Elos Methodology Pocket Manual
To give impulse to communities through rapid and high impact actions
To empower a movement to do things now to create the world that we all dream of. This is the purpose that drives everything we do in Elos. It’s not little, the scale for us is really the world. Hence the first reason why we decided to invest in the dissemination of our transformation philosophy, methodology and processes which we have developed and have learned along 10 years of practical experience in the realization of dreams involving young people, local agents, companies and communities. This material is a complementary part of a workshop or training and don’t cover the totality of the content presented, so if you arrived here without any prior process, you may find that this content do not fullfil your needs and expectations.
The Oasis Game has been an important Social Technology disseminated in a network, already widespread in and outside Brazil. Inspired by the Elos methodology’s purpose and seven disciplines, Oasis seeks to promote people’s relations with themselves, with the community and with the world, through actions that take into account the abundance and existence, here and now, of all the necessary potential to realize the collective dreams of a better world. Elos Team
Elos Methodology Elos Philosophy of Transformation The Elos Methodology represents the path to apply the Elos’ Philosophy of Transformation . The purpose is to promote the experience of their beliefs and principles that are the driving forces of the Elos Institute Brazil’s actions. ELOS’ PHILOSOPHY OF TRANSFORMATION “The seed of transformation emerges through relationships and through shared dreams, that flow through the awareness of abundance and the appreciation of the power of each one here and now, and they manifest in collective action that nourish beauty, joy and pleasure to realize a better world for all.” Essence The transformation, the essence of the Elos Methodology, is guided by beliefs that permeate all proposed actions. They are: Inner Fire - Everybody can, wants and has the power and autonomy to change the world. Propagation - A person at their full potential awakens the energy of many around him, and the action of a small group for the common good can unleash a force capable of transforming the world. Abundance – There is no lack of resources. The resources, talents and leaders that we need are already here. They are abundant and are available everywhere. Enthusiasm - Everyone participates, performs with joy and wants to continue contributing if it's fun, light and pleasurable. Communion - When we reach a certain level of agreement in the intention and in the unity of our actions, we perform miracles. Interdependence - The best for me, for the other and for the world happens completely when understood and implemented in an integrated manner, in other words, interdependently. Implementation of the Elos Methodology, step by step, leads to the experience and understanding of these beliefs in depth and in a spontaneous and natural manner, while still allowing for the joy and pleasure of cooperative building to be achieved and celebrated collectively.
Elos Methodology Step by step Each of the Elos Methodologyâ€™s 7 Disciplines: Appreciative Gaze, Affection, Dream, Care, Miracle, Celebration, Re-evolution â€“ guide a step to be taken so that it is possible to experience the transformation in practice, whether personally or environmentally. The experience and implementation of the guidelines for each step, however, extend to the next step and to the next, in turn, consolidating and always expanding individual and group learning. With this, we let each one get a new look about themselves and their potential for action, and about the places where they live, study and work, revealing in each one the beauty, joy and pleasure. The seven steps of the Elos Methodology construct the path to realize the dream of a group of people, driven by the knowledge that everything that needs to be transformed is within their reach, here and now.
In addition to the experience of the foundation of each discipline, the set of activities planned at each
development of certain important skills for a change of vision, improving the relationship with the people and the environment, and the willingness for the cooperative action to realize the common dream. Some simple guidelines, "tips" will help a lot in carrying out and to better use the learning.
Elos Methodology Step 1: THE GAZE The path begins with the exercise and cultivation of an appreciative view of the community (group) and its environment, in order to create a scenario of abundance of resources and possibilities. In this step we identify and value the presence and potential contribution of each person.
What is essential is invisible to the eye.” Saint Exupéry
Developing the ability to ... Notice and articulate the human, material and institutional resources available to create changes from: Sensory Perception - sharpen the perception of the environment beyond what you see, and also to sounds, smells, textures; notice without reflecting, judging, or reasoning; Appreciative Gaze - look for the beautiful, which is alive. Know the community beyond the preconceptions or judgments established by the gaze of our culture and context; Focus on abundance - pay attention to what is and not on what’s lacking. Discover and deeply appreciate all that people and their culture were able to produce, the natural resources.
