THE ART AND SCIENCE OF INNOVATIVE COLLABORATION: THE FUTURE OF DEMOCRACY AND HUMANITY  

THE ART AND SCIENCE OF INNOVATIVE COLLABORATION: THE FUTURE OF DEMOCRACY AND HUMANITY  

DAGAZ: A new way to think        

“Dagaz” is a Rune symbol used by Germanic peoples from about the 3rd to the 13th centuries.  The left-hand side represents the past. The right-hand side represents the future. The center point is emptiness, zero gravity, the place where a new future can begin — Real Thinking, Escape Velocity, Innovative Collaboration.  Dagaz engages energy from the past, present and future.

Dagaz:  Rune of the hyper-consciousness.

  • Energy:twilight/dawn polarity, non-dual reality, unity, synthesis.
  • Paradoxical truth, incommunicable experience, conceptual realization, enlightenment.
  • Invisibility as an organizing principle of Higher Consciousness.
  • Synthesis of right-left brain dynamics.
  • Transformation of one thing into its opposite.

FREQUENCY TWO:  CURIOSITY

In Innovative Collaboration, for me the main thing is Curiosity.  Finding common ground, listening generously, asking questions, and for moments, finding a new freedom to choose.

My biggest barrier is my own sense of self-importance; what I think I already know. The only refuge I’ve found from self-importance is to know that there is no refuge. There’s no escape, except to transform myself into the refuge of “us”, the power of being together.

I talk every week to my friend Tony Turnbull.  I can’t tell where I stop and he begins. We connect and move on, go deep, never get stuck, and move to the next thing.  There’s no win-lose, dominate-avoid domination, self- importance.  Fear or caution never stops us. His identity and my identity don’t get in the way. Usually, when I’m with people, it feels like “I am not you.” This never happens with Tony, even when our opinions are different.

Years ago, this was never true. I never felt safe enough, relaxed enough, to combine intention and flow. I was always pressing my goals, avoiding fears, and looking outside myself for the cause of things and the answers I didn’t have.  The magic seems to come from being awake to what’s happening in this exact moment.  Just being there. No agenda.  There had been bits and glimmers over the years. A program at the Gestalt Institute in Cleveland opened my eyes to new ideas and practices. These made sense of my life and work in a thrilling new way. This was not from a plan, but in a way I couldn’t explain.

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Charles SmithCHARLES E. SMITH Ph.D Charlie is Executive Editor of the Journal of Collaborative Innovation in the Library of Professional Coaching. A highly-experienced Futurist, Author, and Executive Coach, current interests are in deep dives into the nature of Collaborative Innovation, conscious conversations, and engaging large numbers of kindred spirits and businesses. For fifty years, he has been a personal and leadership coach and organizational behavior consultant stimulating breakthrough thinking, culture change and seemingly impossible results. A graduate of the Boston Public Latin School, Charlie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Relations from Harvard College, an MBA from the Harvard Business School, a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University, and a Certificate in Gestalt Methods from the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. He was Visiting Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at Sir George Williams University in Montreal, former President of the Harvard-Radcliffe Club of New Mexico, and Editor of Transformation Magazine published by the Library of Professional Coaching. Dr. Smith has written three books, "The Merlin Factor, Leadership and Strategic Intent” "Navigating from the Future," “Don’t be a Noodle in Someone Else’s Soup” and many articles located in the Library of Professional Coaching and Eruditio, a Journal of the World Academy of Art and Science.

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