The Programme in Detail

The Programme, in detail…

(view the At a Glance programme here.
This was the 2013 programme…


0900-1000 Tune-in and Check-in Zone


0900 Action Learning Zone

Led by Paul Levy and David Knowles, this is an informal opportunity to experience action learning. Bring a live question or problem to solve and get some creative input from others. You’ll get a dedicated time slot and a chance to no longer be alone with your problem, question or challenge. Help to solve it or explore it together. And the focus is always on taking that next step, taking action.


0900 Arrival and check-in


1000 Opening Circle

We’ll survey the day, get some intros to sessions and this is a chance to meet fellow attendees at Critical Incident.


1030 Workshop Zone 1


Become your Own Medicine and Taste the Honey on your Spoon, led by Jenny Sessions

Paying attention to the power of being alone with ourselves not ‘lonely’ enables us to be more dynamic and connected when we are with others .

this resonates for me with the idea of one tribe, one heart, one drum

When earthed in our authentic Prescence we tend to connect more easily from our heart .
Coming together in concious community that can move mountains for the Benifit of all
without loosing self in the process

“When I am alone, with myself
I am able to be with you. Together we are one….together we are strong “Js

This will be an experiential workshop with an organic flavour to its structure. It will have many of its ingredients to hand others revealed by co creating in the moment.

It will offer a movable feast held with compassionate intent

There will be a Safe space and talking circle to speak about our own human journey from ‘Mayhem to Medicine’ .
space to witness ,honour and celebrate ourselves and each other

We will explore the gifts within adversity the critical incidents that can stop us dead in our tracks and offer to become the very wind beneath our wings

Exploring and redefining life’s painful interruptions can invite new perspective

new perspective brings opportunity to transform and heal, turn mayhem into medicine and add valuable pearls of wisdom to our medicine bag and be of service to all

Allowing Adversity to become the very bedrock of new opportunity, self empowerment and rite of passage, we are reminded who we really are
And an alchemical shift takes place through which we may become our own
healing catalyst for change

During this workshop we will gather a sense of the personal medicine we carry . The insights, talents, skills and wisdom we have gathered on our journey through life and put them into our own medicine bag

we will look into our medicine bags and see what we have gathered on our earth walk

We will consider what needs to be released, transformed, added to and celebrated in order to distill our
experiences and become even more authentically
our own medicine

We will work with the voice of spirit song, and other creative tools as guided.

Alone, Together,we will invite and facilitate blocks to be moved, meaningful meetings with each other to take place and the opportunity for us to shine our shine directing our radiance into the world where it’s needed without bypassing ourself on the way
Healing comes out of balance

‘Where the light comes even darkness shines’

Together as one we are strong

As an intuitive guide I work a great deal with the power of now and would invite you to do the same. I am willing to work with individuals and groups internationally so if you feel the calling to create a circle or sessions or would like to find out more about the elements of empowerment that I work with, please call me to discuss possibilities and focus.

I hope some of you may feel to join me at CRITICAL INCIDENT for a ‘rite of passage’ and take another step towards ‘becoming your own medicine’ for the benefit of all.


Our Selves – Public and Private, Led by Sam Chittenden

We will explore the internal families of our sub-personalities or inner selves, along with the roles we usually play out in the world. We will use mask work to discover where we hide and how we can show up more in our lives and relationships.

We all have ways of hiding – masks that we wear – especially when we are feeling judged or vulnerable. The mask can make us feel safe, but ultimately it can disconnect us not only from others, but from our true selves, leaving us feeling very alone. The only way to really play safe is to risk being seen.

The experiment: Although I have used mask work and constellation in this area of personal development before, I have not brought in archetypal personas to the mix. I will be exploring what this might add to my practice.

About Sam: Brighton-based Different Development offer unique & powerful approaches to personal & organisational development. We focus on developing courage, connection and voice, using a blend of traditional and arts-based methods.

Different Development’s Director, Sam Chittenden, has many years’ experience as a Board Director, as well as being an actor, writer & poet. Sam is currently writing a book about Metaphor & Leadership. She also leads The Mastery of Self Expression in Brighton.


Make a Deep Connection – Mindful Tango Led by Lotus Nguyen

We may have thousands of “connected” online friends, but if these connections are superficial, we still feel alone. Deep connection is meaningful, rewarding and enriching. Mindful Tango offers the opportunity to explore the magic of finding peace and happiness by connecting deeply to yourself, to the dance partner and to the music. Mindful Tango trains your awareness, alertness and focus. It will help you to let go, become present and stay connected.

The beauty of tango lies in its connection. If one can learn to bring its beauty to daily life, connecting to oneself and to the world around, one will find contentment and happiness every day.

There are many mindfulness meditations including sitting meditation, lying meditation, eating meditation, walking meditation, dancing meditation, etc. For me, Argentine tango is a form of mindfulness meditation in movement. In Mindful tango we will walk in meditation to tango steps and music with and without a partner. Anyone can attend the session. You don’t have to bring a partner. You don’t have to feel you are able to dance. Even if you feel you have to left feet, if you can walk, you can dance with mindful tango.

About Lotus: Lotus is a mindfulness teacher and coach, working with organisations and individuals who want to reduce stress, improve work performance and enrich their lives. Through mindfulness training and coaching, she helps them to connect with themselves and the world around, unleash their inner power and open their hearts so that they can live a rich, full and meaningful life whilst dealing with the inevitable challenges of life effectively.


1200 Talk and Conversation Zone 1

Diving into the Digital Inferno – practical ways to reclaim your “self” from your mobile life. (Led by author of the forthcoming book, Learning to Dance with Spiders, Paul Levy)

This new session will explore the how we can regain mastery over our devices – our laptops, phones and tablets. Hos can we be so connected, yet also so isolated? Drawing on three years of research, this interactive discussion gives into the digital inferno!

About Paul: Paul Levy is writing a book about consciousness and the digital world. He’s been a facilitator for over 20 years.


Without You I’m Nothing: How Crowdfunding is Changing Culture Tim Pilcher

This will be a talk about how crowd-funding is changing how we create, fund and distribute the arts, design and creativity.

The talk will specifically focus on my own personal experiences of launching a book on Kickstarter and more generally, will discuss how crowd-funding is scaring the pants off the big corporations. Thanks to sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, the true age of “The Long Tail” is maturing and the so-called “gatekeepers” of culture are becoming redundant.

The talk examines how individuals from all over the world will pledge money to another person on the other side of the planet, who they’ve never met, to produce a film, book, stage play or product, in exchange for rewards. The democratisation of arts funding now means that anyone can be a patron of the arts, and I’ll be looking at the social benefits of us all becoming digital Medicis!

