INTAGIO has as its purpose to further develop the theory, methodology and practice of Gestalt in organisations (GIO) as an independent and unique contribution to the societies in which we live, work and die as existential beings in the world.
By ”organisations”, we mean businesses, voluntary and not for profit organisations, schools, universities, training institutes, social communities, communities of practice – and naturally includes working with management and project groups in such organisations.
• INTAGIO is open to all with a Gestalt background or interest who work in or with organisations as practitioners of some sort: consultants (both internal and external), managers, leaders, staff members, academics, researchers, authors, and others.
• It is a member "owned" and member-driven network for the support and development of its members, as well as the development of our theory, methodology and practice.
• We see offering at least one annual conference/gathering for exchanging ideas and practices.
• We see a Journal Committee gathering papers and articles for submission to the Gestalt journals.
• We see occasional books either by individual members or as collections.
• We see shared international OD projects where we collaborate with each other.
• ...the possibilities are rich, rewarding and always renewable!
Characteristics of INTAGIO
• Our interest is in supporting the creation and evolution of an organisation which truly represents the best practice of Gestalt in organisations and whose members share that ideal.
• This is an independent network of practitioners. By independent, we mean that this network is not in any way associated with any one institute or organisation, and is not offering any form of accreditation or licensing.
• A professional network with no interest in setting standards for any organisation other than itself.
• Our organisational values are collaboration, inclusiveness and transparency.
The first voluntary Interim Executive Committee practices these, and encourages all future elected Executive Committees to do likewise.
• INTAGIO is therefore an open, collaborative, fully inclusive meeting-place for any Gestalt professional interested in Gestalt in organisations.
GIO: Some Historical Background
Since the founding of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy (NYIGT) in1952, Gestalt practitioners have worked in and with organisations, education, the arts, communities and society in general. Two of the NYIGT founders – Elliot Shapiro and Paul Goodman, were primarily educators and social activists and only worked briefly and irregularly as Gestalt therapists. They were followed by George Dennison, who worked in a school inspired by Goodman’s perspective on education and then Patrick Kelley, who worked with the New York street gangs within a community project funded by New York City Council.
In other words, the theory, methodology and practice of Gestalt in Organisations was originally developed in the same place and time – and by some of the same people - as that of Gestalt therapy. These two applications are, therefore, twins of the same family rather than distant cousins born and raised apart from each other.
What was to become the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland was founded by a group of clinical and organisational psychologists, university educators and management developers, trained by Fritz and Laura Perls, Paul Goodman and later Isadore From. Most of them were also graduates and faculty of the National Training Laboratories (NTL), Kurt Lewin’s brainchild, realised by his doctoral students and associates after his death in 1947.
If Elliot Shapiro can be considered the grandfather of Gestalt in Organisations, then Edwin Nevis of the Cleveland Institute was to become its father. As an institute leader, programme chair, practitioner, teacher and author, Edwin Nevis has been a major influence in further developing the theory, methodology and practice of Gestalt in Organisations.
We in INTAGIO will build on the passion, knowledge and creativity of Elliot Shapiro, Paul Goodman, George Dennison, Patrick Kelley and Edwin Nevis, each of whom contributed to the GIO tradition, a tradition we are proud to support, refine, deepen and broaden.
INTAGIO is inclusive, transparent and collaborative.