When I go into the woods on retreat, it’s not all just kicking back and relaxing. I also go in to address the toughest challenges I am facing, alone and away from all distractions. I find the woods to be a place where I can clear my head and get into the essence of the issues I am facing. Recently I have been meditating on the complex challenges our society faces and the role I have in contributing to the betterment of our world.
I believe that each one of us has value to offer as we tackle these overwhelming and complex issues, from climate change to the pandemic, from social justice to economic reform. It will take all of us working together, and it will take our many, differentiated gifts. That is why I study and practice the development of social movements. They employ hundreds of thousands, sometimes millions of people who work together on a common agenda. But, they are not led by a single organization or person.
Social movements have their own dynamics and are sometimes counter to the stereotypical models presented in classic leadership training.
I will be partnering with my good friend and expert consultant, Mark Levy, on May 25 to present a free, one-hour workshop on how to create a social movement. In this short event, I will be sharing the models I have found most useful in this work and telling a couple of stories about what this work is like. If you are a manager or executive in any type of organization that wants to contribute to our world, I would love to have you as our guest. Please feel free to forward this to your friends and colleagues as well.
“Education is the movement from darkness to light.”
– Allan Bloom