ISPSO European Regional Meeting: “Working from the periphery, leading from the edge”

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Date(s) - 01/04/2016 - 03/04/2016
All Day

Irish Writers Centre

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Ireland is geographically located at the edge of Europe. It faces the Continent, the U.K., and across the Atlantic, North America. Together with other European nations, Ireland has been designated in recent years as occupying a liminal space, defined by economic wealth: Ireland is at the “periphery” in a Europe fragmented between centre and edge.
The ISPSO European Regional Meeting 2016 will focus on the tasks of observing from the periphery and leading from the edge. In organisations, it is necessary to focus not only on the central dimensions of authority, boundary, and vision, but also on the viewpoints of participant observers, whether organisational agents or consultants.
Reversing the negative valency of centre and periphery, Ireland’s physical location is articulated as metaphor for a critical consultative capability, offering organisational participants the experience of evenly hovering attention, a dimension of psychodynamic process which must be remembered in an age that fragments centre as positive and edge as negative. In it, we remember the analytic position, however inter-subjective, always observes from the periphery and leads from the edge.

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