AR+ Developmental Organizational Leadership & Collaborative Education Co-lab

Co-Stewards: Dana Carman and Hilary Bradbury

How can our transformative potential in the present be enabled for future system 
ransformation that supports a more sustainable world?

In facilitating transformation, embodying it ourselves, and sharing our efforts beyond ourselves, we integrate first, second and third person practice/inquiry. We thereby develop the Field, cultivating best thinking and practice of like minded colleagues, especially with regard to the verdant mix of vertical development and action research.

Starts: Start Feb 1 2018. First Thursdays 08.00 Pacific Timezone.

Purpose: Convening a space for inquiry/practice to have transformative "vertical development" become more practical and accessible to educators and coaches who are active (as educators/coaches/consultants) in cultivating leadership capabilities in response to our most complex sustainability challenges.

Developmental Organizational Leadership & Collaborative Education: verticality unbound

The science of constructivist adult developmental theory (AKA Vertical Development) is at an unprecedented level of popularity, applied in organizations worldwide and taught and written about in many contexts.

The most popular teachers and theorists are Bill Torbert, Susanne Cook-Greuter, Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey. Terri O’Fallon and Theo Dawson have made significant contributions to the field, and so has Don Beck and his work with Spiral Dynamics for close to three decades.

Each teacher has their loyal advocates and students, communities of practice, unique contributions and shadow dynamics. They range from Bob Anderson’s development of The Leadership Circle 360, to Bill Joiner’s creation of Leadership Agility. The Center for Creative Leadership and Barrett Brown have added to the development of leadership praxis through their synthesizing of best practice. The artful application of adult constructivist theory remains less developed by action researchers.  DOLCEvu Co-lab invites this practice/inquiry.

Vertical Development

The intention of the Co-lab: standing on the shoulders of those listed above, is to extend the practical application of this evolving body of work through bringing together a handful of practitioner/scholars for 90 minutes monthly to share our live cases, harvest the learning with one another, so we may develop praxis and curriculum from our collective experiences.

In support of shaping our learning into curriculum to be shared beyond us, we will design for capturing our learning (e.g., taping calls, inc reflective interviews etc) and connecting us to the learning of the other relevant AR+ co-labs. In between our online sessions we will suggest readings & learning experiments to each other and have a slack space to interact and capture learning and insights that happen in between our meetings.

Who this is for: If you are an Action Researcher (AKA a reflective transformation maker with the heart of a peaceful radical) who is interested in integrating the wisdom of vertical development into your work and/or teaching, then this co- lab could be very useful.

If you are working with diverse stakeholders who “live in different worlds,” this co-lab could make a real difference. We will engage learning at the personal, interpersonal levels as well as documenting what we learn to contribute to the field.

Structure of our Co-lab: The co-lab will commence on Thursday Feb 1 2018 at 08.00 Pacific Time for 90 minutes on Zoom video platform. And will meet same time/same place on the 1st Thursday of each month through April (4 sessions in all; Feb 1; March 1; April 5; May 3).

During the last half hour of the May session we will evaluate the structure and interest of the co-lab and collaboratively decide to continue or not. We will limit registration in this co-lab to 8 participants.

Participation in all AR+ co-labs is by donation.
AR+ suggested donation is $250.

During each session we will work with at least one case study that one of the participants has prepared in advance. During the session we will bring an informed developmental perspective to the case and at the end of each session we will harvest lessons learned and key principals. 

If you are interested in being part of our initial co-lab, please indicate your interest to Hilary Bradbury soonest.

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