emergent dialogue

coherence | co-conscious creativity | intersubjective sense-making

An Intensive Practice Program

Starting Wednesday, October 19th, 2022

What is

emergent dialogue
empowers you to participate in a new culture of creative togetherness. Through this collective practice, you become an agent of emergence, discovering how to make yourself available to what wants to become known between us. Neither simply a method nor a technique, emergent dialogue takes the most fundamental human activity—speaking with each other—and transforms it into a powerful shared space of curiosity, reverence, meaningfulness, and potential.
emergent dialogue

brings to life a Co-Conscious We. It takes us beyond interpersonal relationship into the dimension of interbeing where co-consciousness and co-intelligence thrive as a new way of being. 

In emergent dialogues the intelligence of the field
becomes part of the conversation. Our different perspectives cohere into a living and united creativity.

Thomas Steininger
emergent dialogue
is a process of collective sense-making that arises from the space between us—a space that has an intelligence greater than any of us individually. It is catalyzed by the longing in the human heart for wholeness, connection, and depth, which becomes a creative life force when we each dare to open ourselves to its presence, vulnerability, and power.
emergent dialogue
is a practice ideal for culture changers, intentional communities, social entrepreneurs, and pioneers of the human spirit. It is for anyone who wants to step beyond the boundaries of the known to find out what wants to emerge from the living intelligence that we share.

Stealing the culture...

This is an invitation “to steal the culture,” as cognitive scientist John Vervaeke would say. Not only is this practice a means to transform and enliven the work you do with others, it is also in itself an answer to the increasing limitations and dangers of the modern Western mode of thinking and being. The ongoing practice of emergent dialogue—carried into your life and work, relationships and projectsbecomes part of a radical experiment to shift the axis of Western culture from separation and division to entangled, interdependent intersubjectivity.

I want to do what Augustine did as the Roman Empire was falling. He laid the foundation. He laid the cultural cognitive grammar for an entirely different culture and they stole the culture from the bottom-up.

John Vervaeke

As a practitioner of emergent dialogue, you join in a bottom-up process of creating transformative microcultures in which joy, intimacy, awe, freedom, and collective insight are unleashed between us. You learn to navigate complexity from wholeness. Learning how to perceive and become available to this synergetic interbeing is the foundation of a new, transindividuated self sense—one that includes and transcends our individuality. Through emergent dialogue, your relationships and projects become part of a bottom-up network of experiments that can lay the foundations for the future.

emergent dialogue is a psycho-active technology--a group practice to tap into the emergent future.

Pamela von Sabljar

What will
you learn?

Through your committed engagement in the program, you can:

  • develop the awareness and skill to participate in collective emergence,
  • become a force for what wants to emerge between people in different contexts,
  • discover and cultivate new capacities of sensing and intuition, 
  • expand your sense of who you are and who you can be in a fundamental way,
  • find a deeper trust in the life process itself, and
  • come to realize that what we, as human beings together, are capable of is far more than you might have imagined or thought possible.
And you will share all of this in the company of curious, high-spirited fellow humans.

The only way to learn emergent dialogue is through practice. You cannot learn it by studying or thinking about the concepts only; dialogue is something that you have to do. Yet, “doing” here is more than speaking together; it’s a matter of sensing, presencing, letting go, choosing, and being available to the emergent edge of what happens between us.

During the six months of thia online program, you will have many opportunities for practice. We combine ongoing instruction and exercises in each Zoom teaching session, and twice monthly small practice groups (also on Zoom) will allow you to explore and develop what you have learned.

Transmission & Initiation. The first, and most important, element in learning emergent dialogue is an experiential recognition of this living space between us. Establishing this through transmission is essential. It is an initiation into collective presencing.

Experience & Exploration. Practice starts with perception training: developing the sensing “muscles” to perceive the subtle, embodied connectivity of the emergent field of interbeing. Again, this is not a concept or an idea, but depends on the palpable experience of this field and the sensitivity to recognize it. From here, we inquire together into the nature of this space of interbeing, and in the process, it and we develop a new way of being human together.

Understanding. In addition to exploring and inquiring together, we will also provide content for the mind to place the practice of emergent dialogue in a larger context. This includes philosophy, history, developmental psychology, and cultural evolution.

The three parts of the program build on each other. Like the facets of a jewel, they cannot be separated but we can focus on each one in order to make the emergent dialogue process more clear and accessible.

  • The emergence of coherence, which is the discovery of the living, collective presence between us, creates the foundation for the next two sections. Here you will discover the developmental potential of transindividuationthe capacity to hold one’s uniqueness and choose to open to dimensions of being and knowing beyond the individual self sense.
  • Once coherence has emerged as a living field between us, then a tension and dynamism arise as we make ourselves available to the emergence of co-conscious creativity. The direction of this collective creativity comes from Eros, the intelligence of the life impulse.
  • Finally, in the emergence of intersubjective sense-making, we deliberately inquire together into different subjects that demand that we tap into synergy in order to work with a diversity of perspectives without fragmenting our coherence.

