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enero 20, 2005


The Online Newsletter of The East Side Institute- The Social Therapy Centers & Performance of a Lifetime
Issue #23, January 20, 2005 Highlights of news, to enjoy and peruse HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Over the last few months, dozens of teachers, psychologists, doctors, corporate executives, performance artists and others -- all pursuing new approaches to human development and intrigued by the Institute's practice of performance and social therapeutics -- have come to study and train with us. Some have come from as far away as Latin America, Africa and Europe, including a new friend from Oslo, Norway, who found Psychological Investigations in his local bookstore. We look forward to a New Year filled with the many cross-cultural conversations that are creating a new psychology.
Nine members of the Institute's inaugural International Class arrived in New York City on September 28 for the first of three residencies. Across the 2004/2005 academic year, this new learning initiative brings together (online and in person) students from Argentina, Nicaragua, South Africa, Sweden, Serbia and the United States (New York, Oregon and Pennsylvania). See Psych Out Newsletter Vol. III, No. 3 to read more about this "class of global players" at http://www.eastsideinstitute.org/devnews.html.
During their week-long residency, students participated in seminars, supervisory sessions and conversations with Institute faculty. They were also oriented to the broader development community, with visits to the All Stars Project's performance and education center and daily improvisation classes. They also observed social therapy groups in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
The Circle of Development threw a party at Tim Neiman's home to welcome the International Class to NYC and to introduce them to Institute community members. Thanks to the generosity of Circle members, the Institute was able to provide scholarship aid to foreign students, without which they would have been unable to participate.
Back in their respective homes, study activities continued with an online seminar led by Lois on "Social Therapeutics as Method: An Overview," and then back to New York City for a week in February.
HOLZMAN SPEAKING TOUR---Banja Luka, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Belgrade
Institute director Lois Holzman traveled to the University of Banja Luka early in November to speak at a symposium, "Vygotsky Today" organized and hosted by Jovan Savic. Savic is a psychology professor at the university and a founder of Zdravo da Ste (Hi Neighbor!), a refugee service organization with long ties to the Institute. Other speakers that day included colleagues Volker Bunzendahl from Denmark, Gordana Jovanovic from the University of Belgrade, Wifried Kerntke from Switzerland, and Leif
Strandberg from Sweden.
Following this appearance, Lois participated with 120 colleagues from Zdravo da Ste at their annual retreat in a small village outside of Banja Luka The program opened with a video presentation of Fred Newman's 2004 Town Hall lecture, Feeling Powerless. After many hours of discussion of the issues raised in the lecture, participants took part in performance and cultural workshops. The retreat closed with a wonderfully creative performance by Zdravo da Ste young people.
After the retreat, Lois traveled to Belgrade with Zdravo da Ste founder Vesna Ognjenovic and other members of the Belgrade team. She was interviewed by a Belgrade television station on the work of the Institute and the broader development community. She gave a talk entitled, "What is the Social in Social Development," at the Belgrade Youth Center. Hosted by Vesna (and joined by Volker Bunzendahl), a crowd of 150 educators, psychologists, social workers and theatre artists packed the hall, eager to hear about the Institute's work and to ponder its relevance to the situation in their culture and country.
Austin, Texas
Later in the month, Lois traveled to Texas, accompanied by Institute director of development Mary Fridley, and hosted by Austin political activist Linda Curtis. At St. Edward's University she presented a talk open to the university community entitled, "The Therapeutics of Civic Life: Social Therapy, Community and Human Development." She also visited Austin Community College for a presentation entitled, "Developing and Learning through Social Therapy: Can Psychology Be Transformed into a Radically Humane and Empowering Practice?" While in Austin, Lois also spoke to a graduate class at the University of Texas School of Social Work.
Advancing School Mental Health, Dallas
In October, Barbara Silverman traveled to Dallas for the 9th Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health, entitled, "The School Mental Health Imperative: From Talk to Action." Silverman discussed "Relationality and Resilience: Benefits of Group Therapy with Teens." Brannon Woodfin (a former member of Silverman's in-school group therapy program, and now the program's assistant director), opened the talk by introducing Silverman and the "Let's Talk About It" program, which is based in Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn. He performed a poem he had written for the conference, "We," (which will soon appear in the Center for School Mental Health
newsletter). In her talk, Silverman discussed the concept of "resilience," which is typically understood as a personality trait, rather than as an activity that is socially created. Barbara and Brannon distributed the Psych Out newsletter (Vol. 1, No. 2. October 2004), which featured an essay on youth development the "Let's Talk About It" way.

