Where Are The New Leaders?

Clinton Callahan
Published in
7 min readNov 23, 2022



Where are those individuals with courage enough to retool their thinking minds, upgrade their Thoughtware, and act outside of traditional behavior patterns to solve problems in new ways?

Believe it or not, one of them is reading these words right now. By Experimenting with S.P.A.R.K.s (Specific Practical Applications of Radical Knowledge) you learn wildly new forms of being with yourself and working with people in groups and Teams. If you have read this far, you can be certain that you already embody regenerative culture Spaceholding qualities, whether you know that about yourself or not.

These words would not interest you in the least unless you were willing to release the steel-hard grip of your mind on your reality. To read this far it must already excite you to learn that there exist Thoughtmaps for opening up access to new territories. By exploring those territories, you discover treasures that you can bring back and share with your people. As you seek new ways for your projects to be successful, you embody the Archiarchal definition of a leader: Leaders are the people who go first. Circular Teams are Navigated by Spaceholders who Cavitate new space in which to work.


S.P.A.R.K.s give you new possibilities by giving you new memes. The word ‘Meme’ is relatively new, coined in 1976 by Clinton Richard Dawkins, a British biologist. To understand what memes are you can compare them to genes. Just as genes are the fundamental instructions for the design of your body, memes are the fundamental instructions for the design of your mind.

You obtained most of your current set of memes from the same source that gave you your genes: namely, your parents, who got their memes the same way as you. Many memes you use for thinking today have been passed on from generation to generation for hundreds, if not thousands of years. Without realizing it you are using very old and very outdated Standard Human Intelligence Thoughtware (S.H.I.T.). Adopting new memes gives you capacities and options that you could not even imagine existed from the viewpoint of your old memes.

Without knowing it, you have been educated to defend yourself against memetic upgrades. Your defenses are so effective that you have grown accustomed to tolerating an immense amount of mediocrity in your creativity, in your relating, and in your life. You tolerate mediocrity because your current meme-set prevents you from discovering that anything else exists. By providing you with new memes, S.P.A.R.K.s give you the chance to prove to yourself that relating with yourself, friends, colleagues, and life at large can quickly become extraordinary.


Each S.P.A.R.K. begins with a Distinction. Distinctions are not aphorisms, platitudes, sayings, opinions, or so-called ‘words of wisdom’. You will not necessarily understand a Distinction when you first read it. Distinctions are radical knowledge in its most concentrated form. Because these distinctions are so condensed, your mind cannot digest them. Instead, the distinctions digest your mind. What results is new thinking.

You cannot create new results if you continue to think the same way that you always thought. The reverse is even more interesting: If you somehow manage to change the form and pattern of your thinking, you will automatically start creating new results. When you have the “Ahah!” experience of a distinction reconstructing your mind, new thinking starts.


Radical knowledge is knowledge about knowledge — thinking about what you are thinking with. Radical knowledge is ‘radical’ because if you incorporate even a small piece of radical knowledge into your thinking, it has the power to reorder your entire Memetic Construct. A new thought structure creates a new functional relationship between you and the world in which you live. Where you once had but one option to choose from when deciding what to do or say or think or feel, you suddenly gain additional options.

Encountering radical knowledge perturbs parts of your thinking that you may never have imagined could be perturbed. The new perspectives take things apart that you may never have thought could come apart, and then puts them back together again in surprising new ways, ways that give you new choice paths, new fluidity, and at the same time, new Responsibility.

It does not matter how old you are, what work you do, what your previous training is, or what you call yourself, the ideas in S.P.A.R.K.s rewire your brain. S.P.A.R.K.s download into your head new thoughtware which supersedes your current versions. If you like your existing set of ideas and do not want them changed, we are warning you: do not start reading S.P.A.R.K.s. On the other hand, if reinventing your mental maps is more entertaining than entertainment, welcome home!


Each S.P.A.R.K. has three parts: First, the Distinction itself. Second comes Notes for unfolding the Distinction to reveal the startling implications of the radical knowledge encoded within. And third, there are practical Experiments for applying the radical knowledge in everyday situations. Performing the Experiments is that exciting time when you raise anchor, take your newly rigged ship out of the protected harbor, give her full sail, and see what she can really do.

There are well over 200 S.P.A.R.K.s written in English. One possibility is that every Monday morning you read the next S.P.A.R.K. and then practice doing the Experiments that week. Another possibility is to start an online-or-offline weekly S.P.A.R.K. Study Group. Some S.P.A.R.K. Study Groups have been going on for years.