Elos Methodology Step 1: THE GAZE Perception activities: • Know the community ü Observe the community - location, residents, environment and outstanding characteristics; ü Look for the beauty - natural beauty, human beauty, constructed beauty, cultural and artistic beauty; ü Observe the existence of local material resources - availability of natural and constructed resources, resources that can be recycled or reused; • Record your perceptions ü Try to write down or draw the details perceived; ü If necessary, describe places, sensations, names and conversations; ü Photograph, draw or record your perceptions of places and people.
Tips – To gaze beyond ü Always look for the beauty, light, abundance; ü Experience the impermanence: Nothing is, everything is!; ü Be open to try the different; ü Remember, you are a visitor; ü Be yourself, in its most simple and respectful version; ü Be aware of different senses: Touch, Hearing, Smell, Taste and Sight; ü Seek to observe the details. Ex: children playing, sounds of nature, music playing, smells of food, homes with plants; ü Be aware of reactions of joy, fear, comfort, physical discomfort; ü The camera does not replace your gaze, use sparingly and ask permission to photograph; ü You can draw, record, write during this activity.
Exercise the appreciative gaze!
Logbook The 7 disciplines
Logbook The 7 disciplines
Elos Methodology Step 2: AFFECTION In this step, experience stimulates the establishment of affective relationships between people, the trust and desire of mutual care - experiences that nourish and strengthen the collective work. The exercise of listening is an essential skill of this step.
Look for the person behind the beauty! anonymous
Developing the ability to ... Synthesize and store information; connect and mobilize individuals, groups and networks; avoid/manage conflicts; act in different socio-cultural and environmental contexts from the following practices: • Active Listening - exercise the reception of different points of view, the attention and interest in the stories, vision and desires of the community; • Affective Connection - establish relationships of trust, refuge and empathy to re-encounter people in the community that produce beauty through their stories, conduct and talents; • Systemic Vision – connect local beauty, talent and resources that contribute to the collective dream and construction of Oasis.
Elos Methodology Step 2: AFFECTION Information activities • Visit and converse with the community ü Visit different places in the community; ü Get to know different talents and affective leaders of the community; ü Identify the tribes, rituals and territories that involve the local way of life; ü Talk to people of all ages, enjoy their stories; ü Discover artistic talents, ask them to show you talents and gifts; ü Learn about community accomplishments and initiatives; • Round Table and collection ü Share with the group and guests the experience; ü Systematize and share your findings on the network.
Tips – To connect ü Start a conversation, forget about the interview; ü When we want to captivate another, we talk about things that interest him. Ex: gardener, soccer player, craftsman, builder; ü Express appreciation and interest in the conversation. Be attentive; ü Be aware of looks and gestures - people talk in different ways; ü Naturalness and timing are essential for a good conversation. Listen more and talk less; ü Value the collective interests to improve the community; ü Ask simple questions. Example: What do you enjoy doing in the community? What are the weekend activities in the community?; ü Look for affective leaders, older residents, women of reference, artisans, children, youth, different community leaders.
Inspire yourself with a good friendship!
Logbook The 7 disciplines
Logbook The 7 disciplines
Elos Methodology Step 3: DREAM Now, it is necessary to create the space and relationship to express the best and deepest collective aspirations that we all have. Build the best image of what we would like to accomplish, going beyond the common practice of identifying problems. The more genuine, profound and precious is the dream, the more support it has from the entire community.
Dreamt alone a dream stays just a dream. But dreamt together it becomes reality. Raul Seixas
Developing the ability to... Generate atmospheres of trust (positive and pleasant) to share precious dreams; connect and integrate individual dreams reflected in a collective challenge from the practice of: • Be a Host - access and accommodate different people and dreams in an atmosphere of dialogue, compassion and creativity; • Belief in Utopia – dream about the best world, instead of a better world. Boundless dreams, dream the impossible!; • Synthesis of Purpose - connect the essential threads that bind one to another in a common dream.
Elos Methodology Step 3: DREAM Reflection Activities • Round Table and individual meetings with different publics to share dreams. ü Start individual conversations with affective leaders; ü Prepare summary of the talents, resources, beauty for the First Meeting with the Community; ü Invite to round tables and encourage people to talk about dreams; ü Prepare the schedule and a welcoming atmosphere; ü Know the dream of different community publics: children, women, older residents of the neighborhood, teenagers, worshippers, pastors, priests; ü Identify and express connections and similarities; • Collection and Reflection ü End this time by reflecting on the dreams collected, highlighting the dreams that are really collective and dreams that are possible to be carried out in two days.
