Zampella Group is a pioneer in “First-Person Learning” methods, models and practices. Our approach breaks open preconceived notions of Listening and Learning, causing fundamental shifts in being and action. A new Leader emerges.

We engage an ontological learning through a first-person inquiry into the nature (structure) function (purpose) and meaningfulness (quality) of being human.

  • Through increased awareness, we access who we are as an observer.
  • Through enhanced listening, we access how we hold language.
  • Through mindful breathing, we access our body.

Our vertical learning includes an Ontological Model and First-Person Inquiry (phenomenology), from Fields of Inquiry (below) to engage a specific curriculum.

Our developmental model explores these FIELDS OF INQUIRY to reveal the assumptions, beliefs and perceptions that impact our way of learning, listening and leading.

1. Ontology
Our ontological model offers an inquiry into the nature (structure), function (purpose), and meaningfulness (quality) of being human. We design learning programs from the core inquiry of what it means to be human.

2. Phenomenology
A first-person, “as-lived,” examination into how we perceive the world, others and ourselves. This method shapes the way we perceive and listen as that of a cultural anthropologist. We discover our world, which reveals new self-discoveries.

3. Mindfulness
An inquiry into witnessing the machinery that is our mind. We engage practices to expand our witness-observer to be present in the moment with purpose and without judgment.

4. Transformative Learning
Unlike learning that focuses on process or content, transformative learning engages “first-person inquiry” on context: we are the material that is both altered and discovered, opening new perspectives and insights.

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

—Maya Angelou

Transformation finds us open and present to a state of newness, previously unavailable to us. It is not an improvement upon, or better version of, that state.

Rather, it is a choice unlocked by the freedom and courage to abandon what’s known for the possibility of the unknown.

We do not change our view; we become the possibility of a new view.

—Tony Zampella

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