The past two weekends I hosted two General Assemblies for the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in Mexico City and San Antonio. They are an international and intercultural community working in education, healthcare, literacy, and social justice.
They committed themselves to developing an “Organic Model of Leadership” 4 years ago and have been living into what that means. Within the community they named principles or values for how they work together: Participation, Relationships, Co-responsibility and accountability, Corporate unity, Multiculturalism and Formation (continue growing).
Working from a Livings Systems Model
We explored several aspects of working within a living systems model. First is the nature of change. We explored the dance between Chaos and Order - and the challenge of finding the new forms of organization that serve the mission as the community and world changes. The need to be adaptive as part of this dynamic. This is the The Challenge of Walking the Chaordic Path.… Continue Reading...
Posted by Teresa on March 20, 2012
One of the tools I’m really enjoying working/playing with is the Group Works Card Deck. This was a collaborative effort of many many people to look at the underlying patterns for how we bring groups together and what we do together. They are really fun to play with as an inspiration for design, to see what to do when stuck or just creative inspiration. Tenneson, Chris,and I used them to design an Art of Hosting drawing cards to see what was at the heart of the gathering, what was needed and where we were going. It was great inspiration for an awesome event. Here’s the birth announcement for the cards and more info. Thanks to all those who created these! A true gift to all us process artists.
The Group Works card deck, the first product of the Group Pattern Language Project, is now out! You can order copies of the deck, download a free PDF copy and learn about our upcoming mobile/phone app version of the deck on the website, groupworksdeck.org .… Continue Reading...
Posted by Teresa on March 19, 2012
My friend Abdi Sami has been living with cancer and all the treatments. It’s been an honor to witness the soulful journey. He shared this poem of Hafiz which seems like a good way to begin any day and any blog.
Everything You Do is Sacred
Now is the time to know
That all that you do is sacred.
Now is the time to understand
That all your ideas of right and wrong
Were just a child’s training wheels
To be laid aside
When you can finally live
…Now is the time for the world to know
That every thought and action is sacred.
This is the time
For you to deeply compute the impossibility
That there is anything
Now is the season to know
That everything you do
Posted by Teresa on March 14, 2012