We suggest that you do not tell people you are Experimenting. Don’t make a big deal out of it. Just do the Experiments and keep Building Matrix for delivering your Nonmaterial Value. Many people have reported that they can hardly contain the joy each time they discover that their Experiments actually work. We hope you use that extra juice to create more love happening in the world.


Nobody ever reads all 200 S.P.A.R.K.s, one each Monday morning! We fellow S.P.A.R.K. Experimenters already know this. Nobody ever does all of the S.P.A.R.K. Experiments! We do not expect this of you. We suggest you do not expect it of yourself.

Learning to think in new ways takes time. Be gentle and give yourself the time that it takes. Only do what you can. If you manage to work with even a few of the S.P.A.R.K.s this year you will be doing great and you will notice differences.

With each S.P.A.R.K. new vistas will open up for you. Things could look very different for you in a very short period of time. On the flip side, it can take quite a while to get used to what you see from the new perspectives. If you need it, give yourself plenty of slack, then start again.

Try not to be overly critical with yourself. If you notice that a few days have gone by and you have not Experimented, realize that the moment you notice is the moment that you are ready to start Experimenting again. If a few weeks have gone by and you have not read a S.P.A.R.K., then that is the time to start reading S.P.A.R.K.s again.

Just because you did not use tools, thoughtmaps and techniques from S.P.A.R.K.s in the last minute does not mean you cannot use them in the next minute. Do-overs are allowed. There is an inestimable abundance of Possibility in every next three seconds.


There are a number of words used in S.P.A.R.K.s with meanings you will not find in an ordinary dictionary, for example: Box, Possibility Management, Low Drama, Gremlin, Possibilitator, Navigating Space, Gameworld, etc. In addition to the linked websites, these words are defined online at www.distinctionary.xyz. We use these words because they let us think in new ways.


It is a common form of insanity to think that you can produce new results without changing your actions. If you want to create new results, truly new behaviors are in order. You behave according to how you think. And you think in accordance with your Thoughtware. S.P.A.R.K.s upgrade your Thoughtware so you can behave differently and cause New Results.

Therefore, do not be too surprised if within a short time you find yourself thinking new thoughts, feeling new Feelings, hearing new invitations, making new Decisions, Speaking new sentences, or taking new Actions.

At first the new situations that you create for yourself and others may seem unusual because they contain rich Possibilities with which you may not yet be familiar. You may not even recognize yourself some mornings when you look in the mirror.

What helps is to focus on the quality and freshness of the results that you are producing at work and at home. The New Results may not be more comfortable than your current results, but they will be more interesting, useful, effective, exciting and Authentic. If you appreciate the increased aliveness that you experience, then the ‘new you’ will soon become your new home. Transformation is the most rewarding entertainment on Earth. A deep inspiration arises as you discover how much is possible for you that you were never properly informed about.

Please keep reminding yourself that your present ways of thinking and behaving are not defective, bad, wrong or stupid. They are merely the best you find until now. Producing a higher quality of results involves Experimenting with new ways of thinking and behaving. Such Experiments are not aided by self-ridicule.

You probably already discovered that old thought patterns do not quickly disappear. Human brains are deeply grooved with years and sometimes decades of doing things the old familiar ways. The suggestion here is to avoid focusing on trying to stop old thinking, because it won’t happen. Did you ever try to stop a heard of stampeding buffalo? You merely get yourself trampled. But if instead, you put your attention on going somewhere else, the whole flow of internal events can migrate along with you.

Doing S.P.A.R.K. experiments makes these new grooves in your brain. After a little practice you will acquire the freedom to choose between old grooves and new grooves, and thus gain options to create a quality of results that were not possible for you before.


You need no further instructions to use S.P.A.R.K.s. The Path of S.P.A.R.K.s leads you towards becoming a bolder, more relational, and more effective collaborator with your mate, your family, your colleagues, and your clients. Good luck! And have Fun as you think wildly, expanding your world with S.P.A.R.K.s, and adding Possibilities to your life and the lives of people close to you. The Universe notices who the ‘new leaders’ are. Get ready for change!



Clinton Callahan

Originator of possibilitymanagement.org trainings, author of No Reason and Conscious Feelings, possibilitator, fun-raiser, memetic engineer. clintoncallahan.org