BeWeDō is unique!
The BeWeDō approach generates dynamic connections between people, by encouraging them to share different perspectives using movement-led conversation.
The approach involves techniques of harmony, rather than contention, where communication as a co-operative activity transcends the individual: rather, it is a collective capacity generated in the relationships and interactions among people.
BeWeDō® is a dynamic new way of transforming conversations – with movement.
BeWeDō provides a compelling experience of Aikidō’s relational process by adapting one specific Aikidō movement exercise – tai no henko – which offers people a gentle motion-led experience where they can develop relational skills required for communication.
Instead of engaging in struggle and competition, people using BeWeDō communicate – in both the physical and mental sense – with the movement of their partner in relation to others.
Physical movement and touch amplify connection and trust.
BeWeDō is less about ‘me first,’ and more focused on communicating – ‘let’s go together’ – with movement. In a nutshell:
Moving together enriches conversations. During BeWeDō everyone has a voice.
Small moves can set big ideas in motion!
Start, share, and shape conversations using BeWeDō
Be is a personal space involving relational awareness. You move to create space to start a conversation – ‘where could this lead?’ We is a relational space embracing open-ended synchronizing. In other words, we’re all moving together to share perspectives. Dō is a situational space – a way of leading through connecting. It’s about how movement shapes relationships and ‘what could be?’ Common centre is about embracing being in the moment – bringing people together.
In this age of digital distractions and interruptions, I’ve found that people have responded very positively to the experience of physically connecting.
A BeWeDō approach to collaboration is the opposite of sitting ‘pinned’ around a table or trapped passively listening to a Powerpoint presentation.
One person commented that
“physically moving an idea around the room with your partner puts you into a different mindset than having a chat over a cup of coffee or sitting at your desk having a conversation. BeWeDō allows the conversations to go and happen in a different way..., Your comment is going to take the discussion somewhere.”
Another person commented on how movement-led conversation encouraged people to communicate different perspectives in a respectful way:
“It’s good to see people taking turns which I think is really important. It’s something you don’t see in everyday life – people try to talk over each other, they’re not really listening to the other person, they’re just waiting for their moment to chuck in their five cents. BeWeDō is inclusive, it’s welcoming – you don’t feel you can’t say this or you can’t say that.”
The movement practices eliminate hierarchies and empower people to move another person in any direction they want, which means they can move the conversation in any direction they want. For Adithi Pandit, Deloitte New Zealand:
“I really enjoyed the experience of moving while discussing, and the change in mindset this created for us. It made questions feel more collaborative than confrontational … a more human way!”