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Leadership for a Culture of Radical Engagement

  • Date Monday, February 04, 2019 - Wednesday, February 06, 2019
  • Location Gestalt Institute of Cleveland
    1588 Hazel Drive Cleveland, OH 44106

Leadership for a Culture of Radical Engagement - February 4-6, 2019

Date: February 4-6, 2019
Time: Monday, 9:00am-5:00pm; Tuesday, 9:00am-5:00pm; Wednesday, 9:00am-1:00pm

Tuition: $125.00
Early Bird (before 12/28/2018): $100.00 (promo code CRE)

Continuing Education (CE): 16.75 contact hours

Faculty: Mark Fairfield, LCSW, BCD, Jennifer Sconyers, MA

Americans today are faced with an alarming public health crisis—disconnection. Research shows that 40% of us consider ourselves "lonely" or socially isolated. In urban centers, where we often have access to more diversity than our rural counterparts, we struggle even more to embrace the unique contributions we could bring to each other. Those of us who get stuck feeling separate or "on the fringe" are 45% more likely than others to die an early death. Isolation is tightly correlated to an array of poor health outcomes. We need a systemic intervention NOW. Our wellbeing depends on promoting a culture of re-connection. However, our efforts to generate more solidarity and collaboration often falter. In addition to the unprecedented scale and complexity of problems we face-from social erosion, to gaping inequality to climate collapse-we also struggle to trust and rely on one another so that we can work together to find the right solutions. We need to create change, although our most popular stories of achievement glorify competition and heroism. Drawing on values of "disconnection" derails our collective efforts, breaks apart our relationships, and fractures our organizations and movements.

The Culture of Radical Engagement training supports participants to lead a shift in culture, an essential and often elusive arena of social transformation. Bringing together community organizers, scholars, educators, students, caregivers, and healers from diverse fields, we work toward strategies that ensure we can depend on one another, without shying away from the challenges of diversity, power, and trauma.

We explore how to embody values of support, empathy, interdependency, inclusion, and shared leadership. The framework for this 3-day training is based on an integration of social capital research, social neuroscience, relational theory, community organizing, and somatic education. It presents a nuanced approach to issues of identity, intersectionality, and privilege using an embodied, relational practice of narrative and movement. Modules in this training include: Stories of Separation, Stories of Connection, Ecology and Diversity, Support for Conflict Resolution, and more.

Leadership for a Culture of Radical Engagement

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