Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS POSSIBILITY MANAGEMENT?
Possibility Management is an evolving co-creation space that uses thoughtware, tools, and processes that emerge from the context of radical responsibility. Possibility Management is not derived from the fields of psychology, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, gestalt therapy, or any of the works of Freud or Jung. It is not religion and not philosophy. There is nothing to believe. Possibility Management is open code and copyleft. Our best guess is that Possibility Management is core thoughtware for the next evolution of human culture on Earth, archearchy.
WHAT IS ARCHEARCHY?
Archearchy is the currently emerging class of human cultures that comes after matriarchy and patriarchy. Whereas in matriarchal cultures the feminine holds a dominant position and in patriarchal cultures the masculine holds a dominant position, in archearchal cultures, archetypally initiated adult women creatively collaborate with archetypally initiated adult men and the Bright Principles of the culture hold a dominant position. Archearchal cultures revolve around authentic adulthood initiatory processes.
WHAT IS RADICAL RESPONSIBILITY?
There is a spectrum of responsibility that starts with trying to avoid all responsibility, increasing to child-level responsibility, then adult level responsibility, then high level responsibility, and topping out at radical responsibility. The term “radical” is intended to mean without compromise, far reaching, or thorough. We could also call it absolute responsibility. The result of taking radical responsibility is that there is no one else to blame. Excuses no longer suffice. You take radical responsibility by placing yourself in an energetic position with the universe where you declare: “No matter what happens, no matter what is, I am responsible.” Clearly you abandon the concepts of “fairness” and “security” when you claim radical responsibility because being absolutely responsible is neither fair nor secure. From the radically responsible perspective: What is, is. There is no such thing as a problem (because “There is a problem.” is a story that you or somebody else made up). Irresponsibility is an illusion. It is impossible to be a victim. A significant level of initiated maturity is required before you can claim radical responsibility and have the universe believe you. But if you do manage to take radical responsibility the universe suddenly starts working in interesting new ways. Possibility Management begins when you take radical responsibility for creating your Box.
WHAT IS THE BOX?
The Box is the term that assembles ego, belief system, world view, mindset, comfort zone, psychology, personality, defense strategy, and identity into one easy-to-engineer construct. The field of Box Technology explains how we each build a unique Box for ourselves out of stories, habits, interpretations, meanings, assumptions, attitudes, prejudices, customs, conclusions, beliefs, rules, and other thoughtware, with the overall purpose of assuring our own survival. The Box filters everything we can perceive and everything we can express. The Box is meant to be transcended during our late teens and early twenties like butterflies escape from their cocoon, but making the Box optional requires formidable and authentic adulthood initiatory processes. The patriarchal empire eliminated initiations long ago, probably because initiations identify psychopathic personality traits. The result is that persons holding leadership roles in modern culture’s hierarchies are uninitiated, operating from within defensive-purpose Boxes that must be right and win or else they feel life-threatened. The result, of course, is interpersonal, intergender, intercultural, and intergovernmental war. The Thoughtmap of Box Technology turns out to be one of the most powerful tools from Possibility Management, explaining the relationship between the Box, the Being, and what might actually be possible right now.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY “OPEN CODE”?
Anybody, anywhere who has the ability to consciously understand and responsibly use the thoughtmaps, tools and processes of Possibility Management has full authority and responsibility to further expand, deepen, clarify, evolve, apply, and share them. There is no (and actually cannot be any) individual or organization who can limit the development of, exclude others from making use of, or demand a license fee, percentage, royalty, or commission from others using or teaching Possibility Management. People who deliver Possibility Management classes, workshops, Trainings or processes of course need to be paid for their services. But the context and thoughtware of radical responsibility cannot be copyrighted. All further development of Possibility Management feeds Gaia’s creative commons.
WHAT IS A TRAINING?
One of the best ways to explain the term “Training” is through comparing Training to Education. Whereas Education provides already known ideas, concepts and content to think about, Training provides thoughtware to think with so as to discover or invent what is not yet known. Both Education and Training are needed to support the full development of human intelligence; however, Training is an essential element in successful adulthood initiations. Why the capital “T” in Training? To distinguish initiatory and transformational Training spaces and processes from other sorts of training such as new job preparation, sports and fitness training, or animal behavior training.
