Friends of the Gordon Lawrence Foundation

Domenico Agresta

Domenico Agresta is a psychologist, group analyst and psycho-oncologist, and lives and work in Pescara and Rome. He began his studies in Social Dreaming (SD) 12 years ago with Gordon Lawrence, Franca Fubini and Lilia Baglioni. He had a fellowship at the University of Chieti in "Occupational and Clinical Psychology” in the Biomedical Sciences Department. At the same time, with other colleagues in Rome, he began to apply SD in Training Group in Psyco-oncology, using a variation of SD supported by the use of a film about cancer. SD became a subject at the University of Chieti when, together with the Chair of Clinical Psychology, Prof. Mario Fulcheri, Domenico started looking into how to use SD as a specific method in the anthropological sciences. For 6 years, in collaboration with the Conservatorium of Pescara, Domenico studied SD in Music Therapy with musician and music therapists, matching dreams with music. 

Currently, he works in Troina, Sicily in collaboration with the Chair of Personality Psychology, Prof. Menarini Raffaele and in Montemurro, Basilicata using SD to study Rites of Passage and Religious rituals. In Poland, he is going to use SD to study the effect of the Second War World in the area/Town of Mlawa where everything started with the occupation of Nazism. This research is a co-operation between the CSPP and local Institutions in Malwa. 

Professor on contract in Chieti in "Social Dreaming", he conducts SD lessons with Prof. Raffaele Menarini at Lumsa, Rome. He has a collaboration with Prof. D. A. Nesci, with SDM in the Vertical Domain for the students enrolled in the first and second years of the Course in Medicine and Surgery, in English, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Roma. 


Agresta D., (2007), Note on Social Dreaming: intervista a Gordon Lawrence, Rivista Doppio-Sogno, n. 5, dicembre, Roma; 

Agresta D. et Alii, (2009), Radici nel cemento Osservazioni e resoconti di interventi psicologici dopo il terremoto del 6 aprile 2009, Rivista Doppio-Sogno, n.8, giugno, Roma.

Agresta D., Fulcheri M., (2010), Il Social Dreaming e la Musica, Esperienza nel Campus Universitario "G. d'Annunzio" Chieti-Pescara Mini-Corso L'utilizzo della musica in ambito psicologico-clinico, Rivista Doppio-Sogno, n.10, giugno, Roma;

Agresta D. (2010), Il Social Dreaming come strumento di ricerca-intervento, Rivista Doppio-Sogno, n.10, giugno, Roma.

Agresta D., (2007), Matrici di Social Dreaming (SDM) in, La sala degli specchi: comunicazione e psicologia gruppale. Strumenti di lavoro per la comunicazione di gruppi in ambito psicoterapeutico e psicosociale, Lo Iacono A., Franco Angeli, Milano;

Agresta D., et Alii, (2010), Il cinema: strumento per la costruzione di significati, in Senso Comune e Creatività, a cura di Ave Appiano, Cartman, Torino.

Agresta D. (2008), Matrici di Social Dreaming, M. Fulcheri, A. Lo Iacono, F. Novara, “Benessere psicologico e mondo del lavoro”, Torino;

Agresta D., (2009), Intervista a Lilia Baglioni e Franca Fubini: “Il Social Dreaming”, Rivista Nuove Prospettive in Psicologia, n.42 (fondazione); 

Agresta D., Planera E., (2010), A master plan experience with social dreaming, in The creativity of social Dreaming, edit by W. G. Lawrence, Karnac, London. 

Agresta D., Di Giamberardino M. C., (2011), Social Dreaming e musicoterapia: riflessioni sui “laboratori di Social dreaming”, Rivista Nuove Prospettive in Psicologia, n.45 (fondazione).

Jonathan Gosling

Professor of Leadership at the Centre for Leadership Studies, University of Exeter, specializing in culturally diverse and boundary-spanning organizations. His work is published in journals such as Leadership, Harvard Business Review, Organization, Studies in Higher Education and Social Epistemology. His most recent book is Fictional Leaders: Heroes, Villains and Absent Friends (2012). He plays a significant role in the ‘greening’ of management education worldwide and is co-founder of the One Planet MBA. He worked many years as a community mediator and on other interventions inspired by psychodynamic perspectives on power and organizing. He is currently researching the leadership of malaria elimination programmes, of sustainable supply chains in China, and of professional organisations  (universities, healthcare, accountancy and consultancy firms, etc). He served as Distinguished Visiting Professor at INSEAD, France and similar roles in Canada, New Zealand and Sweden; is currently a Visiting Professor at Copenhagen Business School and fellow of the Singapore Civil Service College. He is co-founder of and is a sailor, spouse and parent.


