Why Use Authenticity To Foster Collaboration?

As a facilitator I combine the use of different participatory models and tools, to support decision-making and action planning within groups. And I drawn these learning journeys taking authenticity as an inicial condition to create a field where the collective intelligence phenomenon can emerge.

Why focus in the topic of authenticity?

If you agree that at the root of many of our collective challenges lies our inability to deal better with difference and presence of polarities, you may also find opportune to explore this exploratory path.

So, if dysfunctions such as inequality, conflicts, poverty, to mention a few, find roots in our inhability to honour diversity and hold tension between polarities, it may be useful to look at other dimension where this same inability takes place.

And by other dimensions I invite you to the individual sphere.

The work I choose to do as facilitator, and the way I combine the tools I bring to my sessions, are structured around the assumption that at the first very moment this inability to relate with difference and holding tension starts inside each one of us.

And this is how I take authenticity to a place at the heart of the processe of creating more collaborative environments among groups and organisations.

Authenticity is here seen as a state of individual presence that brings awareness to our way of thinking, ‘how do we build understanding and on what do we base our decisions to act?’.
So we the concept of authenticity I evoke a state of presence that raises our awareness towards the diversity of thoughts, sensations and emotions that are created inside of us, and harmonizes the presence of contradiction or tension.
Far most, in a state of authenticity we are invited to notice opposite impulses inside of us, embrace all and give them voice as one coherent message.

Authenticity is a state of presence that embraces all the potencial around what we are and what we want to become.

How does authenticity impact on individuals?

It brings awareness on the main impulses that influence our thoughts and decisions.
Offers us the ability to notice and harmonize inner tension between our thoughts, emotions and body perceptions.
Builds confidence to trust more our intuitive mind, as it brings clarity to the way we create personal meaning.

What is the impact of holding authentic relations in group context?

The capacity to embrace the diversity of thoughts and emotions inside each one of us, even if contradictory and producing tension, is reflected in more tolerante relations with the outer world. More tolerance for contradiction, more ability to accept failure, and more attention to the need to respect the human beyond the role or function played in the group.
The climate of tolerance, that’s brought to life in the presence of authentic individuals, offers working environments where it is safe to express personal perceptions and meanings. A space where its safe to speak about what went right and what went not so well, with less judgement and rudeness.
Judgement and rudeness damage the quality of our thinking, our ability to process information and make clear decisions.
Through authentic relationships we create stronger connections and give shape to powerful collective fields.
A true sense of belonging emerges and supports cohesive collective action.

The diversity of perceptions and meanings that are allowed in collaborative environments shapes and turns visible a repository of collective knowledge, accumulated over time.

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The importance of authenticity is intimately related to the right to belonging and being acknowledge as a part of a larger system.
By allowing authentic expressions to take place within a group we give voice to the different perspectives, present in any phenomenon.

In this way individual authentic expression represents a mean through which the collective accesses its sources of creativity.

Thank you for listening!