DOTE invites you to join us as we embark on a year-long co-enquiry into deep listening as a transformative collective practice. Each month throughout the calendar arc of the festival, Ian will hold space to listen to each other, using the principle of ‘starting from where we find ourselves’ to guide us.
Deep listening is an exploratory collective practice that focuses on transformative listening by freeing participants from the need to respond, a key principle of which is to listen for understanding rather than agreement. These are freeform sessions with no anticipated results, but which may offer participants space for deeper collective consideration. This generative and communal process underpins all of Ian’s work with DOTE throughout the festival year and all are warmly invited to be present.
Speaking of the emergence and importance of the phrase ‘starting from where we find ourselves’ in his current research, Ian says:
In late 2019, I planned a pilgrimage on foot ‘collecting and sharing acts towards and visions of a positive future society’, due to set out in April 2020. As the pandemic hit and deepened, so did my doubt in the face of questions like ‘What does a positive future look like right now?’ and ‘Is it possible to be visionary in the face of such uncertainty?’. When setting out eventually began to look possible, this yearning for positive futures felt insufficient as a response to what we were living through. What shone in the wreckage of my pre-pandemic thinking was something that Dougald Hine, co-founder of Dark Mountain and A School Called Home, had written to me, in which he described the planned walk as ‘an act of weaving, stitching together the torn fabric, starting from where we find ourselves.’
Starting from where we find ourselves calls us into dialogue with our surroundings and each other. It calls us to notice with whom or what we share space and time, to behold our relationships with tangible and intangible worlds, to act out of a sense of kinship. It calls us to hold space not just for positive futures and collective yearning, but also for the grief and trauma of our entangled realities, and for that which does not make sense right now.
Ian will hold space for deep listening online every month beginning in April 2022.
Thursday April 28th 19.00 – 20.30 CET online.
Please register to join this session by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org