By Dr Bruce Copley
The application of Cogmotic principles and techniques in hundreds of organisations and with thousands of people of all ages, races, sexes, cultures and educational backgrounds throughout the world, has revealed the following. Carefully designed holistic experiences and challenges may be used to:
Elicit highly relevant insights, provide specific practice in useful skills, create an arena for individual and collective growth and change and encourage fresh new perspectives on old issues and problems. Something new is understood and/or something is newly understood. Because of the involvement of the whole person, participants take away a gut-level imprint and feel of what they know intellectually – holistic intelligence and thinking are an integral part of this process.
Participants become skilled at process management and frequently develop a common language for confronting issues and problems such as "time for a process break" or "lets ABC this one". By risking physical and emotional vulnerability such as exposing one's awkwardness in new situations and disclosing feelings, participants invest significantly and reap marked returns in confidence, self-esteem, openness and communication.
Because of the varied nature of holistic experiences, participants become acutely aware that individual differences are resources. A holistic experience ensures powerful mental pictures embodying emotionally charged insights and reminders. Within the group context, participants learn how to give and receive action-oriented feedback, tap into the collective creativity of the team, develop effective support networks, renew the team through celebration and humour and manage conflict resourcefully. The impact of holistic learning is usually so profound that participants find it extremely difficult if not impossible to explain to others what they have learned and experienced.
In keeping with holistic principles Cogmotics continues to grow and evolve in ways which consistently surprise everyone within its sphere of influence. It is the product of many bright minds, warm hearts and willing spirits that are dedicated to finding answers to the following questions:
Where is the love we have lost in learning?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in education?
Where is the wisdom we have lost in information?