Building Organizational Bodymind Operating Systems

In this course we will introduce the notion of operating system in the context of organizational management and personal development.

We will demonstrate how this analogy borrowed from the world of software development (along with the principles of agile development) can be very useful to build frameworks, systems, organizational principles (software),  which can then be applied to an organization or individual behavior (hardware).

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In this course we will introduce the notion of operating system in the context of organizational management and personal development.

You will learn the basic principles of self organization and how to apply structures that will help you move beyond binary/linear logic without falling into chaos.

We will demonstrate how this analogy borrowed from the world of software development (along with the principles of agile development) can be very useful to build frameworks, systems, organizational principles (software),  which can then be applied to an organization or individual behavior (hardware).

You will see multiple case studies of different operating systems based on experience based learning.

We will demonstrate the best practices from the already existing operating systems, such as holocracy, panarchy, art of hosting, theory of u and ∞OS, so you can use them as prototypes for you to build your own organizational / behavioral software.

We will make a particular focus on experiential understanding and habitual learning of the ideas that we propose through physical practice and embodiment of theoretical concepts. This will allow you to bridge the gap between the intellectual understanding and real implementation. We will also make extensive use of network theory, principles of agile development, and dynamical systems theory as the primary tools in our collective exploratory journey.

You will learn how to create an operating system, which is coherently designed towards fulfilling certain organizational and personal goals, as well as the different strategies you can use to implement this operating system and achieve the desired results.

Sample Session Schedule

Below is a sample schedule of the course. Usually each section takes from 1 to 4 hours and combines verbal/visual/sonic presentations, physical practice, and interactive group exercises.

Section 1 — ∞OS Bodymind Operating System

At the beginning of the session we will introduce the notion of an operating system and demonstrate how this metaphor can be applied as a framework to human behavior and what practical implications it may have.

The main idea here is to think of our habits, patterns of behavior, moral rules of conduct as a set of implicit functions that comprise our day-to-day operating system. Now that we start to have this approach, we can start hacking into our operating system seeing how we can rewire it in a different way, challenge ourselves, develop, and learn something new.

We will then introduce a specific example of a human operating system — ∞OS — along with its main principles. This OS and its principles will be introduced through physical practice, along with explanations and diagrams, so that the participants have a better understanding of how it works and have a first-hand experience of ∞OS in their bodies.

Section 2 — Software Development Techniques into Physical Metaphors

As we are talking about the operating systems, we also need to introduce various principles used in software development — such as Agile programming, Version Control, Unit Testing, and others.

We will demonstrate how they can be applicable in any context, also outside of programming, using concrete physical metaphors and interactive exercises from ∞OS.  Essentially, you will be experiencing what software development is but through your own body.

Section 3 — Transferability Principle

After the first two sections the participants will have a concrete experience of
a) thinking and acting in terms of an operating system;
b) extracting the principles and best practices  and translating them into physical metaphors;
c) creating a human operating system based on those principles;
d) deploying those principles in a simulated environment;

Section 3 will begin with an overview of the this process. The basic idea is to observe a certain way of doing things, extract the functional logic from it as well as the generalized principles at play, and to then see how they could be applied in your own practice.

We will proceed further by looking into the real world and observing the different implicit or explicit practices that exist out there with the goal of extracting their principles of operation and seeing how they could then be translated into a physical metaphor to be applied on the level of body interaction.

Section 4 — Social Operating Systems

We will move on to an overview of how various existing social operating systems work in more detail — from Holocracy and Panarchy to the Theory of U and Art of Hosting. In order to better understand their inner workings we will practice them using physical interactive exercises, to have a better grasp on them and to have a tangible physical experience of how they work.

We will make a particular focus on how those practices can be embodied and better understood through the medium of the body (both on the individual and collective level).

Section 5 — Defining One’s Own Operating System

In this section we will ask the participants to define their own operating system. They can work as individuals or in groups. The focus will be to define their current agenda and objectives as well as the methods and practices they currently use to fulfil this agenda and to realize those objectives. Every group/person will have some time to formulate their work/practice and to present it to the rest of the participants. We will then have a discussion to discuss and to have a feedback on our current way of doing things.

Section 6 — Operating System Update and Deployment through Transferability

Once the participants identified their operating systems and the principles they are based on we will invite them to choose one or a few principles from the already existing operating systems they reviewed in the previous session. We will then invite them to see how they could apply these principles into their own practice. To use the language of computer programming, we invite them to install an update or a patch into their current software and to see what implications and effects it has. The participants are also invited to choose the criteria they use to estimate the value of this update. For some it may be efficiency, for others it might be that they simply try something different, yet for the others it might even be criticism, which they face while integrating novel procedures into their current behavior.

Section 7 — Feedback Session

This is followed by a feedback session where the participants are invited to present their newly updated operating systems and to discuss them afterwards.

The training will help you to…

• Learn how various organizational operating systems work in order to apply them in practice or to build your own: allowing you to create frameworks of operation ready to be deployed in any environment or in your own behavior.

• See how you can apply some principles from agile and open-source software development to expand your understanding of collaborative work and organizational structures

• Have at your disposal first-hand experiential understanding of basic network theory concepts to help you think of interactions in a much more advanced way.

• Adopt the key principles – conductivity, adaptivity, variability, continuity, renewability – into day-to-day operations of your organization.

• Establishing a better dynamics within groups through body contact and installing processes that help groups to take better collective decisions

• Learn the playbook so that you can effectively drive work forward while exploring a new way to deal with conflicts, inspire collaboration and creativity

• Becoming more adaptive and relaxed in stressful situations,learning to turn them to your advantage.

• Transforming working approach, learning to resolve unnecessary tensions and impediments both in your own workflow or in your organization

• The implementation of highly effective and efficient operating principles which strengthen and improve group dynamics and flow.

• Use challenges and conflict situations to your organization’s advantage. You will learn how to use tensions to stabilize relations (both internal and external) or bring them towards the new equilibriums.

At the training, you will…

• Learn how to use various frameworks / operating systems for organizational management

• Learn to “program” your own operating system ready to be deployed at individual or organizational levels.

• Learn by playing! Apply various principles by simulating real life situations in organisations.. Practice to use real “tensions” to identify and fix gaps and process to evolve personal and  organizational work flow.

• As a group, you will reach a much more harmonious and relaxed state, opening yourself up to the new opportunities and enabling a more conducive working dynamics after.

• You will physically experience the basic principles of group formation through the prism of  network dynamics, in order to reach proficiency not only in the theoretical knowledge but also in  networking on the  reflexes level

• Get hands-on coaching and feedback from the coaches and your peers.

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