Calls for proposals are out for the Institute's international multi-disciplinary conference, Performing the World 3: The Performance of Creativity and the Creativity of Performance (PTW3), to be held in Tarrytown, New York the weekend of October 14-16 (see:http://www.performingtheworld.org to submit proposals and to register).
Deadline for proposals is March 15.
Outreach has begun to academics, therapists, educators, medical professionals, staffs of community-based projects, and business professionals who have brought narrative, theatrical arts, improvisation or performance into their work. A steady stream of inquiries, proposals and requests for scholarship aid from across the world are coming in to the Institute weekly.
This week, Lois held a conference call with dozens of members of the PTW3 organizing committee to discuss plans for reaching out to potential presenters and participants. She encouraged everyone not only to ensure that their profession is well represented, but also to think beyond their profession in their outreach.
Participants have described Performing the World in 2001 and 2003 as a "performance marathons" -- an intellectually charged weekend spent creating
a performance community with participants from a wide range of disciplines and cultures.
If you would like to join the organizing committee, please contact Lois Holzman at lholzman@eastsideinstitute.org.

On September 10, Institute faculty members Gwen Lowenheim and Carrie Lobman presented a team-building workshop, "Creating Conversations that Help Build
the Team," for staff and faculty of the Rita Gold Early Childhood Center at Teacher's College, Columbia University. The workshop was designed to help the three co-directors and the teachers create an environment for open and thoughtful conversation among themselves, and to learn the skills of creating more collaborative conversations with parents. Improv games such as "Yes, And" and "Can You Top This?" helped participants see their reluctance to speak openly and helped them learn to listen for what others think is important.

"New Performances of Growing Older"
This practical workshop sponsored by the Institute in September brought together osteopath and noted author Richard Firshein, Institute associate Susan Massad, M.D. and Brooklyn Social Therapy Group director, Christine La Cerva, to share their experiences in helping patients grow older more healthfully and joyfully. Participants discussed the conceptual quicksand that makes it difficult to embrace the aging process developmentally. The Institute's director of training, Bette Braun, moderated the session, pointing out that aging is not simply a physical but a social/relational life experience.
Training Periodontists
Also in September, Dr. Massad (named by New York Magazine as one of the city's 12 most influential doctors for her pioneering work in teaching doctors how to listen to their patients) offered a workshop on doctor-patient communication to 18 periodontal residents at the New York University School of Dentistry. Many recognized the importance of communication in their work and were responsive to learning the improvisational skills required to build better conversations with their patients. "There is a difference between having a 'good line' to say to patients," Massad said, "and using a 'good line' to build an ongoing conversation."
Maureen Kelly, senior consultant at Performance of a Lifetime, led a follow-up workshop with the periodontists, offering them some basic improvisational skills training. In the course of learning to use improvisation to creatively connect to patients, the doctors talked about their reluctance, concern, (and desire!) to include patients more in the decision-making process surrounding surgical procedures (when and if to have an operation, etc.)
Fifty patients and community activists attended a conversation between social therapist and Brooklyn Social Therapy Group director Christine La Cerva and independent political organizer Cathy Stewart. Their dialogue on politics and psychology was moderated by Rafael Mendez, who practices at the Brooklyn Center and teaches psychology at Bronx Community College. In their conversation, La Cerva and Stewart asked what it would mean to bring together community activists (most of whom are not interested in "touchy-feely" issues like therapy) and therapy clients (many of whom hate politics!) They uncovered ways that these areas of life (politics and
therapy) are, or could be, quite like each other -- in particular the activity of building environments in which very different people can build something new together, be it emotional health or a new political culture.

