Conscious Communication

How might we upgrade our capacity

for meaningful and crucial conversations

to increase planet-centric collaboration?

Research

We engage in continuous ethnographic action-research on communication intentions and behaviours in conversations.

While our continuous empirical research on conscious communication can benefit everyone, it will probably most resonate with TEAL organisations and leaders who embrace philosophies such as Agile, Lean and Sociocracy 3.0. If you’re interested in cultivating a growth mindset and are investing in leadership development in your company and want to make a change towards self-organisation, you might be eligible for a communication analysis as part of Green Elephant’s Action-Research in the context of the MITxUlab course.

Contact us to find out if you can be part of the on-going research.

Findings

We share our research findings in open source E-learning with videos and rich infographic summaries in a free app. 

This free and personalised browser-based learning app is designed to spread the current research learnings about conscious communication to the widest number of change-agents who are working to enable Humanity to grow, thrive and co-evolve in more sustainable relationships.

Training

We train leaders and managers in the art of conscious communication. 

Green Elephant offers a Flipped learning training program to teach individuals, teams and organisations a new universal framework which consists of 56 carefully defined terms to describe, analyse and improve the way we communicate. This allows collective intelligence to play out even across gender, age, expertise, cultural and other divides between people.

2050 social utopia

We live in an age where we can talk to someone on the other side of the world as easily as if they were sitting next to us – yet we still regularly experience conflict, manipulation and misunderstandings. There are multiple complex challenges which Humanity now needs to face together. This brings a sense of urgency for us all to transform the way we communicate and relate with each other.

LEARN TO Harness the power of COLLECTIVELY CONSCIOUS COMMUNICATION

 

Whichever level of social impact you, or your organisation is working towards, our mission is to increase your capacity to engage in meaningful, conscious and influential communication.

BEHAVIOURAL RESEARCH

Co-founder Estève Pannetier - a design anthropologist - describes the origin of Green Elephant’s research direction which he describes as “How to make the magic happen between people” in TEDxTurku.

 

The GreenBlueRed™ behavioural framework for which Green Elephant has exclusive rights, was developed over the last 40 years through empirical communication action-research. This unique framework focuses on real-world behaviours instead of personality theories. This holistic framework is a summary of the most impactful techniques, habits and behaviours from communication experts in:

See a snapshot of the video analysis view

Pedagogy

The Action-Learning and Flipped Learning method we use in training comes from this area of expertise.

POLICE

THERAPY

Social MEDIA

RETAIL

POLITICAL PROPAGANDA

Sales

Open questions and Green Timing in the relationship sales approach.

GAME DESIGN

The Co-Creative methods of interviewing, communicating and behaving.

BRAND STRATEGY

The importance of storytelling, symbols and meaning in communication.

SPORT COACHING

Self-evaluating Flow in high level professional team sports.

GOVERNMENT

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

DEVELOPMENT

DESIGN THINKING

PUBLIC SPEAKING & DEBATES

CARE & HOSPITALITY

MARKETING

STAGE PERFORMING

INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS

START-UPS

Why this research?

This research aims to uncover the behavioural patterns which most impact the efficacy of communication to help people get along.
Micro Purpose at the Personal Growth Level
As a leader and change-agent, participating in this research is about attending to one’s personal growth journey. Action-Research helps to increase an interviewee’s confidence thanks to a shift in purpose and intention. The invitation is to shift from performing, to both performing and learning. This action-research implies being open to see oneself differently, feeling more whole and broadening one’s perspective. As a result, moving from inner to interpersonal work becomes easier because one’s listening capacity shifts to become more open-hearted, with less judgement and with an intention to understand others.
Meso Purpose at the Team & Leadership Level
This research provides a 360 snapshot view of the current capacity of a particular team to communicate in a collectively intelligent and efficient way. It is a qualitative mapping and quantitative analysis of any team-related potential blind-spots which negatively affect interpersonal influence communication. Each interviewed leader will have a 360 view of their team’s current capacity to have meaningful and crucial conversations. This helps access the collective intelligence via conscious communication, which helps everybody to become more inclusive and collaborative.
Macro Purpose at the Organisational Level
GreenElephant helps organisations transform their communication culture. This action-research generates mutual value for both Interviewees and Green Elephant in the form of new insights about how to transform and measure change in learning organisations. At an organisational level this helps to communicate a clear statement of intent in the context of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). 
Mundo Purpose at the Global Stewardship Level
The research assumption is that Humanity urgently needs to cultivate collectively intelligent ways of tackling the current global leadership and governance disconnects. This research aims to further Humanity’s understanding of what it takes to engage in more meaningful conversations and cultivate respectful business relations more in line with the UN sustainability goals. This research is the first phase of a multi-phased 10 year stewardship roadmap by Green Elephant.

