About our ways of working

Experiential Learning

image of a trust activityIn all our activities and trainings we work with experiential learning, also known as experiential education, an outstanding method for learning where experience is the key. In 'traditional' learning we most of the time only activate two senses, seeing and hearing. Several studies have shown that the more senses that are activated the more effecient the learning gets. In experientieal learning the efficiency of learning is increased through activation a greater number of senses and through the participants actively seeking insights and skills.

Synthesis thinking is an important part. To be able to create teams where the individuals can continue to be individuals, but still contribute to creating a well functioning group that continues to grow.

The combining of experience and theory is also key, where theoretical presentations are tied to the experiences.

More about the philosophy and thoughts behind the work of Advenire you can find if you read Lessons from Geese.

image of a group listening to lectureIn all the activities and trainings (except some of activities within the Games) a debriefing is held after each experience/task, where we talk about what happened in the group, then discussing what learnings we can draw from this and how they can be used in the daily work situation and daily life to create better functioning groups.

Historical Background

The ideas and background to the way that we work has been developed and shaped since the days of the second world war, when they were used to strengthen groups and individuals within the military. From there they have been further developed for use in non-military setting and spread all over the world. In the United States alone there are thousands of companies and organisations that work according to these ideas.Amongst the pioneers in this field are names like Kurt Hahn and Will Schutz.

Another source for inspiration is Roberto Assagioli, an italian psychiatrist that created the theory and application of Psychosynthesis. It is about working with individuals as a whole, consisting of mind, body and feelings, with unlimited possibilities for growth. Inner leadership is a 'modern' word for a part of what psychosynthesis is all about.

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