What the experience of Social Dreaming bring into view is how, within this setting, dreams appear as related systemically, just as thinking is. Each dream can be seen as a fractal of the other, revealed in repeating or complementary patterns, part of a whole sequence that will itself be incomplete, emergent—not a universe but a multi verse of meaning. It is in this patterning, the linking between one narrative and another, that the transformative potential of the dreaming, what it enables to be brought into finite thought, emerges. As if each dream represents a particular ‘take’ from the unconscious, on something held in common between the members, linked to the cultural, social or organisational worlds (inheritance?) they share.
Social Dreaming has 2 interventions – one, the Social Dreaming Matrix (SDM) and two, the Dream Reflection Dialogue (DRD).
Unlike the therapeutic encounter, these techniques are used in the service of collective learning. The Matrix is freed from the concerns of group dynamics, which submerge the Matrix by focusing upon relationships between participants and mobilizing the rational and analytical ways of understanding. Dream is the currency of the Matrix.
The sustained and systemic use of these techniques in a Matrix unbinds everyday, rational - logical thinking. They also ‘deconstruct’ conventional social relations, mimicking the logic of dreams and bringing a dream-like ambience to the Matrix.
In Dream Reflection Dialogues people begins to think and interact in a new way, discerning the patterns that connect the dreaming, new perspectives are revealed on social, cultural and political themes and issues.