Big Apple Parent
The October 2004 issue of Big Apple Parent/Brooklyn Parent (the largest parenting publication on the East Coast) introduced readers to Brooklyn Social Therapy Group director Christine La Cerva. Her article, "Help! My Child Has No Friends," offers parents a social therapeutic perspective on helping kids through tough social times at school by supporting them to become changers of their school environments. The editors were pleased with response to the 900- word essay and invited La Cerva to contribute additional columns.
British Psychological Society
Christine La Cerva's article "Doing Therapy After September 11" (based on her July talk at a conference sponsored by the British Psychological Society and the Manchester Metropolitan University Research Institute for Health and Social Change) will appear in the January issue of the British Psychological Society newsletter. (This article will be posted on the Institute website as soon as its available.)
Newman-Parker Conversation Now on Video

The Institute recently produced a videotape of a conversation between Fred Newman and Ian Parker entitled, "What Is Revolution?" The conversation was a centerpiece of the second international "Performing the World" conference held in Montauk, New York in 2003.

As Marxists and therapists, both Newman and Parker are passionately interested in and committed to radical social transformation. They are deeply concerned with the role of psychology -- both mainstream and alternative approaches -- in constraining and/or liberating human beings.
Throughout their 45-minute dialogue, they engage the assumptions of what it means to change the world.

Newman, founder of social therapy and the Institute, is a philosopher by training and the architect of dozens of community-based human development projects. Ian Parker, a leader of the movement for critical psychology, is a psychologist and professor at Manchester Metropolitan University in Great Britain and the founder and editor of the Annual Review of Critical Psychology. Ian's activism and community work are dedicated to supporting anti-psychiatry and patient-liberation movements.
To order a copy of this not-to-be-missed video, please contact: mmeyer@eastsideinstitute.org.
Berkeley Film Festival
"Nothing Really Happens (Memories of Aging Strippers)," written and directed by Institute founder Fred Newman and produced by Institute director of development Mary Fridley, won the Grand Festival Award special recognition at the 11th Berkeley Video & Film Festival. Newman's daughter, Elizabeth Newman, accepted the award on his behalf at the October 15 presentation.
The independent film has won five awards since its premiere, including the best drama award at the 2004 Atlanta Underground Film Festival and first prize feature, the Director's View Film Festival 2004.http://www.nothingreallyhappens.com.

Washington Center Screening
Sponsored by the Washington Center for Social Therapy, a special screening of "Nothing Really Happens" on September 26 drew an audience of 112, who joined one of the film's stars, Institute managing director Madelyn Chapman,along with its producer, Mary Fridley, for a post-screening discussion.
Shelley Karliner, director of the Washington Center, said she is interested in helping people create new ways of seeing, and that "Nothing Really Happens" offers new ways of seeing what's possible for human relationships.

Applied Improvisation Network Conference, San Francisco

Cathy Salit, president of Performance of a Lifetime, and Joyce Dattner, director of the West Coast Center for Life Performance Coaching, presented two workshops at the Applied Improvisation Network (AIN) conference in San Francisco in October. Attendees included those who use (or seek to use) methods of theater and improvisation in their training work in businesses and organizations.

Salit and Alain Rostain (who heads the Network) co-led a performatory workshop, "Improvisation, Performance and Growth: Have We Uncovered a New Method for Creating Change?" Fifty participants joined in exercises and conversation about the radicalness of performance and improvisation in everyday life. Dattner led a session entitled "The Coach as Performance Director," in which she worked with 20 participants on the creative task of building an environment for slow, improvised conversation -- one which left room for emotionality.

