Deep Democracy Institute



Based In Peguche, Ecuador


3 Year Leadership Program

Process Oriented Leadership, Facilitation and Coaching Certificate, consisting of:

Year 1 of Training: Process Oriented Coaching and Mentoring

Year 2 of Training: Process Oriented Conflict Resolution

Year 3 of Training: Process Oriented Organizational and Business Development

Introduction: Process Oriented Leadership and Facilitation Training for the 21st Century

Leadership is a concept that is often still thought of in terms of the actions of specific individuals who rule or guide others. We at the Deep Democracy Institute define modern leadership as a body of cognitive, emotional and spiritual competencies that are inherent in all individuals and teams of an organization. Our 3 year training is focused on awareness methods to discover these competencies, develop them, and mentor and facilitate them in others. The principle of Deep Democracy suggests that all tendencies in an individual or collective are meaningful in its emerging potential, and need to be facilitated and related to. Unlike the traditional interpretation of democracy, majority rule, deep democracy implies A PROCESS, a story that is meant to show the meaning of the roles in a given play, however wonderful or painful they might be. Our job as facilitators is to assist all the roles to develop more relationship and understanding of one another. Deep democracy can be used to mentor and coach personal and professional development. It is a very powerful tool to facilitate small and large group processes, involving up to several thousand people. It can also be used to develop vision and strategies for teams and companies that exceed mechanistic goal setting techniques, which often fail in the face of reality.

Overview of the Three Year Program

Goal: At the end of the 3 year program you will be able to:
   + Understand and manage yourself - manage personal development in your everyday life, as well as long-term development and goals, in the midst of challenges and crises. You will discover your own center-point upon which to base leadership decisions, develop eldership, and hone the ability to bring diverse and conflicting parties together.
   + Manage conflict: understand, resolve, prevent and manage conflicts in small teams and large groups.
   + evelop individuals and organizations: coach and mentor the development of other leaders, teams, and organizations, assisting them to find visions based in a unique, deep direction, and to develop a process-oriented strategy that is adaptable to the changing situations of changing times.
This Three Year, Process Oriented Training Program brings cutting edge theory, methodology, and skills that can be self-configured according to individual need.

The program demonstrates a holographic principle that shows:
   + How personal psychology reflects group psychology 
   + How group psychology reflects personal psychology 
   + How you can use the same facilitation principle for your own personal development, coaching an individual, supporting and coaching a group, and for developing and enhancing the efficiency of your organization. In fact, working on all of these levels simultaneously is a guarantee for multi-dimensional success. We define multi-dimensional success as a sense of development and growth not only in terms of position in the world of status, money and achievement, but equally in terms of inner happiness and meaningfulness of your life, and contribution to your environment.

Each facilitation year will have a different emphasis, but all will be based on facilitation and leadership and will therefore contain a facilitation component.

The 3 Years

YEAR 1: Process Oriented Coaching and Mentoring

Our First Year Coaching Program focuses on mentoring, personal development, and peer coaching, presenting process oriented methods for working with oneself and others.  Emphasis will be placed on understanding rank and privilege in terms of personal development, and how personal history influences your ability as a facilitator and leader. It will also show how relationships and body symptoms are related to the larger field in which we live, and can be used as guides on our leadership paths. During this year, we will also show a process oriented approach to working with issues of stress, exhaustion, and ambition. An important part of this year will be on learning to work with trauma, recognizing its signs and how to facilitate a healing process. Participants will learn methods to work internally on relationship issues, as well as methods to coach others on relationship issues. 

YEAR 2: Process Oriented Conflict Resolution

Our Second Year Conflict Resolution Program will present the process oriented conflict resolution approach, and introduce an overview of other models. Participants will learn conflict resolution methods for various contexts:  group process, personal relationships, work relationships, etc. We will also teach alternatives to conflict resolution, such as conflict management, and situational appropriate applications of each.  We will focus on rank and power dynamics, understanding cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and facilitating resolutions. We will learn about superpositions - the principle of hidden unity in diversity and conflict - and how conflicts, however violent they may seem, are processes that are important for the development of more diverse societies and organizations. As conflict facilitators, we learn to meet stakeholders where they are; not with the intent to change them, but rather to facilitate an emerging unity by understanding and relating to their underlying processes - bringing better lives to all involved.

