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Deep Democracy and VUCA


February 22 2016 - February 24 2016


Dr. Ellen Schupbach, Dr. Max Schupbach


How the global deep democracy approach is helping individuals, communities, organizations and governments to lead and create new realities out of today's challenges. 

VUCA, an acronym standing for Volatile - Unpredictable - Complex - Ambiguous, has recently gained momentum to frame the challenges that we as nations, communities, and individuals are faced with today. It conceptualizes a growing consensus in the international leadership community that seemingly local and contained crises - local health epidemics, local environmental disasters, local political issues, etc. -  can spiral quickly to a global level, shifting the global power balance and changing overnight world economics and global health, while tearing apart the stability of local communities and overturning the lives of millions of individuals - as in the recent refugee wave. Large cities, small rural communities, big corporations, local church groups, professional organizations; all are affected by this new reality, and have their own VUCA experiences. Everyone is looking for approaches that can help.

Today, many individuals across the mainstream and through the margin realize that traditional leadership paradigms, known coping strategies, and previously applied solution models are losing their effectiveness day by day. Solutions that once somehow "worked" for local, isolated crises often seem today to be ineffective, and at times even further escalatory to the situation at hand. For lack of better solutions, they are still being applied ambivalently and reluctantly. 

This workshop will explore how those of us who are disturbed by what is happening in the world at large, including in our own communities, families, and friendships, can find new creative relationships to these disturbances, and use them for impactful interactions with the stakeholders involved.  Starting out with our inner global scenes, our own teams and relationships, and our personal experiences in our own lives, we hope to explore and discover where our personal myths want to take us to contribute in our own ways to a new world. We will also focus on the following questions/topics: How can Deep Democracy best be applied for those of us active in grassroots movements or advocacy initiatives? Which concepts and methods have in our experience proven to be particularly useful in midsize to large for-profit and non-profit organizations? What roles and ghostroles are nearly globally present in all governments and their bodies? - How can we understand them, and how can we have meaningful conversations with them?

Day 1: Your Vision - A Lifewalk: Your Un-burnt Wood as an Opportunity to Change the World: What Spirit Wants to Dance with You? - Inner Work and Outer Leadership

Day 2: The Deep Democracy Facilitator as the Dragon Whisperer: How to Relate to Corporations, Governments, the Mainstream, the Right Wing, Extremists, Terrorists and Other Dragons: an Inner Work and Worldwork Experiment

Day 3: You, Your Community, and the World: Leadership as a Meditation/Martial Art

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How much

$432 - Early Bird $389 before Feb. 11th


PWI - Portland
Phone: (503)223-8188


February 22 2016 06:00 PM
February 24 2016 06:00 PM


Portland, OR, Processwork Institute
Process Work Institute
2049 NW Hoyt Street
Portland, OR, 97209

Phone: +1 503 905 6061

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