Performance of a Lifetime will be the "host organization" for the next AIN conference, in Brooklyn, NY in September 2005. Organizers for the Performing the World 3 conference (to be held in Tarrytown, NY in October) and Applied Improv Network members have begun to get out invitations to their various constituents and clients for both events, where performance, theatre and improvisation will take center stage.

National Communication Association, Chicago
At the National Communication Association meetings in Chicago this November,Cathy Salit was part of a presentation called "Applied Theatre: The Future of Interactive Theatre-Based Communication Training in the Corporate, Law and Medical Professions." After reading the presentation's title, the audience was delighted as the panel presentation morphed into an interactive session. Presenters shared a variety of improvisational exercises and discussed how each applied different contexts. Positive buzz about this unusual session spread throughout the conference, and POAL was invited to submit a proposal to present again (improv-style!) at the 2005 conference in

January 12-14, Thursday-Friday-Keynote Presentation: "The Performance of Storytelling: An Interactive Exploration of Our Creativity"
POAL - Cathy Salit and Alain Rostain-International Alliance for Learning Conference-Atlanta, GA

February 7-12, Monday-Saturday-The International Class in residence-East Side Institute-New York

February 15, Tuesday-The Social Therapeutic Roots of the All Stars-A conversation with Lois Holzman and Gail Elberg-All Stars Project.New York

February 20, Sunday-Colloquium-Fred Newman-East Side Institute-New York

March 19, Saturday-Performance and Improvisation: Theatrical Tools for Teachers
An introductory workshop with Carrie Lobman & Barbara O'Neill -East Side Institute-New York

Sunday, March 20 3-4:30 PM
"Can Americans Come Together?"-Lecture by Fred Newman-Town Hall-New York

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enero 16, 2005

Subject: [FORO FACESP-L] próximos diez años
UN SALUDO A TODOS LOS colister@os del mundo hispano en la facilitación.
Además de saludarles y enviarles mis mas cordiales y afectuosos saludos, con los mejores deseos en este 2005, el cual me llamo mucho la atención el mensaje del papa juan pablo segundo " Vence al mal con el bien" de hecho es una de los slogans de mi alma mater en la MAestria de la Universidad ANAHUAC " VINCE IN BONO MALUM " Toda una concepción que destierra las ideas negativas.
Haciendo una participación a la invitación de Gilberto me permito dar mis puntos de vista personal acerca de la visión de nuestra honorable labor en los próximos 10 años.
¿cuáles van a ser los tres o cuatro cambios más transcendentales en la próxima década?
1.) La Profesionalización de la Facilitación.
Nuestra labor es llevada a cabo de manera profesional por cada uno de nosotros, que nos dedicamos al " arte " de facilitar, procesos de aprendizaje, y de aportación. Sin embargo he visto como muchas universidades, e Instituciones evolucionan en nombrar a los capacitadores- como facilitadores, de hecho existe una norma en competencias laborales en la impartacion de cursos que ha evolucionado y ahora se llamma competencias en " facilitación".
Por consiguiente creo que un cambio trascendental será que existirá la licenciatura o carrera colegial en facilitación. ( Por lo menos en México no EXISTE ) además de DIPLOMADOS y MAESTRíAS.
2.) La Educación Virtual.
Ya no existen fronteras para nosotros. desde el SUr de los EStados Unidos hasta la Patagonia será posible y con mayor difusión las videoconferencias, las clases y asistencias virtuales y de hecho en un futuro no muy lejano se realizará el primer foro virtual latinoamericano donde podremos estar simultaneamente en muchos países, esto gracias a la aportación de todos los que nos dedicamos a este arte y oficio con el apoyo de universidades y tecnológicos.
3.) La Toma de Decisiones.
En los procesos de Gobierno en algunos programas los autodiagnósticos son realizados por " FACILITADORES " de hecho acabo de terminar un proceso político en mi país y en mi comunidad y los facilitadores jugamos un papel importantísimo en el planteamiento de estrategias para programas de gobierno, ningun profesional, cuenta con el carisma, habilidad, experiencia, ética y simmpatía para lograr captar las necesidades y convertirlas en oportunidades, que un facilitador, esta profesión tendrá
su auge cuando un político 2006 ó 2010 le dé el mérito al proceso de la facilitación.
4.) La asignación de presupuestos.
Esta labor de facilitación, con la capacitación cada día toma mayor importancia, el B.I.D. tiene muy específico los renglones de apoyos a gobiernos en el sentido de abatir la pobreza con: Información.
De Acuerdo al último estudio de este organismo las tres causas de la pobreza ( tanto urbana, como rural ) de Latinoamerica son: CORRUPCION, IGNORANCIA y DES-UNION.) He ahí la importanca de nuestra profesión de abatir la pobreza de conocimiento y el hambre de aprender, debemos luchar desde nuestra comunidad en que los gobiernos desarrollen programas y asignen recursos a esta noble labor y capacitar en aquellas actividades que permitan el desarrollo humano, social y económico de los INDIVIDUOS.
5.) Un Latinoamericano Ocupará la Presidencia de la I.A.F. y se tendrán oficinas representativas en los principales sedes de LAtinoamerica, la afiliación en 10 años será de aprox. 20,000 facilitadores todos ellos certificados tanto nacional, regional e internacionalmente.

