Aesthetic Language Cards
Aesthetic Language Cards
THIS ITEM IS A PRE-ORDER
This limited edition is available for pre-order (only). Copies of the Aesthetic Language Cards (English only, Spanish version coming 2020), can be pre-ordered now. Cards are expected to be delivered around November/December 2019.
Everyday life is both our arena for social change, and an enacted social art form. By every single choice we individually and collectively make, we are enacting and manifesting a certain social reality. The urgent question is, then, how do we make choices that contribute to healthier and more compassionate societies? In increasingly complex and difficult times, to rely on our body knowing and the simple fact of our presence seems a largely untapped potential for social systems transformation.
To be with one another implies a felt quality, which is mostly pre-verbal, subtle, and yet present. The Aesthetic Language Cards explore the notion of aesthetics in regards to social systems transformation, change, and social-choice making. We define aesthetics as including a. the visible structural composition of social groups (i.e. what we see), b. the relational quality (i.e. what it feels like to be with one another), and c. the deeper structure of awareness from which we, individually and collectively, operate, pay attention or attend to, and from – what our colleague and MIT Senior Lecturer Otto Scharmer calls “Source”.
This language is not offered to limit vocabulary. Instead, to spark generative discussions. An aesthetic language for social change can offer the basis for making visible system patterns, that can be acted upon, and intentionally attended to, or even transformed. It is our hope that it will help change practitioners, teams, or collective movements to refine the language used to describe social transformation. The refinement of both first person observation skills and language can lead to a deeper sense of understanding of our collective experiences and to powerful and creative engagements to creating healthy and compassionate societies.
The “Aesthetic Language” was intentionally designed to enrich individual reflection, after engaging in the Social Presencing Theater practice called the Village. It offers groups and individuals a basic language on social field shifts, from which they can initiate a reflective conversation. This can enable groups to deepen their collective sense-making, and gain clarity on how to apply the learnings revealed through the Village practice to their everyday life and work contexts. We also encourage you to experiment with using the cards adapting them to other Social Presencing Theater and Theory U practices.