WHAT IS INITIATION?
Initiation is a transformational experience that expands your capacity to be responsible. Responsibility is consciousness in action. You can also say: Responsibility is applied consciousness. During our 40 years of research, development, and delivery of Possibility Management we have discovered two astonishing relationships between initiation and authentic adulthood. 1. Human beings do not become adults through getting older. Human beings become adults through formidable adulthood initiatory processes delivered by already-initiated adults. 2. Initiation into authentic adulthood is not a onetime ritual but rather a lifelong series of step-by-step expansions of awareness, capability, and responsibility. We have practical proof that human beings can connect into far more powerful internal and external intelligence and energy resources than modern education has ever led us to believe. We are so happy to discover this because it makes life more surprising and dynamic than surfing facebook.
IS POSSIBILITY MANAGEMENT A SECT?
No, Possibility Management is not a sect. At the same time such a question is always appropriate. To come to an answer the questioner should define for themselves what a sect is. At the core of a sect is usually a person of questionable character implementing a plan to benefit from the sect members. The members should do what the sect leader says rather than doing what they actually want to do themselves. Typically the sect leader demands power, money, sex or other services of the followers, who are expected to diminish themselves and obey the teachings and commands of the sect leader. As a trade-off they may hope to find the false security of belonging to "the family," or receiving "salvation." The followers have many duties and few or no rights.
Possibility Management produces the opposite of a sect. There is nothing to believe in. Everything will be tested by your own experimenting. Step-by-step you gain the clarity and power to take a stand for yourself and walk your path in order to unfold your beneficial talents to serve the world and bring your true calling to life. Possibility Management is a way to find and actively live your authentic vocation. Consequently the tools of Possibility Management are copyleft and open code, meaning no license fees are charged for the trainers. Because of this Possibility Management can be further developed by anyone who understands the ideas and can generate the context of radical responsibility.
WHERE DOES THE IDEA OF SECTS COME FROM?
The sect question is interesting. In previous times the term “witch” was used to describe a person who lived outside the rules of society and posed such a security threat that Europeans accepted over 700 years of Inquisitions. During the latter part of the 20th Century, the character of a witch was subsumed by Hollywood and Halloween and lost its power to scare and manipulate the masses. A new term was needed to incite enough fear and revulsion that common people would bow down to government and religious interventions. The new term was “sect,” and during the 70s, 80s, and 90s the fervor of sect police became famous. But the sect phenomena began fading in people’s minds as they become more aware and an even scarier term was needed to subjugate citizens, something that would give three-letter government agencies billions in funding and let them indiscriminately tap phones, filter emails, install face-recognition cameras, and remove most civil liberties in the name of “creating a world that is safe for democracy.” The 21st Century’s replacement term for “witch” is “terrorist.” Are Possibility Managers terrorists? No they are not.
WHY MIGHT SOMEONE CALL POSSIBILITY MANAGEMENT A SECT?
If something such as Possibility Management hints that things may not actually be as you have been led to believe they are, you may feel afraid. If feeling afraid is habitually interpreted as a “negative” or “bad” experience instead of a resource of intelligence and energy to use in your daily life, you may conclude that the fear comes from outside of you, not from inside. Then if you can identify the source of the fear outside of you and get rid of the thing you will feel fine again (numb again). By asserting that the thing out there is a sect, everyone will already agree that it should be gotten rid of and you can relax again because you are protected by society.
WHO IS CLINTON CALLAHAN?