YEAR 3: Process Oriented Organizational and Business Development

Our Third Year Process Oriented Organizational and Business Development Program teaches leadership methods that show how to integrate new coaching and facilitation skills to discover vision  and mid and long-term strategic goals. These methods can be applied for East African businesses, government branches, teams in organizations, and for individual professionals of all backgrounds. Participants will also be asked to develop their own area of specialization together with their team of advisors, or choose one of the following areas, applying the worldwork perspective: health leadership, traffic leadership, governance issues, business development, or consulting. 


The Program Vision

The following pages outline key points of the Process Oriented Model, on which our training is based.  Processwork is a consistent theory of collective transformation that can be applied to all areas of organizational and personal development. The paradigm was originally developed in the 80s by Drs. Arny and Amy Mindell and colleagues, and has been growing and expanding ever since. It has been taught and practiced worldwide in many universities, organizations, and professional communities of practice. The following pages will hopefully illustrate how we differ from other trainings.

The Vision of the Deep Democracy Institute International is to create training programs that provide  useful process-oriented skills and attitudes to develop an international learning and leadership community in which  we meet our East African participants as much as teachers of their perspectives and stewards of their future, as learners of Worldwork competencies.

Process Oriented Leadership presents a global model that frames organizational change and development as a holographic aspect of collective awareness and transformation on all levels of society, on one hand, and on individual awareness and transformation on the other. Collective transformation and individual leadership development is one complex system that must be addressed on all levels for sustainable change.  What does that mean in plain English: We are all one, and everything is connected. We find that the roles and polarities involved in seemingly small problems in our teams are not different in principle from those involved in large political issues, for example, just on another scale. These polarities are also present in our inner worlds, expressing themselves in inner struggles, ambitions, and even paralysis and indecision. We learn to work on all these levels, in order to create sustainable change.

Deep Democracy includes personal empowerment, socio-economic development, community building, and conflict management on all levels. We call this multi-dimensional leadership.

Leadership development is a key component of sustainable development and global stability. This perspective applies not only to Kenya and other countries in East Africa: it parallels advances in organizational leadership in Washington, Berlin, Portland, Sydney, Warsaw, Ukraine, Palestine, Moscow and other areas in which the leaders of the Deep Democracy Institute are active. Organizational concepts are changing in the business world and other sectors of society. Leadership is no longer viewed as a static framework in which one person dictates the actions of the organization. It is a complex collaborative process that requires well trained, adaptive, and skilled individuals throughout the organization. Coaching and entrepreneurial skills are important aspects in developing creative social, business, and political solutions that can lead the way towards psychologically, emotionally, and politically sustainable development. For many of us, our own spiritual paths are essential in how we lead. We recognize this phenomenon and the diversity of paths that are chosen by individuals of different faiths and denominations. Our programs have self-discovery exercises built in that assist individuals in discovering how the new skills in fact deepen and strengthen their chosen spiritual path.
Please go to the end of this document to read more on paradigm, theory and methodology of Worldwork and Deep Democracy

The Program Format

The  Process Oriented Training Programs brings cutting edge theory, methodology, and skills that can be self-configured according to individual participant need. The program is very much interactive. In addition to understanding the theoretical concepts, we place  great emphasis on applying these methods in a way that inspires and encourages individuals and teams to become themselves.

The Process Oriented Leadership training consists of three, year-long courses. Each of them is an individual, certifiable course. The entire program can be taken as a Certificate Course in Process Oriented Leadership by the Deep Democracy Institute. The variety of courses act as building blocks that can be mixed and matched as needed.  The courses will be held as public, open enrollment seminars.
The Process Oriented Leadership training consists of three, year-long courses. Each of them is an individual course. The entire program can be taken as a Certificate Course in Process Oriented Leadership by the Deep Democracy Institute. The variety of courses act as building blocks that can be mixed and matched as needed.  The courses will be held as public, open enrollment seminars. The Project is sponsored by the Deep Democracy Institute, an international thinktank that conducts leadership and facilitation trainings worldwide

Each year-long course consists of: 
   + 4 x 3-4 day face-to-face training units 
   +  8 x ½ day peer learning group events 
   + Ongoing on-line or face-to-face peer learning
   + A required amount of personal coaching sessions

Since personal development and group facilitation will be a key element in each three year program, each training unit will have several group processes built in, in which we will learn and practice group facilitation methods. In the interim, participants will also be asked to practice and use these skills in outside situations for possible video and case study.


