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A podcast exploring awareness of self and system, bridging the territory between consciousness and co-creation

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A podcast exploring awareness of self and system, bridging the territory between consciousness and co-creation

    The Art of Convening with Craig and Patricia Neal

    The Art of Convening with Craig and Patricia Neal

    Recently I had the honor to sit with Craig and Patricia Neal, authors of The Art of Convening and founders of The Center for Purposeful Leadership. Their career spans a lifetime of bringing people together in ways that generate authentic engagement and meaningful connection.

    What stood out for me was their emphasis on the internal journey of convening work. In my own process, I increasingly find how important it is to be clear on my commitment. Often this is not something that is necessarily comfortable, particularly in transformative spaces that hold difficult conversations.

    Patricia talks about the power of agreements both within a space and with herself:

    The agreements are as much with myself as they are with the people. I have an agreement with myself to show up and hold space for people to find their voice and hear themselves in their authentic voice. I know how to hold space and I’m willing to do it. I'm fierce about knowing the power of a well convened and contained space.

    Our conversation is wide ranging from the definition of convening to the life journey that brought them to that definition. Craig and Patricia share a moving account of how they convened hundreds of people in conjunction with city officials in their hometown of Minneapolis after the killing of George Floyd. They share details of how they transformed this potentially contentious political gathering into one that left everybody feeling heard.

    Their next Art of Convening Core Training is hosted on Sutra and starts on September 16th. You can find it in our newly launched Discovery Section: https://discovery.sutra.co/

    In this interview, Craig and Patricia offer deep wisdom informed by a long lifetime of work. Please enjoy.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Marilyn Darling and Heidi Sparkes Guber on Emergent Learning

    Marilyn Darling and Heidi Sparkes Guber on Emergent Learning

    Marilyn and Heidi bring decades of research working with groups as diverse as school districts and the U.S. Army. I love a story they share about the meaning of truly learning a lesson. A lesson is when you look at the past and notice what worked and what didn't. The learning is when you actually try something new in the world and get a different result. It isn’t a lesson learned until you’ve tried it out and it’s made a difference.

    Today’s conversation is all about how to learn lessons that create change in the context of community. Marilyn and Heidi share specific and highly practical approaches to learning together as a system and returning learning to the system. I took pages of notes on this interview and found it full of actionable insights.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Bayo Akomolafe on Post Activism

    Bayo Akomolafe on Post Activism

    Today’s conversation explores something my guest, Bayo Akomolafe, calls post activism. Post activism opens a space of inquiry about the ways that we respond to crisis and invites us to examine places of power in a situation. It is noticing that the solutions that we advance to a problem may, in fact, be part of the problem until we recognize the framing from which we respond.

    Bayo shares: This is the reason my elders say, the time is urgent, let us slow down. Slowing down is not reducing one's speed. Slowing down is noticing the others that frame us and then acting upon that framing or the new spaces of power that are opening up.

    A father and and self-proclaimed proud diaper-changer, Bayo was invited to be the Coordinator/Special Envoy of the International Alliance for Localization in 2014, a project of Local Futures (USA). He temporarily left his lecturing position in Covenant University, Nigeria to help build this Alliance for a more beautiful world. Bayo Akomolafe (Ph.D.) has been Visiting Professor at Middlebury College, where he taught on ‘transraciality’ (his neo-materialist take on racialization) and postactivism. He has also taught at Sonoma State University (CA, USA), Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada), and Schumacher College (Totnes, England) – among other universities around the world. He is a widely appreciated speaker, teacher, public intellectual, author and facilitator, globally recognized for his poetic, unconventional, counterintuitive, and indigenous take on global crisis, civic action and social change.

    This is one of the deepest conversations I’ve had on the show and our explorations are wide ranging. Please enjoy.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    The Power of Faith

    The Power of Faith

    Time and time again, the world’s greatest leaders have persisted against all odds to change the world in meaningful ways.

    I often reflect on a scene from the movie, Darkest Hour, where Winston Churchill feels demoralized because his entire cabinet is against him and is demanding that he negotiate a truce with Hitler. His wife says to him: "You are strong because you are imperfect. You are wise because you have doubts.”

    Overcoming adversity and overcoming self doubt go hand in hand. Adversity is the very heart of the unknown because if the outcome was known, there would be nothing to overcome. It is the very fact of its mystery that lends adversity its tremendous force.

    It takes courage, stamina, and strength to hold space for your faith and your doubt at the same time. Whatever your adversity might be, willfully stepping into your doubt is the tried and true path to victory. Allow your doubt to inform your faith. This is the very definition of wise action: conviction with consideration.

    Today’s recording explores the power of faith.

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    • 9 min
    Holding Space

    Holding Space

    It’s difficult to define being because it is like an empty container. It’s primary attribute is the ability to contain whatever is inside it. And it’s very easy to confuse what’s inside it with what it is.

    The process of putting something inside it, is listening.

    To listen you have to hold space. The term itself speaks to this concept of being as an empty container - holding space. When we think we already know something or someone we project our definitions and expectations. We become closed to this quality of being available, because we are too full for new understanding.

    Holding space is, of course, a practice. There is no magic pill to become a good listener. But the good news is that every interaction is an opportunity to practice. Today’s recording explores the power and potential of holding space.

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    • 10 min
    Bless You

    Bless You

    Yogic tradition has the concepts of Bhakti and Shakti. Bhakti is devotional and revolves around surrender. Shakti is power. It is the creative force of the universe. Offering a blessing can be understood as both devotional and powerful.

    In the devotional sense, a common way to understand blessing is asking for God’s favor and protection. But in the frame of all-powerfulness, you could consider blessing as the ultimate expression of omnipotence. Imagine yourself as the creator of everything around you. From that vantage point, it would be easy to envision that you have genuine good will towards everything you have created. It’s yours. You created it. Of course you want it to be well.

    Buddhism has a practice called Metta meditation, also known as loving kindness. It is simply projecting your wishes for the well being of another. You begin with yourself and gradually expand to the people around you. Extensive research shows that this practice reduces depression and increases positive emotions.

    Blessing is a similar concept and is deeply humanizing in the way that it offers a response that is both powerful and humble. Confronted by the human condition, you may indeed be helpless to do something for every person suffering on this planet. But you have the power to be fully present with each person you encounter. You have the capacity to respond with a genuine desire for their well being. This is incredibly empowering, heart opening, and uplifting. And, similar to the Metta practice, it can help you find joy in the darkest of your own challenges.

    Today’s video explores the power of blessing.

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    • 10 min

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