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Futureorientation 2/2009

Gitte Larsen

Dear Reader. Mental mobility. ”Spirituality and mobility” is the theme of this FO. Many have said to me that the two words seem contradictory. One said spirituality is the search for inner peace, while mobility is the opposite: movement. Some authors in this FO have chosen to concentrate their articles on either spirituality or mobility, while others have created their own interpretation from a combination of the two terms.

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Theme: The Spirituality and mobility issue

Jørn Borup: Buddha, Buddha Cool

Corporate karma, Zen management and lama coaching. Buddhist ideology and practice has become popular in business. It is used as a development tool and for the spiritual branding of everything from products to businesses and business leaders. Read about several examples and reflections about why we should ask critical questions about this trend.

Christine Lind Ditlevsen: Action-oriented spirituality

Musician Peter Bastian, with his contemporary, action-oriented spirituality, wants to give the individual and culture a boost that can carry us into a new global consciousness. With this awareness, we can take a shared responsibility as co-creators of our future instead of being stuck in a victim mentality.

Emilia van Hauen: From Egofest to Co-creation

We are seeing a shift in the spirit of the age. After 30 years of intense focus on personal potential, we are now turning to the purpose of personal life. Where our personal self-development was once the priority, it is now about making a difference and engaging in the service of the whole. Welcome to “The Great Age of Collective Creation.”

Essay By Morten Grønborg: Branding & Conspiracy 4: The Outer-controlled I

“PERSONAL BRANDING. Want to find the right partner? - Then you must change your strategy! [We] give you the power techniques from business so you can learn to brand yourself. Join the workshop on ...” Ad in a nationwide free newspaper for a Copenhagen psychological clinic.

Brigitte Jordan: Living “in-between”

As the world is increasingly on the move, knowledge workers are even more so. Sharing her research and experiences as a mobile knowledge worker, Brigitte Jordan, PhD, relates to us in this article how work is less about being in a place, and more about living “in-between” spaces where work and private life blur and create new opportunities and new challenges. Brigitte Jordan herself lives and works in-between Silicon Valley, USA and her open-air, no-walls home-cum-workplace, Besos del Viento, in Costa Rica.

Johan Peter Paludan’s comment: Spirituality - religiosity or lifestyle?

Words change value over time. Being spiritual once mean you were full of spirit and wit, and if you were a spiritualist, many believed you could communicate with the dead through a medium and knocks on the table. If you Google “spirituality,” you run into a sinful blend of Eastern mysticism and therapies as aura massage, psycho-kinesis (in other words, moving stuff without touching it) and soul journeys. Get back!

Klaus Æ. Mogensen: Travelling Journeyman 2.0

Imagine that you make a deal with your workplace about working from home all the time and that you then pack your bag and go off to live on the move. Your employer need not even know where you are, and perhaps your company needn’t be sorry that you never show your face at the office. A mobile life provides valuable knowledge and inspiration for both work and private life, and happy employees are productive employees.

Jacob Suhr Thomsen: Hybrid manifestation

Forget about “online” and “offline” - your day is a hybrid. Read about the new opportunities and challenges offered by the Internet as a hybridspace.

Sara Jönsson: Sedentary work - more mobile than ever?

Mobility means that you move geographically, socially or economically, but the concept also includes the freedom to move so that the boundaries are blurred between the real and the virtual, the static and moving, and the classic dichotomy of work/leisure. What do we mean when we talk about mobility? Are we heading towards a sedentary life in which we interact only through the screen? And what is moving if not ourselves?

Gitte Larsen: A life in first class?

Eileen Klitvad, coach, process consultant and psychotherapist, has lived a professional life many dream about. She was headhunted from one management job to another in large international companies, until one day she stopped to think. What is a job in first class worth when one starts to doubt who one really is and starts asking question such as who manages the priorities, what is important right and meaningful for me, and am I really so sure I am living my life in the most satisfying way possible?

Futureorientation 2/2009

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