Deep Democracy Institute

Regional Programs

The Deep Democracy Institute began in 2006 with a vision to create a process-oriented, multi-dimensional organizational leadership training in the West Bank. That program is now established as a three-year certificate training program.

We now have programs up and running in Kyiv, Ukraine (as of May 2008), Nairobi, Kenya (as of Oct 2009), Amsterdam, Netherlands, and San Francisco, USA. In the fall of 2010 we launched DDI Moscow, and look forward to our evolving programs in Latin America and Central Asia. 

Deep Democracy Institute programs teach leadership models that include expertise in facilitation, organizational and personal development, and coaching and self-management. We use an awareness based approach that supports the development of these programs in collaboration with participants based on cultural beliefs, organizational directions, and/or personal style.

DDI's approach is based on the belief that leadership must assist organizations, communities, and individual members in discovering their natural potentials, unique beauty, and power. As a result of this process, individuals, communities, and organizations can access and use inherent strength, develop wholesome community experiences, and gain success on many levels.

Increased productivity and economic success is not our main goal, but a necessary byproduct of the process. The question "Does It Grow Corn?" is a Native American Navajo standard by which to scrutinize new models and approaches - and is a key concern for DDI in all endeavors.

The purpose of the Deep Democracy Institute is based on our underlying vision: that the systematic and consistent development of local leadership is the central issue in developing regions, communities and constituencies. We believe that supporting and training leaders across the entire strata of society is the key to forming civic societies, finding balance in the complex process of globalization, and forming lasting sustainable relationships.

Of the many non-profit organizations that work towards better collaboration, more sustainable international relationships, developed civic societies, and reduction of poverty, only a small few focus on developing local leadership. The Deep Democracy Institute strives to be a role model and champion in this approach, develop cutting edge leadership programs, and educate organizations and the mainstream about the importance of leadership.

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