Thursday, March 22, 2012

Intuition as a tool and as leverage for the development of modern society

The results of our work remind us daily that we need a different, broader and more comprehensive view of ourselves, and the environment that we create.
Science is increasingly moving from vertical, analytical views, towards a systemic science and invites other areas of social activity to join it on this path. Globalisation has opened many new dimensions. It has expanded the space and complexity of interconnectedness across the borders of rational thought. We need to be thankful to nature for equipping us with a tool that will enable us to keep pace with these changes. We only need to develop it - intuition, that is. We need to bring it to the level of logical thought. Jointly, they can see further. Intuition and logic, that is. Together with innovation and the appropriate intention, we possess the four key factors of development of modern society. A society capable of seeing in any direction. Of insight into various depths and levels. Comprehensive insight. This interview is an invitation to allowing ourselves this development step. Starting with the views of Neja Zupan, Ph.D. This is her story.
4 key factors for the development of modern society: logic,intuition, innovation and appropriate intention.
Who is Neja Zupan?
Neja: NEJA – Yin and Yang opposites (“NE” – “NO” and “JA” – “YES”) joined into a whole. As a being I am energy. In the world of agreed reality I am a lecturer, researcher, counsellor and therapist. I have 21 years of experience in education and in working with people on their personal growth, change, development of communication skills, relationships, mutual understanding, sports, development of creativity and business success. I have been successfully managing the BISERNICA Institute for eight years.

What is your understanding of intuition? How do you see it?
Neja: Intuition is an awareness of that which is beyond the material world. Intuition is the messages that we receive in a state of deep silence of reason. It is like a drop that falls on a still water surface and causes waves. It is the butterfly effect. It is knowing you are doing the right thing without any material grounds, without grounds in the world of agreed reality.

Could you share one of your experiences of intuition?
Neja: The naming of the BISERNICA Institute (“Pearl”), for example. After several years of conducting various therapies, counselling and workshops I decided to establish a legal entity for the work I performed. I was choosing among several names, but I didn't feel a connection with any of them. In search of a name, I dedicated six months to openness to the flow: daily emptying my thoughts to be able to sense a drop that would hit the water surface and create waves. One day, I clearly remember it was in the morning, the name "hit" me: BISERNICA.

Photo: Neja Zupan, Ph. D.
Source: Neja Zupan

Did you immediately accept the name?

Neja: No. I wasn't very enthusiastic about it at first. I merely accepted the information received. Then, I checked it numerologically. It proved a good name. I waited for a few more days to feel the vibration of the name "BISERNICA". Then, I started preparing the legal documents for the institute. The vibration kept growing stronger all the while. Even today, when I connect with the being of BISERNICA, I feel a high energy flow. The name is alive and keeps bearing new fruit.

Is it possible to develop intuition at the collective level? If so, how do you feel collective intuition manifests itself?
Neja: Of course you can develop intuition at the collective level. I can give you an example. It was on the day of the National Assembly elections. We were meditating at the BISERNICA Institute. We had no interest in the election results, but during the meditation I received a message that Janez Janša would become the Prime Minister. I also received insight into what that would happen. What followed was doubt as Pozitivna Slovenija won the elections and Zoran Janković was to form a government. You know how the events unfolded and how what I gained insight into happened.
Neja Zupan will be a guest at the InCo Meeting on 26 March 2012. More at InCo movement page.
Neja: Information is written in the ether before it is materialised. Proofs of that are, for example, inventions of the same thing in different parts of the world at the same time.

How can we gain such insight?
Neja: By training your inner silence, I believe. Thus, you can obtain information at the personal and collective levels, and even “higher”.

Photo: Team of the Bisernica Institut
Source: The Bisernica Institut

What are the key factors of developing one's intuition?
Neja: The most important is the acceptance of the possibility of an existence of a different reality, and of a world beyond our physical world. This is the key precondition without which development of intuition is impossible.
The second is patience. We want everything to happen instantly, here and now, or we reject it as not good enough. Development of intuition requires persistence regardless of your short-term results. Most people fail due to impatience and expectations that are too high.
The third necessary condition is having faith and confidence that these worlds will open to you when the right time comes.

Can one learn to be intuitive?
Neja: Developing intuition is similar to learning at school. To learn how to calculate integrals and derivatives, you first have to learn how to add, subtract, multiply and divide. If children started with learning with integration, they would never learn maths. Learning brings gradual lessons and tests in life. Once we pass a level in life, we progress to the next one. Intuition can show you your way.

What about tools? What worked for you?
Neja: For me, the key methods were meditation, developing connectedness between the left and the right half of the brain, relaxation, raising my energy level and well as techniques and methods used by aboriginal peoples (Australian Aborigines, Native Americans, the Veneti).

Photo: Neja Zupan, Ph.D.
Source: Neja Zupan

Do you believe we are entering an age when intuition will play an increasingly important role in decision making (of individuals, groups, communities)?
Neja: I believe we are living in an age in which progress depends on ideas. It is true however that this period is an intensive one. Development is quicker. What I find important is that speaking about a dimension that transcends the material world publicly has become more acceptable. Therefore, I believe that, yes, intuition will become a more powerful tool.

