Team SUI 4 preparing for Cape Town

Our students of Team SUI 4 who are currently in their second year at the KaosPilots are preparing for their Outpost in South Africa. They will spend the time from February to May in Cape Town, together with 38 students of the Danish KaosPilots who are in their second year, too.

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What is the Outpost?

During the fourth semester – out of 6 semesters during KaosPilots – the students are moved somewhere else in the world for 3 months to apply their acquired skills on project and process design in an unfamiliar cultural and social environment.

Working with real clients and projects, they (from Danish and Swiss schools) will create an organization that helps them serve their clients’ needs. Each Oupost is unique, emerging along its own path.

Through a diversity of contents, the projects aim to create value and impact upon collaborations: amongst students in project groups, with project partners and local communities in Cape Town.

The intentions of the Outpost can be summarized in 3 purposes:

  • Cultivate your craft: cultivating enterprise leadership combining the competences related to subject, action, relationship and change. And creating value in the context of a specific situation;
  • Collaborate & co-create value: create value with and for other people;
  • Navigate complexity & ambiguity: cultivate essential leadership competence of sensemaking and essential virtues such as lightness, openness, courage and patience.
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The 3 purposes of the Outpost

Why Cape Town?

Cape Town has been the base for the Outpost in the last 5 years due to its diversity, energy, culture and potential to create meaningful collaborations with local organizations and interesting people in the city.

These years simply convinced us there is much to learn from the initiatives and people of Cape Town who have been creating a new reality for the city.

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The farewell party of a previous Outpost in Cape Town, South Africa

From fibre to fabric

The Outpost 2017 is themed “From fibre to fabric“, as analogy to celebrate the cultural diversity in Cape Town, whose social fabric is made of many diverse fibres that bring a new set of unique traits if woven together.

We will surely keep you updated of what we do during the Outpost! See you in Cape Town!

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Tibetan football team: an inspiring story of a Kaospilot

Do you know that the Tibetan Football Team was revived by a Kaospilot? It was in 1997 when the Danish Michael Nybrandt got the idea to revive the national football team in Tibet. Since the regime of Mao Tsetung and the Chinese Cultural Revolution, football in Tibet was reduced to a mere amateur league.

It is an incredible story of a young KaosPilot who had two deep desires: to play football and to change the world somehow. Michael brought his two passions together and founded the Tibetan Football National Team.

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Before he started his education at the KaosPilots, he had a dream while on a bicycle adventure on Tibet that he was the manager of Tibetan national football team. Tibet isn’t recognized as independent state and the country didn’t even have any football team at that time.

As a KaosPilot he managed to overcome many obstacles and barriers to start this amazing project organizing one match with the Tibetan Football Team’s manager Karma Ngodup in Dharamsala (India, where is the home of Tibetan government-in-exile) to select the players who would represent Tibet internationally and be trained by the coach Jens Espensen.

In 2000, when the selection of players for Tibet had taken place, there was no internet connection yet. The contact and communication was only possible by fax and by phone calls. Anyway, Michael decided to go for this idea.

As Tibet is not recognized as a state, there were political and practical challenges along the way. Only to organize a football match! As shown in the documentary The Forbidden Team, it was a long journey with a lot bureaucracy to provide the travel documents and visa to go to Denmark, where happened the first match against Greenland.

From the selection of players until the match against Greenland, there were obstacles and refusals to play a match against Tibetan team regarding political interests, difficulties regarding visa and travel documents, practical challenges such as the lack of proper training infrastructure. Difficulties that in the end were overcome with the attitude, to allow dreams to come true; from the darkness to the light.

What is the essence of Michael’s project? It’s not about fighting against a political regime (Tibet is currently under Chinese control), it’s just about having the chance to play football, having the freedom to do what you like to do as human being. And that’s what makes an individual adventure a universal story to inspire people.

After the documentary The Forbidden Team, Michael has published a powerful graphic novel on this adventure: Dreams in Thin Air.

