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As we say on the home page, this is not so much a “course” in which “faculty” disseminate information or solutions, but a learning group. We’ll have weekly input and perspective from experts and seasoned practitioners. Then we gather to grapple with questions that matter tremendously to our work, but which are too complex for direct answers—they can only be lived into. And living into those questions may look different for each of us.

Together we will learn, explore, reflect, and inquire into the challenges of working for change in our communities and systems.

The short audio clips below are from a conversation between Hannah du Plessis and Marc Rettig, as we discussed the heart and key invitations of each session. The ideas are simply seeds. We can’t wait to see how each session grows and develops once we are together.


The themes for our 12 weekly sessions

1.

Coming together, making our space

Who is here? Who are we together? How can this be a thriving space for us all? What do we need to learn and grow openly and honestly together?

2.

Our experience of complexity

What is our experience of complexity, and what can help us see and make sense of it? What habits can help us live and work creatively in its midst ?

3.

Working in systemic oppression and trauma

With Bekezela Mguni

How might our work center the history of oppression and resulting trauma in our systems, institutions, and selves?

4.

Practices of equitable systems change

With Tuesday Ryan-Hart

What does it look like as we live into conscious practices that embrace both work for equity and the complexities of systems change?

5.

The tangle of individual and systemic change

What do we know about the way people and social patterns change? How can we use that knowledge in our work?

6.

Reflect and discuss: so what, now what?

Let’s have more of that rarity—blocks of time set aside time to reflect and make sense together.

7.

To, for, with, by: shifting power

What role do institutions play in social change that centers community and citizen empowerment?

8.

Big plans,
small acts

With Father Paul Abernathy

What is the arc from the small acts we do today to the big outcomes we seek? How do we connect current needs to long-term thriving?

9.

Seeing and hearing the system together

Any work in complexity requires fresh kinds of attention. How can we sense the patterns of our systems together? How do we know if our efforts are really helping? Who gets to say?

10.

Holding space

with Maurice Stevens

How can we embrace the complexity in the room and the system, not as a barrier but as a creative source?

11.

Leadership in moments and movements

with Karen Proctor

How can we foster leadership, belonging, and participation in change?

12.

Beautiful questions

with Michelle King

A time to look back and synthesize, reflect and look forward, and to form “beautiful questions,” which can be answered only by living into them.