Deep Democracy Institute

Certification and Specialization Possibilities

Certification is a Learning Ritual for you to show and exercise your skills.  It's not a test—we believe the only qualified testers are life, organizations, and yourself.  Your guiding team will help you to gauge your progress and readiness along those lines. Certification marks the completion of our Deep Democracy Leadership learning path; however, your own path might draw you further to something more specific.  If this is the case, we suggest the following areas of specialization: Coaching:  This track builds on the fundamental coaching year of the 3-year leadership training, and includes coaching credits which can be earned in part through courses of our own, and in part from other Process-Oriented coaching courses.  It also involves interacting in a specified number of personal coaching hours. Although you will need to learn about facilitation and leadership, your emphasis and vocation will be on coaching and mentoring.*Coaching is central to all tracks, and to the theory, methodology, and practice of each area.  As a result, it is the first year of our 3-year leadership training and is included in each track. Worldwork Facilitation:  Specialization in Worldwork facilitation follows a similar design, but with a focus on facilitation.  The course includes coaching and business development, but the main focus is on group facilitation. Change Management - Organizational and Business Development:  As with the other tracks, learners inclined in this direction can choose to specialize in Organizational and Business Development. Conflict Resolution:  A separate conflict resolution track is based on the 3-year training but with this special emphasis.  You will learn all the above competencies, but the main emphasis will be to complete the program as an expert conflict facilitator. Learners can also choose to continue studies after certification to reach a self-set goal in one of the following areas: 

Health Leadership, Educational Leadership, Second Globalization Leadership, and Conflict Resolution Leadership.

For Example learners have chosen:

Deep Democracy European Leadership:  A special multicultural European training, requiring a given amount of seminars across Europe, and work with facilitators and coaches from three different cultures.

Second Globalization Leadership:  One year of seminars from at least three different regions of the world, for example Central Asia, Europe, and America—or—Africa, Europe, and America—or—Eastern Europe, Asia, and the Pacific Basin.

Pacific Basin Leadership:  Focus in this particular region:  Japan, Australia, and the West Coast.  Part of the training must take place in Japan, Korea, China, or Southeast Asia, Australia or New Zealand, and America.


Deep Democracy Diploma—Life-Long-Learning or the Quest for the Beginners' Mind

When we developed the Deep Democracy Diploma, we were thinking of several of the Asian Martial Arts—Karate, Aikido, and Kung-fu.  Students drawn to this work and the discipline of “staying with it” to the point of mastery often have a dreaming process that combines inner discipline with developing and harnessing one's own strength and power in the world.  This path has been formulated as following "The Way" or the Tao.  We understand Process Work, Worldwork, and Deep Democracy as applied practice areas of Taoism, an ancient philosophy that can be seen as the root of many eastern disciplines and religions, with a core value of understanding nature and life as primary teachers. This suggests that we all have inherent inner processes of reconciling our potentials with our destinies—which include relationships with people, organizations, nations, and the human race.  For certification by our institute, you must show a high degree of learning in core competencies, reflected in your own individual manner, and acquired on your own individual learning path.  In our opinion, completion of such essential training is not possible without integration of the steps above.  Thus, to reach a level of mastery, comparable with earning a black belt, learners must reflect ability in a real life project—“where the rubber meets the road,” to use a cliché from traditional leadership development. Some may feel pulled to continue their learning path as part of a larger community.  These individuals might be interested in studying for the DDI Diploma.  We consider this DDI diploma as a first-but-not-last attempt of a Process-Oriented learning institution to create a parallel to the Process Work Diploma for learners whose main emphasis is on collective transformational change, while remaining well-aware that is inseparable from individual change.  Essentially, it is the same training, with the same core, but with a different door to enter and to leave from.  We hope, anticipate, and expect other groups to come forward with their own versions of diploma programs.  Our version is focused around guidance from individuals who inspire you to follow that path, and your own sense of having become a life-long learner, a student of becoming a beginner, and/or a traveler on a path.  Achieving a life-long learner diploma is not a point of completion.  Rather, it's an expression of intent, a marker on the way towards a center and sense of home in the world that we strive to cultivate.  We believe that the diploma should be given to the student by the entire DDI learning community in a ritual of appreciation for one’s ongoing pursuits

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