Michael Nybrandt will be at the KaosPilots school in Bern. In a public storytelling event on Sunday, 23rd October, 2016 he will be sharing his story and give insights into his inspiring journey. The event will happen from 16:30 h to 19:15 h.
Entrance fee is CHF 20, for students CHF 10. Confirm your presence by signing up with an e-mail to fly@kaospilots.ch.

PS: You can also check Michael’s interview for the KaosPilots in Denmark about how he made his dream come true.

How can martial art be love?

Written by Sam Nuesch 

If you would watch a class of Aikido with the KaosPilots you would see a bunch of freaks rolling and crawling on the ground, then doing some breathing – into the belly, the chest and reverse, active, passive to maybe spend some time rolling over each other after having been pushed around.

What should this be good for?

Doing some sports doesn’t seem to be a bad idea – but why Aikido though?

Ultimately Aikido is love” – this is what Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei, the founder of Aikido insisted on. But how can martial art be love?

Here’s a perspective: take some time to reflect your experience. How do you feel when you feel love – when you love life, love you just being, love what you sense, see and hear, love the people, the beings and everything else around you? Would you agree that it’s a kind of harmony, a deep relaxation and connectedness?

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Master Dragisa Jocic in action. Picture from Aikido Schule Bern.

This is where this path is pointing to. This is the practice in the dojo. We aim to relax and breathe in “stressful” situations, under “attack”, in confusion to calm down and center, keep your balance and move with what is. And still we keep our intention – on love. We are going for unity with what we usually call our adversary, be it a person, a situation or a feeling – like pain.

That’s how it comes that every KaosPilot smiles hearing the legendary Dragisa reminding us again: “Enjoy the pain!”

And we know, the dojo is not just that physical space with some mats on the ground. The dojo is our life! KaosPilots practice love.

Can you see now parallels being a project leader/changemaker/entrepreneur and practcing Aikido?

Below, a snippet of the Master Dragisa Jocic, from Aikido Schule Bern.

How can we use money as a tool for consciousness?

What is money really? What’s the real weight of money for our business, ideas and dreams?

We use money to pay bills, groceries, meet our daily needs, etc. But what is our relationship with money really? When have you last observed your relationship with cash? How to include money to help in our growth? How can money help us become more conscious? How can we use money as a tool for growing consciouness?

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What is your definition of money? Is it a form of exchange or a necessary evil? What do you believe it is?

Interestingly, many of us have been brought up to ideas about money that don’t fit our goals, dreams and ambitions well; it’s a big challenge to bring the relationship with money into awareness, to notice where we react, what we have to claim and embody a new understanding in order to meet our needs according to circumstances we face.

Good questions to surface our beliefs can be:

Are you having fun with money? How responsible are you with money?

What about the people around you?

How do they react when finances don’t go well?

Do they panic?

Do they enjoy it?

Do we need to be serious with money?

Have you ever imagined about expanding your capabilities with and without money?

If you associate a positive quality to money, probably you associate your feeling of being enough/complete/secure/whatever you feel…to the fact of having money. What’s your feeling behind money?

How do you neutralize the feeling(s) you have towards money?

And what about if you associate money with negativities?

How can you feel good having this negative feeling(s) associated to money?

 

Or look at the beliefs you are discovering about cash and finances. For example you may hold a belief:

To get what you want, you need money.

To earn money, you need to work hard.”

And maybe you will find under this logic, that money is a compensation for a sacrifice, for a work you don’t love to do.

But…did you really do what you want to do after you have made a specific amount of money? Do you feel you are having enough (money)?

What we are learning and practicing at the KaosPilots – this week with a teaching from Peter Koenig, money researcher from Zürich, is that what we really want is to live our lives and do the things we love with and without money. And each of us needs to find out what we need and want for our dreams to be implemented. And pay attention to the relationship with money, but not running after it only. That is simply stressful. As Peter Koenig expressed from his 35 years of research on the topic:

In the end, you can have either pleasure or agony, both in credit or in debt“.

So a simple exercise you can do is this: imagine yourself being dead right now and ask yourself the question “what is my life about?“. What would really matter for you after your whole life?

