Institute 361 was founded by Dr Silvia Lozeva, an expert in organizational culture development with a strong academic and professional background. Experienced in both teaching and research with background in labour economics, sustainable development and currently involved in equity and diversity initiatives in Higher Education.
Silvia is a life-long GO player.
“Rather than thinking about Go as a mind-game, we should think about it as if we are learning a language. We often forget that language is something learned, hence it is experiential learning. We experienced language while we are growing up, by hearing people talking, and maybe once again when we started learning how to read. This learning process is similar to Go learning. When we play Go for the first time, we learn about the combination of stones we place on the board, much the same way when we are trying to voice sounds that come out from our mouth to something at least similar to those we heard other people pronounce. This process might take a long time, depending on each individual. Once we grasp how to voice words, we would start voicing sentences and even poems, probably with the help with other people, like our parents. When we learn Go, we tried putting stones in many different manners as a play, a creative exercise, an experiment. Experimenting and trying out our “new voices”, we start to grasp which ones of our stones hold meaning, compare to others. Then we begin to learn of stones as “signs”, “signals”, “hints”…and how with the right structure, and as a collection, these stones hold deeper meaning. Slowly, as our understanding of the game improves, we begin to see how these stones together created a reality of their own, much like those the language we speak created around us”
"Go as a creative game has the potential to compliment or deepen one’s self-reflection and meditation practice through concentration and intuitive behaviour. Recognising different patterns in life, where we are faced with a myriad of situations and probabilities in our responses can be compared to learning to navigate through the vast space on the Goban (Go board) by learning about shapes, which guide you to make better choices. Learning that the choice we make in life are not linear are reflected on the Goban by the extremely high possible moves we can make; in fact, the choices are so numerous, that the Game of Go has been the basis of developing an AI and the DeepMind Challenge. Having tangible tools of engagement (stones, wood) are very useful in cultivating awareness to the present moment, engagement and sustained concentration. "
"Recently I had the opportunity to travel to China for a summer program at Tsinghua University. I had never been to China before and didn’t quite know what to expect. I was particularly looking forward to playing Go with Chinese locals. I first learnt about Go at my university library thanks to Silva at Insitute361. After attending a number of sessions, I began to develop a stronger understanding of the strategy and patterns of play. This proved very useful throughout my time in China. The first week of my trip was with a Chinese family and they were initially very surprised I could play. Almost the whole family played Go, and despite my amateur skill level I was still able to impress them with my ability to play Go. I liked playing Go with Chinese locals as it was a particularly fun and useful way to bridge any cultural and language gaps whilst building stronger friendships. The more I play Go the more intrigued I become with the strategy and its parallels with many aspects of life. For me the strategy is contagious and almost addictive, as you seemingly can never learn it all. I feel this is the best part of Go, you can learn from every game because each opponent plays with a different style. I am so glad that I knew how to play Go because it added to my experience in China and enabled me to further engage with Chinese people and culture on a much deeper level. Go is also a truly fun way to practice your critical thinking skills and I’m extremely grateful that to have learnt how to enjoy this wonderful strategic game. Thanks Silvia!"