Social Dreaming @ Work: A Master Class

February 1-3, 2019 at Boston College

Join us February 1st through 3rd for a comprehensive training in the use of Social Dreaming in organizations and groups. This program will allow you to experience the innovations offered in our dreams and the realization of their impact in groups and organizations.

Social Dreaming (SD) was discovered and developed by W. Gordon Lawrence as a means to understand our dreams in relation to the communities, groups and organizations in which we live. SD moves us from interpreting the individual’s dream to using dreams as a window into our daily systems and interactions as a development tool for learning. SD has been used successfully for over 40 years in for profit and nonprofit organizations, academics, government, disparate groups and numerous other settings around the world. Whether for strategies, ideation, negotiation, understanding conflict, communications, consultancy, collective artistic endeavors, such as film & theater productions and script writing: Social Dreaming has been instrumental in advancing our mutual understanding in the groups and organizations in which we live.

The Weekend Schedule

Friday, February 1st, 3:00 PM-8:00 PM:

  • Social Dreaming Matrix 1

  • Dialogue

  • Learning Module 1—the history of Social Dreaming

  • Social Dreaming Matrix 2 (participant run matrix)

Saturday, February 2nd, 8:00 AM-12:30 PM:

  • Social Dreaming Matrix 3 (participant run matrix)

  • Dialogue

  • Learning Module 2—SDM terminology

  • Social Dreaming Matrix 4 (participant run matrix)

Saturday, February 2nd, 1:30 PM-5:30 PM:

  • Dialogue

  • Learning Module 3—hosting a matrix

  • Social Dreaming Matrix 5 (participant run matrix)

Sunday, February 3rd, 8:00 AM-1:00 PM:

  • Social Dreaming Matrix 6 (participant run matrix)

  • Dialogue

  • Learning Module 4—making meaning and application

  • Social Dreaming Matrix 7

Program Overview

This weekend program is designed to familiarize and train individuals in the art of hosting a SD matrix. We will offer both theory and practice in SD and in taking the role of host in a matrix. Our objective is to provide you the underpinning to further explore dreams in groups, incorporating SD in your own practice and organization.

$425    General
$350    Students, GRI/BC Affiliation, Prior Participants and ISPSO Members

Register HERE for Social Dreaming Training at Boston College.

For registration and logistics information:
Evangeline Sarda, +1 617 552 0836,

For training information:
In the U.S.A: Marc Maltz, +1 917 975
In Europe: Nicola Wreford-Howard,  +31 6

Continuing Education Credits are available here for this program.

Participation is limited to 20.

This program is co-sponsored by Boston College and Group Relations International.


Location and Time:
The training will be held at Boston College in Newton MA USA. A light continental breakfast will be served Saturday and Sunday and light snacks will be available during the training. Other meals are the responsibility of the participant (there is a cafeteria in the building). Participants are expected to arrange their own accommodations.

Your Hosts

Nicola Wreford-Howard is a psychologist, organizational consultant and executive coach. She helps her clients to link dreams and values to passion, purpose and process, enabling reflection and authentic action in their professional roles and networks. In the past 25 years, Nicola has worked in the U.S., Europe and Asia to design and facilitate mergers and acquisition initiatives, leadership development and strategy incubators, innovation think tanks, and Social Dreaming matrices for international corporations, NGO's and business schools. She trained and worked with Gordon Lawrence in Europe and the US since 1997. Her current roles include a co-creative consultancy practice, Senior Partner with Transformation Agility Group and visiting faculty at the Indian Insitute of Management Executive Education. Nicola is a member and former board member of The International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations, an associate of the Organization for Promoting Understanding in Society and a member of Families in Global Transition. Originally from London, she has lived in Frankfurt, Geneva, New Orleans and Houston and is currently based in The Hague.

Marc Maltz has helped CEOs, Boards and senior executives develop and transform their organizations, manage risk and improve productivity for over 30 years. His work in organizational and leadership development, change management and organizational resilience has enabled clients to gain critical personal and organizational insight to tackle the many challenges in achieving new levels of success. Marc has been involved with the exploration and advancement of Social Dreaming for over 30 years and is a founding Board member of the Gordon Lawrence Foundation (GLF). He has used SD extensively in his work with clients in numerous settings. Marc is a partner of Triad Consulting Group LLC, a Principal of the Boswell Group LLC and a member of He is a Registered Organizational Development Professional, and a member of the A.K. Rice Institute (CSGSS) and the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations (ISPSO). He is on the Board of Directors of the GLF and ISPSO. Marc lives in New York City and has a M.B.A. and postgraduate certificates from MIT, the Wharton School and the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis & Psychology.