SCIENCE, ART & ORGANISATIONS
Engagement Dynamics was born in the natural sciences; in the study of human physiology and psychology. The starting point for all our work is an understanding of people as physical, social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual beings.
Engagement is a whole person construct. No one is optimally engaged unless they are engaged physically, socially, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually, although it is possible to be partially engaged in some of these individual aspects of personhood.
To understand people we need to actively tap into insights from the medical sciences, branches of psychology, anthropology, sociology, theology...... The list is endless.
These scientific principles help us to understand peoples' choices, responses and behaviours, their energy levels, motivation, competence and capacity, Our favourite theorists help us to make sense of our research observations, to craft effective transformative processes and to help people to understand each other.
The reasons that we embrace the arts in our practice may be less obvious than the reasons we tap into science. But there is in fact a science to the power of the arts in the work which we do.
Our work is fundamentally about people changing to become more individually or collectively effective. One of our core beliefs is that we cannot force people to engage. Nor can we force them change. We can only create an environment (milieu) in which they choose to engage or to change.
People change when their existing paradigms change, usually through an experience which challenges their existing physical, social, emotional, intellectual and/ or spiritual ways of being. Such a challenge can only be experienced through the 5 senses; taste, touch, smell, sight and hearing.
The arts provides one of the most powerful forms of experience through which paradigms can be shifted, with the power to tap into physical, social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual aspects of personhood and to impact taste, touch, smell, sight and hearing.
Simply because they are so fascinating and they are generally the instruments through which anything changes in the human world.
Major shifts in the world usually only happen because of natural phenomena or the actions of informal or formal collectives of people. Natural phenomena are a part of living on a dynamic planet and try as we may, we have minimal impact on them. But people working together can still effect massive transformation in the ways in which we engage with our home and each other.
We want to be a part of positive transformation. We want to enable people to make the world a better place. Organisations are an amazing vehicle for societal transformation.