About Tim: Writer/editor with 20 years experience in the book trade at Dorling Kindersley, Penguin and Ilex Press. I’ve commissioned over 80 titles and I’ve written 18 books on a variety of topics. I launched my first book on Kickstarter, Comic Book Babylon, in April this year, which was fully funded in two weeks. I believe this is the future of publishing.


Sexy, I am, Led by Santiago Sartorious

A talk leading to a workshop, to be improvised in the moment.

Can we stand on how sexy we are? Intimacy with ourselves is often avoided. What it comes to is: creativity. Can we stand on how creative we are?
Can we stand on how attractive we are to ourselves, and to others? Do we really like ourselves? This is crucial, to how we relate with it all.

Do we like ourselves?, would I date myself? Would i choose me as a friend? We live in our own macro world, and from there relate to the outside world, the others. The session will dig into how we are relating being alone together.

About Santiago: He is a Creativity facilitator, speaker.


1300 LUNCH


1330 PERFORMANCE – The Culture Show, performed and led by Amandine

The theme of the show is identity and will explore human interactions which take place in London. It will explore different characters, their interactions, behaviours. It will explore ways of interacting and involving an audience in the making of a show.

An interactive dance performance.
Set up as a reality tv show, the audience will play the directors who will inform the direction of the show. There will be a host, two interviewed and a cameraman performed by four dancers.

Alone = there will be solos which investigates the identity of different characters roles.
Together = This is a show which will involve audience participation so that each individual has a role to play as an individual, as an artist and part of a wider group.

The experiment: I will be exploring ways to play with audience participation in dance

I will be exploring ways of representing themes of cultural differences

About Amandine: I am a Dance Choreographer with a keen interest in producing Live and Interactive Dance Performances. The audience is key to my work. I like to work within physical theatre, contemporary dance, contact improvisation and performance art. I like to explore identity and what it means to be human? My works have been called brave, ambitious and fresh!


1400 Workshop Zone 2


Hallelujah, brothers and sisters! Staging the Collective Experience, Led by Michael Parker

Can you feel the Spirit of the Lord? Or even of each other? Anyone interested in the possibility of being part of a shared collective experience through any staged / theatrical event is invited to share their experiences, hopes and ideas about it. Whether you are an artist / performer hoping to whip up a collective euphoria, a partaker of the arts who has often / sometimes / never felt part of something shared, or someone who believes the very notion is a conceit, come and share in the Hallelujah Experience, and leave blessed.

Churches close and reopen as theatres. The world tunes in to a theatrical Olympic opening ceremony. We sing along with the choir, the football crowd, the rock star, the Internet sensation. And the festival goes on and on, reinvents itself, and stays the same. There is still an urge to find connection in a cultural event. But, as our cultural intake becomes more individualised, more a lone experience, is it possible?

The experiment: I hope participants will leave with ideas that can be put into action in cultural events. I hope that these ideas will be founded in exploring a shared cultural experience within the workshop space.

About Michael:

Poet, performer, host, mountainman and mentor, I set out on adventures into the Wild. I believe I will find the Beautiful Place, the Wondrous Thing, the Hidden or hard-won Überbling. In the Big, in the Wild, is the energy of storm, the hardness of rock, the flow and the flood, the weakness and strength of humanity. Find it. Bring it back. Live it. Share it. That’s what I’m doing.
Host of Hammer and Tongue Brighton, God and other characters in Book of Job: The Musical, poet and storyteller to Glastonbury and other festivals, inventor / creator of numerous quirky performance events.


Discovering yourself, your strengths and your natural talents led by Alex Bailey

We often go through life doing well at certain things, getting praise for them and doing them more yet they are often just learned skills/behaviours and not what really excites us or gives us any fulfilment. Our strengths are unique and natural to us and what we use when we are at our best. Rather than trying to help people change and gain some new shiny attributes and characteristics that are desirable I aim to help people understand that they are already wonderful. Through strengths discovery people can be the best version of themselves, that already exists, on a more frequent basis. This increases happiness and fulfilment with work, relationships and life.

A group discussion workshop using questions to awaken our understanding of ourselves and specifically our strengths.

This discovery session helps individuals increase their own self awareness, but also helps them increase their awareness of others enhancing relationships and connections/interactions with others.

I’m a positive psychologist and strengths coach. I pioneered the first strengths based organisations in the UK and then Internationally (Norwich Union/Aviva 75,000 employees across 27 countries). I am passionate about helping people increase their happiness and fulfilment in life. I work with individuals, teams and organisations.

http://www.alexbaileycpp.com


Laughter Session, Led by Emma Hiwaizi

Introduction includes: History of laughter yoga, benefits of laughter and explains that fake laughter and real laughter have many of the same benefits… (NLP)

Will then structure session to start with games / songs followed by laughter exercises. Session concludes with a laughter meditation where we sit or lie and laugh for no reason followed by a relaxing visualisation including positive hypnotic suggestions…

A laughter workshop incorporating games, songs, laughter yoga exercises, deep breathing and a laughter meditation…

(Laughter yoga is a combination of deep breathing and laughter exercises) – there are no yoga postures as such…

We laugh more when we are with others compared to when we are alone… With increasing emphasis on digital – we typically spend more and more time in front of screens, with less actual face to face time… This increases feelings of loneliness and isolation… Many of us simply do not laugh as much as we used to!

Laughter connects us.

Laughter is the staff of life… When we laugh we feel energized, relaxed, calm and connected to one another. Regular laughter can help us to let go of negative thoughts and patterns, and to become more playful and creative in our daily lives. Not only that but studies have shown that laughter increases oxygentation in the body, boosts endorphin levels (the love hormone), increases our resilience to pain, boosts the immune system and can help us to feel more joyful.

Quite simply – laughter is the best medicine.

After a laughter session we feel better in ourselves and because we are in a better mood we are more likely to smile at and be kind to others and thus a positive ripple effect spreads…

The experiment:

Laughter Yoga is relatively new (founded in India in 1995) and still relatively unheard of…

The way I work is unique with the emphasis on play and games…

For Critical Incident, I will create new Brighton themed games and laughter exercises – which I will showcase for the first time at Critical Incident.

About Emma:

I am the former publisher of the Green Guide for London and Juno Magazine – a natural parenting magazine.

I stumbled into Laughter Yoga a couple of years ago, after a challenging time in my life. The healing power of laughter is well documented – and it has had a profoundly positive effect in my life… Helping me to deal with stressful situations and change in a calm and positive manner.

