• 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 July 3rd 7pm CET: Igor Shiyan: The Positional Method

In Russia, Igor Shiyan and Olga Shiyan have, for several years, practised a method for indirectly teaching students to think dialectically. The method is named the “Positional Training Method” because it invites students to examine scientific works critically from a variety of perspectives. Positional training has its roots in three elements of the psychologist Lev Vygotsky’s theories. Firstly, Vygotsky (1978) highlighted the importance of mastering the cultural influences in the development of higher mental functions. Cultural patterns (such as symbols, language etc.) act as an effective means of organizing a human’s mind. Secondly, Vygotsky maintained that that the appearance of any cognitive function occurs first in collaboration with others (“between people”), and only after that, within the individual themselves. Thirdly, for each individual, Vygotsky postulated that there exists a “zone of proximal development” that defines the gap between the individual’s current capability and their potential capability, were they under the guidance of more capable peers. Consequently, the training is aimed at providing a suite of cognitive tools with which a student can become acquainted through group work and subsequently internalize for themselves.

In this Salon, Igor will explain and give examples of the training method, and will relate some of the experiences and reactions of students that have undergone it. The ideas behind the method may prove useful to those you working as coaches or in higher education who are interested in helping others to develop their dialectical thinking.
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  • 9th Oct 7pm CET: Otto Laske with Ursula Clidiere
    The Constructive Developmental Framework (CDF), developed by Otto Laske, has been shown to restructure and refine many professional practices, especially those of the helping professions which involve a dialogue-based relationship and consultation (educators, therapists, coaches, supervisors, mediators, consultants, etc.). The premise is that of a mutual nature in which the practitioner works with and not for the client, and secondly, the engagement with a client’s and one’s own internal dialogue. Otto Laske’s CDF is one of the very few if not the only adult development framework that focuses on not only one developmental (“vertical”) line, but recognizes the intricate relationship between several, namely social-emotional maturity (meaning making), cognitive development (sense making) and a person’s unique psychological profile. This means that CDF recognizes that people construct their world, both social-emotionally and cognitively, and behave accordingly. Or, in other words, people are embodying the following three central, human Questions which Otto crystalized in his work as: 
    • Social Emotional ED = “What should I do, and for whom?”
    • Cognitive CD = “What can I do, and what are my options?”
    • Psychological NP [Need/Press questionnaire] = “How am I doing?” 
    The session will illuminate how the CDF framework can be used by practitioners - and this, at different levels of familiarity and mastery of the CDF Framework- while also sign posting the ethical aspects, limits and consequences if used out of context or without necessary competence. We are inviting you to a session in which we will have
    (a) a brief ‘fly over’ of the CDF landscape,
    (b) possible entry points into the theory with a practitioner’s lens (‘three houses’)
    (c) a brief overview of the three underlying central themes of ED, CD, and NP, and
    (d) Q&A.
    We will also use this session to mention and celebrate recent (re)publications of Otto as we go through the materials which may offer additional pointers. We welcome inquiries in advance to the session allowing us to highlight or emphasize aspects of particular interest. 

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