CATS3000 Statement of Shared Beliefs






Our Way of Working

Our Picture of the Future

Some Questions:

What is Change?

What is Transformation ?

“The purpose of our business is top close down!”

“We’d prefer never to see you again!”

Our organisation survives and lives on its values and beliefs.

We only work with organisations we care about and who care about their people



Our Curriculum


Personal and Organisational Transformation

Creativity and Problem Solving

Presenting Innovation and Transformation

Change through Drama and Artistry

Moral technique and Moral artistry

Managing personal innovation and change

Action research

Real Team Design through Performance

Improving Communication and Communion

Empowerment-led Transformation

Open Space Transformation

Enhancing Personal Creativity

Change and Transformation through Movement

The Art of Revolution


What is CATS ?

How did CATS come about ?

How does CATS operate ?

CATS social practioners

CATS artists

Our Learning Community


CATS is a virtual organisation

CATS structure is based on the theory of emergence

CATs work within an involutionary perspective

CATS is not a cult

CATS supports individual freedom within the law and a healthy questioning of that law

CATS opposes dogma and gurus

CATS supports and celebrates diversity

CATS believe in a positive approach to life and the inherent goodness in all people

CATs are wary of making statements such as those above and constantly questions them

CATs believe that good humour is a force for social cohesion

CATs people believe in gentle approaches

CAT is a loose grouping of social artists who share work and some administrative systems because they share a broad common set of beliefs about the world (as listed above). CATs is based on the core belief: Que sera.

CATs people believe in learning in both individuals and organisations as a force for improvement

CATS is about double loop learning and second order change

CATS is about gentle approaches to change, even where that change is dramatic and transformational

CATS believes in a healthy interchange of ideas and experience between the economic and artistic/cultural realms of society whilst respecting the uniqueness and need for freedom in these spheres

CATS believes that structure and ideology, taken to extremes, are dangerous and damaging elements in the world. CATS is even suspicious of its own structure and ideology.

CATs people do not advertise their services directly though they may send out information to those who request it.

CATs people do not give answers to questions that have not been asked.

CATs has no rules that are not the result an emergent contingent process which is shared and rigorously and regularly questioned.

CATS has no bosses though there may be leaders who arise from a joint, emergent process based on trust, respect and wisdom.

Like real cats, CATS people are independent, affectionate, not afraid of exploring the unknown, yet careful. Because CATS people work in the social world, they are friendly and somewhat tame.

We do not charge fees

We talk about resourcing events. We are open and honest about this. If an event cannot be satisfactorily resourced in partnership, then it cannot run.

Resources include:


people (who are costed according to self-defined need)





where events are repeated, a standardised “resource package” (similar to a price) may be developed and agreed but great care should be taken.

we treat all non-renewable resources as “capital”

CATS will never go into the red.

All of the above are simply statements of value and arising behaviour – they are not rules – there are and can be no sanctions. The above values are suggested as the foundations of CATs activity to be agreed and renewed regularly.

CATs holds an annual open space conference for CATS people.

CATs cares about society and the role of people in it.

CATs is committed to freely developed consciousness without the use of artificial substances

CATs upholds diversity

Loyalty grows out of the synergy we create

There is no hierarchy in CATs that is not emergent.

The divorce of true man from himself has had both positive and negative consequences. Positively, he has developed greater self-consciousness. Negatively, the arising duality of man against nature, or man in nature, as against man of nature, has created a wish to control and structure nature as if it were something man were wholly separate from. Consciousness of self is also awareness of individuality, and it has not been a difficult step (nor a surprising one) that man has begun to see his fellow man as something wholly separate and outside himself, other than himself, like nature, to be controlled and structured. This has created societies based upon the control and structure principles.

Science has spawned industry. The materialistic paradigm underpins scientfic method and the outputs of this method have led to technological artefacts driving social organisations based upon the principles of scientfic control and structure.

There is clearly structure in nature, and clearly structure in man. Man is a part of nature and therefore subject to its laws of structure. Yet Man also demontrates empirically the ability to transcend, even contradict such laws and, in many studies, his behaviour demonstrates chaotic properties. Traditional science pursues the bringing of such “chaotic” behaviour under close observation and eventually aims to prove the chaos to be not chaos at all, but predictable complexity.

In more spiritual circles the chaos is deemed to be, not chaos at all, but evidence either of the true freedom of man, unfettered by mechanical natural law, or else evidence of the unseen and unfathomable hand of divinity.

work/life distinctions

we do not give answers to questions that have not been asked

we never work for free

we have no intentional hidden agendas and we accept that some tings that are hidden reveal themselves in our current behaviour

no jargon in our work – we try to speak plain english

we believe in respecting other people’s right to their own space

awareness of others in the group: encourager les autres

celebrate what you want to see more of

basic attitudes to being with people

– loving, light and strong

– humorous and self-control

– each encounter is a new one

– laugh first in some way in an encounter

– service given out of love not money

– be prepared to break the rules

– an healthy disrespect for structure


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