We have been running weekly laughter sessions in Brighton (Brighton Laughter Club) for just over a year. It is a real joy to be helping to spread the gift of laughter…


1530 Coffee


1545 Workshop Zone 3


Chair Yoga, Led by Sue Bradley

Traditional yoga poses will be adapted to suit a session where participants remain in everyday clothes. Ideal for Western bodies who spend a significant amount of time sitting at a computer. You will either be sitting on a chair, or using one for support. Pranayama is a traditional set of breathing exercises which are both energising and calming to the nervous system. No yoga mats involved and no special clothing required.

Despite being surrounded by others all performing the same exercises in a yoga class, your experience is still a unique personal journey. In this session we will use techniques to focus on Pratyahara or ‘withdrawal of the senses’, taking you into a private space that is yours alone.

The experiment: This will be an experimental session in that it uses none of the traditional props of yoga – no mats, no blocks, and no lying down or sitting cross legged on the floor.

About Sue:

Sue is an experienced teacher and practitioner, a former member of Pookiesnackenburger and Ra Ra Zoo, former Head of Drama at Varndean School and Director of the deeply missed Creative Partnerships programme for the Arts Council. She has a B.A Hons in Visual & Performing Arts, a PGCE in Music and an M.A. in Drama Education & Multiple Intelligences. She was a speaker at TEDX Brighton 2011 and is a regular reviewer for Fringereview.co.uk. She is currently managing Digital and Creative Media Apprenticeship programmes in Brighton. Sue also plays violin in her band the BlueHearts and musical saw in the Sawchestra.
Sue is a fully qualified teacher of Vajrasati yoga and includes influences from all her creative activity, resulting in a holistic, informative and friendly approach.


We Are Awakening… to who we are! Led by Nathan Godolphin

We Are Awakening is a talk about who we are, what we’re doing here, and what this life is really all about. Of course, it’s up to each one of us to find out for ourselves. Thankfully, there are pointers along the way. REALLY Knowing who we are is REAL empowerment. It’s a Cosmic Story unfolding… and it’s all about Awareness.

So it’s about exploring Universal Human Nature, in all its different expressions! 🙂 Powerful and uplifting!

Please go to http://www.weareawakening.co.uk to take a closer look 🙂

I saw this theme and was amazed at how well it fits. In the talk, ‘Alone’ refers to the Oneness of Spiritual Identity- our Spiritual Unity. ‘Together’ relates to the way this Oneness exists in the many parts, the many beautiful expressions and variations in our lives.

Despite our differences we all share the same desire for Love, Peace and Happiness, as this is our True Nature, expressed through the balance of light and dark 🙂 So it’s very different to the feeling of ‘being alone in the crowd.’

It affirms both our Unity, and our variation. The talk offers a new way of seeing Spiritual development and understanding, essentially inclusive, and incorporates a distillation of teachings from around the world. Always, to bring people back to their Self, and their own direct experience. Blind belief (or disbelief!) not encouraged!

The experiment:

Giving the talk in itself is an experiment! I am speaking my truth- a truth that is potentially beyond my own personal experiences and understandings, and relevant to all. A truth that cannot always be heard in the manic world we live in! A truth that echoes many mystical traditions, yet remains truly pertinent to where we find ourselves in today’s world.

It’s a very different message to what many sources seem to give, and it is experimental in the sense that it pushes the limits of our understanding of our fundamental nature. It is non-dogmatic and brings people back to themselves and their own personal responsibility to find their truth and live it. Back to themselves and their own spiritual power, and back to the shared Spirit of community. It has both individual and collective ramifications, potentially limitless implications!

So the content is new and fresh, and the approach is too. It is inclusive, involving short meditations at the beginning and end so people can feel their own presence and participation in the space. There will be questions and answers at the end too. After all, it is our consciousness to explore!

Also, because it is such an inclusive model of understanding, attendees will be invited to share their life experiences in terms of what spiritual awakening means to them. The challenge is to incorporate all the varied responses and understandings into the talk itself- into the ‘way of seeing’ that it expounds- making it truly relevant to all who come along to listen!

About Nathan:

I am now spending my time working on this, and all the projects relating to the empowering understanding of Life and Self that this talk is all about! Running ‘mystical poetry’ workshops, teaching yoga, and dancing! Currently, as all these events are being established, I am simply covering room costs.

The talk actually stems from a book that I wrote (finished last year), but I felt it more dynamic to meet people face to face, sharing and learning in a positive way, investing my energies in what I know I need to do, making the message lived and alive! So that’s what I do now…

I am 29 years old. I live as simply as possible, and enjoy my time in Nature 🙂


Stop! Recognise, Release, Relax, Refresh, Led by Lotus Nguyen

“Darling, I am here for you. Darling, I am happy because I know you are there for me. Darling, I know you are suffering and that is why I am here for you. Darling, I am suffering, please help me.” Those are the four mantras taught by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh on true love. Love is a magical healer, a peaceful conqueror, our true nature. We all want to love and to be loved. This session will explore our heart’s deepest desire and express it such a way that will help us to heal, improve our relationship and enhance our intimacy.

Love is within us all, and yet we don’t often feel it and we are unable to give it properly. We are disconnected with our true self and we live in a way that drains our relationships. Living mindfully with love-guided action will nurture love for self and for others, bring us closer and make us happier instead of separation, loneliness and sadness.
This session will be a mixture of theory ie presentation and discussion and practice ie individual practical application as well as sharing in mindful dialogues.
About Lotus: Lotus is a mindfulness teacher and coach, working with organisations and individuals who want to reduce stress, improve work performance and enrich their lives. Through mindfulness training and coaching, she helps them to connect with themselves and the world around, unleash their inner power and open their hearts so that they can live a rich, full and meaningful life whilst dealing with the inevitable challenges of life effectively.


1715 Talk and Conversation Zone 2


Medicine Ceremony, Led by Iam Powell

A medicine ceremony is a personal healing journey undertaken in the context of a group, it is a tribal experience of both individual transformation and collective metamorphosis. Faced simply with the reflection of our shadow, we’re ultimately alone – together.

Ideally I’d like 3 or 4 hours during the afternoon session, in the largest, most auspicious space. There’ll be a number of co-facilitators (eg. Santiago, Jenny, Robin, Claudia, Kate) and we’ll be using sage and a drum.


