Past, Present & Future Cloud Maps

Here is a description of how to use Transformations cards in a group setting to see one’s own path within a collective patterns. This creates both intimacy and safety while allowing people to go deep with their insights. Thanks David Hudnut, CCL Senior Partner!

We have used space on the floor with groups and teams to create cloud maps of past, present and future. As people put their Logics cards down into one of the three clouds they tell their own story to the whole group. This ends up creating a really fascinating collective story about how people see themselves in these different points of time in their lives. Then we use the Catalyst cards, so that which place Catalyst cards (which they have also chosen) in between the clouds that were created by the past, present and future exercise. This gives people an opportunity to explain heat experiences without necessarily having to use that vocabulary. It’s a way for them to make sense of the stimulus they feel gave them the push into a new way of thinking and making sense of the world. In my experience, when we’ve done this exercise with groups, the whole question of people getting uptight about what “level“ they might be at evaporates.


About Charles J. Palus & David Magellan Horth

Charles J. Palus & David Magellan Horth are Senior Fellows at the Center for Creative Leadership. Many thanks to Steadman Harrison III, CEO of GO, and Senior Associate for the Center for Creative Leadership.
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