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Finding US in Music™

A Method for Deeper Group Engagement That Integrates MUSIC with Ubuntu, Contemplation and Reflection
  • Barbara Nussbaum
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Abstract

Increasingly both in the theory and practice of organizational development, themes of connecting with the other, participation and co-creation, leveraging “We Spaces” are becoming more common. How then can music bring a positive contribution to transformation within organizations? This chapter discusses the potential role that contemplating self and other through the frame of music can give to the transformation of consciousness. A pioneering approach to personal transformation is introduced in which music amplifies personal narratives in small groups and is the primary lens for self- awareness and mutual discovery. Theorists and practitioners from diverse disciplines inform a theoretical backdrop: from John Dewey (The later works of John Dewey (Volume 10, 1925 – 1953): 1934, Art as experience. Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale, 1989) and Maxine Greene (Active learning and aesthetic encounters, 1st edn. NCREST, New York, 1995) in aesthetic education; David Cooperrider and Diana Whitney (Collaborating for change: appreciative inquiry. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Oakland, 1999) – appreciative inquiry; integral organizational development; integral philosophy of Steven McIntosh (Integral consciousness and the future of evolution: how the integral worldview is transforming politics, culture and spirituality. Paragon House, St Paul, 2007) and Ken Wilber (A brief theory of everything. Shambala Press, Boston, 2000), and the African philosophy of Ubuntu Dion Forster (HTS Theol Stud 66(1):1–12, 2010). The integration of diverse perspectives paints a picture of how and why such music-centric approaches hold relevance for personal and group transformation in twenty-first-century organizations. This chapter is intended to make a small contribution to sparking inquiry and inspiring innovative practices, locally and globally in the evolving field of organizational development. We live during a time when finding viable and engaging approaches to heal and transform the many divides within organizations and societies globally are sorely needed.

Keywords

Appreciative inquiry We space Ubuntu Intersubjective space Personal transformation Group transformation Organizational transformation through group engagement Contemplation through music Music and Ubuntu Music in Organizational Development Group as an art form: integral philosophy Individual transformation Contemplative approaches in organizations, organizational aesthetics Finding Us in Music Peter Gabel Thomas Hübl Chene Swart 

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  1. 1.Independent Consultant to the Centre for Student CommunitiesStellenbosch UniversityStellenboschSouth Africa

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