Open Space Slots – Emergent Talks


1845 The Great Debate – Thousands of Connections and No Real Friends? A Debate about the loss of intimacy in our times hosted by FringeReview


1945-2130 Performance Zone at the Cabin (our lovely venue at the School)

Alone-Together – Live Poetry performance (Guest poets and open slots) hosted by Hammer and Tongue’s Michael Parker

Live music

Live Theatre storytelling performance

Donations to the School

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Critical Blog

Older blog entries are below. We’ll update the blog sometime soon.

September 1st 2013

The programme is now pretty full. I’ve been speaking to the workshop and session leaders and this is the most experimental Critical Incident so far. A unique event in a unique space. OK, enough of the PR-sounding comment. I’m a big fan of immersing in the unknown,especially if there’s a warm community to support any critical incidents. Realising you’re on the wrong path, realising your isolation, feeling connected at a Facebook-level and yet devoid of real friends. It could could all happen at Critical Incident. But so could this: getting motivated and passionate, realising something profound and new, discovering a new way forward or some new, vital questions. It’s the newness I like- a genuinely new thought or insight. Is there rally anything new under the sun? I believe there is.

A few years back gave a talk in Slovenia on the theme of “Originality”. I did a similar talk at Brighton’s Catalyst Club.  Some in the audience had reached the belief that there is nothing new to be discovered, thought, said or done. Many disagreed but hadn’t found that originality in themselves. But they were still searching; still hoping.  That’s what critical incidents are often about – finding your own originality. It’s possible. It is.

Just over a week to go!

August 1st 2013

After the trouble with Emporium Brighton pulling their commitment to our booking in May, we had to act fast and found an alternative venue. I feel so glad it will be the Brighton Steiner School.

The theme “Alone. Together” seems more timely and relevant than ever. I’m looking forward to a day that energises people, troubles them in a good way, and leads to some critical incidents.

There’s a weariness at the heart of a  lot of people these days – a weariness partly born from the very miracle technologies that claim to empower and energise us. Even as we are “smarter”, being “always on” takes its toll. I’m very interested in whether people still believe in their own originality. Are we now just all a made palette of derived pictures made by others? How can we find our uniqueness?

June 19th 2012

It was indeed a critical incident

With over 150 people attending this year, I hope the I was fully explored! My own reflections as follows. It seems people are, as ever, taking differing paths to realise or understand their more fundamental identity. Some take to the yoga mat and try to embody themselves more strongly, or find a more conscious or harmonious balance between inner and outer, physical and metal, or spiritual. Others root their self in holding to a take on life – a philosophy or even a standpoint. Atheist, spiritual, agnostic. They become an “I am X”. Others seem to be at ease with bewilderment; yet others, not at ease at all with it. We had others exploring the I through “I” statements – through giving talks, through debate, conceptualising and discussion. For them, the I is explored through dialogue and through thinking. Others root in the arts and the creative paths of sock puppet making, clowning, laughter and creative writing. Others immerse themselves in all of these and surfed the day. My own path was cafe based when I wasn’t strutting like a peacock or fussing like a mother hen over session times and data projectors.

Critical Incident was as diverse as ever and raising as many questions as it answered. But the swirl was.. Yes, awesome.

June 15th 2012

Experimenting with the I?

With two more days to go before this year’s Incident, I’m wondering how our theme will evolve during the day. I’ve been interested in the notion of the “little I” and “big I” (lower and higher ego) often mentioned in western esoteric philosophy. I meet a lot of people trapped in an identity that is actually making them unhappy and the paradox is it is the strategising of this “mini me” that keeps the person trapped. The same strategies that got me into the shit and the ones I employ to get me out of it, and all that results is deeper shit.

The higher “self”, or “bigger I” tends to be less judgemental, less, dramatic, and less in a conversation with itself. It doesn’t believe its own publicity, and it is a lot calmer. It can be a sword of truth, a tongue of fire, but mostly I think it wears the garb of our muse, our higher voice, our inspiration (we often call it deeper intuition ironically) and it can see through mist very easily. All it asks is we listen to it and learn to distinguish it from all kinds of dodgy and dark influences that come from places like the media and the corporation.

Critical Incident 2012 could be a day to meet or remeet your higher you. Your bigger I. It might be a shock. It might just be like meeting a lovely old friend.

June 5th 2012

Camped on the Borders of our own Greatness?

It’s been a regular paradox for me that the very people who would most benefit from a critical incident, and also from coming to THE Critical Incident, are the very people who not only don’t come, but are also among the first to say they are coming on our Facebook event page.

A lot of people come right up to the door of needed change, they even lean against it and call “I’ll be right in!”, their hand even closes on the door know and turns, but they do not push and step through. We even get people paying and confirming they are coming the day before, asking for directions, and still they don’t quite make it into the space of opportunity.

I even know people who have done this all their lives, making it a kind of ongoing ritual. I once characterised them as people “camped on the borders of their own greatness.”.

You can’t force them. And you shouldn’t. But it is a pity that they will, once again, probably miss out on a day that is just what they probably need most.

April 27th 2012

I am delighted that the Applied Improvisation Network have grabbed hold of a chunk of this year’s Critical Incident and launched themselves into one of our “I” words – Improvisation. Paul Z Jackson and Belina Raffy are largely responsible (along with their community) for putting applied improvisation onto the organisational map around the world. We’ll have a whole stream of activities devoted to “improvisation” at Critical Incident, so get involved, either as a participant or a contributor!

Oh, and Tom Bourner is organising the screening of a film on happiness!

March 24th 2012

We now have a theme for 2012 and it’s as broad as it is scary!” “Exploring the I”. How do we hold our own in a world of digital workplaces and play spaces, gadget addiction and mass culture? Who am I? Now that’s a big question I’ ve been asking all of my life. I’ve also been interested in the loss of feeling of I-ness that some of my friends and colleagues are experiencing. Does it matter not to have a sense of purpose in life – a narrative thread running through our story? Are we born to drift on tides not set by us? Are we, as Sherry Turkle puts it, increasingly destined to be “alone together” – ever more technologically connected yet somehow even more isolated in our “I”s?

This year’s Critical Incident, I hope, will be a vibrant exploration of identity, of self, of who we are in the world, alone and together. The call to participate is out. I hope you might consider offering a session, or coming along and immersing yourself in this unique retreat in the heart of a creative and somewhat wonderfully lost city.

January 24th 2012

The date is set for 2012. Sunday 17th June. We are experimenting with a Sunday for no good reason other than it being another weekend day, but perhaps a bit clearer of Saturday travel and cafe rushes. Parking my be easier and the mood may be different. Now, what theme for this year? Your suggestions are welcome. I’m toying with Tom Bourner’s idea to explore “happiness”, but also interested in exploring the theme of Sherry Turkle’s “Alone together”, or perhaps “originality”. Who knows. Not I. Yet. But one thing’s for sure. We want it to give birth to plenty of critical incidents!

