Category Archives: Collective self-awareness

European Training – Carnegie Europe

y making parts of national training programs European, the EU would keep the diversity that makes it strong while promoting the cross-fertilization of ideas vital to its survival, without infringing on national sovereignty. Beyond the symbolic message of unity, common core training would build a European esprit de corps, contribute to a strengthened European identity, and firmly anchor the European values that are currently under attack from populist political parties. Common standards on human rights and on gender and ethnic equality could be built into the curriculum.

Source: Forget a European Army, Start With European Training – Carnegie Europe – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


London Chefs | The Guardian

Although they are ostensibly Smoking Goat’s rivals, there is also a sense of esprit de corps. They have all known each other for years. Young western cooks are embracing regional Thai cuisine and bringing it to hungry Londoners, says Ed Cumming

Source: Chefs who are loosening the old school Thai | Life and style | The Guardian

Mystical communism 

If there is a place for communism and religion to cohabitate, it seems natural that it would be in the eternal reality where ritual and consciousness lie waiting to achieve what the single individual cannot. Literature, theater, arts, and initiation are powerful rituals that communism has used to build esprit de corps. These rituals focus the consciousness of the members on a task. The egregore created by the group is a manifestation of the members’ active consciousness, which can do things that individuals cannot. This phenomenon resembles the power of prayer as practiced among Christians.

Source: The mystical communism of the Bolshevik God-builders | The Christian Century

Collective genius | Oxford University Press

“The role of a leader of innovation is not to set a vision and motivate others to follow it. It’s to create a community that is willing and able to generate new ideas.” According to Hill and colleagues, it occurs when teams have shared values, rules of engagement that focus on the quality of discourse, and supporting problem solving through encouraging debate, quickly testing and evaluating new ideas, and entertaining solutions that may combine disparate or seemingly opposed ideas. Establishing esprit de corps, encouraging debate about the optimal ways to achieve desired ends, and supporting some degree of trial and error in program design in governmental agencies is counter-intuitive and can be politically risky. Nevertheless, a firm commitment to supporting the development of such a creative agency appears to be the first step in supporting high quality practice. By establishing common goals for the entire team and agency, investing in workers and staff, supporting them in their work, and treating them as creative colleagues, collective genius, the ability of an organization to rise to challenges through collective effort and creative problem solving may indeed flourish.

Source: Rising to the challenge: innovations in child protective services | OUPblog