WE-SPACE Open Space (aka Keep the Beat!)

An online videoconference call, currently held bi-weekly on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month.  Vihra Dincheva and Andrew are your two  co-hosts.

Recently we’re working with a Simple Presencing Practice which we’ve been finding both exciting and valuable. Please read this short piece to see if it’s something you’re comfortable trying.

The time is 1pm Eastern, 6pm UTC (in the UK) and 7pm CET (Berlin). Sign up at the top right to be on the mailing list and receive the link to the call.

WE-SPACE Open Space  is held the 2nd and 4th  Thursday’s of each month. We often use the Simple Presencing Practice. Sixty minutes! Hope you can join in!

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There are groups with particular purposes and goals. This group is simply open to what happens when people of good will come together and tune in to what is emerging in the space between them, the words that want to be spoken, the acknowledgments that want to be made. What’s emerging in the moment? We get to be with our own truths – the ones that are alive in the moment rather than book learning or things from away – and to share them if we wish to.

Sometimes there are experiments. We’re the ones responsible for what happens.

How much truth  do you want to share and what is worth sharing anyway? What helps?

Meet some new people, get some sense of what is possible. Take a risk. Or sit quietly.

What are you going to do today with your one precious life?

Payment

How will we negotiate the fee for our exchange? We’d like to propose that you choose a self-determined fee that feels right for you. This is not because we don’t value what we do. Choose an amount that feels like you are making a real commitment that reflects my own commitment, and that respects your financial situation.

Giving gives you a chance to practice generosity and gives us a chance to feel the feeling of gratitude. By completing the exchange, you join the lineage of giving and receiving that we’ve received from my mentors and people we’ve worked with. We trust that our work together will help you help others in a way that nourishes you and others, making the circle grow.

You can contribute to both Vihra and Andrew by paypal here.

We hope to see you soon!

 

6 Comments

  1. Hi Andrew and Virha,
    thanks so much for arranging these calls, which are always an adventure, never knowing what will turn up, either in the group or myself.

    It gives me an important perspective on me. Since I am with me all the time, I tend to see myself as rather fixed. But interacting with others always brings up new parts of myself, and helps to open me to others opinions, and ways of seeing. Very valuable. Thanks again, Anna

  2. I have learned to manage my silence (at times) and try only intervening if I am confident I am doing it consciously. I am not always successful, but that is my journey.

    I observed and felt the warmth of the welcome I received, some verbal, and some of it visual, a smile, a friendly wave and it was collectively beautiful and genuine. When silence developed, I felt the difference between the recent Here and Now circle i joined, where participants expressed, their anxiety and yes some fear, in the silence, but not last night. I felt held, safely and securely and then the silence itself was named and concern was expressed for those who were silent – beautifully and intuitively caring, yet seemingly challenging. Like those who have jumped into a pool, encouraging others to join them!

    I became conscious of not being able to hold in my mind all that was being said, and although a recording was being taken, I started to jot down notes on key words, some sentiments, and perhaps my senses. This was to assist myself, and not intended to intrude on others contributions or emotions. When I revealed what i had done, i felt unsure how some might have received that news and wondered if i was misjudging the valence, or simply reflecting my sensitivity or insecurity.

    Today, on reflecting, I decided to complete the task of creating the “wordle” I had began. this is not intended to represent a comprehensive list or minutes etc, simply a gentle reflection of our journey, in conversation, in silence, in community. In this society, it seems community, silence and safety are more important than ever.

    i am not easily recognised as a creative individual, but i feel there is something in this to be proud of, for it represents – for me at least – that our journey began, was participated by others, and seemed at all times safe.

    So i share it with you, as my gift to each of you, in exchange for the time and love you offered me last evening. I truly hope you do not find it offensive, intrusive, disappointing or anything other than a gift, you can accept, receive or dismiss, whenever.

    I want to thank each of you, but particularly Andrew and Vihra, for holding us, so beautifully.

    Oh and one last question, in accepting the invitation to extend the invitation to others, might i share this invitees? Please do not feel afraid to say No. For this is ours, not a branding or label.

    Until the next time – soon i trust.

  3. As an avid fan of Vihra and Andrew’s work in the generative conversation ecosystem, I wholeheartedly recommend taking advantage of the opportunity, whenever presented to join them in their We Space explorations.

    It is a space where one and all are welcome, honored and invited to co-create and share an experience of safety, trust, caring, attentiveness, acceptance, and acknowledgment; and, be given an opportunity to contribute without expectation, demand, pre-requisite or limitation.

    They inspire and enact what the future of how we as human beings can connect, share and be together here and now. A very rare and special place to pull up a chair, sit together and share a virtual cup.

  4. This kind of listening with exploitative and generative input in a discussion is awesome.

  5. It is very difficult to put an experience into words. In this group I felt welcomed, accepted without condition and held with compassion, whilst at the same time feeling that I could support others in the same way.

    Stepping into the unknown with no agenda and finding a rich rewarding experience was awesome.

    The silence says as much as the words. Silence is undervalued.

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