June 19th 2011

It was the biggest, but was it the best? I think so. The 150 or so people who attended seemed more immersed than ever in the events and happenings throughout the day and the evening, though we packed the programme a bit too tightly and I think a lunch break would have been a good idea!

It definitely paid off moving the event to the month of June, where the event wasn’t buried amongst 600 Fringe shows and events. Saturday also received a thumbs up, though not for people with childcare issues and we’ll have to look at that next year.

Connection: authentic conversations, meeting without superficial networking, and going live to California via projected Skype video – these were a few highlights. I loved the debate at the end of the evening that pitted philanthropy and caring capitalism against state funding for the arts. It was a wholly unsatisfying yet energising debate.

There were sessions exploring vocal connection, physical and embodied connection, there was an exploration of the connection between power and control through clowning, a look at fingertip and virtual connection, connection to our purpose, our mojo and our deeper self. There was a look at shocking connections, how we address each other, as well as how we connect to character, script and role. Art met personal and professional development, creativity met science and technology. Poetry met Skype, and we heard of banana telephones and the family connections in an encounter with the perimeter walk of life.

My conclusion? Connection is under attack, for a number of reasons Yet human ingenuity and our ability to seek connection at different levels and in different ways gives me optimism for the future. Critical Incident 2012, bring it on! Any ideas for a theme?

June 8th 2011

Our programme is now well and truly full which is a bit of a worry as who knows what delights might be offered on the day. Time for a bit of programme juggling and tweaking to make space for more. Have you booked yet? Why not? It’s the best urban retreat in the UK! Book here.

May 8th 2011

I’m in the heart of the Brighton Fringe and it would be easy to forget about Critical Incident. But we’re trying an experiment this year – in the true spirit of the event itself: we are going to advertise mostly much later. I’ve got frustrated advertising well in advance and watching people file the event away into vaults of partial commitment that descend into imagined hopefulness which means… They either forget about it, or they don’t show up.

So we’re putting most effort into singing Critical to the world in June. I hope you like the song. Connection is what we are about this year and I was inspired by the work of Sherry Turkle who, based on a lot of research, claims that we are now mostly Alone Together. The benefits of the new “connected” and largelt mobile technologies is they alienate even as they connect. The child at the school gates, met by a parent who greets them with a cursory wave of the hand as they are lost in their Iphone or Android Facebook udpate or Twitter feed. And the baby, born to a mother who delays taking it to her breast as she tweets “it’s a girl! Told you so”. I’m looking forward to the exploration of connection and, if all goes well on the day, it ought to be some scary conversation too. We’re going to experiment with the performance of “Text” – a play about mobile relationships. You’ll be able to watch live with your eyes, or via a camera phone or laptop. Eeek!

April 9th 2011

The programme is filling up fast and I’m worried our open space sessions will be eroded. That’s so easy to do – to favour the pre-planned. Emergence and spontaneity often doesn’t have the same status in our minds and hearts as the pre-fixed stuff that makes us feel safe. But I’m most looking forward to what shows up Unplanned, Unimagined by us before the event. Come on our demons! Fly out of your cupboards on the day!

March 8th 2011

Our first sessions are coming in and it seems the theme of connection is both inspiring and a bit overwhelming. I’m hoping the “loss of connection” that many people feel nowadays will be explored as well as the notion that virtual connection offers both something new but also seems to steal us away from our tactile lives.

We’ve taken the whole space at Phoenix this year and there is scope for something bigger in the main gallery space.

I’m wondering where dialogue and reconciliation are in the current meltdowns in the Middle East and North Africa. What happened to the healing atmosphere of South Africa? Where are the Scandinavian dialoguers from Norway and the like? There’s a lot of leaping to armed struggle and the notion that diplomacy is about avoiding war. But what about the root of tolerance in the religions of Islam, Judaism and Christianity? There seems such a profound loss of connection. Can’t the simplicity of dialogue really offer something here?

February 15th 2011

Our Call for Participation is now live on the site so I’m excited to see what is going to roll in. We already have a few suggestions, one for a biodanza session exploring connection, and we’re imagining a live poetry international cafe link up across three continents via the joys of Skype video. Not to mention a look at the relationship between intimacy and social media. I love this part of the process. From out of seemingly nowhere, all kinds of creative ideas and proposals start to roll in and a programme emerges, never fully formed until the day itself.

I’m also starting to think about what we can use the main gallery space at Phoenix for. We’ve taken that on this year too. It’s a big, brighter, more open space, so ideal for some bigger experiments and activities.

Today, Caffe Moksha is slowly filling up with the breakfast rush, a mix of lone macchiato imbibers and huddles of three talking “shop”. Cafes are places of connection and people seem to love them more and more for that these days. Small tables, eye to eye across cups of steaming tea and coffee. Connection can be easy, simple, and very telling indeed…

February 5th 2011

This year’s Critical Incident will have the theme “Connection”. Connectedness and Disconnectedness is, for me, a theme of our times. Even as we connect more and more via social media, it seems to me that these new developments alienate ourselves from each other even as we poke and hug each other virtually. There’s much to be celebrated in the technological times in which we live, though our tactile connections and perhaps ability to commune with other more deeply are being challenged. Fingertip communication was explored in a new theatre piece I developed called “Text” which was premiered in early form at Critical Incident 2010. We’ll be showing it in a more completed form in 2011. How do we connect with other – how can we collaborate when we become more coldly locked inside our intellectual landscape and where deeper emotion is portrayed often as “cheesy”? Plenty to explore this year. Announcements will be going out soon!

May 20th 2010

So,onwards to 2011! I wonder what our theme will be next year. So many perspectives on freedom were shared. Here’s my favourite:


Freedom is time travel, being able to travel on the time line of your past, present and future!

April 20th 2010

So, there are less than two weeks to go and the programme is bulging full of exciting and somewhat scary freedom-exploring sessions. We now know the event is on the same day as election day and we hope people will build voting (if they want to vote) into their day plan – there’s so much to choose from, there’s time for both voting and a few critical incidents!

I’ve been musing on “Freedom” over the past month and these thoughts popped out, which I am hop”ing to explore further at The Critical Incident:

Watch your will, it usually isn’t yours; look behind it and then behind again for a whiff of a motive”

When you learn to will your motive in real time, then, and only then, are you free”

I believe freedom isn’t about having choice. Freedom is being able to make choices that are socially and self-aware in real time.”

