The EUSG Vorkurs

The EUSG Vorkurs

European School of Governance, course description, Vorkurs 2021

“Tradition does not mean to look after the ash,
but to keep the flame alive.”
Jean Jaures


Based on the participants’ horizon of lived experience, the EUSG Vorkurs develops and cultivates attitudes that can meet the multicomplex challenges of the present in a forward-looking way. In the EUSG Vorkurs, the narratives of our present are rewritten, narrated, and lived.

The EUSG Vorkurs addresses the individual, the social, the entrepreneurial and the political levels. It is dealing with the omnipresent societal-global, ecological-economic, cultural-aesthetic disruption, integration of one’s own uncertainties and blind spots. It acknowledges the limitations in thinking and decision-making due to disproportionate adaptation processes in one’s own micro and macro worlds.

The EUSG Vorkurs overcomes the knowledge of the one-track nature of linear concepts of problem, solution, and implementation and explores the development of multipolar perspectives and concepts of action. It ventures an attitude of clear awareness of one’s individual mindsets and the structures of institutions, companies, NGO etc. in which the narrative of one’s own action is told in larger contexts.

It is the inward narrative that gives rise to the outward narrative. The process focus in the EUSG Vorkurs is not the design on the outside, but intrinsic processes that prepare for multicomplex challenges and enable to meet those external horizons in multiple perspective. In a sense, the Anthropocene takes place on the outside and on the inside. Mind shift precedes practice.

The goal

The goal of the EUSG Vorkurs is agency as a socially philosophical act. The EUSG Vorkurs is a sensitive, radical, transdisciplinary personal process that enables participants, resonating with the whole, to understand their understanding to:
• reform the relationship to their self, to others, and to our natural environment
• conceive of sustainable practice in culture and science, politics and economics, social life and diversity,
• explore anti-fragile design and decision-making cultures in a world without certainties – from pandemics to ecological disasters –
• develop and lead transformative parameters of political-social design
• learn to think, to accept, and to shape through one’s own biographical-perspective settings.

The target group

The EUSG Vorkurs adresses all those who are or will lead and influence other people, who make daily and frequent decisions that affect the lives of others. The EUSG Vorkurs addresses those who in their decision-making and design processes strive to give priority to the good of the whole rather than the benefits of the next political election, shareholder profits, or small subjective career steps. The EUSG Vorkurs prepares to establish necessary attitudes and conditions in which decisions become the conscious shaping of reality as performative-creative, aesthetic acts. The EUSG Vorkurs is explicitly not aiming for those leaders who seem to have everything under control with an intact world view. The EUSG Vorkurs is not a workshop, seminar, training, or boot camp in mental self-optimisation.

What to expect?

Content and key concepts as possible starting points. We assume that all essential solution concepts are known in principle. This means that it is not a question of learning a new method with great promise of a solution. Rather, it is about generating the appropriate intrinsic coherence from the known knowledge and putting it into practice, from knowing to understanding.

The EUSG Vorkurs combines a holistic orientation and expands the approach to what we see as the next stage of development for political, as well as social-entrepreneurial leadership. In which to develop a more artistically inclusive, pragmatically relevant, and realistic perspective – self-leadership internally as lived leadership externally. Participation in the EUSG Vorkurs is a manifesto and statement, with point-of-no-return dynamics.

The EUSG Vorkurs is a non-curriculum. The core elements of the EUSG Vorkurs consist of anthropotechnical considerations and structured exercises in self-mediation, constellations of possibility, agency through cognition (experiential knowledge), artistic practice, constellations of non-intentionality, serendipity constructions, self-delivery processes, contact with nature, inner and outer Anthropocene, ability to analyse action and effect, self-relations to material and aesthetics, materia prima, meditation and reflection, antifragility, detox, cryptics, stillness.

The skilled craft is in perceiving, hearing, seeing, drawing, writing, speaking, singing, dancing, remembering, guessing, dreaming. Physical activity, craft activity, artistic activity and strategy, reflective practice, deepening and consequence, systemic perspective, philosophical contexts, self-nature-the other, the nothing.

The structure is a learning journey, an expedition, a pilgrimage, a retreat. It is research, studio, workshop, process, laboratory. All processes follow the organic structure of the participants in the space in coordination with the mentoring facilitators. As a rule, there will be two mentoring facilitators. All additional co-facilitators are proven specialists with the relevant expertise and experience. The mentoring facilitators see themselves as space givers, expedition leaders and catalysts.

The EUSG Vorkurs is designed to be nomadic, pilgrimage, stalking. The central places are inside. Formal and outdoor are suitable from a 5-star hotel to a campsite or barn, a busy crossroads, a retreat centre, a park, a boat caravan, or hike with overnight accommodation in farmland ruts.

How will it work?

The prototypical EUSG Vorkurs is designed for full five days. Participation is only possible in full.
Around-the-clock participation is expected. The process is structured like a retreat. Retreat means retreat (Reculer pour mieux sauter.). All activities, substantive procedures within the process are confidential within the structure. It is expected that participants work on group dynamic developments among themselves and do not make them a plenary topic. Openness to enter or explore situations of uncertainty, outside of rehearsed comfort zones, playful willingness to experiment, praxeological approach to gaining knowledge.

The curricular keywords are framework suggestions and serve as a preparatory framework, retention networks and are not worked through in a linear fashion, but – if helpful – are integrated into the process. There is no set curriculum. The approach is iterative and structured through cooperative learning and experience. Minimum number of participants is 12.

The next EUSG Governance Masterclass will take place from 20 to 26 of September 2021 in Weimar, Germany.
There is no fee on EUSG courses but the invitation to value the course you participate in by a donation reflecting your appreciation.
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