Cnergi is a deliberate mispelling of the word 'synergy' and represents both the meaning of the word synergy which means the creation of a whole that is greater than the simple sum of its parts and it also stands as a short form for 'CeNtre for the EmeRGence of Inclusive identities'.
The word 'synergy' comes from the Greek word ‘synergos’ (συνεργός) meaning ‘working together’ and illustrates our mission of bringing diverse, even conflicting elements of a system to work together in creating a whole that is stronger and better than its individual elements.
The process of emerging such a ‘whole’ is what we refer to as ‘integration’ and we aim to facilitate this at various levels:
Empowerment: we believe that all change begins with empowering the self and the ability to bring about this change within the self is a prerequisite to bringing about any change in the world. We believe this requires an identification and appreciation of the centres of our inner identity, the recognition of our own patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving that create our experiences, an awareness of how we respond to the circumstances we may find ourselves in in our work and life and a construction of a strong inner sense of self informed by this knowledge.
Empathy: we see empathy as the capacity to understand and feel what another being is experiencing from within the other being's frame of reference. It enables individuals to develop more satisfactory interpersonal relations, increases cooperation in situations of conflict or competition and improves attitudes toward stigmatized groups, or simply those groups with which one does not identify. Through the design of human interaction and reflection, we facilitate the emergence of such empathy.
Equality: we maintain that all humans are equal in fundamental worth irrespective of differences in abilities, ideologies, socio-economic status, gender, race, culture and any other source of difference. Whilst equality has many overt manifestations, we focus on the inner, more covert constructions of equality and inequality, helping in emerging, challenging and reconstructing them to move human systems towards a genuine and deep inner experience of equal worth.
Emergence: we believe that the whole is greater than the simple sum of its parts. Emergence is a process whereby larger entities, patterns, and regularities arise through interactions among smaller or simpler entities that themselves do not exhibit such properties. But the value added by the system as a whole, beyond that contributed independently by the parts, is created primarily by the relationship among the parts, that is, how they are interconnected. We focus on creating and deploying requisite structures and processes to create such relationships and interconnectedness that would facilitate emergence.
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