Tips – To go beyond ü Show genuine interest and careful/respectful willingness to listen about the dreams; ü Ask questions that link the positive references of past or future; ü Ask them what they would do if they had two days to transform the community; If there were no problems or resources lacking, what would they do to transform the community?; ü Do not rush! Accessing the most precious dreams requires tranquility. ü Be there and be sensitive to discoveries! Sometimes, remembering a dream can be painful, can arouse a sad reminder; ü Invite all local and external contacts to the community meeting so that you can make Oasis even more SPECTACULAR; ü Encourage the expression of collective dreams for the good of the community; ü Reinforce the idea that nobody does anything alone!
Be a prospector of dreams!
Logbook The 7 disciplines
Logbook The 7 disciplines
Elos Methodology Step 4: CARE Proposition Activities • Planning, seeking resources, building the model. ü Search for reference images of dreams raised in the I Meeting with the community. Ex: pictures of playgrounds, gardens, others; ü Organize activities to prepare for the II meeting: dissemination, logistics, seeking resources, meeting agenda and inspiring images; ü Hold strategic meetings with local partners; ü Contact people and institutions to mobilize different resources; ü Put together the resources collected (wood, stone, ink ...) in an accessible location; ü Hold the II meeting with the community for the Collective Design of the dream in models and division of the action groups.
Tips – Create Together ü Make sure that the choice of dreams is collective and that the majority of the community participates in the Collective Design. ü Encourage the community to think of a project feasible in one day (beginningmiddle-end). Projects should meet the dreams and real needs of the community. ü Encourage the community to organize themselves in teams (group reception, group mural) and collect local resources (tires, scraps, paint, rocks ...). ü Pay attention to how the community communicates. For example, sound car, church mass, poster on poles, poster at the bakery, etc.. ü Provide paper store materials (Styrofoam board, crepe paper, Play-Doh, etc.). to make the model. ü Store the model well and take it, in perfect condition, to the day of the collective effort. ü The material available to carry out the OASIS is just what they can collect! ü Preparation is everything: Think in the details of the action and articulate them here!
Communicating is everything!
Elos Methodology Step 4: CARE Collective construction requires careful planning of strategies and projects that will broadly fulfill the expectations of a set of dreams, answering the question of how to walk together taking care of yourself, others and a common dream all at the same time.
We won’t get anywhere without a map.” anonymous
Developing the ability to... Care for others and yourself at the same time; balance and design collective dreams; maintain balance in chaotic environments from the following practices: • Zeal - take care of yourself, others and the common dream at the same time, adapting to different contexts; • Planning YES - see viable ways to realize the collective dreams, walking by the energy of YES; • Design - have inspiring references and design collective dreams that value pleasure and life from the composition of different elements.
Logbook The 7 disciplines
Logbook The 7 disciplines
Elos Methodology Step 5: MIRACLE This is the moment of collective action strengthened by your best qualities and skills, equipped with the abundance of resources existing in the community, confident by affective ties that bind them, and driven by your best dreams. It's an unusual gift you give yourself and to others.
"Without knowing it was impossible, he went there and did it.“ J. Cousteau
Developing the ability to... Empower utopia, and the belief that the "impossible" can happen; look at the whole; find the balance between pro-activity and cooperation; put all the contributions and dreams dancing together from the following practices: • Cooperation - exercise collective action, creating opportunities for invitations and offers of help. Relive the myth of collective construction!; • Autonomy - offer your best for the benefit of the collective, exercising the freedom and ability to take responsibility for your dreams; • Pro-activity - start at this moment the ability to materialize here and now the projected dreams.
Elos Methodology Step 5: MIRACLE Action Activities • Coordinate the network of partners, raising funds and Hands On. ü Divulge in the community and in the network of partners in different ways; ü Invite strategic partners for the days of the Collective Effort - Hands On; ü Mobilize resources that are lacking for the Collective Effort - Hands On; ü Prepare Oasis Game materials and logistics of the Collective Effort - Hands On; ü Use the Oasis Game to guide and encourage the collective construction of the dream.
