About Socratic Design
Philosophy is the treasury of all possible assumptions. Assumptions are hidden in our cultures and our hearts and minds. The world is built on some of them, and so is our self-image as human beings. Our reality is a design, built on assumptions. These assumptions were correct and useful in the past; they were consequences of technology and sciences: Now they may be inhibitory or even problematic. With Socratic Design we identify these counterproductive assumptions and get rid of them?
Old assumptions pervade our thinking, and we are addicted to them. How to reboot the culture that molds our minds.
Socratic Design organizes the analysis of the past, identifies the good stuff and jumps into a completely new narrative with new meanings and assumptions. Only when we are capable of another helicopter view can we incorporate these explosive innovations in tech and science.
The art of listening
Socratic Design is a threefold launch rocket that can identify the implicit and explicit assumptions in any culture; be that of a business, of an educational institute of an NGO or even of any political entity. It can above all identify the assumptions of any particular person. It delivers this clearance, by transforming any group of individual stand alone’s, into collective coherent intelligence. The art of listening is the key to this process. Socratic Dialogue is one of the most important building blocks in this process.
By emerging shared attention, we overcome discussion and contradictions; we look together at opposite positions which lead us to a higher level of awareness due to the power of collective consciousness! Opposite positions may lead to a new insight that unites the two if we investigate their underlying assumptions meticulously. In the usual type of debate, we dig ourselves into deeper trenches, being focused to win but without reaching any common understanding or goal.
Philosophical analysis sets you free
Philosophy is the art of analyzing daily statements and meanings into the assumptions which are underlying these sentences. Without analysis, we are acting as blind men. The Socratic Design process helps us to put away our fixated screen of solidified thoughts and start to think virginal. It transforms any participant into a practical philosopher, without slogging yourself through abstract academic textbooks. It is the practical philosophy at its best. Open the window, lift the ceiling and let fresh air come in, it can boost oxygen into fixated and narrow-minded practices, or enclosed minds. It does not solve conflicts, but by dissolving them, it creates new meaning and purposes. We are experiencing
a tectonically-like rupture of most of our incorporated meanings and assumptions; our thinking, feeling and acting are no longer self-evident tools to cope with these challenges if they are stuck to the old industrial set of assumptions.
A new narrative
With Socratic Design we deliver a third aspect, an incubator that can radically envision new futures that integrate the best of traditions in your company or institution. The most vivid values that are uniting your team are mobilizing purposes that connect your business with the external world.
Strong purposes can only root into solid and honest grounds, the radical incubator which is Socratic Design can reboot your whole metabolism.
In this third aspect, we create a new narrative for your entity, group or business that may implicate a Massive Transformative Purpose.
Socratic Design can deliver a narrative that entails your roots, your best traditions, your distinctive competence and your human values all united in purpose that moves the hearts and minds of your team, your partners, and your clients. It is designed in such a way that it can deal with all sort of technological ruptures because it has a definite human compass and a set of ethical values to navigate through any situation.