Sharing dreams (night time), and associations
to dreams, with fellow members of an organisation, together with
a socio-analytic consultant, frequently illuminates the “unexpressed known” about
the the organisation.
In organisational dreaming the dreaming is generated, and held,
within three containers:
- The Task of the Matrix : “To
offer dreams, make associations to the dreams, and to make connections
between the dreams”.
- The Task of the Project.
Task of the Organisation.
These three containers help shape the dreams that are offered,
and provide a vertex for the associations that are made to the
dreams, and for exploring the meanings of the dream. The focus
in organisational dreaming is not on the meaning of the dream for
the individual dreamer (that is left to the dreamer), but on what
may illuminate organisational realities. Through the work and imaginative
play with others the Group uncovers, develops and makes shared
As the sharing is from a night time dream,
not a direct experience at work, thts provides an unconflicted
space for imaginatively exploring organisational realities, which
otherwise are likely to be buried in the “unexpressed known” part
of organisational consciousness.
The task of Consultant is to draw attention to possible connections
between dreams, links to the task of the consultancy, and offer
hypotheses about dynamics.
When the “unexpressed known” is
made manifest this can lead to a new understanding of differences
within an organisation, a healing of splits for the members of
the Organisational Dreaming Matrix, and the possibility of a
new culture emerging. Organisational Dreaming offers the chance
of recombining, and becoming whole in a new way i.e. conscious
and unconscious becoming linked in a healthy way to the task
of the organisation.
Organisational Dreaming, as part of a consultancy
project, started in Australia in 1994 at the Wasley Institute,
where 6 members of the Executive Goup, with Alastair Bain as Consultant,
shared dreams, associations, and connections within a project task.
(See Alastair Bain, “Organisational
Organisational dreaming can be for a Leadership
Team, or a cross section of an organisation, as with a recent
consultancy project carried out by the Australian Institute of
Socio-Analysis with staff from a large welfare organisation in
Victoria. In this case 16 staff took part in an Organisational
Dreaming Project that met fortnightly initially for eight 1.5
hour sesssions, and later with a changed membership for a further
6 sessions. The Organisational Dreaming took place within a project
that had the Task: “To
develop social entrepreneurial ways of working within [the organisation]”.
(See Alastair Bain, “The
Organisation Containing and Being Contained by Dreams”).
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The word Matrix
is used to describe the nature of the work, and the seating
arrangement, which is in the form of a snowflake. The word “matrix” comes
from the Latin for “uterus”, “out of which