaboration for this emergent dialogue program originated in events at the 2019 Emerge Gathering in Kyiv and a subsequent Deep Dive training at Ekskäret Island in 2020. Now we bring together this stream of work with the ongoing training held in the German evolve context to present an intensive opportunity to develop your capacity to support emergence.

Bringing this all together enables us to provide you with small practice groups guided by persons who have made a commitment to the awakening of this emergent interbeing. Some have been working in this way for more than ten years, and co-lead seminars and practice sessions to cultivate the Co-Conscious We through emergent dialogue. Others have more recently become committed to this work, and are in training to develop their capacity to hold and inquire into this shared intelligence and wholeness.

All in all, this emergent dialogue program is the result of decades of trial and error, love and sweat, passion and inspiration, care and curiosity put in by everyone involved on the teaching and facilitation teams. We are all thrilled to be able to share what we have discovered and to inquire further into this mysterious potential with you.

Thomas Steininger
BIO
Elizabeth Debold
BIO
Pamela von Sabljar
BIO
Mike kauschke

I am managing editor of evolve Magazine, a translator, author and facilitator of emergent dialogue. I have studied Zen Buddhism with various teachers, engaged in hospice work and have nearly 20 years’ experience working with We Space and emergent dialogue. Currently, I am writing a book about a poetic art of living that will be published later this year. 

Iris von Tiedemann

I have worked as a business and teaching coach (ECA) for more than 25 years. I live in Berlin, and am trained as a process and systems consultant based on process-orientated psychology. I am co-founder and head of the Institute for Transformational Leadership (www.transformational-leadership.de), which has given regular trainings in transformation process facilitation for the last 15 years. I work primarily in intercultural design contexts in the areas of media, culture, and art. My specialty is unfolding the unique potential of the individual for the benefit of the intelligence of the field.

Pontus Grace Holmgren

I am a trained Urban Tantra guide and a licensed psychologist who believes in the transformative power of deep listening and play. I am an actor, conductor and teacher in improvised Playback Theatre and I have a role as a catalyst at Ekskäret Klustret Stockholm, a space and a community supporting inner and outer growth that matters. I have been working as a facilitator with processes connected to leadership, organizational change and personal development Internationally since the beginning of the 1990’s.

Marlene Potthoff

The question of how environmental protection and social change can go hand in hand with actively lived modern spirituality has occupied me since my youth. Professionally, I am committed to living climate protection. In addition, I am inspired by the vitality of the field of consciousness between us and the desire for deep human togetherness. For the past 15 years, the co-conscious and co-creative thinking and working in emergent dialogues have been the engine of my work for a new culture between human beings and for the world.

Maria Zacherl

It is such a joy to have been workng with this dedicated team and other members since 2009. Although I am a naturopath by profession, I am involved in facilitating different Co-Conscious We-space and emergent dialogue programs at emerge bewusstseinskultur e.V. and One World in Dialogue and am part of the support team of evolve Magazine’s salon work.

GIBRAN RIVERA
I am a facilitator in service of social movements in the United States and Latin America. I specialize in the development of leadership networks, and I focus on the transformation of leaders and organizations. My work develops our capacity to work with complexity. And I pay very close attention to dynamics of power, equity, and inclusion. I think of this work as a forward facing remembering. And I move with the understanding that our next evolutionary leap depends on trust and the currency of love. I am devoting my life to finding better ways of being together in this world.
Nadja RosmanN

As a cultural anthropologist, I’m fascinated by exploring how collectives find purpose and create togetherness. In the past ten years, emergent dialogue became to me a life practice in this discovery. Being a member of the editorial team of evolve Magazine, I established and co-lead with my colleagues a network of almost 30 evolve salons in the German speaking countries where we take deep dives into the evolution of culture and consciousness, based on the magazine topics.

Abhishek Thakore

My life is a confluence of spirituality, social change and business. Over the last two decades, I have participated in experiments, dialogues, and movements in over 30 countries. My spiritual practice is through my work at Blue Ribbon Movement which nurtures young leaders through the power of Sarvanumati, which roughly means full-consensus decision-making. I live in Mumbai with my family and love to travel to energy hubs around the world.

Katrien Franken

I am founder and Director of Research at Open Up, which is about developing psychotherapeutic breathwork and a source of credibility and opportunity for what is possible in exploring new understandings of human healing potential and sustainable change. I look at humans, society and the world holistically and am driven by a strong passion to help transform the narrative and cultural conditioning; our internal structure of the world. I work with widely different people and extensively with younger generations, empowering them to foster regenerative leadership. Through an experiential and educational approach, I facilitate to support the exchange of discoveries for our mutual growth, understanding through what is most alive, to come alive.

