Anyone know anything about the Unicist Research Institute?

Written by Dorothy Nesbit on 3 June 2015

Dear colleagues

This is a bit of a long shot - has anyone come across the Unicist Research Institute or know anything about their work?

They have been in contact with me (and no doubt other coaches) with an invitation which looks interesting enough to explore but rather vague.  I thought I'd reach out in case anyone on the forum knows anything about them.

Warmly

Dorothy

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LouisAlmeida

Submitted on 4 June, 2015 - 17:19

Hi Dorothy,

Without trying to be too nosey, are you able to disclose what they're asking you to do? They have quite a prominent following on Facebook (following a quick search)! Maybe take a look at some academic work they've done with other organisations? I'll ask a few American friends.

All the best,

Louis

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DorothyNesbit

Submitted on 5 June, 2015 - 11:27

Hi Louis

You can nose away!  Thanks for the FB tip.

They have told me they're looking for coaches to act as Academic Associates (see  http://www.unicist.net/partnering-model.php).  Their description of various roles is very high level.  I've told them I'm interested to talk to someone and to learn more about their work and the role of Academic Associate.

It's an interesting situation.  They're clearly trying to expand their sphere of influence and looking for the kind of people they think might be able to help.  I need far more information than I have at present before making any decision.  And of course it takes time and effort to become informed - both ways.

Fundamentally, I am interested in approaches which are in line with natural laws.  So a first glance at their work does pique my interest.

I appreciate your response, Louis.

Dorothy

 

LouisAlmeida

Submitted on 9 June, 2015 - 15:58

Ah, very interesting Dorothy. They do appear to be very thorough. I'm definitely going to have to pay more attention to their work. I don't really know how popular they are over here in the UK but it'd be interesting to gauge. Sounds a great opportunity though, let us know how you get on.

All the best,

Louis

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DorothyNesbit

Submitted on 30 July, 2015 - 10:50

Dear colleagues

I promised to report back.

I've found it quite difficult to get to the bottom of what The Institute are actually wanting in terms of an agreement with associates and I think my questions to clarify have stimulated some frustration on the part of the person who contacted me.  I can't see how this is going to change and we have brought the discussion to a close.

A couple of other people contacted me who tracked down this thread.  It seems that they are also finding the language used by our main contact difficult to understand.  It doesn't augur well for a fruitful and mutually beneficial relationship.

It's a shame.  their work looks interesting.

Warmly

Dorothy

jbloomberg

Submitted on 3 December, 2015 - 04:48

I have been contacted twice by Peter Belohlavek, the head of the various Unicist organizations. They made a similar request of me because of my research into organizational complexity theory, so I spent some time reading through their material.

From what I can tell, absolutely everything the organization has produced is complete and utter nonsense. I continued to read more material, allowing for the fact that English is a second language for the Belohlaveks, but to no avail. Either everything they write is entirely above my head (even though I've done extensive research into one of their primary topics), or it's simply nonsense.

I also tried to identify anyone else who might be involved in their institute or various other organizations. From what I can tell, the entire organization consists of three individuals: Belohlavek and his two children.

The reason I'm posting here at all is this discussion thread is the one and only web page I have ever been able to find that mentions anything at all about Unicist theory that isn't written by one of the three Belohlaveks.

But this whole situation still intrigues me. They have so much content that it simply boggles the mind how much effort the three of them must have put into it if it's all nonsense. The alternative -- that it does make sense but I simply cannot make heads or tails of any of it -- also boggles the mind.

Just out of curiosity I'd be interested in your take!

-- Jason Bloomberg, jason@intellyx.com

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DorothyNesbit

Submitted on 3 December, 2015 - 14:41

Hi Jason

I would have to echo what you say.  I found their use of language rather impenetrable so that, quite quickly, I found myself going round in circles - asking questions to clarify, getting answers that I didn't understand and which, moreover, seemed to demonstrate a certain lack of emotional intelligence on the part of the speaker.  That is, whilst I made an allowance for English as a foreign language I ultimately concluded that the issue went way beyond this.

I also realised, like you, that I was dealing with a very small team of family members.  I understand that people sometimes put their life's work into something they passionately believe in find it hard to find an audience.  This can be true even when people are doing great work.  But it wasn't clear that there was great work going on or that the skills of communication were in place to lead to any kind of mutually beneficial relationship.  It was very easy for me to say no to any further communication on this basis.

I, like you, remain intrigued.

Warmly

Dorothy