For participants that sign up for one of the year-long programs, there will be the possibility of completing a project related to the year's topic: for example, a coaching internship for the year on coaching, or a "startup" or "change management" project for the entrepreneurial year. A “Project Demonstrating Excellence” will be completed by participants in each year-long course in the form of a scholarly paper or a creative project with contextual essay. These projects will be mentored by international specialists in the particular area.
For individuals that participate in the whole three year program, we ask for the completion of a "Project Demonstrating Excellence" spanning the last 18 months of the course. For participants in the Three Year Training, the three PDEs from each year can be combined into a larger project.  An individual, organizational, business, or community project with publication of results can either be developed by an individual participant or by a participant group. In case a larger 3 year PDE is chosen, it can include complete project development (finding funding or start-up capital, establishing a detailed strategy plan, and learning and applying process-oriented project management).
For PDE development and supervision, we will be joined by adjunct faculty from US, Asian, and European leadership programs.


Peer Learning

Participants will create learning triads that work together throughout the course. In our experience, this also assists in supporting participants to work within their own peer groups. In many programs, for example, government officials, or business leaders, or leadership students create their own peer learning groups.

Through participation in this program, participants will gain additional skills for life and career enhancement and for completing projects and goals. Since the methods are awareness based, we receive feedback that this has been useful to all levels of leadership development. The training will also assist in the development of a cutting edge, skill based, self-empowered leadership culture throughout the entire strata of society by providing leadership tools for professional and economic development with a wide range of applications from family systems to business units and NGOs. It has been interesting for business leaders who plan to implement leadership development for their own organizations, department or teams



The course is open to everyone.


The Paradigm

Process Oriented Leadership Development is built on the Worldwork paradigm. Worldwork is a collective transformation model with applications in leadership development, change management, personal development, and organizational development. It contains many intervention systems. For example; a powerful self-management skill set, a one-on-one team coaching skill set, a large group facilitation technology, and a business development and change management technology. Many people also know it for its powerful conflict resolution approach.


Worldwork is based on three pillars: The Deep Democracy Perspective

Deep Democracy is an attitude that focuses on the awareness of voices that are both central and marginal. This type of awareness can be focused on groups, organizations, one's own inner experiences, people in conflict, etc. Understanding how individuals and organizations centralize or marginalize information and experiences is a fast track to helping groups to understand and change the mindsets that initially prevented the discovery of adequate solutions. Worldwork has an easy, applicable technology to foster thinking outside of the box. This approach often brings unexpected solutions to group conflicts, interpersonal conflicts, and personal ambivalence.

Unlike "classical" democracy (which focuses on majority rule), Deep Democracy suggests that all voices, states of awareness, and frameworks of reality are important. The process model makes it possible for organizations to determine when it is time for consensus building and when it is time for focused leadership. Deep Democracy also suggests that the information carried within these voices, awareness’s, and frameworks is needed to understand the complete process of the system. The meaning of this information manifests when the various frameworks and voices relate to one another. Deep Democracy is a process of relationship and flow, not a state-oriented still picture or a set of policies.


The Theory of Worldwork

Worldwork theory is informed by particle physics, complex system theory, and concepts from psychology and anthropology. The theory suggests that if marginalized aspects are brought to the foreground, an experience of dynamic flow re-enters the system bringing resolution, new creativity, and depth to group and individual experience. Deep democracy, when applied in specific circumstances, takes a variety of forms, depending on cultural practices and beliefs. This approach allows individuals to work as well with measurable facts and linear logic as with intuitive and emotional experiences during non-linear processes.

The Worldwork Methodology

Worldwork methods include tools from psychology, social psychology, sociology, and brain research to enhance individual and group learning. An important focus is the awareness style that an individual or an organization is using. Awareness styles are the actual psychological processes that make up mindsets.

Worldwork is a trans-cultural and ethno-specific approach to leadership. It is trans-cultural because its methods and theory are based on complex system theory, concepts from quantum physics, and the role of the observer in a hard science context. This foundation provides a global theory and framework that can be applied for different cultural manifestations and perceptions of reality.
Under the umbrella of this unifying perspective, we develop additional theories and methods that rest on the understanding that social institutions, ethnic traditions, and diverse thinking styles and norms create histories reflected in individual ethnic patterns that are culturally specific, and used by members of society to form their own unique leadership styles, organizational forms, and institutions.

The trans-cultural approach of Worldwork celebrates and frames this diversity. Our leadership model results from a collaborative effort between trainers and participants that includes a process of two-way teaching, training, and development. Our staff has experience in developing trainings in over 40 countries, in hundreds of organizations, and in communities on all continents.


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