Freedom sometimes involves realising that the apparently rational is a heavy curtain obscuring the light from the intuitive Real.”

You don’t need to let go of the past; but you might need to take hold of it.”

Sometimes when we chain ourselves to some railings, we give ourselves the freedom to be chained.”

Freedom isn’t what you can do. Freedom is what you choose to will by willing your choosing.”

The notion of freedom is irritating to a lot of people, who fear the concept so much that they experience a discussion of it as an attack on what little freedom they actually possess.”

“Originality is what’s left over at the beginning”

“The original palette now is a thing of fear for many people, whose own palette is made from the broken pictures of cliche and repetition. Originality in today’s creative realm can still be beauitful and awesome, but tends to be defined as the original re-combination of already existing pictures, rather than the creation of something out of raw, pure, primary colour”

Looking forward to meeting you all on May 6th!

March 20th 2010

Is everything unoriginal? Can we experience freedom if every breath we take is now simply a rehash of breaths already taken? Is freedom now about making new pictures out of the broken or whole remains of already made pictures or can our original palette of primary colours still produce something not only truly new, but also something that creates an involuntary laugh of freedom? Yes, an involuntary laugh of freedom. Do our rare moments of freedom now surprise us, a thrill of something new found inside or outside of us?

Critical Incident, I hope, will consider freedom from many different perspectives. But is the whole enterprise doomed from the start? Is there really nothing new under the sun – a quote that predates us by a few millennia or more anyway?! I’ve recently sensed an irritation in some that one should even consider the question of freedom at all. Will there be a healthy kind of irritation at Critical Incident 2010? Will there be any Eureka! Moments? If we break through, what will we break through to? A reflection, projection, or something utterly new?

February 9th 2010

The programme is already beginning to full up and we haven’t even formally announced the event yet! So much for Facebook being a damp squib (I still think it is, despite over a hundred people saying they are already coming.) I think social media commitment, such as creating events pages on Facebook or Ning, are flakey at best. However, a Facebook page is a good informing tool so we use it, as it can be quite dynamic.

We’ll continue to be paper-minimal and I think the flyers, if we have any, will be little business cards again!

Anyway, about freedom. I’m excited about what other experimental activities will come in. We’ve just had a proposal for an event on “Embodied Freedom”, whatever that is. I wonder if it will also cover “dis-embodied freedom”, in which case we’ll have to ensure no strange substances are brought into the venue, nor clairvoyants.

January 19th 2010

A critical incident is an event in the biography of an individual, group or organisation that is viewed by that individual, group or organisation to have a significant impact – be it psychological, emotional or behavioural.

The psychological or cognitive impact of a critical incident has the potential to:

– change or reinforce the way people think about something;

– change or reinforce a mindset or attitude towards something;

– fundamentally affect what is deemed by individuals or be correct or logical in a certain situation;

– raise deep questions in individuals, groups, and organisations;

– induce breakdown in currently held thoughts and theories.

The emotional or affective impact of a critical incident has the potential to:

– change or reinforce feelings of sympathy or antipathy (like or dislike, love or hate) for something;

– induce an emotional high or low in a person, group or organisation (possibly creating a state of bliss or deep depression);

– surface emotions and feelings that have remained hidden or suppressed;

– induce breakdown in currently held emotions, engendering either self-praise or self-criticism;

The behavioural or “active” impact of a critical incident has the potential to:

– ignite or depress the will to act in individuals, groups and organisations;

– induce experimentation in new behaviours, reinforce current behaviours or set in motion destruction of current behaviours;

– demotivate or enhance motivation.

Critical incidents can happen to us in a way we cannot control. For example, we are told by a doctor we have a serious illness, which forces us to fundamentally reassess our lives, our beliefs, and our priorities. Or we suddenly discover we have a distant relative who has just died and who has left us a large fortune in their will. There may be critical incidents over which we have some control. For example, we deliberately put ourselves in a position of risk in order to achieve a goal, such as climbing a high mountain or we may find ourselves struggling to keep a relationship together, involving hard choices and addressing feelings and behaviours.

Sometimes critical incidents are not realised as such until after they have occurred, sometimes many years after: “I realise now, all of these years later that what she said to me marked a turning point in my life”.

January 12th 2010

With a theme as broad and compelling as “Freedom”, this year’s event promises to challenge and stimulate!

A few questions to ponder…

Is freedom compromised by tiredness? A lot of people report a kind of gnawing tiredness these days associated with having “too much choice”, of being buried under piles of wires, upgrades, social networks, texts and mobile ringtones? Are we more or less free when we are weighed own with information or technology overload. On the other hand, is generation Y (the emerging tech-savvy new generation) leading with way with new strategies and approaches to the info-age that unlock and release freedom in those who know how to truly inhabit and move in the virtual world?

Are we now just artists using a palette made from the part-pictures of other people, of the media, of advertising, and of repetitive exposure to the same images, sounds and even thoughts and feelings? Do we have any authentic access to an original palette of primary colours any more and, even if we do, do we know how to use it?

Is unfreedom actually a healthful state – isn’t it ok, relaxing and stress-free even, to be at lease semi-programmed by the “system”? Or is the stress or perhaps excitement of unknowing, of emergence of spontaneity, more desirable and healthful in the long run?

What are your Critical Questions on the theme of freedom that you might bring to the event?

January 8th 2010

The web site is updated! Critical Incident Brighton 2010 is up and running, with the contributors’ page and online reservation already in place, way before the Brighton Festival Fringe’s own booking has even closed for events! This year’s theme is a simple yet demanding one: “Freedom”. We hope to explore the notion of freedom, not just in the “face to face” world but also the world of cyberspace – the online (un?)reality. Are we free ? What is freedom? Is freedom denied us by mass production and mass society? Are we now all cliche? “I believe freedom isn’t about having choice. Freedom is being able to make choices that are socially and self-aware in real time. “ So say I on my Facebook profile page. I struggle with my own freedom and seek to be original. Is an original palette even possible these days? I’m looking forward to seeing what sessions will be offered this year to address this theme.

August 25th 2009

Mark Trezona and Martyn Duffy had us all, literally, captivated by White Man’s Burden. Described by Chris Hislop of FringeReview as “theatre at its absolute best”, we were part of a critical incident. It was stirring to see a piece of theatre that truly engaged and The Melting Pot, Edinburgh, was a perfect venue for the many activities what were Critical Incident Edinburgh 2009. Particular highlights for me were Trevor Scales’ very zen-like improvisation session as well as Chris Hislop’s session about creating soundscapes in presentation and performance. Over 50 people came to this smaller scale event (than Brighton) and I look forward to our return in 2010. One insight: being in the now sometimes requires, ironically, being prepared to prepare our playfulness.