Tips – To make it happen ü The Oasis game is very useful in helping the group to organize the collective action; ü Organize the workstreams and make sure they happen; ü Assemble the matrix and make a ritual of the arrival and of the closing; ü Ensure a minimum of materials for the work; ü Put focus on the actions, avoid starting multiple workstreams; ü Keep calm, start with who is present. If no one comes, one group begins and the other calls people. If you only have children, start with them, this moves adults; ü Pre-organize the children’s activity; ü Articulate your network. Invite people, ask for help and believe in the power of cooperation; ü Remember: if it’s not to be happy, fun and enjoyable, don’t even leave home!; ü Trust in abundance: resources always appear; ü Start and finish something. Don’t stop!; ü The first day has to be spectacular!
Believe in Utopia!
Logbook The 7 disciplines
Logbook The 7 disciplines
Elos Methodology Step 6: CELEBRATION With the sensation of the Miracle, after the day of action, a meeting is held to share the joy of carrying out the action together, recognize and celebrate the contribution of each one in the collective achievement. That's when the physical realization and experience gain even more sense because they are feeding the celebration of life.
Playing to transform the world together. " anonymous
Developing the ability to... Share with other significant learnings, feelings and challenges experienced; celebrate life and the beginning of future dreams from the following practices: • Welcoming - to create coexistence environments and dialogue where everyone feels welcome at the reunion with themselves and with the group after the Action; • Share - offer a gift to the group, create the moment from the heart, learn from your own experience and from the others. The practice of expressing gratitude, feelings, listen, share and learn; • Celebrate/Commemorate/Play - promote the art of celebrating the collective construction and commemorate this unique moment recognizing the importance of pleasure and play in the transformation of the world.
Elos Methodology Step 6: CELEBRATION Communion Activities • Time for the group to meet again after the Action to share stories and celebrate. ü Inspire and cause the community to organize a celebration with local talents; ü After the collective effort has finished, set up a victory lap of all the thematic groups, ex. Playground group, garden group, others; ü Make a procession, visit the sites together where the Oasis was carried out; ü Organize a circle to share experiences, Time of the Heart and offer a circular dance to celebrate this moment; ü Prepare a presentation with photos, videos and/or objects to reciprocate for the celebration organized by the community; ü Celebrate, make the party!
Tips – To celebrate life ü Demonstrate appreciation and desire to see all artistic and culinary talents in a big party; ü Find out in advance the date and place of the celebration to ensure the presence of partners who identify with the community’s future dream; ü The celebration festival is a time of free expression of the group, encourage the role of the community to realize the action; ü Use and abuse the creativity; ü Encourage the selection of a neutral venue for celebration, that is, allow the fraternization of different community groups; ü A good idea is to prepare a poster or photo album or clothesline of Oasis photos to reciprocate for the community celebration; ü The preparation of the Celebration can be a very enjoyable group activity. Divide into groups, such as: decorating, treats, music, ceremonial.
Make this moment special!
Logbook The 7 disciplines
Logbook The 7 disciplines
Elos Methodology Step 7: RE-EVOLUTION Finally, the impetus for a new cycle of accomplishments connecting the network of partners and the collective dreams into a movement of expansion and transformation. It's time to think about the future, time to gather learnings and plan activities from the initiative and autonomy of each community, directing all the energy mobilized and partners won over to the materialization of new challenges. Action in a network to transform!
Be the change you want to see in the world. M. Gandhi
Developing the ability to... Restart and start collective dreams from the initiative and autonomy of each community; connect to innovative networks, from the following practices: • Belonging - participate, be part of transforming the world in which you want to live; • Propagate - create your own strategies for each community to care for the flame that was lit. Try to expand the network of partners and maintain those who you managed to join together; • Restart - start all over from the first step for a new adventure.
Elos Methodology Step 7: RE-EVOLUTION Expansion Activities • Future Meeting, creating scenarios of the future and launching a new challenge ü Organize at least one Future Meeting with the community and its network of partners, guided by the following steps: talk of the future, connected to the network, creating future and a new challenge. Use the following theme: "If everything was possible, what future would you want?“ ü Visit the community or keep in touch by phone and e-mail for at least three months; ü Invite or encourage the community to visit successful projects related to the dreams of the future; ü Invite or encourage the community to participate in networks, forums, conferences, meetings, courses that inspire and provide tools to carry out new projects; ü Launch a new Challenge!
