What is Clean Language like? For once, I’m not asking for a metaphor – at least, not in the usual meaning of the word.
As a process for facilitating groups, Clean Language is a way of helping team members to show up more fully, and to self-actualise within a team.
In that regard, it sits alongside things like:
- Open Space Technology
- Thinking Environments (Nancy Kline)
- Creative Gatherings
- Lean Coffee
- L*GO Serious Play
- Theory U (Otto Scharmer)
- Crucial Conversations
- Non Violent Communication
- The Art of Hosting
- Liberating Structures
That list also includes a number of approaches which explicitly use metaphor, space and/or embodiment, and which come from similar personal development roots to Clean Language.
It strikes me that it’s harder to find one-to-one coaching processes that seem “like” Clean Language. Constellations is probably the closest, since it combines metaphor, space, embodiment and non-directivity (is that a word?) But the two processes are still, to my mind, quite distinct.
- What do you think? If you know Clean Language, what do you think is similar? Are you baffled by my comparisons above? And if you haven’t yet experienced Clean Language, feel free to ask questions below!