Process and participation
The group process that goes on in a group or organization is
a microcosm of larger processes in the world. This topic is intended
to remind us of that.
We live in a participatory, co-creative universe. There is
a sense in which we are participating in Life (or our group or
community or world) no matter what we do or don't do, whether
we know it or not. We are intrinsically part of an unfolding process.
Our challenge is to become more conscious and intentional about
the important roles we play in that unfolding, co-creative process.
It seems we have two kinds of roles -- the roles in which we
are directly responsible for certain outcomes (for better or worse),
as well as the more diffuse roles we play through our participation
in systems that enhance and/or undermine life. But even our direct
responsibilities are embedded in larger systems that shape us
as well as the expectations,and outcomes involved. Ultimately
we are not alone, not to blame, not in charge -- and fully involved,
playing a role no matter what we do.
Co-intelligent processes support the kind of co-creative participation
that benefits the whole (group, organization, system, community,
planet) and all its parts. Co-intelligent processes help us know
-- together with the life around us -- that we are
the Process of Life, itself.
At the Co-Intelligence Institute we
like to consider these processes
as tools to more effectively, joyfully and consciously participate
in the co-creative dance that's going on all the time.
To further explore the idea of co-creative process and participation,
The Tao of Co-Intelligence
and the Great Co-Creative Dance
Crisis Fatigue and the Co-Creation
of Positive Possibilities
How to Make a Decision
Without Making a Decision
Politics for a co-creative
Co-Intelligence and the
Holistic Politics of Community Self-Organization
For specific participatory processes and tools, see
Co-Intelligent Practices, Approaches, Processes
A toolbox of processes for community
Designing Multi-Process Programs for
Co-Intelligent Political and