Lunchtime Talk: Mannie Sher (TIHR) - 21 May

Lunchtime Talk: Mannie Sher (TIHR) - 21 May

Social Dreaming and the Social Protest Movement, Occupy London at Tent City


7 May 2014

Hear Mannie Sher  talk about Social Dreaming and the Social Protest Movement.

Wednesday 21st May 2014
Mannie Sher
Social Dreaming and the Social Protest Movement, Occupy London at Tent City

Inspired by colleagues in Israel who ran a social dreaming matrix during the social protest movement in Tel Aviv in the summer of 2011, staff of the Tavistock Institute offered a similar social dreaming event to the organisers of Tent City University, the educational arm of the social protest movement, Occupy London.

The purpose of social dreaming is to explore the deeper layers of meaning of social and cultural phenomena through the medium of dreams and associations to dreams. Social dreaming is a method of social enquiry for identifying social and cultural knowledge through the application of a scientific analysis of dreams. The matrix idea was invented by Gordon Lawrence to create a mental space to focus on the content of dreams. In social dreaming the notion of ‘working hypothesis’ is offered as an outline sketch of the situation as participants attempt to arrive at the potential truth of the dream. This comes about because the dream in a matrix is seen as an object in its own right with its infinite psychological, intellectual and spiritual qualities. Instead of the dreamer asking, ‘What does the dream mean for me?’, when a dream is voiced in the matrix, it becomes an object to be owned by all present, able to be freely associated to, able to become an object that can be mentally played with by all the participants.

The role of social media is elaborated through the common experiences of boundarylessness of the social dreaming events, the protest camp at Finsbury Square and cyberspace. Working in fluid conditions, i.e. having no tangible external authority against which to rebel rendered resistance impotent, suggesting that change and growth can only emerge through a dialectic relationship with the ‘denied other’.

Mannie Sher is a Principal Consultant at The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, Director of the Group Relations programme and Co-Director of the Executive Coaching course.

This talk arises out of the interest and excitement in Mannie’s recently published paper. For a copy of the paper please email talks@tavinstitute.org

If you would like to attend this talk please send an email to talks@tavinstitute.org with your name, the talk date and title.

Every third Wednesday at the Tavistock Institute, staff, associates, trustees and partners have come together for these informal talks. Now as we enter the sixth year of talks we are looking to widen this community and to explore the possibilities for development and new thought through engaging with a wider audience.

You are welcome to bring your own lunch.

For more information on upcoming and previous talks, how to book or get more involved go to the dedicated Food for Thought webpages.

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