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An Introduction to Social Presencing Theater

September 13, 2023 @ 3:00 am - 4:30 am CEST

Social Presencing Theater (SPT) is a social arts form that integrates mindfulness, embodiment & systems thinking to enable awareness based leadership & systems change. SPT is co-developed by Arawana Hayashi and practitioners at Presencing Institute and MIT (USA). It has been applied in leadership and systems transformation across business, government, UN and civil society sectors worldwide.

This is not “theater” in the conventional sense, but uses simple body postures, movements, and spatial design to dissolve limiting concepts, to communicate directly, to access intuition, and to make visible both current realities, and the deeper–often invisible–leverage points for creating profound change.

In this 90 min online session, Manish Srivastava, will introduce SPT as a social art and awareness based practice and guide us through some simple exercises and share some application stories.

Manish Srivastava is a Senior Faculty of UN SDG lab and Co-Director of Social Presencing Theatre (SPT) with Presencing Institute.

Manish works with leaders across the UN, business, government and civil society sectors to co-design social innovation labs. He integrates poetry, contemplative art and systems thinking to help leaders collectively sense, own and transform the societal divides. His work on “Systems Transformation through Social Art” has featured at the Inner Development Goal (IDG) Summit in 2022, PI Global Forum 2021, Conflict Transformation Summit in 2020.

Prior to consulting, Manish worked with MNCs like Unilever and Marriott hotels in various leadership and change management roles. He has been an action-research fellow at MIT, USA and external facilitator of leadership transformation with Mckinsey & Co. Manish holds a Masters in HR from SIBM, Pune, and, Research-scholarship in Anthropology and Psychology from Harvard University.

Manish is an award-winning poet, story-teller and social artist. He has published in two books that offer a poetic pathway to resilience and healing gender divides.

Read more about his work on:
Presencing Institute blog:
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/connectwithmanish
Personal blog: www.sacredwell.in


September 13, 2023
3:00 am - 4:30 am CEST
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