Kerry Lindsey

After a long trifold path through the arenas of small business start-ups, collective spiritual practices, and developing physical communities, my paths began to merge 30 years ago into the world of collaborative technologies.  That journey ultimately landed me in the realm of intersubjective practices five years ago. Thanks to the new world that opened, the context that most drives me now is, “How do we create–From the We– the localized human-scale economies that will absolutely work… for the we, and the planet?”

Alexandra Robinson

I am excited by the challenge of overcoming the story of separation and the destructive effects this has on our psyches, our social soma and the animate earth we are a part of.

Currently, I am addressing this challenge through engaging in a Erasmus+ funded research project on Cognitive Adult Development – in which I am eager to explore what contributes to the ongoing development of our cognitive and socio-emotional abilities. 

Furthermore, I am participating in the development of the potential era of the Regenaissance, and the Turn – a festive gathering to continually and playfully develop the symbols we use to describe and respond to the challenges we face in co-evolving with the universe.

James Redenbaugh

My work is informed by a life-long interest in collaboration, community, inter-connectivity, and intersubjectivity. I’ve been an artist, architect, entrepreneur, and parkour coach, but my greatest interest will always lie in the infinite potential to be found in the space between individuals, and the meshworks between movements. I’m a certified Integral Facilitator, co-living community manager, and evolve Magazine‘s biggest non-German-speaking fan. 

Francois Demange

My journey began in the mid 90’s in the Peruvian Amazon after having searched many years for a connection with nature and its invisible reality. Then I was introduced to Amazonian plant medicine and taken under the wing of a master medicine man from the Shipibo-Conibo community. Over the next two decades, I was trained in their ways, following strict plant diets in the jungle and learning the art of singing to heal. Building on that initial training, I further immersed myself in indigenous traditions from the Amazon (Quechua Lamista, Awajun), the Andes, the Native American Plains, and Gabon. Both as a Reiki Master and healer, I help people connect to Spirit and the invisible power of Nature. Today, I dedicate myself to be a bridge between these shamanic traditions and modern contemporary culture – creating a distinctive approach to self and collective awakening.

Kelly Jennings

My life’s core commitment and question is: Are we willing and courageous enough to become our ancestors’ wildest dreams and the elders our children are waiting for? I understand this calls us to evolve, both individually and collectively. To serve this evolution, I bring two decades of ritual practice and training with indigenous grandmothers and healers from the Mayan, Mexica, Lakota, Shipibo, and Quechua traditions together with Eastern and Western ways of healing as a naturopathic physician, consciousness counselor, herbalist, Chinese medicine practitioner, and Qi Gong teacher. I am also a MoonDancer, raga singer, and lover of cold plunges.

Nick Shore
I’m an ex-entertainment executive who mutineered from corporate America, Jerry-McGuire-style, after being bonked on the head with a heavy personal meaning crisis! Inevitable Eat. Pray. Love. period ensued. But then I reset my life-GPS away from Reality TV towards reality itself — directly into the storm clouds of the so-called meta-crisis. And wound up in boot camp training as a facilitator in intersubjective group space practices like Emergent Dialogue. My current mission, it seems, points in the direction of conscious leaders, and specifically using the focusing lens of group psychotechnology to help them access guidance directly from the emergent edge … guidance on questions like: “What should we actually co-create, wisely and beautifully, in collaboration with this strange future that’s pouring in now?” 
Diana Spiegel

I am a life-long learner who began my professional life as an educator. My passion for how culture and spirituality mutually evolve led to creating retreats, workshops, and dialogue groups. I experience emergence when the collective engages creatively in intentional inquiry. For over fifteen years, I’ve worked with Elizabeth and Thomas, supporting the facilitation of  small groups in emerging dialogue, The Power of We, and HigherWe Practices.

Francois Demange

The Program:

  • The two Teaching Sessions each month will be held on Wednesdays from 17:00-18:30 Central European Time. For the time in your location, see World Time Buddy.
  • The small group practice sessions will held twice a month in the weeks when there isn’t a Teaching Session and will be scheduled by each group so that they are at a time convenient to the group members.
  • We will take a summer break, which we believe will be helpful in two ways: first, so that in a potentially post-COVID summer, you have a chance to get away, and second, to integrate what you have learned so that you can be ready for the last section of the program.
  • Recordings of the Teaching Sessions will be made available to course participants, but watching them does not substitute for attending the sessions, which are interactive and experiential.

