Developmental Leadership for Transformations

Responding to Social-Ecological Crisis 

A co-lab for Individual and Collective Action.

Co-Stewards: Dana CarmanHilary Bradbury and Alain Gauthier

                                                               …Liberating Next Generation Transformative Learning for Regenerative Societies

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? Why does Greta Thunberg remain so unusual? What is my contribution at this time when eco-social crises are interweaving, e.g., Climate catastrophe looms yet our elected leaders are not leading.

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

Participants: Those who play a leadership role in their world - educators, managers - and are concerned with climate change and other crises.

Where/When: The group will be limited to around 12 participants. The 6 monthly sessions of 90 minutes each will be on the 3rd Wednesdays of the month, starting Nov 18th at 12 noon San Francisco (pacific) time. Between the sessions, we will have small group meetings where we will deepen our conversations and have further opportunities to practice.  After registration please hold the following dates:  Nov 18th, Dec 16th, Jan 20th, Feb 17th, March 17th, April 21st. 

Register now: Let us know if you have questions - - and stay tuned for more details on this page and sent in advance to all who register. 

Cost: Offered by donation. $250-$500. Register below at the Big Pink Button!

Rescue from rising seas

Video taster of the co-lab. Hilary asks Dana what we can accomplish together...

Organizing (Sustainable) Futures - Action Research

Key Themes:
How do we transform our relationship to hope and despair in light of climate collapse?
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 co-lab is for those who want to engage in transformative action, i.e., action that is the fruit of reflexive awareness of self and context. The co-lab is about 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 co-lab 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.

Work expectations:
We will assign pre-work with readings/videos that present a developmentally advanced perspective on ecological-social crises, e.g. from Karen O’ Brien, Jem Bendel to name a few. 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.


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.

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