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About Emergent Knowledge

What is Emergent Knowledge?

Emergent Knowledge eliminates the physiology of effort.  In conventional coaching, clients often spend their time getting motivated to stretch themselves further than they have gone before: a certain amount of strain and effort is expected. Using Emergent Knowledge (EK) techniques, blocks and habits which may have stood in the client’s way are effortlessly integrated into elements that will work for rather than against the client. EK eliminates the physiology of effort and enables clients either to achieve their goals or put them aside to discover what they really want to aim for.

How Emergent Knowledge works
The client is treated as a system; anything that affects one part of the system will affect other parts. Through a series of questions, which are ‘clean’ because they do not lead or influence the individual, knowledge is unearthed which may have become inaccessible over the years, due to life’s twists and turns. EK engages the client’s own intuition to unravel these complexities and thereby access his or her best and most congruent self.

Emergent Knowledge has been developed from David Grove’s work in Clean Language, metaphor, Clean Space and the Six Degrees to Freedom. Emergence is the science of how things are achieved through connections. It involves the theories of chaos and six degrees of separation and explains how ant colonies are formed or search engines operate, through repetitive connections rather than being controlled by any one leader. David has applied the principles of emergence to the human psyche in order to emerge knowledge which may be buried or inaccessible to the client.

Clean Language means honouring everything the client says by reflecting their words back and asking open questions which will not lead or influence them. Questions are free from the opinions, personal perspective and inadvertent biases of the coach themselves. David Grove’s definition of a Clean Question is ‘any question that does not make a client feel uncomfortable’.

Clean Space: whereas Clean Language helps the client linguistically, Clean Space does the same but spatially, literally by exploring the physical space around the client. By moving to a different place in the room or facing a different angle, we find we see things from a different perspective and new ideas come to

Six Degrees to Freedom: This is based on the theory of ‘Six degrees of separation’, which contends that everyone in the world is only six links away from anyone else in terms of contacts. Combined with Emergent Knowledge, this results in a technique where clients are asked iterative questions (repetitive questions which are similar but not identical) around six times each in order to reach new knowledge and insight and to reintegrate psychological areas which may have become disassociated.

Who can benefit from this training?

Professional practitioners
Therapists, coaches, NLP practitioners, HR executives and psychologists will find that our courses deliver valuable new tools and an enlightening experience.

Practitioners of Clean Language, Symbolic Modelling and Clean Space
If you have trained in Clean Language, Symbolic Modelling and/or Clean Space, you will be able to incorporate all these techniques. There will be very little doubling up as the course focuses on teaching the principles of Emergent Knowledge and Six Degrees to Freedom.

Corporate Coaches, internal and external
You can deepen your clients’ coaching experience by learning to work with metaphor, space and Emergent Knowledge. These skills are most effective at alleviating blocks, phobias and repeating behaviour patterns that regular coaching cannot solve.

What is new about these techniques?

Emergent Knowledge treats the client as a system: what changes one part of the system will automatically change other parts. Change comes about through a series of repetitive Clean questions which gradually emerge self-knowledge that may have been buried and lost to the client.