Clinton Comings Callahan III was born in 1952 in Wichita, Kansas, USA, to two now-deceased mainstream Americans. Clinton’s mother Virginia had the maiden name Stipek. Both of her parents’ parents were from Prague. Clinton’s father’s mother’s maiden name was Shoemaker, originally spelled Schumacher, originating in Germany. Seven Callahan brothers were born in Social Circle, Georgia. One of them, John Lewis Callahan (1830-1889) moved north and became a medical doctor. All six of John’s brothers got themselves killed during the American Civil War. Enough genealogy! Clinton received a bachelor’s degree in physics from California Polytechnic State University in 1975. After getting married in 1980, working and traveling 2.5 years through the South Pacific and Southeast Asia, home birthing and homeschooling two daughters, and establishing a biomedical instrument prototyping and production company, Clinton became a student of the Western Baul teacher Lee Lozowick in 1989 and moved from Santa Rosa, California to Prescott, Arizona in 1990 where Clinton shifted careers from upgrading hardware to upgrading thoughtware in a small Training company. While constructing a passive-solar rammed-earth home the Training work began calling Clinton back to his European roots, commuting from Arizona to Germany twice a month. In 1995 the Callahans moved to central France, near Poitier, to refurbish an ancient farm into an ashram and so Clinton could deliver Trainings. Due to his experimental inclinations, Clinton developed so many new thoughtmaps and initiatory processes that he could not help but package them into an entirely new Training called Expand The Box which he first delivered in Hamburg, Germany, in March 1998. In 2004 Clinton got divorced and in 2005 moved from France to Germany where he eventually founded the Next Culture Research & Training Center with Marion to carry on the work of Possibility Management. Today there are more than 25 Possibility Trainers delivering Expand The Box and related Trainings throughout the world. Many more Possibility Trainers are needed. Marion started Next Culture Press and is publishing an impressive array of titles, and the Training, publishing, and global networking has all come together under the umbrella of General Memetics. Yes, all this information… and yet the question remains: Who is Clinton Callahan?
WHAT IS THOUGHTWARE?
Thoughtware is what you use to think with. It is not the content that you think about such as: what will I do next, how much do the others like me, or what to make for dinner. Thoughtware is built out of memes, and creates a specific context out of which our actions and interactions emerge. For example, the thoughtware of public school generates a context where it is understood that: “The teacher is forced to follow the rules set by the administration. There are set hours and a set curriculum for learning with graded tests. If you get the best grades you will get the best jobs.” The thoughtware of free school generates a context where a different understanding emerges: “The hours and curriculum for learning are set by the student’s interest. The test is if the student activates their potential and experiences inspiration through delivering their gifts to the world.”
WHAT ARE MEMES?
The word meme was invented in 1976 by the British evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins. Memes can be compared to genes. Whereas as genes are the smallest instruction for the design of your physical body, memes are the smallest instruction for the design of your mind.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO UPGRADE YOUR THOUGHTWARE?
People usually adopt a majority of their thoughtware directly from their parents before they go to school. But what rule says that the thoughtware you adopt as a baby is the optimum thoughtware for you to be using in your adult life? This would be as silly as saying, “Since I first learned to use VolksWriter on my IBM PC that is the program I will use forever.” Just because you are currently using certain thoughtware does not mean that is the most effective thoughtware you could be using. It is straightforward to upgrade your thoughtware. The process involves identifying the thoughtware you currently use, thoroughly seeing its consequences, understanding how alternative thoughtware would function, and deciding which thoughtware you want to use. While switching from one thoughtware to another there may be periods during which time the old thoughtware is disassembling but the new thoughtware is not yet up to speed. This transition time may be experienced as a liquid state.
WHAT IS A LIQUID STATE?
Each time you stack wooden children’s blocks into a new configuration there is a period of time during which the blocks are in chaos. Similarly with playing cards, before a new game begins, the cards are shuffled. The in between state is when structural components can move around and establish new relationships with each other. During authentic adulthood initiatory processes human beings experience liquid states in one or more of our four bodies: physical, intellectual, emotional, and energetic. A liquid state does not guarantee a change. However, if there is no liquid state how could anything shift around? Learning the characteristics of four-body liquid states helps you detect when change is underway, and a map indicating how the change may be happening. If a change is desired then a liquid state confirms you are right on course!
WHY ARE PEOPLE AFRAID OF UPGRADING THEIR THOUGHTWARE?
