The Shapership Academi

A transformative Education Experience for Shapers of the Future

The Shapership Academi is an original Education and "Mind Shifting" experience which answers the need to make a wise move: from MAD Land (leading to Massive Assured Destruction) to NO-MAD Land (leading to Mutually Assured Development). It is mainly concerned with the inner shifts in awareness and in thinking needed to achieve radically new narratives for a pluriversal Future.   

The Academi is focused on learning Shapership: the Art of Shaping the Future. 

In its essence, Shapership is a way to face Reality "as it is" and "as it could be " in creative, visionary and sometimes revolutionary ways, to make alternative and meaningful Futures desirable, visible, and actionable. It is opening up new paths to the Future and transforming Society for the better. 

Based on the principles developed in our book and on our extensive practice, the Shapership Academi is a Transformative Experience crafted to enable participants, joining as individuals or "teams", to sharpen their skills and learn in practice these vital 21st century competencies:

  • Radical Authenticity, Creative Imagination and Unconventional Wisdom
  • Making Conscious "shifts" in perspectives and adopting multifocal lenses
  • Safely transforming how and what they think
  • as well as deliberately changing the mental Maps - worldviews, the stories, beliefs and perceptions - that shape their life, so they can change the way they shape the world.

Academi stands for Alternatives + Creativity + Aspirations + Desire + Education + Movements + Imagination

Why the Academi? 

The Academi offers a 100% "eclectic" vehicle to move from MAD Land to NO-MAD Land

The Butterfly Imperative

What is happening in front of our eyes is similar to the metamorphosis of the caterpillar into a Butterfly: a voracious destructive civilization is breaking down while a new viable civilization is potentially being born.

This is the collapse of MAD Land and the potential birth of NO MAD Land.

Will the metamorphosis take place?

The key rests in the way we look at the world: our ability to change our "glasses". 

Getting there requires more than just recognizing a world we want less off or trying to "solve" current problems within the same paradigm.

Viable and exciting Futures depend on our ability to escape from today's paradigms and refresh our mental maps to creatively shape new landscapes.

The Shapership Academi answers the need to design innovative NO-MAD ways forward. Not just to correct the past but to invent alternative meaning-making-stories of the Future, based on completely different worldviews.

From the Nostalgia to the Erotica of the Future

Many people have told us:  

"We know the future we don't want, but we don't know how to build the Future we want. 

Some even don't believe they have a Future. By lack of Imagination, they fell into despair, cynicism and what we call "the Nostalgia of the Future": a poetic awareness of a Future forever gone.

So, we decided to create the shapership Academi, a unique space of Imagination, Wisdom and Hope, crafted to think radical (back to the essence), big and differently about the way they see the world and how they want to contribute to its Transformation. 

The Academi's mission is to help fill the knowledge / action gap that exists between knowing we are facing the collapse of an "old" world and knowing how to shape a new one.

The Shapership Academi answers the Butterfly imperative: activate the creative Thinking and Imagination needed to give birth to alternative stories of the Future that generate the Desire to move forward.

It is designed to empower Transformative Visions, Dreams, Utopias and turn them into strategies. Instead of focusing on a dying MAD world, participants would learn to actively participate in envisioning, prototyping and shaping a viable and desirable NO MAD Land. 

That "irresistible attraction for the Future" can create "the Next Appeal" and contribute to shift from the "Nostalgia" to the "Erotica of the Future".

What you will learn

The Shapership Academi is a unique space of Imagination and Hope where you can sharpen your skills, transform yourself and learn in practice the vital 21st century competencies which are at the core of "the Art of shaping the Future".

The Academi creates the conditions participants need to

  • equip themselves with transformative State-of-the-Art Creative Thinking, Forecasting, Conversation methods and practices
  • safely transform what and how they think
  • learn in the Presence of others
  • activate and practice the skillsets and Mindsets of the Future: Creativity, Imagination, Wisdom and Reflection.

As a result, you will develop a completely new "way new of Being, Seeing and Acting" based on the Altitude Attitude : Radical Authenticity, Creative Imagination and Unconventional Wisdom.

You will look at the world, completely aware that "the eye only sees what the brain is ready to understand".

You will increase your Creative Agency: the Power and the Freedom to deliberately change your "glasses" - worldviews, stories, beliefs and perceptions- so you can change the way you shape "Reality".

