In this day-long seminar, we explore and practice basic competencies for participating in building the world we want to live in: emotional intelligence, access to information and knowledge of history, learning skills, sense of responsibility, social skills, and action. These are competencies for acting in alignment with our values in a world in which that can be so difficult to do. They increase our emotional courage and support, historic and systemic understanding, and skills and tools to contribute meaningfully to social change efforts that can address root causes of the crises we face.

We step away for a day from the essential actions that need to be taken to reflect on how we can make those actions more effective. We return to our change work with a deeper understanding of how we think change occurs and ideas for putting those observations into practice.

This seminar is open to anyone who has attended the workshop, and is a prerequisite to participation in the full-length program. The competencies are described below.

If you would like to participate in a pilot of this seminar, please let me know here.

Emotional intelligence

Without emotional intelligence, we become isolated from how we feel, from others who feel the same way, and from doing the things that could make us feel better. Emotional intelligence is the ability to acknowledge and address our personal stake in social change and to cope with the world as it is without retreat and without compromise.

Knowledge of current and historical root causes

In this “information age,” superficial “facts” are easily accessible to many, but the root causes of events often go unknown and unexamined. An understanding of the causes of a problem open up possibilities for addressing them.

Learning skills

Assessing complex information about how our societies work is a skill to practice and learn like any other. We learn how to identify missing information and specific ways we can contribute more effectively. We learn about the processes of change, learning and growth we participate in, as individuals, and as members of groups of all sizes.

A sense of responsibility

Having “response-ability” creates hope, possibility and resilience. It makes us available to participate, and opens up ways of learning how to do that more effectively.

Social skills

Our collective well-being is built upon the ability to work together as groups. It is through engagement with others that we shape the world, make mistakes, and learn in the process. History shows that the relationships between the Self and Other a culture embodies also shape the building blocks of its future sciences, spiritualities, social systems, and human systems. Individualism, although cherished in many ways, also diminishes empathy and distorts our ability to understand how our individual and collective well-being are organically linked.


If you would like to participate in a pilot of this seminar, please let me know here