What is CRT?

““Context Recognition Theory is the study of the organization of distributed attention between objective and subjective experience as it occurs in humans in real time. It represents the focusing of attention on the environment in Featural Networks called “situations;” the expansion of attention to Extension Networks called “contexts;” and the stimulation of Elan Vital or in CRT terms “Neuroenergetic Dirvalence” resulting from the interplay between the two. It is an epistemological approach, with the one founding premise that humans are foremost contextual beings and that without context human life as we know it would cease to exist. “

From the book Context Recognition Theory Foundations and Applications ISBN: 978-0-578-65499-7 © 2020 Morgan Goodlander

Context Recognition Theory comes out of the realization that many of the challenges of human interaction and organizational development are part of an invisible network of perception that extends beyond the present to include displaced images (memories & symbols) and narrative representations of the past and imaginings of the future (words) that are untethered to concrete situations.

CRT shares many of the elements of a Narrative based, Social Constructivist approach or even a Theory of Mind; however, it is foremost a Complex Systems model. A model that is embedded in an organism/environment field where evolutionary forces and the neurobiology of perception come together with everyday lived experience to create a present-centered approach for working with context.

Context Recognition Theory (CRT) was developed by Morgan Goodlander out of his experience as an Organizational Development Consultant and Advisor to the CEO of Prezi Corporation during the years 2015-2018 when company grew from 50 to 100 million users.