May 21st 2009

Over twenty events,and 110 plus people made this year’s Brighton event a genuine critical incident in its own right. Feedback so far has been non-collusive and very positive.

I wish a few more session leaders had stayed the whole day and been more influenced by the whole experience. Too many people still just “show up” and deliver. But it did all feel mostly new, zesty and experimental. What a group of people! Now, on to Edinburgh!

April 18th 2009

The programme is now full to overflowing; we’ve had to book extra space at the Phoenix Community Centre around the corner from the Phoenix Gallery. And a couple of last minute sessions are being squeezed in, one on finding your inner evil laugh! I’m hoping that Charles Davies will also be fitted in with something special from his engaging mind and approach.

We’ve also put up an interactive programme on a WordPress-based site here.

Feeling optimistic, as bookings are already coming in!

March 5th 2009

The line-up isnow nearly full! Yippee! Have been musing on improvisation today, which forms a part of Critical Incident 2009. Really glad to see Paul Z Jackson and Belina Raffy of the Applied Improvisation Network bringing a session using masks.

When we become too “haunted” or influenced by our past – our habits and learned attitudes and behaviours can become standardised responses to present situations, and also the way we imagine the future. These standardised responses often have, at their basis, a motive to keep us physically, emotionally and/or spiritually “safe”. The past can therefore keep us safe. However, it can also stifle innovation, original,, “new” responses. Improvisation is essentially a process that involves pro-acting in the present. When we are past-influenced, we cannot pro-act as easily, as we find ourselves reacting to present situations by taking TIME (which can be moments) to find a past response that will serve us well in the present situation. This can often be sub-conscious.

Improvisation attempts to create a blank canvas; the paint brushes are clean, the water clear, the inspirational imaginations are new, and come from the now, not from pre-formed historical images.

Improv games can often act as a kind of “switch” that tries to turn off the past-based reactions, to not give them time, but putting us in the “Moment” through activities that require reactions that are so immediate to us that they become “proactions”. Proactions do not reach behind very far, they reach forward, using present based action to “pro”-act into the future.

One reflection on my use of the word “Haunt”. The idea that, when we attempt to be improvisational, we have to overcome the “ghosts” of past habits and attitudes that “haunt” our attempts at clear, present-mindedness, leads me to see improvisation as a method of exorcism.

March 5th 2009

The line-up is looking very diverse and exciting with new sessions coming in thick and fast. I think 30 events over 4 parallel spaces looks about right with a mix of workshops, discussions, performance and small group conversation. Chris Tero is back with Amy and a new Creative Buffet and I hope that people looking to use this year’s “downturn” as a genuine creative opportunity to think some new thoughts, feel some new feelings, and do some new things.

Recessions can be a time of innovation and invention, not just survival. I hate the word “turnaround” as it seems all about going backwards, looking behind, rather than really looking ahead. Though, paradoxically, the word “before” has a strange double meaning. Before can mean behind and ahead! I put my problems “before” (in front of) me. And I also reflect on the things that happened “before” the present situation came about (I look behind me). Perhaps Critical Incident is an opportunity to do both.

February 15th 2009

There has been a change since we conceived the themes for this year’s Critical Incident, and the themes seem to me to be more relevant than ever.

Science – is the dominate paradigm of materialistic, reductionist science really delivering sustainability in our world, and is spirituality really just a mind-created metaphor as we all head inexorably (have always wanted to use that word) towards atheism? Is spontaneity now only alcohol fuelled or can we be “In the moment” and awake? Are our senses slowly falling into wretched contentment and are we really becoming “comfortably numb?”. What doom-mongering this sounds. I hope the Critical Incident really explores this from lots of different points of view and experience.

January 30th 2009

Finishing the web site for Critical Incident 4; at the Phoenix again and Caffe Moksha, as well as Jew Street. Sessions are already coming in and I want this year to get to grips with the wretched contentment and shift into partial wretchedness that the recession is bringing. Is there good in suffering. Do we have to suffer in order to grow, or can’t we just innovate? Isn’t that the challenge of the age? To find innovations as alternatives to suffering?

January 1st 2009

Remembering back to Critical Incidents at Edinburgh 2008; the Cheese Films, in particular and the debate on critiquing. The Cheese films were all about the dangers of honest responses. Is the price of honesty really too high when it causes a pained reaction? And must critiquing always either be harsh or collusive. Where are the skills in honesty that cuts to the core, yet also supports like a good community?

Sunday 27th May 2008

Another terrific incident

Where to begin? Over 70 people on the day. Caffe Moksha and Phoenix worked very well as new homes for The Critical Incident. There was a buzz of thoughtfulness throughout the day. Glen Poole bounced around (literally) and the drop-in action learning was a small-group hit. We challenged a lot. Open Space does NOT need to fix itself in time and action learning does NOT require more than one meeting to be viable. And, of course, NO MA SHEEEEEEEE!

Sunday 27th April 2008

Is suffering necessary to creativity?

Earlier last year I went to the Cambridge Music conference which sounds stuffier than it actually is.

In fact, it was a conference on the theme of “suffering”. Many of the sessions focused on the Parzifal story, cast perfhapsmost famously into words by Wolfram von Eschenbach. So much of the arising discussion explored whether suffering is always necessary to human growth. In many story traditions, the “hero” is taken through a journey of suffering, a fall only to rise again (though sometimes to die in the process of striving). The dark night of the soul isa theme explored in so many art forms and stories.

In order to climb the “twelve steps” out of alcoholism (according to Alcoholics Anonymous) must we always fall to the very bottom. Must it always been the 12 steps or can we half fall and then just climb the top six? Many accounts of the 12-step program claim you have to reach rock bottom, to fundamentally admit to the reality of “I am an alcoholic” in order to successfully climb out of the pit into which you have fallen?

A speaker at the conference, one time Beirut hostage, Brian Keenan, described how, in the pit of despair and the daily emotional torture from his captors, he stumbled upon his “true self”, his inner light, his physically untouchable “free spirit”, which then extinguished much of the power his captors held over him. In his view, “suffering” was once framed differently. In earlier days, the suffering artist rarely truly starved – the storyteller’s value was recognised by the community and the bowl was always filled with some food. The “hermit” in India is often visited by the villages and given food and fuel. Community becomes a kind of legitimisation of suffering, as suffering of the artist or inner traveler is seen by the community as somehow fundamental to its own survival and growth. Superstition? Or something more tangible?