Perhaps it is not that people are afraid of upgrading their thoughtware so much as they are afraid of the unconscious experience of fear. Being afraid of fear is a conditioned response from modern culture. Initiated adults regard their fear as a valuable amplifier for insights and attentiveness. Fear naturally accompanies any internal or external change because we don’t know what will come next and we don’t know if we are prepared to survive in the new circumstances. Conscious fear tells us what to prepare for and what to take care of in the change process. Sadness also naturally accompanies change because we need to let go of and grieve the old familiar ways in order to replace them with new ideas, attitudes and behaviors. Anger accompanies change when old habits persist and we have not yet achieved competence in the new ways. And joy also accompanies change with raw pleasure at new experience and expanded playing fields.
WHAT IS A BRIGHT PRINCIPLE?
A Bright Principle is a force of nature that existed before the universe. Each Bright Principle is a facet of consciousness, responsibility, love. During our research it has become obvious that each of us has a resonance to serving three, four or five Bright Principles in our work; this is our destiny. By distilling your Bright Principles out of your life you can more easily tap into their energy and intelligence resources, and more effectively take actions under their auspices. This kind of living quickly becomes high level fun!
WHAT IS THE TRAINER GUILD?
Trainer Guild is the name we have agreed upon for the global community of Possibility Management Trainers, which currently has grown to include about 30 individuals. Since Possibility Management does not use license fees or copyright limitations we Trainers find ourselves functioning as a global community of allies with enthusiastic commitment for mutual benefit, doing whatever we can to work on extraordinary projects for the cultural shift happening all over the world. A noteworthy result of this is that Possibility Management itself gets continuously developed by each Trainer during their work and thus thrives as a living gameworld. More and more requests are coming from individuals of all ages, traditional organizations and also from communities who have already been changing their thinking considerably in the areas of organic building and agriculture, alternative forms of energy, autonomy, alternative currencies, meeting and decision-making formats, etc. They are all asking for ways to create better results, which starts with upgrading your thoughtware.
DOES THE TRAINER GUILD CREATE PARTNERSHIPS WITH OTHER ORGANIZATIONS?
Yes, the Possibility Management Trainer Guild is happy to establish partnerships of mutual endeavor with particular organizations whose strategies, tactics and aims align with ours: We establish next-culture autonomous zones in the global ethnosphere with the aim of collaborating in thoughtware upgrades to radical responsibility. To date we have formal and informal partnership agreements with the following organizations:
The Guild http://www.onebecomingone.org/
Next GEN http://nextgen.ecovillage.org/
Transition Network https://www.transitionnetwork.org/
Valhalla Movement http://valhallamovement.com/
In the Trainer Guild, the term "profit" means "expanding the matrix that holds more consciousness." If you can see a profitable working exchange with us, please make a proposal.
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
There are many doorways being held open so you can explore the world of Possibility Management. Doorways include reading articles such as Healing With Clarity, watching videos we've made or videos we recommend, getting a free subscription to S.P.A.R.K.s (emailed every 3 weeks with matrix-building experiments to try), reading books written by Possibility Managers or books we recommend, coming to a talk or workshop, or joining a study group or Possibility Team. But you don’t need any of these to jump directly into a 3 to 5 day Expand The Box Training. Expand The Box is itself a doorway to many further avenues for escalating your true talents such as completing 10 Possibility Labs, or amplifying your helping-profession gifts through the 2 year Feelings Practitioner Certification Program. After you have led your first few Expand The Box Trainings you may wish to further the availability and usefulness of Possibility Management in the world with our global team and apply to join the Possibility Management Trainer Guild and participate in Trainer Labs. Whatever you choose for your next step, remember, you cannot get to the step after that until you not just think about but actually do this one. We wish you all the best.
HOW CAN WE GET AN EXPAND THE BOX TRAINING IN OUR AREA?
The most effective way to bring Expand The Box training to your area is to contact Georg Pollitt who is currently the Trainer Guild's Foreign Trainings Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org). Tell Georg what you want and he will help you make it happen. The Foreign Trainer Team can deliver Expand The Box in English, German, and several other languages. If you are asking to have an Expand The Box training for your circle of people in a country where there are no certified Possibility Trainers yet, Georg will present your wish to the Foreign Trainings Team and they will arrange support your organizing efforts to deliver Expand The Box in your location. Experience has shown us that a local organizer needs to already have at least 300 enthusiasts in your circle of friends in order to see 25 participants in your first local Expand The Box training.