How Do We Support Transformation – Without Using the Word “Teal”? (IEC 2016 Preview)

 By Mathias Weitbrecht for Enlivening Edge Magazine
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Change is complex, especially the one to Teal. It is not fully graspable mentally and using words. And still we wish meaningful change that lasts and that involves people with heart, mind and soul.

This is what the Teal Track at the Integral European Conference is about. As a visitor at hundreds of conferences, I know: most such events have no (or only poor) documentation in place. Even if they do, that documentation mostly consists of very abstract textual minutes or linear Powerpoint.

The “harvest” of such an event comes to life when facilitated through a participatory process, and when visualized in color, symbols and stories, they start to work on mind, heart and soul. They start to become tangible, sense-able and are fun. And the future can be experienced before it happens.

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I believe that this is especially useful when it comes to generating something valuable for those outside the Integral or Teal community—embracing those who do not know what “Teal” is and whom you absolutely can not reach using such jargon language.

I and my team of 20 at Visual Facilitators do this: Working with high potentials in completely normal Blue, Orange, or Green organizations—and bringing in the spark of Integral using the simple, impactful bridge that visualization is.

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This is touching, and is sustainable. It is the highest art. It is what we can make use of when addressing the challenges ahead of us personally, in our organizations, and in the world.

I will document IEC’s Teal Organizations Track using live visualization (graphic recording), both the track as such, as well as some selected other track sessions. Be curious! All visual results will be visible in real-time at the conference; the IEC team will share the visuals on site as well as via social media. 

mathias_weitbrecht_portrait_2013_photo-by-tom-soloIn his life, Mathias Weitbrecht has reinvented himself twice, changing careers and bringing forth his experience into new purposes. Today he is an integral facilitator specializing in visualization, working with a team of 20 from Hamburg, Germany. He is author of the book “Co-Create! Das Visualisierungsbuch”. Come and meet him at IEC’s Teal Track!  @integralia @visfacs
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