Each 2-hour Zoom teaching session will begin with an approximately 45-minute exploration of one aspect of emergent dialogue. This exploration will be led by Thomas Steininger and Elizabeth Debold. You are invited to take part in this inquiry during the session.

This opening is followed by small group exercises (for about 30 minutes) designed to give you experience with these different aspects of emergent dialogue. Finally, the last part of each session invites you to continue the inquiry in the whole group. The teaching team will also bring in relevant concepts to help you to understand the process you are in. They will also take questions, discuss implications, and provide context about emergent dialogue–and offer guidelines for the small group work that will happen the next week.

A new, and surprising, developmental potential opens up in transindividuation. Our precious uniqueness integrates into the fabric of relatedness and catalyzes synergy between us that is both powerful and mysterious.

Elizabeth Debold

Our Guides

Thomas Steininger

Elizabeth Debold

Our Team of Catalysts (more to come)

Mike kauschke

I am managing editor of evolve Magazine, a translator, author and facilitator of emergent dialogue. I have studied Zen Buddhism with various teachers, engaged in hospice work and have nearly 20 years’ experience working with We Space and emergent dialogue. Currently, I am writing a book about a poetic art of living that will be published later this year. 

Carri Munn

A living systems strategist, Carri combines wisdom traditions with ecosystem principles to nurture regenerative cultures in conscious organizations and multi-sector collaboratives. Her holistic approach to evolutionary work rewires individuals and organizations to actively participate in shaping conditions that allow us all to flourish in a complex world.

Kerry Lindsey

After a long trifold path through the arenas of small business start-ups, collective spiritual practices, and developing physical communities, my paths began to merge 30 years ago into the world of collaborative technologies.  That journey ultimately landed me in the realm of intersubjective practices five years ago. Thanks to the new world that opened, the context that most drives me now is, “How do we create–From the We– the localized human-scale economies that will absolutely work… for the we, and the planet?”

Marlene Potthoff
The question of how environmental protection and social change can go hand in hand with actively lived modern spirituality has occupied me since my youth. Professionally, I am committed to living climate protection. In addition, I am inspired by the vitality of the field of consciousness between us and the desire for deep human togetherness. For the past 15 years, the co-conscious and co-creative thinking and working in emergent dialogues have been the engine of my work for a new culture between human beings and for the world.
Iris von Tiedemann
I have worked as a business and teaching coach (ECA) for more than 25 years. I live in Berlin, and am trained as a process and systems consultant based on process-orientated psychology. I am co-founder and head of the Institute for Transformational Leadership www.transformational-leadership.de, which has given regular trainings in transformation process facilitation for the last 15 years. I work primarily in intercultural design contexts in the areas of media, culture, and art. My specialty is unfolding the unique potential of the individual for the benefit of the intelligence of the field.
Maria Zacherl

It is such a joy to have been workng with this dedicated team and other members since 2009. Although I am a naturopath by profession, I am involved in facilitating different Co-Conscious We-space and emergent dialogue programs at emerge bewusstseinskultur e.V. and One World in Dialogue and am part of the support team of evolve Magazine’s salon work.

Nadja RosmanN

As a cultural anthropologist, I’m fascinated by exploring how collectives find purpose and create togetherness. In the past ten years, emergent dialogue became to me a life practice in this discovery. Being a member of the editorial team of evolve Magazine, I established and co-lead with my colleagues a network of almost 30 evolve salons in the German speaking countries where we take deep dives into the evolution of culture and consciousness, based on the magazine topics.

James Redenbaugh

My work is informed by a life-long interest in collaboration, community, inter-connectivity, and intersubjectivity. I’ve been an artist, architect, entrepreneur, and parkour coach, but my greatest interest will always lie in the infinite potential to be found in the space between individuals, and the meshworks between movements. I’m a certified Integral Facilitator, co-living community manager, and evolve Magazine‘s biggest non-German-speaking fan. 


  • The two Teaching Sessions each month will be held on Zoom on Wednesdays from 17:00-19:00 Central European Time. For the time in your location, see World Time Buddy.
  • The small group practice sessions will held on Zoom twice a month in the weeks when there isn’t a Teaching Session and will be scheduled by each group so that they are at a time convenient to the group members. These sessions will be about 75 minutes long.
  • We will have a three-week break over the end of year holidays, which we believe will be helpful in two ways: first, so that you can have time with family or have a chance to travel, and second, to integrate what you have learned so that you can be ready for the last section of the program.
  • Recordings of the Teaching Sessions will be made available to course participants, but watching them does not substitute for attending the sessions, which are interactive and experiential.
  • You will also have access to the Communiverse, which is our online practitioner community space where you will have an online forum for all program participants and for your practice group so that you can share insights and connect in between the teaching sessions and practice groups.

