Engaged Processwork - What for?

Engaging the world from a place of conscious social value

Gaining Ownership of the Process

The perception of choice enables personal and collective responsibility. The false, binary, lens affords us only a stark choice, fuelling populist notions that impel us to feed the monster, the ‘strong man’, with our power. This is an important concept that we return to again and again: freedom and responsibility are tied to the choices we can perceive.

How do we manage the tension between our knowing and not knowing ? How do we perceive the growing uncertainty and the unknown? For example, we do not know what turbulence climate change will bring. We do not know how the digital space will impact on our jobs.

In the transition to an unknown, one of our tasks is to listen to all the voices. From there, we can discern the contours of the emergent that we are following.

Engaged Processwork

Engaged Processwork creates a space in which radical solutions can emerge. The phrase was first coined by Timmy Myers of Switzerland who, in many ways, has provided the impetus to the Deep Democracy Forum to focus on actively ‘going out and engaging with a particular

context: an environment or community’.


Engaged Processwork offers a potential for each one of us to bring the unspoken, hidden context to the forefront. It is about paying attention to context over personality. Today, populism seems to give greater voice to large personalities. When some individuals get given a megaphone to project their voices and others do not have a voice, what is marginalised is the context which amplifies certain personalities and levers them into positions of power.

The goal of process is to follow the prοcess. The outcome we seek by practising Engaged Processwork & Deep Democracy is increased ownership of the process, i.e. increased awareness that each of us has choices laid out by the process itself.

Who Gets Access

Access is mainly for the voices which are not as vocal, or which are soft-spoken and often unheard. By allowing each voice a time and space to be heard using Deep Democracy tools, Engaged Processwork attempts to some extent to redress this imbalance between context and personality. For more on, see blog post Why Deep Democracy.

In short, democracy is likely evolving. From the vote to freedom of speech and, then, to all voices being heard. There is so much to

unpack in this as regards how power and relationships affect our ability to listen and be heard. For more on, see blog post Workings of Rank and Relatedness.

Bottoms Up

Engaged Processwork brings ordinary people in a community together rather than leaving community activists or social activist warriors to act alone.

Disentangling the ‘inner’ from the ‘outer’

When the uncomfortable thing within us is thrown out onto the outer world around us, our relationships get messy.

Engagement in civic organisations within societies, clubs and unions, are opportunities to nurture and reinforce trust, norms and networks. Encouraging the development of social capital can be an integral step in

promoting community empowerment at the same time as disentangling the ‘inner’ and the ‘outer’. Taken together, these are important resources for the maintenance of a healthy society.

The goal of Engaged Processwork is to follow the communal process as it becomes visible and to nurture and reinforce trust, new norms and networks where, perhaps, these have been previously undermined.


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