The title of the workshop is "Leading Transformation in the Face of Disruption on the Level of System and Self”. The content of the sessions over the three days deals with questions such as those below.
- What can we do to nurture hope that real change is possible; without relying on simplistic "the answer is...” messages?
- How do we identify and strengthen local, regional and global commons?
- What is required at a personal and collective level to extend leadership networks across space and time?
- What do we need to do to increase our ability for reflection on the level of system and self? As Humberto Maturana, a leading cognitive biologist stated, "It is only through reflection, that we change our history.”
It was little intimidating at this morning's planning meeting where I learned about what they wanted in our stories and that I would be sharing mine just before lunch. Please know that the sessions are outside in a large tent so there is no opportunity for slides, my crutch to support telling stories. To make it more difficult, I didn't have the opportunity to use the chart paper prior to speaking to provide structure for the story. So, I took a few notes up to the front and shared my/our story in about twenty minutes. Like always I was not pleased with the product, but I was pleased that I took the challenge and went beyond my comfort zone to use our experience to support others not as far along on their journey. I received some positive feedback so I don't believe that I embarrassed us.
Once again, I am so thankful for the learning opportunities I have experienced in our school system and I leave today even more proud of what we have accomplished and are doing as I hear the struggles others are experiencing around the country.