• There is a fascinating emerging body of knowledge in the field of adult development.
  • Notably, the insights around cognitive development are not fully accessible yet.
  • How would our world look if we applied these evolving insights to the fields of businesses, education, politics etc?
  • CAD, the Center of Applied of Dialectics, opens up a platform for practitioners in the field of adult development, integrating research into their practice, exchanging findings and thereby nourishing each other, empowering others to do likewise.


Upcoming Salons - The next dates: 

  • Wed Feb 7th, 7pm CET: Anssi Balk: "Applying Modern Learning Design Principles to Constructive Developmental Theory"
    Despite its potential, Adult Development Theory remains underutilized in the L&D field. To make this theory more accessible, scalable and impactful, we must reimagine learning processes where it is use and harness the possibilities of modern technology. Join our webinar to explore Metaskills framework and app, presenting a practical and innovative approach to applying constructive developmental theory that genuinely resonates with all kinds of people, helping them recognize its profound relevance to their lives and personal challenges. Link to calendar entry, zoom link: 
  • Thu March 14th, 8pm CET: : Nick Shannon - Preview on the Handbook of Dialecitcal Thinking; link to calendar entry; zoom link: 
    • The Routledge International Handbook of Dialectical Thinking is a landmark volume offering a multi-disciplinary compendium of the research, theory and practice that defines dialectical thinking, its importance and how it develops over the lifespan. 
    • For the first time, this handbook brings together theory and research on dialectical thinking as a psychological phenomenon from early childhood through the human lifespan.
    • Grounding dialectical thinking in multiple philosophical traditions stemming from antiquity, it explores current psychological models of such thought patterns and shows how these can be applied in everyday life and across multiple disciplines, including philosophy, physics, mathematics, and international relations.
    • The handbook explains the nature of dialectical thinking, why it is important, and how it can be developed in children and in adults.
    • It concludes with a final chapter depicting a discussion among the authors, exploring the question ‘How could dialectical thinking be the antidote to dogma?’ 
    • Written by a group of international scholars, this comprehensive publication is an essential reference for researchers and graduate students in psychology and the social sciences, as well as scholars interested in integrating different perspectives and issues from a wide variety of disciplines.  
    • Nick Shannon is a British Chartered Occupational Psychologist who consults with a wide variety of private and public sector organizations seeking to develop the strength of their leadership by providing human resource consulting, executive assessment, coaching, mentoring and senior team facilitation.  
    • Michael F. Mascolo, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology at Merrimack College and the Academic Director of Compass, a year-long self-cultivation program for first-year college students. His work focuses on the elaboration of a relational-developmental understanding of what it means to be human. 
    • Anastasia Belolutskaya has a PhD in psychology and is the head of the Laboratory of Professional Competence Assessment and Adult Development at Moscow City University (Research Institute of Urban Studies and Global Education). She is also a lecturer at Lomonosov Moscow State University (Psychological Department).  
    • At our next salon on March 14th, Nick Shannon will be giving an overview of the Routledge International Handbook of Dialectical Thinking to be published this year in July.  
    • The handbook explores the history of dialectical thinking, different models of dialectical thinking, applications of dialectical thinking and the development of dialectical thinking from childhood to adulthood. 
    • Nick is planning a series of follow up salons where the authors discuss the contents of their various chapters. 
    • The publisher writes:
  • The next dates: : 
    • Tue April 2nd 7pm
    • Tue May 7th 7pm
    • Mo June 3rd 7pm
    • Wed July 3rd 7pm

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The setup of CAD is financially supported by the EU, as it is part of the CADRA project - Cognitive Adult Development, from Research to Application - see