Twenty Key Features of a Conscious Public Organisation

This checklist, drawn from over 20 years working with public sector organisations, as well as recent research in to the field of “Conscious Business” offers a new way to look at public service. Whether it is a local government organisation, a hospital or a public utility, public organisations have tended to evolve into bureaucracies, strongly…

The Conscious Cafe: 1001 Ways to Improve Sales

I live in cafes. I work and write in cafes. I eat and drink in cafes. I meet in cafes. I also teach real customer service. So, here are 101 ideas and tips for refreshing your approach to running your cafe, especially if you are honest enough with yourself to admit you may have “lost…

Take The First Step Towards Becoming a Conscious Business

Are You Ready to Take the Next Step Towards Becoming a Conscious Business? We can help you and your organisation to develop into a conscious business. A conscious business is able to fully sense what is going on and what needs to be done, internally and externally, in real time. Like a fully conscious person,…

How Conscious is your Business?

Self-Assessment Tool Purpose The following exercise is easy to carry out and will give you a rough idea of how well it scores as a conscious business How to do it Read through the simple model below which shows the basic elements of a conscious business then work through the instructions. Eleven Elements of a…

Conscious Business Leadership – A Checklist

By Jamie Pyper and Paul Levy “The old leadership models increasingly no longer apply. A new type of conscious leader is emerging whose style is fit for 21st century purpose.” Jamie Pyper There’s been a lot written on leadership in recent years. We’ve heard of visionary leaders, charismatic leaders, strategic leaders, and even servant-leaders.  Less has…

Conscious Business: The Pyper calls the Tune

Conscious business pioneer, Jamie Pyper, offers a remarkably simple view of what a conscious business is… According to Jamie, co-founder of Conscious Business People, and a regular café converser with CATS3000’s Paul Levy, conscious business uses  “Common Sense to change the way business is done.” Here Paul has elaborated Jamie’s powerful eleven point checklist and…

Exploring Motive Consciousness

What is motive consciousness? Motive consciousness is high when a business is aware of its motives. The widely and openly shared those motives are, the more conscious the business is as a hole. Motives which are kept hidden from any part of the organisation lowers the consciousness of the business. Motives can also be distorted…

The Man in the Red Suit

For many people, Christmas has become an almost meaningless repetition. Present giving is about “getting things” for other people, often from high street stores or from online retailers. The act of generosity in the giving of a present can vary from being a well chosen gift that lights up another, to the same bath salts…

What is Open Space ?

Open Space usually refers to a method of meeting and getting things done called Open Space Technology. Open Space can also refer to any approach that “opens space” for something possible to happen, for some potential to be realised. It suggests that a situation may be restricted by too much control and structure, limiting the…

Why Conscious Businesses Aren’t Interested in Selling

The following video is one of my “talks from the shed”, where I share some thoughts from my den of inspiration – the shed at the bottom of my garden. In this short talk, I offer a challenge to a process that has become so hard-wired into people and businesses, that even socially responsible businesses…

Exploring the Principles: When it’s over, it’s over

This is my personal favorite principle of open space technology. Why should a session run to the end of its allotted time on a timetable if the conversation has reached a natural end? Why should a vital conversation be brought to a premature end if it needs to flow on? When we self-organise a conversation,…

Exploring the Principles: Whoever comes are the right people

Like many of the open space principles, they are true at an archetypal level. The people who are in the room to get to work together on something are the people we have. Where attendance in that room is voluntary, we have a community formed out of freedom, and that commitment means the right people…

Exploring the Principles: Whenever it starts is the right time

We can become trapped by all kinds of dogma in our lives. One of them is start times. Businesses clock people in and out and there are sanctions for poor timekeeping. We grow up with school timetables and many of us probably remember being told off or even punished for being late to class. In…

Open Space – Pure and Simple

An invitation goes out to a group or community of people who are in a position to voluntarily attend an open space event. This open space event is based on this invitation: an invitation to a conversation on a topic that will make that community restless enough to attend the event and to “get to…

Book a Conscious Business Training Session

Overview We offer a number of one or two-day training sessions in Conscious Business. Using our signature interactive style, each session offers a strong grounding in the core principles of conscious business practice, as well as an opportunity to directly relate theses principles to your own business or organisation. Practical activities, stories and cases combine…

A Deeper Dive into the Beauty of Open Space

Skye Hirst posed the powerful question – what does beauty mean and how is it experienced,especially in relation to Open Space? Why did I call Open Space Technology Beautiful? Open Space is a benevolent process. I sense the benevolence is in… – the of gesture of faith in people and their ability to self organise…

Conscious Business and Social Responsibility

One of the perplexing realisations I arrived at when exploring the subject of Conscious Business more deeply was this: A conscious business isn’t always a socially responsible one. Indeed, some highly conscious businesses are extremely toxic in their approach to their communities, their employees, their customers and the environment. Many of the most conscious businesses…

Open Space – the Real Guide

” …the 5 principles and the Law are descriptive and not prescriptive. Or at least that is the way they popped into my head: simple observations of what was transpiring, as opposed to directions concerning what should be taking place. I have always said “Principles” and “Law” with a smile, because if you really think about…

The Bell of The Silence

I watched him. He’d been playing with his gong for over ten minutes, building up to the moment of power when he’d give it a little whack. A little whack of almost-forever. The bell would sound and keep sounding, resound and sound on, and reach all four corners of his virtuous circle. A call back…

The Danger of Games in Improvisation

The difficulty I have with the “games” is how attached some people have become to them, especially in, of all fields, improvisation. Games are often used to “warm up” and “loosen up” for improvisation performance. They are used a lot in training and workshops. Let’s take a look at the process of play, which lies…

What is to be done about Improvisation?

I’ve had four connections with the world of improvisation during my professional life. Firstly I led theatre workshops for over fifteen years as part of Brighton’s community-based Upstairs Theatre Company. This company is a bit of a legend in the city of Brighton having given birth to the professional careers of a lot of actors,…

Deep Dive into Business Self-Consciousness

METRIC 2 – Business Self-Consciousness Here we attempt to assess the extent to which the business is self-aware of key issues relating to Conscious Business. To what extent does the business “know itself” in real time. Here we define self-knowledge and awareness as a consciousness of the organisation self – the who, what, why, how,…

Open Some Space

Would you like to open some space in your organisation or community? I can help you. I’ve been opening space for over twenty years, using Open Space Technology and other approaches. If you’d like to organise an Open Space Conference then contact me. You can reach me easily… By email at paul@cats3000.net Or by telephone…

Process Effect

A change in one process brings about a change in, or has an effect on, another “The sea suddenly rushes in with a surge and the deck chair goes toppling! The sandcastle, now standing along with the family long since departed for their midday meal, melts in the waves and is soon reduced to a…

Insights from an Open Space on Open Space in London 2013

This Open Space on Open Space (OSonOs), took place at Lauderdale House in London, on May 20th 2013. Notes to follow… Listen to our audio digest 1: Listen to our audio digest 2: Jon Harvey opens the space is a very minimal way – about three minutes, the market place opens and, within ten minutes…

Orphaning the Top Table and the Power of the Circle

I remember a conference where the audience took over – at least for a while. It was a revolution that left the top table (the ones who had the bottles of mineral water and the little flowers in vases) paralysed with perplexity. A formal presentation using a lot of bullet-pointed Power Point had just stopped…

Temporal Conscious Business – A No Nonsense Guide

Think about your business right now. You’ve probably got a bunch of things to do. How well is your business doing right now? What are the main challenges today? Now imagine yourself slowly into the future. Tomorrow, next week, next month, next year, five years from you. How clear is the future to you? How…

Process Direction

Some processes move in a particular direction. “The grass verge is all blown land-wards. It must have bent in the same wind for a long time. Even bushes lean to- wards the ground. Here the northerly wind is well known. As I stare out to see I can see a line of ships on the…

Process Reflection

Some processes are reflected in others – through their behaviour – or appearance. “I pick up a round pebble. It is so soft and smooth, almost a perfect egg shape. How many years  of washing by the sea has created this smooth perfection ? “A young child runs along the beach blowing a plastic whistle….