Leaders for the Future

Consciously Cultivating Self and Society

Develop new skills for engaging complex community problems

In our increasingly complex and interwoven society, many people are finding their historic approaches to addressing community social problems no longer sufficient. Join us for a six-week program that will help participants practice the emerging skills needed for building a sustainable and equitable future. 

Why now?

As society is changing, many people are starting to see that a mechanistic and linear understanding of the world doesn’t fit with a growing awareness of our interconnected planet and systems. With climate change and other growing problems now is the time to explore and bring into being new skills for dealing with the complex realities we face.

Which skills?

The skills needed to solve today’s problems come from greater self-awareness and attunement to our community, nature, and the planet as a whole. Here is what you will learn in joining with us for these six weeks:

  • How to think systemically to find new solutions to complex issues
  • How to draw on collective intelligence to gain new ways of viewing problems
  • How to integrate the dissociated parts of ourselves and our society in order to generate stronger societal patterns of wholeness
  • How to look at problems holistically, using the lenses of mind, body, spirit, and the land
  • How to consciously create a vision for the future of our community


Each session will include theory, experiential practice, and application of the theory and practice to a real-world issue you care about.

Program Format
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Experiential 

This program is led in the format of a learning hub. A learning hub brings people together to apply new forms of knowledge and experience to real-world situations. Because the hubs are safe places for trying out new and emerging ways of being and acting, they also serve as catalysts for personal and social transformation. 

Real-world problem solving

The program will allow participants an opportunity to apply new skills to long-held problems such as affordable housing, health care, civil rights, climate change, etc. What community problem matters to you that you would like to explore in new ways?

Who Is the Program For?

For this program, we’re hoping to bring together a small group of people who want to dive in to new approaches to solving community problems—people who are willing to work at the emerging edge of thinking, and who want to incubate new approaches to society’s challenges.

Many of us care deeply and want to make a difference. Together we can start learning and practicing a new set of skills that promote a more holistic and systemic view of community problems and solutions.

We invite community leaders, activists, change makers, idealists, visionaries, or anyone who senses a potential for a transformation in how they approach problems to join us.

Session Details

Session One: Leading from the Emerging Edge

In this session, we will pay attention to the way our world develops unconsciously and how we can feel victims to its unfolding.

We will learn the power of creating a guiding vision that can draw us towards a consciously chosen future.

Session Two: Thinking in Interconnected Systems

In this session, we explore the way we have been taught to see the world in a linear fashion, with the earth seen as a machine made of its parts.

We will practice experiencing a living world made of interwoven systems and relationships to identify the places where new solutions can emerge.

Session Three: Tapping into Collective Intelligence

In this session we explore the ways our options are limited when we only look at situations through the thinking mind.

We will experience and practice drawing on our human instinct and the wisdom of collective intelligence to gain new ways of viewing problems.

Session Four: Building Wholeness

To stop replicating our world’s many problems, we must start living in new ways.

In this session, we will explore how we can find integration of the dissociated parts of ourselves and our society in order to model and create stronger patterns of wholeness.

Session Five: Acting Holistically

In this session we notice ways we feel fragmented or disconnected from ourselves, others, and the planet.

We will explore holistic responses to problems using the lenses of mind, body, spirit, and the land.

Session Six: Seeing Our Way into the Future​

In the last session, we notice what has transformed in us over the previous sessions.

We will identify what is emerging for next steps and celebrate our work.

Schedule

This learning hub will meet for six sessions on Saturdays mornings from 9:00 am to noon at Ecolibrium3 on the following dates:

April 4, 11, 18, 25 and May 9, 16

Note: Due to public health concerns and CDC recommendations, the Leaders for the Future program will be postponed to dates to be determined. Please contact Lora at lora@ecolibrium3.org to be added to the list of interested participants and we will contact you when new dates are selected.

Program Fees and Scholarships

The fee for this program is a self-determined donation for the six-week program. Please contribute the amount that reflects your financial situation. The following are suggested amounts:

Student/low income: $20 – $50 sliding scale
Middle income: $90 – $120 sliding scale
High income: $450 – $600 sliding scale

Please do not let the cost be a barrier to your participation; we have a generous scholarship program. Let us know on your application if you need a scholarship.

Facilitator

Lora Wedge is a community leader and educator with a background in social change work and a M.A. in Consciousness and Transformative Studies. She teaches as adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota Duluth and is currently serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer at Ecolibrium3, where she uses systems thinking to advance community problem solving around the building of a sustainable and equitable future. 

Lora Wedge
Questions?

If you have questions about the program or you are unable to participate at this time but would like to be notified of future similar programming, please contact Lora at lora@ecolibrium3.org or 218-336-1038.