Subject: [FORO FACESP-L] Re: [FORO FACESP-L] próximos diez años
To: FACESP-L@go.listdeliver.com
Hola a todas y todos

En nuestra América Latina, ¿cuáles van a ser los tres o cuatro cambios más transcendentales en la próxima década?

Mi respuesta
1. La Facilitación será una "industria" de reconocimiento, no como un subproducto de Recursos Humanos, sino con independencia y autonomía. Habrá programas, carreras, diplomados o maestrías al respecto. Su combinación será de esencia técnica y espiritual, los contenidos tendrán un alto componente de reflexión y será integral.
2. Nuevos contextos aparecerán o tomarán mayor fuerza, como por ejemplo, la relocación geográfica, la migración asiática hacia América Latina y los emigrantes de América Latina hacia otros paises, los cambio de carrera o de trabajo serán muchos más acelerados por lo cual requerirá que los trabajadores aprendan a cambiar rápidamente; reingreso de la fuerza laboral de los 50 o 60 como fuerza interesante que puede proveer experiencia, también para aquellas personas que se jubilan o se retiran, mayor uso de la tecnología en nuestros mercados, mayor facilitación para conversaciones intergeneracionales en las empresas, mayor facilitación para la diversidad cultural y orientación sexual, mayor facilitación para emprendedores, mayor conexión con facilitadores internacionales, no solo a nivel América Latina sino de otras partes del mundo. A medida que avance la tecnología, también la facilitación crecerá para poder recordar a la humanidad que el hombre no está solo así esté trabajando frente a una computadora.
3. En cuanto a la forma de conducir la facilitación, veo un uso intensivo de teleconferencias y cursos on line mucho más amplios de los que tenemos hoy. No será sorpresa que en futuras conferencias haya tanto número de asistentes presenciales como número de participantes virtuales, incluso algunas ponencias podrían darse desde algún lugar del mundo diferente a la sede de la Conferencia. También veo mayor uso del idioma inglés que será tan común como nuestro español.
4. Un mayor apoyo en las zonas rurales o interiores de nuestros países, en la medida que algunas multinacionales puedan ubicarse en nuestros países para industrializar determinadas zonas. También habrá un mayor respeto por la ecología y la madre naturaleza, los esfuerzos serán globales, por lo que también habrá que facilitar aspectos de cuestiones culturales y ancestrales que merecen el respecto así la tecnología nos traiga una cultura futurista.

Perú - Argentina