As entrepreneurs we need to explore our relationship with resources and money and go deep below the surface, otherwise it becomes a force that runs our lives. And that is not what we want.

Interesting exhibition on “Money“ from Stapferhaus Museum in Lenzburg: www.stapferhaus.ch.

How improvisation techniques can help on teamwork?

Life flows without any script and in our daily lives we face challenges out of our control. Impro techniques are quite often used outside the artistic contexts in order to help on solve problems creatively, develop communication skills and boost team-building, as they reveal insights on team members’ thoughts, feelings, relationships and behavior.

A team can work and succeed in many different ways. The same principles apply for how to work with impro techniques, there are lots of options and it’s necessary to pay attention to which ones fit best to a team context. It’s not about a one-solution-fits-all, it’s about training to face challenges going with the flow.

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Frank Renold in one of his works at Kaospilots Switzerland

We at Kaospilots Switzerland, for example, have worked with the actor Frank Renold using several impro theater techniques. Below, we share a video working with the “Ball-Game” (unfortunately, we didn’t record our Ball-Game while enjoying it), just an example of a tool to exercise our attention, our presence as individuals and as a team while playing memorizing 2, 3, 4 or more keywords when throwing the balls with the team members.

Curiously, Barcelona Football Club’s teamwork remembers the same principles with the so called tiki-taka, where most of all the performings happen just at the moment. It looks quite simple watching the players passing the ball from one to another, however, it requires a high degree of teamwork and synchronicity. That’s the same for impro techniques.

Do you have an experience with impro techniques? Feel free to share with us!

Are you ready to start your own company?

Written by Matti Straub-Fischer, coach and headmaster at Kaospilots Switzerland

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New Business is a a mastery training program with 9 modules over 1 year

 

Starting your own company gives you freedom to do what you love. It also gives you the responsibility to create something that has deep meaning for yourself and for others.

So what is meaningful for you? What do you believe in your heart is needed in this world and what will strengthen our communities? What helps us to be more in balance within ourselves and with each other and with Nature and the Universe all around us? Write down what you see is needed in your world as it will give you the scope of your next adventure as an entrepreneur.

The next question is: What are your gifts and your talents? What do you love to contribute with when meeting with others? What do you want to do all day long? Create a map of all your gifts and let this be your inspiration source for dreaming your new business alive.

And last but not least: What is needed to create a business that is both attractive, healthy and strong – sustainable in all its aspects?

We have learnt over the last 20 years of training entrepreneurs, KaosPilots and Intercultural Navigators that business development is not just a matter of a training in financial planning and learning about marketing tools or legal aspects to set up your company. What is needed is a combined training for personal development and growth and unfolding your business ideas. Because only if we create an inspiring challenge zone for ourselves will we truely learn and be alert to all that is coming towards.

Listening to our hearts has become more important than listening to the voices in our brains. Because the brain voices are concerned with how to keep the game safe – because we want to avoid to getting hurt. However that does not lead us forward, but usually only backwards. If we want to create inspiring new businesses that move us as individuals and as a collective forward, we need to make courageous decisions from the heart. We need to learn to listen to this voice again that most of us knew so well when we were children, but that we chose to ignore in order to fit into the world of the adults around us.

If we want to be courageous entrepreneurs again, we need to grow ourselves, to listen to our hearts and to move with our instincts and intuition. We need to listen deeply to what wants to emerge in the world we live in. Because this is not a time to only listen to our egos. It is a time to build new bridges and to create a life-affirming and growing environment. It is a time to learn to make courageous and meaningful steps. It is a time for each of us to discover our own gifts and talents to bring forth and to communicate in our very own and unique ways.

The NEW BUSINESS mastery training program by Changels and in close collaboration with the KaosPilots Switzerland, a school for creative leaders, responsible entrepreneurs and changemakers, challenges and supports you to grow yourself as a human being, as a courageous entrepreneur and your business ideas to be meaningful, attractive and sustainable. We base it on the 8 perspectives of ancient Medicine Wheels wisdom to create wholeness and healthy systems.

The training program #2 starts with module 1 on April 6-8th in Bern. 9 modules over 1 year to boost and blossom your new business and to become your own boss.