1. transindividuation & the emergence of coherence

October 19

Before the course gets underway, we’ll use this time to connect and prepare for the journey ahead.

Perceiving the Field
October 26

Can we sense something beyond individual experience?

Radical Openness

How can meditation help to cultivate sensing beyond mind?

Not Knowing & Longing
November 23

What attitude and motivation opens the field of coherence?

Collective Presencing
December 7
How do we orient to the space between us?

2. eros & the emergence of co-conscious creativity

Invoking & Evoking​
JANUARY 4, 2023

How can we call this interbeing into presence?

Intuiting Wholeness
January 18
How do glimpses of the whole provide direction?​
The Creative Impulse​

Can we discover and align with Eros as a collective?​

Unfolding the Present
February 15

What does this intersubjective space want to unfold now?​

3. synergy & the emergence of intersubjective sense-making

Creative Friction
March 1

Can potential conflict transform into a higher integration of perspectives?​

Synergetic Intelligence
March 15

How can we allow this synergetic intelligence to do its work?​

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You commit to all of us...

& Contributing

Our aim is to bring this process of emergent dialogue to as many human beings who would benefit from its potential as possible. We recognize how urgent it is to discover new ways of sense-making together and to unleash a deeper creativity to respond to the crises we are in as a species. This emergent capacity for intersubjective dialogue belongs to humanity, not to us. We want to make it available as widely as possible so that money is not an obstacle to anyone who sincerely wants to take part.  

We offer all of our programs in the spirit of the gift economy—or, in German, a Geschenkkreislauf—where we offer what we have learned and you respond with a gift, usually a financial contribution. However, we have come to realize that, for some programs and this program in particular, we cannot simply offer it for free and ask for contributions. Too many who sign up for free end up not having a commitment to the program, which makes the practice groups unstable and hurts the learning environment. So, we are asking for a specific contribution when you register.

To help us cover our costs and be able to continue our work, you can be a Supporter, and make a payment of 300 euros. If you cannot afford this contribution–due to being a student, getting hit by the economic aftermath of COVID, having a fixed income, living in a country where this is far too expensive–then we suggest making an Essential contribution of 150 euros. We also invite you, if you are able, to make a contribution of 500 euros as a Benefactor. Your contribution will help provide scholarships to those who cannot afford to contribute financially and are eager to learn. AND…

IF YOU TRULY WANT TO COMMIT TO THE PROGRAM, AND CANNOT AFFORD TO PAY THE MINIMUM, PLEASE BE IN TOUCH. We have scholarships and will not turn away any motivated person who happens to have financial limitations or who lives in a part of the world where even the minimum is far too expensive.

Plus, you get 9-months FREE access to the Communiverse,
our practitioner community space


If you have limited resources


  • 20-hours of teaching sessions
  • 10 practice group meetings
  • Recordings & other materials
  • 9-months FREE access to the Communiverse
Thank you for giving when it’s not easy.​


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  • 20-hours of teaching sessions
  • 10 practice group meetings
  • Recordings & other materials
  • 9-months FREE access to the Communiverse
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  • 20-hours of teaching sessions
  • 10 practice group meetings
  • Recordings & other materials
  • 9-months FREE access to the Communiverse

Thank you for your generosity and for supporting others to take part.

Dr. Thomas Steininger

I have been cultivating transformative “We Space” practices for nearly 30 years. As a philosopher, practitioner, and spiritual mentor, I have dived deeply into the practice of meditation and into an exploration of the evolution of human consciousness, particularly the current transition from a hyperindividual “I” culture to a co-conscious “We.”

As an authority on cultural evolution and the different spiritual and religious currents that have formed our postmodern world, I bring this perspective into my work as publisher of evolve-magazin, the leading German magazine on consciousness and culture and as faculty at Meridian U. in California. I also have a weekly webcast called Radio evolve, where I have interviewed over 500 pioneers forging the future.

For the last decades, I have co-founded and developed a process of emergent dialogue, an advanced practice in conscious communication.

Dr. Elizabeth Debold

For the last forty-some years, I have sought the answer to the question: how can we transform the dynamics of relationship and complexities of desire between women and men so that we all can thrive and reach our full human potential?

This inquiry has taken me from feminist activism in New York City to a doctorate in developmental psychology with Dr. Carol Gilligan at Harvard to a tumultuous global spiritual community that pioneered collective awakening and, finally, to an ongoing experiment in intersubjective emergence in Frankfurt, Germany.

I founded One World in Dialogue, an online forum to explore how intersubjectivity can bring us together across cultures to create new capacities in global consciousness. An author, transformative educator, journalist/editor, community leader and mentor, I have found the answer to my question in the amazing collective emergence of the Co-Conscious We and seek to share its potential in all that I do.