 

What is researched?

The general aim is to provide valuable new insights to conscious leaders and managers around communication behaviours. Practically this means analysing the communication behaviours through 8 “lenses” which are frameworks to look from different angles.
Objectives
The objectives of this research are to: 

1. Understand the myths which create communication challenges in leadership.

2. Identify the communication needs of leaders and managers in different organisations. This will highlight new ways of communicating and bring valuable prioritisation advice in answer to these needs.

3. Generate open-source high-value content to help other leaders and managers to upgrade their culture of communication.

Variables
The 8 variables used to measure communication behaviours are: 

Influence by measuring the communication behaviours at the verbal, non-verbal and intentional levels.

Attitude to changes in communication.

Chaos by measuring the level of chaos in tools, processes, rules and structure supporting communication.

Alignment: measuring the congruence between self-awareness of needs and collective behaviours.

Flow with perceived feelings, motivation, challenge and skill in communication.

Needs in specific situations of communication which trigger conflicts.

Ego roles and behaviours which trigger conflictual behaviours.

Methodology

Each round of research “Enquiry” will consist of 6 steps in which together with the interviewee, our research & design team explores the topic of conscious communication at work.

 

 

Behaviour Research Enquiry
This research enquiry will help to understand and improve the efficiency of interpersonal communication in a team of 5-30 people. Each interviewed leader will gain a 360 view of their team’s current capacity to have meaningful and crucial conversations, and will receive concrete recommendations for shifting their team’s communication behaviours through new habits. Each leader will also have the option of co-authoring a social-media friendly blog post with insights and learnings about this short personal learning journey. 

This research includes both a quantitative and a qualitative mapping with analysis of any team-related potential blind-spots which negatively affect interpersonal influence communication in the measured team. 

Qualitative Techniques
This Action-Research is based on the qualitative deep interview style proposed by MITxULab called “Presencing”. It is designed as an empirical way for both the interviewer and interviewees to engage in a new form of deep listening dialogue which combines rational scientific analysis with internally “sensed” knowledge. The aim is to tap into a new level of collective intelligence by using the most advanced methods used by social-researchers to better understand and tackle complex social situations and challenges. 
Qualitative Techniques
This explorative qualitative research will be augmented by some quantitative online research with the leader’s team via a typeform questionnaire. The summary will be co-published with the consent of each participant in an open-source blogging format which shares the key learning or insight which emerged from each. 
Reporting Dashboard
Each interviewed leader will be offered an oral conversational debrief of their team’s current capacity to have meaningful and crucial conversations. This research includes both a quantitative and a qualitative mapping with analysis of any team-related potential blind-spots which negatively affect interpersonal influence communication in the measured team. 

How to get your own COMMUNICATION Audit?

For team building, Mergers & Acquisitions.

FOR THE
BENEFIT
OF MY
ORGANISATION

Coached personal or pair growth journey
To bring conscious communication awareness, insights and behaviour shifts for leaders.
Audit for 1 to 2 C-level leaders
For 1 to 2 leaders or managers in relation to max 5 different teams. 

Ideal for organisations who are interested in growth by Agile, Self-organizing and who are investing in leadership development and growth through Collective Intelligence.

Quantitative Survey
This is a 360 view of the leaders and their teams communication behaviours. It gives an overview of their capacity to have meaningful and crucial conversations by using 8 lenses as variables. Results are kept confidential within the organisation.
Qualitative Analysis
1 on 1 online coaching session with each leader to debrief and analyze the potential  blindspots and hidden behaviour patterns which hinder communication and collaboration as a team. 
Confidential dialogue in Case Clinic
A 90 min online group coaching format, with 3 additional experts, guided dialogue and collective reflection around the research findings, insights and emerging communication needs. 

The experts are handpicked from a pool of Green Elephant’s network to reframe issues and generate new ways of responding to them. To find creative and effective ways of dealing with leadership communication challenges.  The leader experiences deep listening and sensing dialogue methods for Collective Intelligence.

Report
Confidential report of the research findings in a stand-alone and easy to share format. Includes as dashboard-style 360 summary of team communication behaviours, insights and concrete recommendations to cultivate respectful and sustainable relations within and towards the teams.
Time budget
Leaders : Around 6 hours of interview, answering the research survey and coaching.

Teams : 40-45 min answering the research survey.

For culture building, Diversity & Inclusion.

FOR THE BENEFIT OF MY ORGANISATION AND THE SURROUNDING ECOSYSTEM

Coached personal growth journey
To bring conscious communication awareness, insights and behaviour shifts for leaders.
Audit for a C-level leader
For a leader or manager in relation to max 5 different teams. 

