The Praxis Idea
is a concept, first ascribed to Aristotle, which
describes a continuous commitment to knowledge creation out of experience.
The Praxis Institute
was established in order to assist
human thinkers in practicing Praxis - in reframing personal and
organizational mind sets and in creating new and relevant knowledge
out of experience.
We live and act in an environment in which fundamental changes
are occurring at an unprecedented rate, thus constantly rendering
irrelevant the mental models with which we, as individuals, groups
and organizations interpret our contexts of life.
More and more practitioners find themselves facing situations
where they do not have yet a proper mental model to think through
on the issue. They have first to reframe their mind-set to become
relevant to the new problem they face.
Actualizing the Praxis Idea - the SRT
In the Social Sciences, reframing is described as a long and laborious
process that may take years, often going beyond the mental scope
of individuals, who may succeed in practicing it to some extent,
but cannot account for it.
Based on more than two decades of research, the Praxis Institute
developed a package consisting of a method (SRT) and a tool
(Reframer®) for training individuals and groups in utilizing
their innate thinking virtues for performing framing and reframing
processes in an explicit and effective manner.
What does SRT stand for?
The method is titled Systemic Reframing Thinking. The
two words - 'Systemic' and 'Reframing'
represent the two main obstacles that the thinker has to overcome.
'Systemic' - stands for the fact that the concepts
in a mind-set are mutually dependent. When one of the concepts
of the set is called up, the mind tends to bring up also the other
concepts in the set to validate it. Thus, the mind-set acts as
a very strong mental obstacle resisting change. The SRT
methodology ensures the de-freezing of mind-sets, in spite of
their systemic nature.
'Reframing' - stands for the manner in which
the method copes with the fact that mind sets are usually taken
for granted and are not exposed to conscious inspection. We think
through our mind sets but are not aware of their existence. How
does one change what one does not see? Reframing is a cognitive
process by which our mind-set's interconnected assumptions are
elicited and represented in a form of explicit frame, only to
be enriched and modified. The outcome, the explicit new frame,
can now serve as a powerful enhancer of organizational and personal
effectiveness and relevance.