Seminars & Workshops

Participatory Leadership

We live in an increasingly complex and interconnected world were innovations and sustainable solutions to the challenges we face in our organizations and communities lie not in one leader or one viewpoint, but in engaging the knowledge, wisdom and capacity that is within each of us, our organizations, and our communities to produce wise action and sustainable results. In response to this need, new leadership skills and tools have evolved.

We want leaders who can work in new and collaborative ways, show the way through chaos and take wise action. This calls for a new look at how we define leadership, and how we invite participation so that all of us can commit and contribute. The key lies in looking both at what you choose to focus on and how you engage others in conversations that matter. The Art of Participatory Leadership (AoPL) offers a strategic foundation for developing powerful questions, innovative ways to create containers for working together, and a set of methodologies that support people to step in, step up and take action.

Depending upon length, this seminar can provide an introduction key Participatory Leadership practices such as:

- Multiple Levels of Focus
- Mental Models of the Chaordic Path
- Divergence-Convergence
- Ladder of Inference
- Power of Language and Powerful Questions
- Chaordic Stepping Stones planning process
- 5 Breaths of Design
- Circle
- World Café
- Appreciative Inquiry
- Open Space technology
- Theory U

These participatory leadership tools are designed to enable us to work together with intelligence and wisdom in large or small groups to create an opportunity for all voices present to be heard and listened to and where people are treated with respect regardless of their views. The goal of participatory leadership is to find new solutions for the common good, whether in business, government, education, non-profits, or communities.

Meadowlark Institute staff can provide your organization or group with a one, two or three hour seminar in participatory leadership. The three hour seminar is highly popular, providing participants with learning about participatory leadership and some tools they can begin to use immediately in the workplace or community.

Time: 1-3 hours

Art of Hosting Awareness Day

An Art of Hosting Awareness Day is a half day workshop to learn about the essence of participatory leadership and gain a taste of what a 3-day Art of Participatory Leadership workshop is. This half day workshop will provide participants with an introduction to a range of participatory approaches that can be used to develop a more inclusive approach to design-making and general management issues. The event will focus on how to tap into the wisdom and resources of groups in order to create and facilitate powerful conversations that lead to useful and implementable results.

Art of Hosting Awareness Day will:

- Provide an introduction to the art of hosting conversations, via experiential learning.
- Provide an understanding of the various participatory leadership methods and practices.
- Provide the space to reflect on how these processes might be applied to your everyday work.
- Share experiences and stories on how it works different contexts and complex systems.
- Provide learning of basic participatory leadership principles which can be used immediately.
- Talk about perspectives, needs and questions connected to the next level of learning.

An Art of Hosting Awareness Day workshop is for leaders, managers, politicians, entrepreneurs, teachers, social innovators, facilitators, community and youth workers… Anyone who wants to experience a different perspective of leadership which shifts our patterns of organizing and interacting, grounds meaningful actions, sets free other people's creativity and intelligence in order to achieve real involvement, better cooperation and sustainable results together.

Time: 4 hours

Worldview Literacy Program

As globalization, technology, and urbanization change the face of our world at a pace previously unimaginable, and as we gain new appreciation of the truth of our interdependence, we are confronted with challenges of unprecedented scale and complexity. Hard questions have emerged: What will help people thrive in a multicultural society with numerous, sometimes dramatically opposed, traditions, values, and goals? How can we work together to create well-being, loving relationships, personal fulfillment, and global sustainability? Among those skills considered by many to be most essential for success in the twenty-first century are greater cognitive flexibility, comfort with unfamiliarity, appreciation for diverse perspectives, agility in the face of rapidly changing circumstances, an ability to hold multiple points of view simultaneously, and a capacity for discernment that relies equally on intellect and intuition.

These skills don't spring as much from what we know as how we come to know what we know—an integral part of forming a conscious worldview. In order to catalyze the changes we seek, first we must learn to examine the content and origins of our worldviews—the composite of our beliefs, attitudes, and assumptions—for these are the filters that color our understanding of the world and our place in it. Learning how to expand our worldview in ways that allow us to become more balanced, compassionate, celebratory of difference, and accommodating of new information is one of the most fundamental tasks before us. Cultivating an awareness—a worldview literacy—that what we think and believe informs and structures our experiences and relationships will lay the necessary foundation for identifying and acquiring critical twenty-first-century skills.

To address this learning need, the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) has developed the Worldview Literacy Project, a large-scale initiative that includes the development of educational programs and materials for K–12 students, teachers and administrators, parents, community groups, and the public. The program consists of five 50-minute lessons which include pair dialogue, small group processes, and class discussions on questions related to worldview. Each uses a variety of experiential exercises to help participants relate concepts to personal experience, try on new perspectives, and experiment with multiple ways of knowing. Participants learn that applying observation and discernment to both the outer/material and the inner/subjective worlds leads to a more complete, inclusive, and whole worldview.

IONS' Worldview Literacy curriculum is collaborative, project-based, and interdisciplinary—drawing on everything from poetry to new science. Key questions explored in the curriculum modules include:
• How do you know what you know?
• How comfortable are you with what is different, new, or unexpected?
• What helps people open to new possibilities?
• What does it feel like to be stereotyped?
• How do you know the difference between an observation and a judgment?
• Why are there so many different worldviews?
• How can we learn to respect differing views while still holding our own?

Meadowlark Institute staff are trained in delivering the World View Literacy Project curriculum. If your organization, classroom or community group is interested in experiencing this powerful learning program, please contact Jerry Nagel.

Time: Five 50-60 minute modules