In the past, we’ve highlighted the work of Community Connections as a model for us to learn from. We even worked together to host our last Creating Space together. As many of you may recall, Community Connections works to empower communities to create change by granting funds to local projects. Their model requires community-led proposal analyses via panels. They grant on average between $500-$5,000 for projects and these seed funds, in turn, create avenues for nontraditional leadership development. Being on the ground, Community Connections develops individuals and teams as part of whole communities. They meet individuals where they are and respond quickly to the needs of six specific neighborhoods in Detroit, Michigan.
I was especially excited to interview Patrick Brown, Director of the Leadership Academy at Greenlining Institute, for our Mindfulness Matters column when I learned that he, as someone who directs a leadership academy with multiple programs, also has a strong personal meditation practice. I expected to gain important insights about the ways in which mindfulness practices support leadership development from Patrick. I did and I am sure you will as well.
When I reluctantly read the newspaper these days, I am sadly reminded of how desperately we need leadership (and lots of it) that can bring us together to heal the divides, close the wealth gap, and stop our destruction of the planet. Although there are thousands of social sector leadership programs in the country we reach and support only a small fraction of people who want to lead.
I like ‘what if’ statements, so here it goes. Most of us are working on problems of such magnitude, we have to operate from the frame that all we can do is ‘our part’ and we hope that if we are strategic about it that our piece of the work, along with the efforts of others, will get us where we are hoping to go. I get this. And, I also wonder how we are going to change the world, one leader at a time, reaching thousands when we need to mobilize millions. What if we were to individually and collectively challenge ourselves to figure out how we can support and unleash the energy of everyone who wants to take action with others to make the world a more equitable, sane and sustainable place where all can thrive?
Our board advisor, Don Lauro, forwarded the following opportunity. Given our commitment to Mindful Leadership, we also wanted to share this opportunity with you. The Mindful Leadership Summit takes place in Washington DC, November 3-6.
In partnership with the International Leadership Association, LLC is excited to present this webinar.
November 15, 2016
11:00am-12:00 pm Pacific | 2:00 pm Eastern
Date: October 27, 2016 | 11:00 - 12:00pm Pacific | 2:00 PM - 3:00pm Eastern
CAPD, MP Associates and World Trust have recently launched the Transforming White Privilege: A 21st Century Leadership Capacity training curriculum online, (link - https://www.racialequitytools.org/module/overview/transforming-white-pr…), through the Racial Equity Tools website and community (link - https://www.racialequitytools.org). The curriculum was created to help formal and informal leaders identify, talk productively about and intervene to address white privilege and its consequences, in all of their many spheres of influence.
In the past few days, I have been a part of conversations with groups who are working to address racial injustices both locally and nationally. Interestingly regardless of scale, one of the recurring themes heard during these meetings centered on the tension between a network mindset and an organizational mindset. These groups are not the only ones talking about this; I’ve heard many different conversations embark on these same around partnership in the leadership development field.
I personally find that it’s helpful to identify these tensions to make informed decisions that truly align with our stated intent and values. However, this tension seems to come up in the most unexpected ways, so here is a short cheat sheet to help you know when you might be in the middle of one these conversations and decision points.
Here are some of the things you might start to hear in the room:
Sangha means spiritual community in the Buddhist tradition; paradoxically, during the first six summers, our task at Dalai Lama Fellows, a global network of young social innovators working at the intersection of justice, peace, and ecology, was to create a global, secular community of mindful, compassionate, and ethical leaders.
“At African Leadership Academy, I learned that there are about four thousand different definitions of leadership; the one that resonates most for me is that leadership means making yourself replaceable,” said Hind Ourahou from Morocco at our sixth annual Dalai Lama Fellows Ethical Leadership Assembly earlier this summer. Her work has focused on water and education on the African continent.