Are you interested?

More information on www.changels.ch under NEW BUSINESS.

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) – Compassionate Communication: A powerful way to honesty and empathy in relationships

Written by Angela Boss, who lectured at Kaospilots Switzerland about Nonviolent Communication. Further down the page, you can find her contact details and a short description of her work experience.

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is more than a model for compassionate communication– it’s an attitude and a way of looking at things.  Practicing NVC has enabled me to change the way I look at live, it offers me freedom and empowerment, joy, meaning and creativity. It has facilitated my parenting style and helped me a lot in my relationships with my daughters, friends and with my students at public school. I love the work with people attending NVC workshops or individual sessions. It fulfils my yearning to contribute to a social change, where everyone’s needs matter.

Let me tell you a bit more about it. Nonviolent Communication is sometimes referred to as “compassionate communication”, or “a language of life”. It is a practical, learnable process whose purpose is to create a deeper quality of connection between ourselves and others in order to get everyone’s needs met, peacefully and effectively. NVC guides us to reframe how we express ourselves and how we hear others. It supports us in getting what we most want without betraying our integrity or hurting other people. It has a profoundly positive effect on relationships, working and living environments and our capacity for social action.

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What are your feelings straight from the heart?

Taking the overview of the Nonviolent Communication model developed by its founder Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D., we focus our attention on four steps:

  1. Observations free of evaluations and judgements
  2. Feelings straight from the heart (distinguishing feelings from thoughts)
  3. Needs, values and longings that are causing our feelings
  4. Requests expressed clearly in positive action language in order to meet the needs

We can focus on these four ingredients in three different ways:

  1. To connect with and understand what is going on inside ourselves (self-empathy);
  2. To express what is going on inside ourselves to others (honesty);
  3. To connect with what is alive in others (empathy).

The Nonviolent Communication process is a continual dance between these three modes. Is it as simple as it looks?

In conflict situations, we tend to focus our attention on judgement and blame of others and ourselves and playing the game ‘who is right, who is wrong’. In order to change this conditioning of our thinking and our communication patterns, a real commitment to the NVC attitude is needed, to become conscious and apply the tools. Some benefits can be obvious right away and at the same time the new language will feel awkward in the beginning. Mastering Compassionate Communication requires a lots of practice to get more at ease in implementing the tools in daily life.

These are some of the possible benefits through the NVC attitude:

  • Build relationships based on compassion and understanding
    • Be assertive and approach conflict with confidence
    • Offer honest feedback without insulting others
  • Hear others with empathy, even when they speak in critical ways
    • Break patterns of thinking that lead to anger, depression or guilt
  • Reduce stress and get more joy and meaning in life

If you want to know more about NVC, I can recommend you Marshall Rosenberg’s book “Nonviolent Communication: A language of compassion“. You can also visit the website of the Center for Nonviolent Communication.

If you are interested in organizing a group workshop for you and your friends, your team or having an individual coaching session, you’ll find my contact info further down. (In English, French or German.)

About Angela Boss, CNVC Certified Trainer:

Phones :  021 635 18 77  / 078 767 00 63

Email  :  artdelacommunication@gmail.com

Angela’s website (in French)

I’m part of a network of trainers worldwide certified by the Centre for Nonviolent Communication to teach NVC, the internationally regarded process developed by founder Marshall Rosenberg. Since 2005 I offer public workshops, workshops with teams and individual counselling and training.

My background includes my own living experiences, mother of two adult children, working as a teacher at public school, secretary for international firms and 10 years of experience as a voluntary leader and trainer with an international organisation offering support to mothers and families.

My training style is known for its warmth, calm and positive engagement. Communication, mutual exchange and learning are powerful means of social change that enable people to access hidden resources and contribute to create positive communities. I work constantly with my own personal, spiritual and professional growth, as well as supporting others with theirs.

I continue to expand my experiences and inspire me through meetings in my workshops and individual coaching and all the other opportunities that life offers me. This work makes me feel full of energy and gives meaning to my presence.

I’m bilingual German-French and speak English fluently.