Our leadership development program in Community Formation is for anyone interested in progressive models of spiritual community, cooperative living or working environments, social entrepreneurialism, or other co-creative imaginations for addressing our spiritual, social, economic, and environmental needs.
Creating an environment where life giving values of a counter “culture” thrive is essential to community formation, and to a sustainable future for all of life and the planet we share. Circle Work is the essential practice for cultivating this environment, and the structural guidelines of “wisdom circle constants” provide the foundation of our program. From a center of connection, healing, and empowerment, learning is supported and new circles are encouraged to emerge to build intentional community, cooperative business, missional projects, etc.
Within the container of a creative and supportive environment, the following provide the holistic learning objectives of our program.
- Personal Objectives focus on establishing and maintaining a contemplative heart centered purpose and vision. They are aimed at increasing awareness and sense of presence, moving past limiting beliefs and emotional blocks, and developing clear intention and goals for moving forward.
- Relational Objectives focus on nurturing a collaborative culture within a community oriented framework. They are aimed at developing skills in compassionate communication, alignment of interpersonal values and needs, participatory decision making, and conflict transformation.
- Missional Objectives focus on creating social and economic impact for shifting the cultural paradigm. They are based on a co-creative self-organizing approach based on shared values, passion and interest.
- Strategic Objectives focus on creating cooperative structures in community and organizational relationships. They are based on a holistic model of sustainability for ongoing planning and development.
- Leadership Objectives focus on nurturing a “culture of leadership” where every persons voice and gift is valued. They are aimed at increasing skills and incorporating tools that facilitate a collaborative approach to “servant leadership”.
Some practical application of the objectives are to:
- Establish a clear vision and mission statement
- Establish a support community and core team of collaborators
- Create a “Blueprint of We” collaborative document
- Design a conceptual plan for missional goals
- Develop an structure and strategy based on “social entrepreneurial” principles
To address the learning objectives, the following components offer the framework to provide information, tools, support, and inspiration for action.
- Monthly online training / coaching circle
- Monthly “wisdom circle” for peer support
- Monthly online “cafe” conversation with guest practitioner
- Periodic in-person group retreat
- Reading list and reflection journal
- Private online forum
For more information see A Co-Creative Path