2WK Explained

Two Ways of Knowing (2WK) is a framework that supports people in their work and personal life as leaders, effective cross cultural communicators, innovative meeting designers, and successful conflict negotiators. It can be instrumental in good governance and organizational development. Based on the dynamics of circular and linear thinking, 2WK establishes processes that value both these thinking styles.

The framework recognizes two forms of power. Linear power is to assert your will, even against resistance (Max Weber). By contrast, Circular power comes from knowing yourself, being, yourself, and supporting others in doing the same.

Both linear and circular thinking are valuable in their time. Linear thinking is employed when things like safety, accountability, progress, competition, efficiency, hierarchy, excellence, productivity and goal achievement are needed. Circular thinking results in deep engagement, inclusion, diversity, social capital, creativity, resilience, transformation and healing.

The operating conditions that support linear thinking are; push back against dangerous or detrimental elements, take an objective stance and apply an either/or filter to new information.

The operating conditions for circular thinking include pull in more of what is beneficial, trust your subjective stance, and respond by saying yes, and…

It is important to separate the two ways of knowing to gain the benefits of each. Blended or assimilated they lose their power because they are opposite in nature.

2WK theory is currently becoming a book that explores practical applications of 2WK. It is expected to be published in 2020. Kim also gives workshops and is available for consultations on possible applications of Two Ways of Knowing.

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