Tips – To expand dreams ü Remember: Oasis is a game that re-starts now!; ü The goal of this activity is to cause the creation of visions of desirable futures to mobilize, get the group to act, inspire choices, and identify opportunities now; ü Launch a new challenge, it will mobilize the group; ü Now that you know that a better world is possible, see how the community itself can ensure the construction of other collective dreams; ü Use in the workshop of the future the tools like world café and open space; ü Schedule the meeting in advance, ensuring the presence of key local mobilizers and partners; ü The network is built by people: Universities, NGOs, Companies, Government are fertile locations to expand the Network of Partners; ü The scale of the Action of the future depends on the degree of autonomy of the community and of the mobilization of the partners and the community.
The time to Change the World is all the time.
Logbook The 7 disciplines
Logbook The 7 disciplines
Support tool for mobilizing citizens and realizing collective dreams
Oasis Game Design An Oasis Realize a collective dream, empower a movement to do things now to create the world that we all dream of. This is the foundation that guides the Oasis Game, a cooperative tool of citizen mobilization that moves local resources and talents developed by the Elos Institute. By inviting a group of people to build, together with a community, a collective dream, Oasis promotes the experience of Elos Philosophy in a didactical and fun way. Composed of players and community, the game considers a broad definition of community that involves several actors, such as residents, NGOs, local government, leaders and companies. Designed to be practiced in a fully cooperative manner, so that everyone, together, realizes something in common, Oasis proposes rules that allow the victory of all, without exception. In this scenario, the success of one is interdependent on the other's success.
Oasis Game Design Symbolism and meaning The name Oasis was inspired in the history books. An Oasis offers hope, refuge and stability to the tired traveler in the desert. The main idea is that our world is full of vast “deserts”: regions and communities where social and/or environmental vitality has been destroyed. Nevertheless these places still hold points of light full of hope, beauty and joy. The Oasis Game intends to awaken people to their power for collective transformation and reveal more of these points of light around the world, encouraging a culture of daily care of each other and where we live. A community can work together in a cooperative, imaginative and rapid way to build a modern Oasis – a space that promotes life, joy and restoration. Principles and dynamic To play the Oasis Game is to enter a serious game to transform the world. In this trajectory, there are clear principles that guide each move:
PRINCIPLES • Seek abundance • Listen to the hearts • Honor the local talents and desires • Make the impossible happen by joining the materials available – Potentialize, integrate, connect • Ask for help, access your network, cooperate • Dream big and together! Be visible • Believe, go to the end, make it happen • Be spectacular • Have fun and celebrate The dynamics of the game is the crescent waves (network movement) of individuals, groups and institutions that articulate themselves spontaneously, autonomously, and creatively and go out into the street to take care cooperatively, lovingly and daily the revitalization, beautifying and sustainability of many places in the world. Within this vision, the sum of all individual and local resources, build the abundance that we need to transform the world.
Oasis Game Design What are the goals of the Oasis Game? • Stimulate and enable groups and communities for cooperation and entrepreneurship; • Promote an appreciative gaze and amplify the ability for each person to propose creative solutions to the critical issues of our society, of our neighborhood; • Bring to the daily life of the participants the notion that it is possible to change the world without suffering; without compromising one’s freedom or autonomy and even do it all with great pleasure; • Promote the practice of human values such as: respect, compassion, cooperation, acceptance of differences; • Amplify the level of information about strategies on local and global sustainability; • Restore or build a communitarian dream, which can be replicable. Who plays? 1. Mobilizers: The Oasis game can be played by anyone and doesn’t have a maximum limit of participants. However you need a Mobilizer group of 5 to 30 people, aged from 15 years on, responsible for the animation of the Game. This Mobilizer group will be responsible for driving the execution of all tasks in the game. 2. Participants: With a dynamic movement that extends, during the course of the Oasis Game, other people will be involved. These people are residents of the communities, supporting institutions, and other agents, in addition to the Oasis Mundi Network, composed of other groups around the world, who have already played or are playing the Oasis Game. The Oasis game is recommended for: • People who want to get their hands on to make the world we all dream a reality; • Institutions or groups that aim to stimulate and develop their team work; • Companies or initiatives that want to stimulate volunteer work and/or socialenvironmental responsibility of its members; • Communities or institutions that intend to start a Development Plan for a location or project; • Leaders and educators who aim to disseminate values through living experiences, beyond intellectual learning; • Associations or entrepreneurs who want to stimulate to make it happen in teams or groups;
Oasis Game Design Where does the game take place? The Oasis Game takes place in communities that share the same physical space and/or a common purpose. A broad definition of community is understood to be: a neighborhood, a school, a university, a company or a group of people. What is the biggest challenge? The Oasis Gameâ€™s challenge is to conduct a transformation, involving a growing number of people, and promoting the participation of each one with their best to build the collective dream.
