We are in business to equip people to thrive as they work together in our fast, complex world.
Why? Because in the big picture, we believe it’s the most important contribution we can make. Our accelerating and increasingly complex world civilization is producing enormous challenges and amazing opportunities. These are of an entirely new nature and scale, and the way we see it, expanding our ability to cooperate is the key to success.
Religion, politics and technology are hugely significant, and they provide benefits and advantages for some individuals and groups. But if we consider the welfare of whole species and the sustainability of our planetary ecology that supports us, our conclusion is that the “answer”, if there is an answer, lies in the cultivation of individual awareness of our ability to thrive as we get things done together.
We think human beings are at their best when they are intensely engaged in cooperating to improve the way the world works. Our species’ most amazingly powerful adaptation is our ability to cooperate. It’s not something we need to learn: it’s a fundamental part of being human.
These abilities were developed over tens of thousands of years ago in tribal societies. But in a world that’s getting faster and more complex every day, we now need the skills and sensibilities for effective collaboration at a higher level. Cooperation at the tribal level is relatively easy. For thriving on collaboration across time zones, cultures, generations, functions… we need higher-level skills and dispositions. Our experience is that they are in short supply.
The way we see it, the world is accelerating. Change is constant, but the rate of change is increasing. The world that we are bringing forth together is entirely different from the one that human being evolved in. Some call it VUCA: volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. Whatever it is, the phenomenon is pervading the entire civilisation and no-one is unaffected.
The Downside: When I was born, there were about 2.7 billion people on the planet. That number has tripled in six decades. We are now in entirely unknown territory, a completely new game.
And yet, collectively, we are acting as though this is not the case. We are deploying technologies like genetic engineering and AI with wild abandon, the gap between the richest and poorest is widening, the number of people being displaced is rising, we continue to develop the military capability of unimaginable destructive power.
Above all else, collectively, we are so numerous and our activities so energy intense that, hour-by-hour we are now compromising the natural systems on which our lives depend utterly.
The Upside: We are more connected and networked than every before. The speed and multiplicity of our communications has increased by orders of magnitude in recent years. Our capability to capture and analyze information continues to expand at a rapid rate.
Our knowledge of ourselves is expanding exponentially. We are discovering and pooling new understandings of human biology and psychology, of individual and collective behaviour, of our preferences, responses, thinking, communication, and social structures. The understanding of what it means to be human is deeper and wider than ever before.
Our mission: we want to find ways to expand people’s capacity of collaborating and learning together.
While tips, tools and techniques are attractive, we think it’s equally important to cultivate dispositions, sensibilities for learning as we work together.
These “habits of mind”, cannot be learned from books and videos. They need to be developed experientially; they require recurrent practice. This is not mere cognitive understanding, it’s embodied competency. Developing this kind of know-how requires recurrent social interaction and lots of feedback. That is what V-teamwork cultivates.
The Internet has brought us new possibilities for learning in action together. In immersive virtual environments, with skilled coaches and small teams, we now have the opportunity to engage with one another. The psychological safety of these learning environments affords us accelerated development of essential skills and sensibilities for collaboration.
The future is here. It’s just not widely distributed yet. – William Gibson
V-Teamwork cultivates dispositions for working across time zones, cultures, generations and functions.
These “habits of mind” are developed experientially, through practice in an online environment with feedback from coaches.