Gosling, J. and Case, P. (2013) ‘Social dreaming and ecocentric ethics: sources of non-rational insight in the face of climate change catastrophe’ in Organization, 20(5) 

Kathy Harrington

Kathy Harrington has over fifteen years’ experience working as a lecturer, researcher, educational developer, supervisor, trainer and manager in the field of learning and educational development in higher education, with particular research interests in the psycho-social dynamics of teaching and learning; partnership, risk and creativity; connections between writing and thinking; and writing as social practice, including issues of power and identity.

In addition to holding a doctorate in the interdisciplinary field of Victorian Studies, Kathy has trained in group analysis, group relations and organisational consultancy, contributes to the Social Dreaming Hub London and is currently involved in work that uses drawings as a form of visual dream to access unconscious knowledge held in organisational settings.

Julian Manley (Acting Chair)

Julian Manley has many years of experience in the field of psycho-social studies, and a background in group relations in the Tavistock tradition. His current research interests concern the use of the visual imagination and emotional awareness to open up new pathways to understanding human relationships. Fields of interest include co-operatives and community, working with climate change and the environment and the socially engaged arts

In the growing field of psychosocial studies, he has dedicated many hours of research time and experiential work in the area of ‘social dreaming’, the main subject of his Phd thesis. As part of this research, other related psychosocial aspects have emerged, such as an ongoing reflection into the nature and meaning of the ‘psychosocial attitude’, psychosocial methods, contemporary philosophy and fields of enquiry, including the nature of the shared unconscious, the image-like value of the ‘language’ of dreams and unspoken ideas, the connections between emotion and the visual, the understanding of subjectivity and inter-subjectivity.


Manley, Julian Yves (2010) The slavery in the mind: inhibition and exhibition. In: The Creativity of Social Dreaming. Karnac Books, London, pp. 65-82. ISBN 9781855756823

Manley , Julian Yves (2010) Social dreaming in the 21st Century: Book Review. Organisational and Social Dynamics , 10 (2). ISSN 1474-2780

Manley , Julian Yves (2009) When words are not enough. In: Researching Beneath the Surface. Exploring Psycho-Social Studies series . Karnac Books, London , pp. 79-100.

Manley , Julian (2007) Infinite possibilities of social dreaming: book review. Organisational and Social Dynamics , 7 (2). ISSN 1474-2780

Manley , Julian (2006) Introduction to social dreaming: book review. Organisational and Social Dynamics , 6 (1). ISSN 1474-2780

Hilary Monk

With an academic background in Philosophy/Neuropsychology (Trent) and a secondary teaching degree (Toronto), I was called into twenty years of ‘birth activism’, writing, lecturing and leading seminars (Poland, Canada, the U.S.A., Nepal and Egypt), including medical practice as a midwife in regulated and unregulated environments. Forced from the midwifery profession by ethical conflict, I completed an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Anthropology/Nursing/ History, York) examining the locus of freedom in midwifery regulation. Recently having lectured on business ethics (Brock), currently I am writing up my doctoral thesis (Open University School of Business, UK) exploring a Jungian understanding of medical practitioners’ irresistible urge to ‘blow the whistle’. After collecting dream and waking material from whistleblower interviews, a new process is beginning to emerge. Having a Dream/Image panel associating to interview material bridges data collection with intersubjective analysis, and produces what might develop into a novel epistemology of the unconscious through mytho-poetic analysis of social experience (MPASE).  

David Patman

David is an academic researcher and consultant in private practice, whose work is grounded in the principles of reflective practice and psychodynamic systems theory. He trained as an engineer at the University of Tasmania, before completing a PhD in social theory at the University of Melbourne. He subsequently worked as an executive and consultant in public and private sector roles, most recently in the field of media and communications policy. 

David is currently researching the relationship between dreams and digital media in the Department of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne. As part of his research, he is developing an app for the study of dreams, their influences and effects in society. He is also a digital artist, whose work includes, an online project to collect and visualise dreams using natural language processing techniques.


Socio-analysis and the electronic matrix. Socio-analysis, Vol 15 Dec 13