Ideal for organisations who are investing in branding their internal culture as ethical, Agile, self-organising and socially responsible.

Quantitative Survey
This is a 360 view of the leaders and their teams communication behaviours. It gives an overview of their capacity to have meaningful and crucial conversations by using 8 lenses as variables. Results are kept confidential within the organisation.
Qualitative Analysis
1 on 1 online coaching session to debrief and analyze the potential blindspots and hidden behaviour patterns which hinder communication and collaboration as a team. 
Open dialogue in Case Clinic
A 90 min online group coaching format, with 3 additional experts, guided dialogue and collective reflection around the research findings, insights and emerging communication needs. 

The experts are handpicked from a pool of Green Elephant’s network to reframe issues and generate new ways of responding to them. To find creative and effective ways of dealing with leadership communication challenges.  The leader experiences deep listening and sensing dialogue methods for Collective Intelligence.

The Case Clinic is edited into a Social Media friendly audio blog for other leaders to learn and be inspired by.  Audio Blog can be used as PR ready content for branding the company as a learning and CSR organisation. 

Report
Confidential report of the research findings in a stand-alone and easy to share format. Includes as dashboard-style 360 summary of team communication behaviours, insights and concrete recommendations to cultivate respectful and sustainable relations within and towards the teams.
Time budget
Leader : Around 4,5 hours of interview, answering the research survey and coaching.

Teams : 40-45 min answering the survey.

FINDINGS ALREADY PUBLISHED

The GreenBlueRed™ behavioural framework was developed over the last 40 years through empirical communication research.
It is unique because it focuses on real-world
behaviours instead of personality models
. 

What do the GreenBlueRed™ colours mean?
 

  • Green communication focuses on other people’s feelings, hopes or thoughts. It is connected to #empathy.
  • Blue communication is informing others about something which belongs to yourself, such as your knowledge, opinions or ideas. It is connected to #storytelling.
  • Red communication is about influencing and uniting around actions which can be shared because they have been communicated, often in the form of suggestions, decisions or agreements. It is connected to #Influence.

Influential communicators are using these colours in a specific order and proportion. In the Green Elephant’s Leadership Communication Training Program you’ll learn how to consciously recognise and choose the right timing and proportion of each type of communication regardless of the situation, culture or other diversity gaps. 

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ABOUT GREEN ELEPHANT

Green Elephant was founded by a collective of global citizens who shared some core values and a commitment to craft a better future for Humanity thanks to conscious communication. To do this we all need to upgrade the quality of our exchanges, and go beyond words to make our communication more effective and respectful. We believe this can be achieved by empowering driven individuals and organisations with the right tools and techniques, which they can use to benefit from the collective intelligence of their communities. Our practices are based on the GreenBlueRed™ framework and designed to enable meaningful conversations, both online and face-to-face.

 

Why are we called Green Elephant?

Green is the colour for curiosity, empathy, heart connection and is an appeal to our deep human nature. Having an Elephant in the room means that there is an obvious problem or difficult situation that nobody wants to talk about. The Elephant can be a personal sore spot or a socially incorrect hot potato that no one feels capable of tackling. Elephants are also close to extinction and symbolise our collective need to pay attention to how we influence each other and the planet we depend on. Read more… 

 

team

We each bring a different professional background and experience to our multidisciplinary team of people specialists, with deeply shared values and the same overarching common goal: to upgrade humanity.

We are Green Elephant.

Theo

Theo

The Creator

A historical sociologist and creator of the GreenBlueRed® framework, Theo believes wars could be avoided if we had more meaningful conversations.
Mari

Mari

The Admin

An organisational superhero, Mari makes sure the practical stuff is always in hand, while recognising the different needs of different people.
Jonas

Jonas

The Therapist

A clinical psychologist and trainer, Jonas ensures a rigorous academic background to our approach, making sure the science is spot on.
Anu

Anu

The Coach

A powerfully driven event designer and communication coach – not to mention our CEO – Anu keeps us on track with femininity, strength and determination.
Estève

Estève

The Anthropologist

An inspirational design anthropologist and coach, Estève founded Green Elephant and continues to drive the movement with his creative energy and burning ambition.
Elina

Elina

The Actress

A star performer with bags of empathy, Elina takes her understanding of people and uses it to deliver performances that showcase all walks of humanity.
Vivien

Vivien

The Designer

A human-centred designer who helps make our content beautifully clear, Vivien was responsible for aligning our UX and UI with the GreenBlueRed® framework.
Oles

Oles

The Journalist

A social-media expert who brings our pioneers together with #hashtags, meaningful communication and purposeful digital dialogue, Oles hosts our social media community.

talk with us

If you’d like to find out more about training, coaching or a customised cultural change program for your organisation, let us know and we’ll give you a call.

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