Gill Emslie

Current research/thesis title:

The Braided Way: From Conflict to Community Social design tools for sustainability

"This heuristic study uses ‘Process Work’ as a lens to evaluate the facilitation of a shift in perspective, consciousness, or meta-design."

"One of our greatest challenges is to build and nurture sustainable communities: social, cultural and physical environments in which we can satisfy our needs and aspirations without diminishing the chances of future generations." Fritjof Capra, 2003‌

This heuristic study uses ‘Process Work’ as a lens to evaluate the facilitation of a shift in perspective, consciousness, or meta-design. A trans-disciplinary, systemic approach which values the inner experience of individuals and highlights ‘awareness’, suggests a language and process that tracks the flow of subtle and overt, local and non local communication signals. Consciousness is deconstructed and explored in terms of awareness of these signals, roles, dimensions of rank and power, belief systems, (or edges) and phenomenological experience within an analytical structure of deep democracy and eldership.       

A key aspect of this study is to show the importance of ‘inner work’, an approach to unfolding the inherent meaning in previously marginalised signals and experiences.

Data is collected through case studies, interviews with practitioners and participants, relevant texts and field experiences in: NGO’s; grassroots and indigenous communities; the Global Eco village Network, the judicial system in northern Spain, and self-reflection of Emslie’s own experience as a researcher in these contexts. In choosing such a broad spectrum of application, Emslie hopes to highlight the similarities and differences of applied ‘Process Work’ in diverse cultural and social contexts.