The Proteus Initiative

approaching an ecology of consciousness

We work with all aspects of social change – consulting, facilitating, writing, teaching. We strive to bring together a sensibility for, understanding of, and practice towards the relationship between ecological wholeness and social coherence and healing. Enabling people to stretch their processes of inner and outer development to greater edges and depths; this is the foundation for socially responsive and life-supporting practices.

This innovative approach to Reflective Social Practice can be taken further by undertaking a postgraduate training up to and including Masters level, to see more about this go to proteusschool.org.uk.

New Exciting Project!
The Proteus Initiative and Friends is currently working on a new venture - a website called The School for Reflective Social Practice. This site is being designed in order to be an interactive learning and meeting space for all those interested in a Goethean Reflective Social Practice. We look forward to unveiling this site soon!

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  • The Proteus Initiative around the globe in 2018
In January 2018, The Proteus Initiative invites you to join a workshop in Israel:
The power of observation as a tool for social change - a practical workshop
An Organic Approach to Social Activism Workshop by Allan Kaplan and Sue Davidoff
Harduf Israel, Thursday - Saturday 18-20 January 2018, to read the full brochure, please click HERE

In February 2018, The Proteus Initiative will be offering two workshops in Portugal:
ARTISTAS DO INVÍSIVEL - A CAMINHO DE UMA NOVA PRATICA DE MUDANÇA, FACILITADO PELA PROTEUS INITIATIVE. Encontro Formativo de 1 a 4 de Fevereiro de 2018, Loulé, Algarve. Para ler o folheto completo, clique aqui.

A Delicate Activism - An invitation Towards a Practice that is Alive. 6 to 10 February 2018 (full days), Monte da Mariposa - Algarve, Portugal
The RECIFE and The Emergence Network, in collaboration with ARISE Education, are pleased and thrilled to invite you to come and join us on the course, "A Delicate Activism – An Invitation Towards a Practice that is Alive", that we are hosting in the south of Portugal, from the 6th to the of February 2018. For further information and to view the full brochure, please click HERE.

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Having spent the last weeks, through the turning of the year, in mountain wilderness, our eyes, on returning to the highways that run through rural land on their journey to the city, are differently attuned.
At one point we must stop amidst a row of vehicles queuing on account of road works, and my eyes saunter over the surrounding fields. The highway, and our queue of cars, are ambushed by a grain monoculture that spreads relentlessly to the horizon on all sides, turning the landscape of rounded hills into a barrenness of functionality. Already the wildness within which we have lived these last weeks is being banished. My eyes scan the fields with a rising despair; then, suddenly, I spy vestiges of wilderness vegetation, scattered remnants of mountain plant life, still remaining but confined now to narrow strips of diversity running between the monopolies of fields and grains and fences. The landscape of commodification dominates the space so entirely that I have to adjust my seeing even to notice the wild plant life that borders some of the fields. My heart lurches – there, scattered, humiliated, the last of the once proud tribe of wild mountain vegetation breathes in the fumes of pesticides and diesel. We have been living amongst their brethren who still remain in their inaccessible mountain, amongst the limpid waters of streams and light-drenched summits of stone. Now my heart shakes again as the row of cars gears and revs into moving onward once more, and we with it; as we move through the gears, the remnants of scattered wild, refugee now in what was once its home, disappear entirely. In spite of myself, my own seeing is getting lost in the blurring of the way.

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Turning and turning in the widening gyre
   
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
   
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
   
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
 
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
   
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
   
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
   
Are full of passionate intensity.

                                                                            The Second Coming
                                                                             William Butler Yeats
                                                                   (1865-1939)


It is not difficult to feel deep despair as we gaze upon the world we currently inhabit. Failure is all around us – nationally and globally. Institutions, governments, international bodies are somehow failing to meet the growing world crisis at social, political, economic and environmental levels. It’s as if the unprecedented unravelling of our humanity is neither seen nor acknowledged in its enormity. Monstrous impositions of dehumanising and devivifying policies and practices rage throughout the world, and what we witness is extraordinary pictures of human suffering and growing uncertainty, where Yeats’ words take on a particular power and energy; more pertinent to these times than he ever might have imagined!

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The Proteus Initiative brings a Goethean phenomenology to bear on processes of social and environmental change. This means, amongst many other things, that we emphasise observation, the art of paying attention, not just as a means for understanding situations but also as a specific approach towards facilitating change in complex situations. There are many senses employed in the process of observation (not to mention a disciplined imagination), and Goethe noted that “every phenomenon rightly perceived opens a new organ of perception”. Clearly observational rigour develops the practitioner as much as it provides insight for appropriate approaches to specific situations.