Oasis Game Realization â€“ Phases of the Game Phases and actions The game unfolds itself in phases with actions to be performed by mobilizers and participants that make up the groups. The game can be carried out in one week, from Monday to Monday or a period of one month during the weekends. In total, there are seven phases, plus the initial preparation stage. To obtain the proposed results, players assume important characters during the process, which will be symbolically represented by OASIS characters. The contribution of each character will be essential to achieve the full and complete goal of the game. Ready to start? Welcome to the Oasis Game! And remember: The time to change the world is all the time!
Phase 4 Care
PHASE 7 Re-evolution
Phase 3 Affection Productor
ACTIONS Phase 1
Phase 5 Miracle
Guardian Hunter Ninja
Phase 2 Dream ACTIONS
Phase 6 Celebration
Seeds Social technologies of relationships, design and realization
Seeds Social Technologies The Elos Institute uses its own different teaching tools, or from different parts of the world - all free to use. • Cooperative Games: The art of awakening and living cooperation. Cooperative games emphasize participation, challenge and fun. It is more important to play than to compete. The Oasis Game was inspired by the fundamentals of Cooperative Games, with the proposal to seek collective solutions in a cooperative, fun and cheerful way. Learn more: www.projetocooperacao.com.br • Open Space: The art of creating spaces of freedom to investigate, plan and create cooperatively. The Open Space methodology allows for creative meetings with any person in any organizations or groups from 5 to 2000 members. In the Oasis Game, it assists in meetings of the Dream or Care phases, where participants create and generate their own agenda, with simultaneous work sessions around a central theme of strategic importance and dreamed by all. Learn more: www.openspaceworld.org • World Café: The art of promoting and facilitating conversations that really matter. As a conversation process, the World Café is a simple and innovative methodology to host conversations about important issues. In the Oasis Game, the process is adapted to the local reality and has been very effective in the Dream phase. Learn more: www.theworldcafe.com • Mutirão (Collective action): The art of building and fraternizing in solidarity with each other. Mutirão is a word that comes from Tupi - motirõ - which means meeting for the purpose of harvesting or construction. It is the name given in Brazil to collective mobilizations for an end, based on mutual help. In the Oasis Game, the Mutirão is part of one of the main phases: the Miracle. It is the moment when each person comes with their best to accomplish what is initially impossible.
Seeds Social Technologies • Circular dances: The art of arousing integration, restoration, motivation and fellowship among people. The Circular Dances are dances, from different cultures and time periods. They reflect the communion between community members and generally celebrate birth, marriage, planting, the coming of the rains and the entrance of spring. In the Oasis Game, we use the dances to bring the circle to all participants in the game. In the circle, there is no hierarchy, everyone can see and be seen, all can give and receive, thus strengthening the dialogue and team spirit. • Distributed Network: The art of promoting spontaneous organization of individuals and communities. A network is a collection of nodes connected by many paths. It is when there are plenty of connections between all points of a given set. In the Oasis Game, the network builds your dreams, exchanges knowledge and collaborates. A group of people or the community in a network will find more abundance, paths and autonomy to undertake a dream. Learn more: www.escoladeredes.ning.com • The Art of Hosting: is a powerful leadership practicum as well as a daily pattern and practice for many individuals, communities, families, businesses and organization. It is a source for inspiration and resources and connection with people all around the world who are hosting conversations that matter. Learn more: www.artofhosting.org
• Berkana Institute works in partnership with a rich diversity of people around the world who strengthen their communities by working with the wisdom and wealth already present in their people, traditions and environment – It is a source of thinking and connection on living systems approaches which support the approach taken by Elos and others. Learn more: www.berkana.org