1st Edition

Social Dreaming @ Work

Edited By W. Gordon Lawrence Copyright 1998
    222 Pages
    by Routledge

    198 Pages
    by Routledge

    "Social Dreaming" is the name given to a method of working with dreams that are shared and associated to within a gathering of people, coming together for this purpose. Its immediate origins date back to the early 1980s. At that time, Gordon Lawrence was on the scientific staff of the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations. He was a core member of the Institute's Group Relations Programme, within which he had developed a distinctive approach centring around the concept of "relatedness" — that is, the ways in which individual experience and behaviour reflects and is structured by conscious and unconscious constructs of the group or organization in the mind...

    In Memory of Sam Lawrence, 3rd July, 1993 to 3rd December, 1996 -- Introduction -- Prologue -- "Won from the void and formless infinite": experiences of social dreaming -- Dreaming to learn: pathways to rediscovery -- Vision in organizational life -- The use of dreams in systems-centred theory -- The social dreaming matrix -- After Shakespeare—the language of social dreaming -- Thinking aloud: contributions to three dialogues -- Creating new cultures: the contribution of social dreaming -- Social dreaming as a tool of consultancy and action research -- Simultaneity and parallel process: an on-line applied social dreaming matrix -- Social dreaming @ work


    Gordon Lawrence was a managing partner of Social Dreaming Ltd, London, and a visiting professor at the University of Northumberland, Newcastle, the New Bulgarian University, Sofia, and at La Sapienza, the University of Rome. Formerly, he held a visiting professorship at Cranfield University, Bedford. He was on the editorial board of Free Associations (UK), Freie Assoziation (Germany) and Organizational and Social Dynamics (UK). He was a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Socio-Analysis and a Distinguished Member of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations.