An Application of DBM® with John McWhirter, Creator of DBM®
(Presented in English with Sequential Spanish Translation)
Before modern humans there were no values in the world. That is, values, as we humans experience and understand them. While many animals clearly experience pleasure and pain and develop preferences for experiences, other animals and things, they do no exhibit the additional experience of “Value” that are prevalent in everyday human experience. They are not motivated, or respond to punishment or reward in relation to values. They do not crave “value” in life. Only humans do this. Value then is a major defining feature of being human.
In recent times values have come to dominate much of our life. Values are very important, they contribute greatly to the quality of our lives. Valuing helps us relate effectively and efficiently with the world, we learn to know what we like, making it easier to attain and sustain. Values add a different level of experience that in itself can be enjoyed and appreciated; we learn to like what we like. Beyond that we learn to value things in themselves, independent of our liking, from food and wine through to music and art, from individuals to qualities such as loving and support, beauty and self-sacrifice. Valuing and values add greatly to our experience of the world. They become “things” that we experience as very important parts of our world.
Values are also one of the greatest threats to our quality of life and to the survival of our species.
Political and economic values are used to dictate world policy and practice, whether, for example, it is forcing democracy onto other political systems, imposing economic austerity (even when there is a questionable case for it in practice).
Economic values place rich and poor against each other often in fear rather than helping each other. Religious values create conflicts between and increasingly within religions with increasing numbers of people killing and being killed for and from their religious values.
People used to be recognised as valued members of the tribe or society in recognition of important contributions. Now working to create and maintain positions of fame, political and economic power have become much more important than what is actually usefully done in the position. Celebrity has become such a high value that you can now just be famous for doing nothing other than being famous!
Our consumer society has elevated the value of “things” way beyond previous levels. We “collect value” and “consume value”. We become addicted to what we value. We “de-value” the natural world as we exploit resources to feed this consumerism. As a species our numbers escalate as our value to the planet decreases. Evidently our current values are not sustainable.
Our ability to create value often results in the creation of “false” values, based on mistakes, illusions and delusions. These are dangerous as they will never be useful for effectively living in the real world.
Too often we impose or try to impose our values onto others. This is part of socialisation of children but it often goes too far or is not done well. It is often inappropriately applied to adults and is abusive.
The experience of life itself can become impoverished as we seek these additional values, if we cannot find it in this world we create others beyond; in fantasy and hoped for realities; and in doing so sustain the unsustainable!
Often we feel that we are the powerless victims of a dominating world. We feel helpless that we cannot change the whole world and so we do nothing. We can though change ourselves and help those around us to change and in doing so we change a little part of the world and the whole world is changed a little. In doing so we can additionally value our own contribution as well as the changes.
How then have we created this dominating influence of value in our lives?
How can we create more useful values and ways of valuing to enhance our everyday life?
In doing so how can we create a better world for ourselves and others, one that works for everybody?
How can we create values that are truly worth valuing?
Ultimately how can we develop as a species of value?
This workshop will introduce some of the latest exploration and modelling of “value” by John McWhirter, creator of DBM® and one of the worlds’ leading, and most prolific, behavioural modellers.
John will guide the group through a sequence of experiential exercises that will greatly expand the groups understanding, knowledge and skill in how values are created, organised and experienced.
Building on this he will then guide the group to investigate the value of values, to identify which are truly worth experiencing for enhancing the quality of life in the real world, which are limiting and which are dangerous.
From this understanding they group will then explore how to change values, from modifying (re-modelling values) through resolving and dissolving conflicting values, to developing and creating new values.
Finally the group will explore how to continue developing value and values that develop us as a species of value on this planet.
If you are interested in this course, please write in English to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send details and answer any questions.