Living & Dying through Change & Transformation

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How do we make sense of the lifecycles in our individual lives, organizations, and systems?

How might we act and respond to ongoing change in ways that support individual and organizational resiliency?

August’s DwD was hosted by Vanessa Reid, with a session exploring the ways in which we make sense of the change in our personal and organizational lives.

Drawing from concepts of the Panarchy cycle, Vanessa worked with participants to discover how cycles of living and dying can help us to better understand the ways in which our actions can support or hinder transitional phases in our personal and organizational lives.

We explored the fears and disturbances that come up in transitions – such as “not-knowing”, uncertainty, grief, and chaos, to find how these can be leadership skills that we can hone. The group explored the nature of “practice leadership” for our individual and collective transitions, and translate concepts and models into a living practice.

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Vanessa and Chris Lee working the floor at Lambert Lounge. The ecocycle loop sketch is taking shape at Vanessa’s feet on the floor.

 

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About the Host

Vanessa Reid is the co-founder of Living Wholeness Institute, which works with citizens, teams, organizations and social movements around the globe on initiatives that are transforming broken systems and creating new, deeply sustainable social realities. She is the former executive director of Montreal’s Santropol Roulant, an innovative non-profit working with food and intergenerational relationship as a catalyst for social change. As the executive publisher of ascent magazine and timeless books, she co-created an organizational process of conscious closure, and stewards many end-of-life processes with people, families and systems.

Most recently, she has been living and working in Greece and the Middle East where the contexts of systemic collapse is asking citizens to respond in fundamentally new ways. She is a co-founder of the SIZ (Systemic Innovation Zone – Greece) working with citizens and groups towards new forms of participation and democracy, through the Art of Participatory Leadership. She co-created the practice grounds for social innovation labs including the Finance Innovation Lab and Tasting the Future-UK.

 For more, visit http://www.the-lwi.org