The Center for Social Dreaming

The Centre for Social Dreaming (CSD) is a developing project to connect the global Social Dreaming community to nurture the creation of new thinking and interconnection.

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Social Dreaming

Our dreams offer infinite insight into the world we live when shared. The practice of Social Dreaming allows us to discover meaning in our dreams that benefit all.

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The Centre for Social Dreaming is a resource to learn about Social Dreaming theory and practice. Numerous workshops are offered around the world and are available for those who want to learn, connect with the wider Social Dreaming community, practice and advance their skills, and who want to dream. If you have an event or workshop that you wish to make public through the Centre, please send an email to socialdreaming.info@gmail.com.

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Our Story

Social Dreaming was discovered by W. Gordon Lawrence and further developed by a growing community of Social Dreamers.

Social Dreaming is a way of working with dreams where the focus is on the dream and not the dreamer, where dreams are shared amongst people who come together solely for this purpose. With Social Dreaming, the meaning of a dream is about the broader world in which one lives. In a Social Dreaming event, participants are invited to offer their dreams and, through association, explore the possible social meanings contained within them.

Participants at a Social Dreaming event, known as a “matrix”, access a potential to create new thoughts that arise from what has been described as the “associative unconscious” (Long). These new thoughts are often an expression of ideas, thoughts and feelings that are deeply held or known but yet to be expressed or thought (the “unthought known”, Bollas). This key feature differentiates Social Dreaming from other forms of debate, discussion and dream work.

Dreaming has long been used by communities around the world, including Native Americans, Africans and Australians, to capture thinking about the past and learning about the present, while guiding them towards the future. Social Dreaming builds on this legacy to bring new thinking and meaning to the communities in which we live and work.

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