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Creating Space 2017: Announcing The Agenda

Creating Space provides opportunities for experiential learning and sharing regarding what is required to increase the impact of racial equity in leadership development work.

 

At Creating Space, you will be supported with

  • tools that help you identify, challenge and change prevailing systemic racism/white supremacy broadly present in our work.
  • conversations with multiple entry points for engaging participants with varying levels of awareness and a rich tapestry of experiences with racial equity within leadership development.
  • opportunities for those in need of  defining language and for those already embodying understanding, to practice undoing and eradicating systemic racism/white supremacy.

Recognizing that conversations pertaining to race can trigger past trauma and open new wounds, healing is a big part of this experience. Creating Space offers safe spaces for grounding and healing, which will be readily available and easily accessible. Join us in learning new tools for strengthening leadership development rooted in racial equity, and be a part of these experiences helping you to grow in your own leadership.

 

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Creating Space: Freedom to Lead & Leading for Freedom

 

This year we are hosting Creating Space in New Orleans. Our design team (introduced last month) has been creatively engaged in designing a  space that fosters deep learning experience that invites courageous conversation, humble sharing and collective meaning making. Our theme this year is Freedom to Lead & Leading for Freedom; below we share the values and ideas that are shaping this year’s design. In the next month, we will share a working agenda and seek your input

 

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Meet the Creating Space Design Team and Hear about Objectives for Creating Space

I am excited to introduce the Creating Space design team assembled by Patrick Brown our design team lead and facilitator. He has assembled a powerful team with depth in racial justice work, a passion for leadership development, a commitment to generative learning and spirit. I have an important job this year, to stay out of the way and make room for new approaches, ideas, and talent to craft an event that can shape and support leadership development practices that will unleash the potential of leadership development to contribute to greater racial equity.

 

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Seeing, Reckoning & Acting: A Practice Towards Deep Equity By Sheryl Petty

From our partners at Management Assistance Group, prepare for Creating Space 2017 this year in New Orleans with this Sheryl Petty's article. 

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Recently, we have noticed a great deal of energy and focus from organizations and groups wanting to pursue equity in their work. In our experience, this is a significant increase from past years. This level of attention and intentionality is inspiring. Equity (beyond “diversity” and “inclusion”) is essential to how we define “quality,” “high performance” and “success.”

For us, equity is core to what we seek in the world: dignity and well-being for everyone, and ensuring that resources and power are shared in ways for all people to realize our full potential, and contribute to thriving, sustainable communities.

Below you will find some of what we have learned in partnership with our clients and peers, about what transformation toward deep equity is and what it takes to advance equity and liberation (with a strong emphasis on racial equity), within our organizations, networks and beyond.

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Creating Space: Baking Equity & Justice into Leadership Development Work

Turn on the news and there is little doubt, equity is under assault... from attempts to repeal ACA, taxation proposals to cut taxes for corporations and the wealthy, to attacks on undocumented workers and Muslims. We need to build a new equity consciousness and set of practices into leadership development work to nurture our individual and collective resistance to stand up for social and racial justice.

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The Year of Creating Space

This year, in response to the current environment and the need for a significant uptake in racial justice leadership, we are departing from the traditional format for Creating Space, LLC’s national meeting. Creating Space has been a space for people engaged in leadership development to meet over several days to harvest learning across their experiences, share resources and build meaningful connection.

 

Our purpose this year will be to build greater awareness, access to resources and capacity among leadership development organizations about the opportunity and need to help their participants strengthen their knowledge, skills, connections and tools for contributing to social and racial justice.

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Guest Blog Post: Reflections On Creating Space | Odin Zackman

By Odin Zackman

 

When you change the way you look at things,

the things you look at change.

Max Planck

 

If we are to create the kind of leadership we need to affect transformative change in ourselves, our workplaces, and our communities, we need to create space—regularly—in our lives. We need to claim a time in our day and in our week to do what I call “big thinking” or just to be silent. We need to weave this space into our meetings with colleagues, so that we are not only focused on “getting things done” but in understanding why and how we are achieving our goals. And we need places annually or semi-annually that can serve as a pilgrimage of sorts—a place to return to that helps reconfirm our purpose in the world, reconnects us with colleagues aligned with our efforts, and renews us along the challenging path of seeking greater health, sustainability and justice.

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Announcing the Catalysts


Creating Space XI 2014 | Design Challenge Catalysts
 


Heather McLeod Grant
Creating Space XI Contribution
The Design Challenge Session:  Heather will share a design opportunity presented to her when she was invited to help create the New Leadership Network for the James Irvine Foundation.  After participants have their hand at designing with the same parameters and expectations Heather will reveal the program design she and her colleagues created. From McLeod-Grant Advisors, Heather is a well-known author, speaker, and was most recently a Global Account Manager at Monitor Institute, where her work focused on scaling impact, leveraging networks for social change, and transforming large-scale nonprofits. 

Michael Mcafee 
Creating Space XI Contribution
Program Design Challenge: Michael will share a design opportunity he had to develop a leadership program for the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink.  After participants work in teams to make design recommendations in line with the desired results for the Promise Neighborhoods leadership program, Michael will share the elements of the program that he helped to design. As Senior Director at PolicyLink and Director of the Promise Neighborhoods Institute also at PolicyLink, Michael oversees the Institute’s strategic direction and implementation of strategies that mobilize neighborhood leaders to build communities of opportunity.

 

 

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Creating Space At Our Table: Presenting A Sliding Scale Registration Fee for CSXI

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Leadership Learning Community is excited to be hosting Creating Space XI: Tools for Transformation -
Supporting Inclusive, Networked and Collective Leadership.

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Leadership Development Hiding in Plain Sight: Reflections on Creating Space X


 

In reading the survey responses from our national meeting, Creating Space X in Baltimore this past May, a funny thought crossed my mind.  Aren’t many of the things that people benefited from at CS elements of good leadership development?  A number of participants even talked about replicating some of these methodologies like open space, self-organizing, and the design challenge into their leadership programs.   Here are some examples of some of the major themes and what people said: read more »

  • Diversity: A lot of people talked about the value of connecting with others who share a passion for being change makers and meeting people who are different, “the wonderfully diverse mixture of researchers, consultants, program staff, funders and community organizers.”
     
  • Relationship Building and Peer Learning:  Small group interactions facilitated relationship building and peer exchange, “talking one on one with people about their program models and what they’re working on to exchange ideas and learn from each other.”
     
  • Deep Conversation: A number of people mentioned the importance of time and space for deep conversations, “Inviting people to come into the conversation with openness, without judgment and not forcing an outcome, especially on topics like race.”
     
  • Application to Real Problems/Issues: The design challenge harnessed the group’s creative energy around real time issues and problems and was very popular with survey respondents.  “The Design Challenge is something I have used several times with a lot of success.”
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