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Louise Diamond Offering Change Agent Master Class in 2008

Louise Diamond will be offering a year-long master class for social change agents called How to Change the World. Beginning in January, this course covers the Four Wisdom Ways, or four areas of knowledge and skill essential to effective change leadership. Each Wisdom Way is explored in a three-month session that combines a 4-day intensive workshop with distance learning. You can take any session separately, or all of them for an integrated program. The fee for this first session of How to Change the World is $950; less if you register for more than one session. This includes tuition plus lunches and snacks during the intensive. The Home Study option costs $350. Limited scholarship assistance is available. For more information, and to register, go to www.louisediamond.com/training.html. Keep reading for a description of the first session…

Systems: The Way of the One

We begin our study of transformative social change with an understanding of our interdependence, because unity consciousness is the basis for the new society we are creating. ‘We are all in this together’ is more than a feel-good phrase; it is the root ‘truth’ that underlies how we must now choose to live together – as individuals, in families, communities, organizations, nations, and globally.

The four-day intensive workshop January 11-14 (in Santa Fe, New Mexico) launches us into this study with an experiential immersion into the mystery and miracle of living systems in nature, because the natural world provides all that we need as classroom, curriculum, and teacher on the subject of interdependence. We experience ‘being’ plants, animals, minerals, and elements to learn about the processes of interconnectedness from the inside out. In this way we move beyond an intellectual understanding of interdependence; we embed it in our consciousness so completely that it impels our every action.

Next we anchor this ‘deep ecology’ awareness with activities that give us both the theory and the practice of systems thinking. By looking at systems in general, and specifically at the ones we are working with as change agents, we learn how systems organize themselves; how they adapt, grow, and interact; how information is shared and intelligence activated; how the part and the whole are connected. We explore meaning, chaos, boundaries, feedback loops, life cycles, and the micro-macrocosm relationship in systems of all sizes. We learn how energy and vibration are the field and connective tissue of our interrelatedness, and how we as change agents both affect and are affected by this field.

With skill in systems thinking, we can better develop new approaches to old patterns; hear the voices in the system that are usually voiceless; manage relationships more efficiently; and elicit new and useful information from both inside and outside the system. As systems thinkers, steeped in unity consciousness, we are better able to guide transformative processes that align our systems with the natural laws of interdependence. To this end, each student is encouraged to commit to a project or intervention in their system of choice that will foster the shift to the Wisdom Way of the One.

Following the workshop, we have three months of distance learning in which we build on the foundation laid during our time together. We will have readings and journaling suggestions, two two-week online dialogues, and four teleconferences/webinars with our Guest Faculty, who are:

* Ven. Dhyani Ywahoo, Native American and Tibetan spiritual teacher and wise woman; CEO of BeautyWay Productions and Director of Sunray Meditation Society – speaking on We are One with All that Is.
* Glenda Eoying, President of Human Systems Dynamics Institute – speaking on The Art of Adaptation: Patterns of Human Systems Dynamics

* James O’Dea, President of the Institute for Noetic Sciences – speaking on What Ball Goes Over the Neural Net? The Mind/Body Relationship to the Great Game

* Mother Earth, who needs no introduction – speaking on This Peace of Land, Beyond Global Warming and Global Warring

We end the session in mid-April with a conference call/webinar to share final thoughts on our projects and our learning. In all of this, we operate as a learning community, valuing the gifts and inherent wisdom of each member of the circle. Those who are not able to attend the workshop but wish to participate in the class can choose a Home Study option that includes them as fully as possible.

Our 4-day intensive will be held at a beautiful 40-acre retreat center just outside of Santa Fe, in a stunning adobe house washed in the sunshine and natural beauty of New Mexico, with ample spaces for walking, meditation, campfires, and winter sunbathing. Students from out of town can choose to stay at the center, or can find a wide range of accommodations in nearby Santa Fe.

Amy Lang
Amy Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her dissertation on British Columbia’s groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly process, and is currently doing follow-up research on the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly.

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