Is suffering necessary to the creative process? Do we need shadow to enjoy our light all the more? To come out of the wretched contentment- the numb mediocrity of the current age – must we make ourselves wretched? Or can we short cut out of wretched contentment, through some creative steps, directly into a state of real, deeper happiness or satisfaction? Must we always go downhill in order to then go uphill “properly”?

Is pain necessary to a longer term appreciation of joy? Must we cut off our ears in order to then realise how valuable our hearing was?

Monday 28th April 2008

A new session added to the programme from Chris Tero and Amy Barnes. Look’s every emergent and positively unplanned. I wonder if the practice of emergence is possible? Can we actually structure around an emergent process or does that undermine it? Amy and Chris are very much about minimal process allowing a “space” to be provided where emergent play and creativity can “happen”. Interesting and intriguing.

Tuesday 29th April 2008

Jack Martin Leith is joining me for an extra session on the 14th May which strays into “taboo” territory of daring to question the dogma of “Open Space Technology”. We are going to positively suggest some new development for this approach to spontaneous meeting and conferencing. I wonder if the creator, Harrison Owen will join in on Skype? Or even storm the walls?

Paul Levy Critical Incident

Feedback from Participants

Here’s come comments from last year….

Feedback from past Critical Incidents

“Thank you for another rich and rewarding feast of new ideas, nourishing and revitalising conversations and happy surprises. You make this an event like no other and it is hard to imagine our lives now without this annual watering hole to come to.
Here’s to the next year of our making and making things happen…”
Mark Trezona, Bridgebuilders

“It was fabulous”
Ros Barber, award-winning author of the Marlowe Papers

“fantastic day – thanks all”
Julia Kidd

“Helpful, valuable and enjoyable incident as well as critical.”
Marion Déprez, performer

“An absolute joy to be part of”
Doug Devaney, actor and writer

“Brilliant day,thank you.”
Santiago Sartorius

“I had a great day and met loads of lovely people”
Sarah Rossiter

“I had lots of fun playing”
Sonja Wirwohl

“A really stimulating day, some very powerful insights out of a couple of the sessions, and some wonderful conversations with people I hope will become friends. Brilliant.”
Strat Mastoris

“Thank you for the lovely conversations”
Jeff Olsen, teacher

“Really loved debate last and came away with lots of ideas from all the people who spoke to add to and fire and excite our own thinking about this subject. Thank you”
Mark Trezona, trainer and artist

“What a fascinating, informative and fun day.”
Tig Savage, voice teacher

“It was definitely critical and full of incident…I learnt a lot!
Joe Gill, games inventor and author

“It was a day full of fun, play, creativity and exploration. One of the very special events in Brighton, thank you”

Workshop participant

Some Critical Questions

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The theme for Critical Incident Brighton 2013 is: Alone, Together.

Do you feel you belong anywhere?

Do you have a lot of acquaintances, but few friends?

Would you trade your Facebook Friends for a few real, dependable ones?

Can we find new and vibrant connection online?

Are you more connected than ever, yet losing intimacy?

Do you feel more connected with your smartphone in your pocket?

Can you live without your connected devices?

Do you need to be “always on, always connected?”

Do you know how to enjoy being in your own space, alone with your own thoughts and feelings?

Are you looking for a job or career with more of a sense of connection?

Do you Tweet at the school gates when your children are seeking a bit of attention?

Do you recoil from the touch of others, especially those you don’t know?

How are you with eye contact?

Do you find it hard to be on your own?

Does humanity share some of its consciousness?

Is it possible to be selfish AND selfless at the same time?

Are you lost among your group or in your organisation?

Do you find yourself increasingly irritated with your irritations, or do you like them?

Are you addicted to the company of others?

Does instant messaging enrich or degrade your life?

Can you go for an hour without looking at your mobile phone?

Do you walk easily in the digital work realm?

Do you know how to find a natural high in a group or have you found connection through substances?

How do you develop through other people?

Do more people annoy you than please you?

Who could you call on right now, if you needed help or support?

Is Skype video or Facetime as good as meeting face to face? What is lost? Is anything gained?

How do we stand on the stage and connect with an audience?

Are you looking for more connection in your life?

How well do you know yourself? Have you mostly shaped your identity or have others?

What is your relationship with money?

Would you be happy to have your consciousness enhanced by robotic implants?

Would you like deeper connections with others in your life?

How well do you know your boss and your colleagues at work, and does it matter? Do you have to like each other?

When was the last time you were truly open with another person?

Do you have mostly similar kinds of friends? Who else would you like to connect with?

How do you deal with distraction? Can you give others your full attention when they need it?

Do you feel lonely? Do you want to do anything about it?

When was the last time you laughed in a group? Or cried?

Do you wish other people noticed you more? Do you wish your own senses were clearer and stronger?

Have you ever experienced synergy in a group – where we all seemed to be stronger and better together?

Do you wish to break away from dependency on another, or on others?

Are you frightened of being on your own? Are you frightened of committing to connection with another, or others?

Do you always end up on your own?

Are you frightened of dying alone?

Do you know how to get the best out of others, and how to be a “team player”

Does connection with other people in life or work tend to bring out the best or worst in you.

Do you have mostly on superficial relationships with others? Do you fear”deep”?

Do you know how to let go, and move on? Do you know how to take hold, and commit?

Are you commitment-phobic?

Do you find yourself in a lot of social situations, but you still feel apart and alone?

Are you gazing at the text on your phone, when you should be listening to the person in front of you?

Do you know how to get knowledge about yourself from being in dialogue with others?

When did you last start a conversation with a stranger? When were you last truly open to a conversation with a stranger?

Do you feel the world is a dangerous place, a place in which it is better to keep your head down?

Do you find it hard to get motivated at work? Have you lost your mojo?

Do you still feel connected to your childhood? Do you see a pattern in your life and a thread of purpose running into the future?

Do you socialise enough? Too much? In the right way? Are you recycling the same, familiar friends?

Could you be entirely alone if you needed to?

How well do you know yourself? How much does that matter to you?

Would you like to be having more meaningful conversations with others?

Are you replacing a lot of your physical, face to face connection, with online messaging and texting? Do you text when you should call? Do you call when you should meet?

Do you want to dive into the digital world and really experience “avatar” connection ?

Would you be happy to marry a lifelike robot?

Do you feel connected to nature? Does that bother you? Is it important to you?

Are you scared of growing old without having achieved anything? Are you realising your dreams? Is that important to you?

Where next? What next? Why next? How next? When next? Who next?