Each experience broadens our knowledge. May the journey continue.


Additional information:

2nd InCo Meeting: »Tools for development of intuition«, speaker: Neja Zupan, Ph.D., 26 March 2012, 4 p.m., Ljubljana. More about the event.

“Enabling organizations for thrivability: New perspectives on form, structure and process in favour of human and societal prosperity” Symposium, 10 - 13 April 2012, Vienna. More about the conference.

4th DOBA College Conference: Dynamic entrepreneurship for economic growth, 7 May 2012, Maribor. More about the conference.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

The power of young vision in a business model

Modern technologies offer significant opportunities for innovation, which is not limited to products and services. The inspiration of an unburdened young outlook on the world and the simple desire to be present, helpful and authentic also establishes new business models. Models created by youth. This is one of them. From the music scene. It is based on passion, love for its subject and understanding of the world. The model is a virtual one and addresses an existing need of a clearly defined target public. Yet, I believe its inspiration will go far beyond that. I hope it reaches you, too. This is the story of Profanity. It also contains Petra's energy.

What is Profanity?
Petra: Profanity is an Internet interactive magazine for "heavier" music lovers. We publish daily news, articles, interviews, reviews and reports for fans of metal and hard core. Our main difference compared to regular music magazines is mainly that our writing is not superficial - it's based on research and intertextuality. Our articles reference the broader social context, films, philosophy, political situation and global events.

Photo: Profanity internet page
Source: Internet

What was the reason for creating the magazine?
Petra: The initiator was our editor, Ivan Cepanec, who is actively working as a music journalist for various printed and radio media, and also participates in the metal scene with his band, Dickless Tracy. The idea arose from our realisation that there was an absence of quality content and criticism in Slovenian music magazines; thus, we decided to offer something new.
The Profanity team comprises experienced writers with good knowledge of the music scene. We operate in a democratic and amiable manner.

Who are you addressing?
Petra: Our readers are people with high expectations. They demand articles with high added value. Music news is easily accessible on the web therefore Profanity also provides the knowledge each of us possesses in their field of interest. We don't translate content from foreign publications. Instead, we provide a critical view on current musical events, concerts and albums. We address an audience that wants an in-depth view.
Profanity Webzine (interactive magazine): Working hours: 24/7
The team comprises 15 journalists, photographers and proof-readers.
They write: reviews, reports, news, editorials, articles, etc.
What is the core of your model?
Petra: Webzines operate based on a special principle. We are not compensated for our work. Nevertheless, we don't work for free. Our model is based on exchange of information and establishing of connections within the global music scene. As a music webzine we belong to a large network of players in the music scene. Our work enables us access to a sort of a select circle. We usually get free tickets for concerts and festivals, and in exchange write reports from these events. Our work also enables us access to artists whose work we review, follow and interview. The information we gather is then presented to our readers. We are co-dependent in our existence. This is a broad and densely interwoven network to which we all contribute. In this manner, we are able to identify quality music, discover new bands and critically assess each other.

How big is your impact? How do you detect and measure it?
Petra: Our place in the world is crucially defined by our methods – we do not deal with our subjects purely from a journalistic, sociologic or psychological aspect – instead, we have an in-depth approach to music, we try to understand music. We are offering something fresh, new, interesting and of good quality. We add another dimension to a written interactive medium, one that deals with the insider aspects of music. We put great emphasis on working according to our personal ethical code: we do not advertise specific bands since we are using a critical and objective approach. Each article allows the author to express themself, their knowledge and view of the world.

Photo: Petra
Source: Personal archive

What lies ahead?

Petra: We've managed to position ourselves in the Slovenian music scene since we started a year ago. We intend to build on this, expand our network and continue to creatively contribute to the scene. We will continue to provide fresh and critical articles daily and endeavour to meet our readers' expectations. If we overgrow our initially defined framework we will define a broader one. And most importantly, we will continue to do this with love and passion for music.

How do you see the future of local and global connections, team work and team creativity? What experiences have you gained through Profanity?
Petra: The advantage of a web medium is that even if it is published in Slovenian, it can easily become a global player through quality work. Profanity already operates across borders, even across continents. Quality is always welcome. If you exhibit quality, all doors open for you. It is quite unbelievable how a small group of friends can become an important part of something bigger, something with a global reach. Each of us contributes their part and we are all parts of the whole. Each of us is different and has different views, yet we cooperate excellently. We learn from each other, appreciate diversity and the qualities of each individual. Thus, we become stronger and better. I find this experience priceless and fulfilling for it gives me a chance to work with people I admire, both in terms of their musical knowledge and their personalities.

Photo: Petra with friends
Source: Profanity

Thank you, Petra and the Profanity team. For your courageous journey, your search for and implementation of new means of communication and ways of cooperation. Thank you for reaffirming our belief in ethics, friendship and teamwork. Thank you for showing us a way into a world where joy, personal growth and passionate work are integrated on a new level, in the form of new business models that pave a path to a new quality of relationships. You are a true example of business and social innovation. I hope your vibrations will expand beyond the music circles!