Serve the community that serves you.
It’s important to look for how we might gain something for ourselves, our project, and our organization when we give our time to a training event, a strategic planning session, or some other collaborative group effort. After all, to support our individual and collective growth and sustainability is a natural and essential impulse.
In our work training and consulting from the Integral Perspective, we’ve learned that we can choose to include and transcend this impulse to extend the benefit to the larger community by design. Whenever we improve the community, we are improving the whole and hence we all benefit in some way in the long-term.
One way we have done this over the years in our Journey of Facilitation and Collaboration training course is to inject a community service element as an element of the training design. By working with a local non-profit organization like the United Way, we would put the facilitation skills and techniques our participants are learning in the course into practice on one of their real-world challenges. Participants have always found this feature immensely rewarding due to the relevance and weight of the content and the multiple wins for the students, trainers, community, non-profit organization and their customers.
For our upcoming June 18-22 course in Madison, WI, we are pleased to announce that Will Green and Mentoring Positives will be joining to offer one of his community challenges as our featured case study that will focus on the work Mentoring Positives is doing in the Worthing-Darbo neighborhood. You will apply our world-renowned Integral Facilitation approach to serve residents of this east-side neighborhood. Learning through service is a profound and impactful way to both give and receive at the same time.
Will Green recently received the Nan Cheney, March for Justice award. This annual award was inspired by Nan Cheney, a passionate social justice advocate who once traveled to Selma to march with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Cheney hit the front lines at immigration reform rallies and helped found the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice and the Social Justice Center.
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