You will add shapership to your life. It means adopting vanguard lenses and paradigm shifting visions, allowing for a creative reconstruction of Reality and opening new paths to desirable and viable Futures. 

A word from the Shapership Academi's Godfather

Michel Bauwens

Founder of the Peer to Peer Foundation, Author, Researcher
One of the most influential personalities of the 21st Century

To survive the chaotic transition period we are traversing, moving from caterpillar to butterfly stage, we have to change collectively, as local, national and planetary citizens; we have to change relationally, learning to cooperate cosmo-locally; and we have to change individually, as we move from ego to eco. We are not fully born with these skills, we learn them, and to learn them, we need skilled mentors and facilitators, who have an understanding of all these levels at the same time. 

These people are rare, but you will find them in the amazing people of Shapership. Look no further to find peers in this journey. 

Shapership is an invaluable commons of capabilities and experiences.

The GO from EGO to ECO programmes 

Transformative Journeys into the Future(s) thanks to more Imagination, more Courage, more Freedom, more Hope, more Desire

Our sessions are carefully articulated to "GO from EGO to ECO consciousness

 Each programme is a Transformative Experience, crafted to enable you to think big and radically differently about the way you see the world and how you want to contribute to its Transformation, for yourself, your communities and Society as a whole. That's Moving From EGO to ECO consciousness and perspectives.

How can you learn the Art of Shaping the Future? By rehearsing it ! 

Each workshop" is a "Rehearsal of the Future"; offering you opportunities to safely transform what and how you think, learn in the Presence of others, as well as deliberately change the stories that shape your life, so you can change the way you shape the world.

You will learn to make visible the taken for granted ideas as well as alternative stories of the Future you want to create, in line with your Dreams, Hopes, Aspirations versus "fixing the problems".

Four alternatives adapted to your needs and desires

How we teach and learn?

By shifting from "Learning as Usual" to "Learning as Unusual".

Our workshops are live, interactive, co-creative - limited to 12 participants and crafted to foster personal and collective transformation.

The idea is not to provide only some adjustments within the dominant paradigm of thinking or organising work, commerce and social life.

We use a radically different approach to Education: Exducere = to lead outside the beaten paths.

This "Learning as Unusual" approach is focused on Imagination, Emergent Learning, Paradigm shifts, transforming what we think and how we think, engaging the whole person (Body, Heart and Soul), connecting global and personal challenges, essentially drawing on our innate capacity to make meaning and act according to our deepest Aspirations and Hopes.

The Shapership Academi answers the Paradigm Shift Imperative: a non-academic curriculum designed in a nonlinear way.

The curriculum is based on the principles we developed in our book "Shapership: the Art of Shaping the Future" (soon republished in English by Triarchy Press) and on our extensive practice in companies and communities of project.

The Academi provides knowledge and the Education of the whole person; Participants equip themselves with State-of-the-Art Creative Thinking, Forecasting, Conversation practices.

The program is a mix between Focus and Improvisation. The workshops are structured around fluid sequences alternating between Action (experimentation stream) and Vision (meaning making and teaching stream), enlivened by peer-to-peer learning, fieldwork and other methods.

The learning experience seeks to ignite Imagination, Hope, Freedom, Pride, Dignity of all those who participate.

The Mayonnaise metaphor

Like a mayonnaise is the combination of various elements which generates more Value than the sum of the parts, the full programme is the careful articulation of five workshops, each of them being an association of Methods, Lenses, Metaphors and Tools, which reinforce each other. The Art of shaping the Future" emerges as a whole "way of Being, Seeing and Acting".

Intended Learning Outcomes

The Academi's promise: More Imagination, More Courage, more Freedom for a Journey of Hope to help you "GO DO GOOD" in the world

The Academi is focused on the "de-envelopment" of the "Arts" - Mindsets, Attitudes and Skillsets - needed to shape the Future

The shapership Academi's promise is to activate the Opening Forces - courage, imagination, passion and hope - to participate in the shaping of a viable and desirable Future.

The Academi is there to help each Shaper-to-be think into the Future with Creativity and Imagination, boost Hope and the Confidence one can feel in one's ability to create alternative Futures, make the choices and internal shifts needed to better live one's life according to one's deepest desires and aspirations.

The whole process will contribute to the unfolding the deep skills of Creativity, imagination, Wisdom and Reflection and help you "go do good" in the World.