1. the emergence of coherence

March 17

Perceiving the Field

The difference between the interpersonal and intersubjective

March 31

Radical Openness

Meditation & the subtle skill of letting go

April 14

Collective Presencing - Part 1

The Heideggerian Fourfold: Standing on and open to

April 28

Collective Presencing - Part 2

The Heideggerian Fourfold: Bound in time and lit by the sacred

May 12

Not Knowing & Longing

Experiencing trust and intimacy with the life process

2. the emergence of co-conscious creativity

May 26

Invoking & Evoking

Learning how to speak "from" and "to" the dimension between us

June 9

Trans-individuation​

Shifting the locus of your engagement

June 23

Intuiting Wholeness

Experiencing diversity in unity

July 7

The Creative Impulse

Eros & aliveness in the field of consciousness

August 25

Ereignis

Unfolding the present

3. the emergence of intersubjective sensemaking

September 8

Creative Friction

Transforming conflict without fragmentation

September 22

Synergetic Intelligence

Co-intelligence in action

We commit to you...

You commit to all of us...

Registering & Contributing

We cannot put a price on this program. Our aim is to bring this process of emergent dialogue to as many human beings who would benefit from it in their own transformative work as possible. We recognize how urgent it is to discover new ways of sense-making together and to unleash a deeper creativity to respond to the crises we are in as a species.

How much would you pay for this opportunity? That’s a real question. We are offering this program on a donation basis, so that it is freely available and that your contribution to this ongoing work is freely given.

From our perspective, 500€ would be a modest fee for the program. However, we also want to offer the program in the spirit of the gift economy so that our exchange is rooted in generosity on both sides. We want to ask you to support the continuation and development of our emergent dialogue work. We also want to acknowledge that your time and attention to the program are also valuable.

So, when you register for the program, you will see that we recommend a 500€ donation, knowing that the actual cost to support the program would be at least twice this–and leaving you free to give what you consider appropriate. Developing this work takes a group of people to commit to it–which requires more structure and more persons to support. We are grateful for each participant’s sincere offering to support us in bringing emergent dialogue forward.

DR. THOMAS STEININGER

I have been cultivating transformative “We Space” practices for nearly 30 years. As a philosopher, practitioner, and spiritual mentor, I have dived deeply into the practice of meditation and into an exploration of the evolution of human consciousness, particularly the current transition from a hyperindividual “I” culture to a co-conscious “We.”

As an authority on cultural evolution and the different spiritual and religious currents that have formed our postmodern world, I bring this perspective into my work as publisher of evolve-magazin, the leading German magazine on consciousness and culture and as faculty at Meridian U. in California. I also have a weekly webcast called Radio evolve, where I have interviewed over 500 pioneers forging the future.

For the last decades, I have co-founded and developed a process of emergent dialogue, an advanced practice in conscious communication.

DR. ELIZABETH DEBOLD

For the last forty-some years, I have sought the answer to the question: how can we transform the dynamics of relationship and complexities of desire between women and men so that we all can thrive and reach our full human potential?

This inquiry has taken me from feminist activism in New York City to a doctorate in developmental psychology with Dr. Carol Gilligan at Harvard to a tumultuous global spiritual community that pioneered collective awakening and, finally, to an ongoing experiment in intersubjective emergence in Frankfurt, Germany.

I founded One World in Dialogue, an online forum to explore how intersubjectivity can bring us together across cultures to create new capacities in global consciousness. An author, transformative educator, journalist/editor, community leader and mentor, I have found the answer to my question in the amazing collective emergence of the Co-Conscious We and seek to share its potential in all that I do.

PAMELA VON SABLJAR

For the past 25 years, I have explored the question of how we can create societal development through personal development. As a speaker, facilitator, mentor, and author on deeper human connection, I have unfolded what it takes to create an emergent space in a group; the art of “speaking when spoken through’ that can allow us to uncover what still wants to emerge and speak it into reality.

With my devoted practise of tantra, I bring the perspective of embodiment of emergent-sensing eros in the intersubjective space between us.

For almost three decades, I have been a part of initiating several projects, trainings, programs, and been a part of innovative collaborations for regenerative system change. I am one of the initiators of the Nordic Women’s Gathering, an exploration of womanhood for the 21st century and a recurrent invited facilitator and trainer for emergent dialogue in the Rebel Wisdom, Emerge, and Ekskäret communities.