Developmental Leadership for Transformations

A coLAB supporting individual and collective action in response to Eco-Social Crisis.

Co-Stewards: Bjørn UldallDana Carman Ilaria Distefano with Hilary Bradbury 

Our Inquiry: How do we develop individual and collective capacity to respond to our compounding eco-social crises? Why, in the face of so much evidence, do we not act in our own best interests? What is my contribution at this time when eco-social crises are interweaving, when say climate catastrophe looms yet our elected leaders are not leading.

Our Perspective: Insights from leadership development and adult developmental theory help us understand, overcome obstacles and grow our resilience as we move toward skillful action in helping transformation happen. In this coLAB we’ll build a community of learning and practice to apply these insights to our own real-life contexts, mindful of working with our stakeholders. 

Participants: Those who play a leadership role in their world - educators, change-leaders - and are concerned with our eco-social crises. The group will be limited to around 15 participants. 

Where/When: The monthly sessions of 90 minutes will meet on the 3rd Wednesdays of the month, starting April 20, 2022 at UTC 19.00/7PM, i.e., 12 noon San Francisco (pacific) time. After registration please hold the following dates:  May 18th, June 15th, June 20th, Sep 21st, Oct 19th, Nov 16th. Between the sessions, plan to meet in a small group at a mutually agreeable time.  

Register now: Register below with the Big Button! Let us know if you have questions - - and stay tuned for more details on this page also sent, a week or so in advance of the start, to all who register. Register below at the Big Button that's right for you!

Relational Meditation. All participants registered in any coLAB are invited to partake in the AR+ community's weekly relational meditation. Please register separately at the coLAB page at no additional cost.

Organizing (Sustainable) Futures - Action Research

Key Themes:
How do we transform our relationship to hope and despair in light of mounting eco-social crises?
How do we become more effective bridges between diverse perspectives?
How do we acknowledge and transcend the anxiety we may have about interacting with others who have opposing views?
How do we reconcile our love and concern for the world and our ability to act wisely?

Key Focus: 
This coLAB is for those who are engaged and or wish to deepen their engagement in transformative action, i.e., action that is the fruit of reflexive awareness of self and context. This likely means locating ourselves more fully in the sweet (sour?) spot between our inner landscape - where we may find a mix of uncertainty and compelling insight - and the outer landscape that demands wise action together with others. We’ll discover more about ourselves and the eco-social systems we are a part of as we imagine more regenerative roles we can play. The coLAB can be viewed as a
developmental scaffolding that builds our capacity to engage with our whole self: body, heart, mind, and soul, so that we become more effective at engaging collaboratively with others.

We will work within the 
ART framework that calls Action oriented Researchers for Transformations with an emphasis on developmental reflexivity and collaborative action with stakeholders. Throughout we endeavor to become more aware of our untapped genius. For this, we will create together a robust “protainer.

Rescue from rising seas


AR+ is a non profit 501.c3 donations supported organization. Donations are tax deductible in the USA.

No one will be turned away for want of funding.