The Energy8 tool has been applied by numerous organizations and cities worldwide. Whether it is for teams, departments, organisations, districts or cities. The database is growing and contains more than 7.000 individual inputs. Some principles, facts and theories:

  • Easy and Fun: the Energy8 tool is emerging as an influential framework in organization and place development, for several reasons. First, it is presented in plain language, without scientific or esoteric jargon, which makes it easy and fun to use. Another advantage is that it is intuitive, building on what people already know about their group, but putting it into a clear and practical structure.
  • Deeper Levels: So well known phrase but in organizations still not always understood: No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it (Albert Einstein). The Energy8 tool uses the archetypal identities to understand and change deep patterns in the social system.
  • Validating and Piloting: the Technical University of Delft audited the assessment among numerous people and organizations over 12 months, finding it to be internally consistent, valid and reliable.
  • Wisdom of Crowds: the interpretation of a Magic Map by people in the social system describes the organizations’ landscape far better as any interpretation by external consultants. Collective wisdom outperforms the intellect of trained consultants.
  • Diversity: showing Magic Maps to participants in a social system starts the conversation immediately. There is an innate, natural curiosity within people and groups to know their meaning and purpose. The role of the facilitators is to ask clean questions and give structure to dialogue.
  • Intellectual Property: the Energy8 tool and MagicMaps have been copyrighted and registered in June 2006. On January 2012 we updated the registration which protects the intellectual property.

The underlying model of the Energy8 tool is:

  • Based on theory of sociology by Nathalie Heinich (book: Ce que n’est pas l’identité)
  • Based on Modern Complexity Theory (cellular automata, CAS)
  • Based on the theory of sociology by Ervin Goffman (dramaturgical model)
  • Based on the theory of psychology by Carl Jung (archetypes)