Consciousness Cafe Upcoming Event
The Royal Seven Stars, The Plains, Totnes

Wednesday, 30th October, 2019

Arrival time: 7:30 for 8:00 to 10:00 

Dr Malcolm Parlett - WHOLE INTELLIGENCE: What does it mean for ourselves and our world in peril?

The word “intelligent” used to mean “knowing, sensible, sagacious”. Today, it’s about logical thinking skills and IQ scores. By contrast, “Whole Intelligence” includes our ability to be sensitive, creative, and productive in problematic situations, which depends on mental health, common sense, maturity, and humanitarian values as much as intellect.

Observing people in numerous contexts has revealed five ways to enhance the quality of our actions and effective working practices in groups, organisations, and communities. They serve as entry points or dimensions of Whole Intelligence—and refer to 1. handling unique situations; 2. relating to others, engaging differences; 3. living more in our bodies, sharing in the non-human world; 4. discovering more about ourselves, blind spots and overlooked potentialities; and 5. experimenting and stepping into the unknown, while maintaining stability. These dimensions are interdependent and all necessary.  To advance Whole Intelligence, we need to understand it, see it in action, and live it ourselves.

After research at Cambridge in experimental psychology, Malcolm changed to organizational consultancy, therapy and coaching. An international leader in the Gestalt therapy tradition, he was editor of the British Gestalt Journal for 15 years. He has taught at MIT, Edinburgh University and the Open University, and is the author of Future Sense: Five Explorations of Whole Intelligence in a World That’s Waking Up (2016). He moved to Totnes in 2018.

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