Can a focus on collaboration, collaborative networks and collaborative leadership as strategies for shift and change create leverage for more sustainable results and the means for us to move beyond episodes of enthusiasm to fundamental shifts in our work, organizations and communities?
This is one of the questions we will be exploring at the Art of Collaborative Leadership, March 16-18, 2011 in Halifax. Related themes that will guide and focus our time together:
- Growing our knowledge and ways of working with collaborative networks
- Connecting people, ideas, initiatives in this city (and beyond) who are doing cool things and bumping up against similar challenges to co-learn and co-strategize how to move past those barriers
- Furthering specific work that participants bring into the training ground so that they leave with clarity about what’s next in their work, project or big idea
An exciting and diverse host team has emerged for this AoCL – diverse in age, perspectives, background and experiences, linked together by our passion for hosting inspired spaces, co-creation and collaboration and for how much we care about what’s happening in the world right now, believing that Collaborative Leadership is one of the routes to shifting the shape of our world(s).
We will be using an on-line forum to begin before the training even starts and to continue to follow the questions and the group learning post the training. (Anyone can follow us and contribute on Twitter #aocl). We will be offering the opportunity for participants to join together in a group call or in a one-on-one conversation with someone from the host team (our hosts from New York and Minnesota are wanting to touch in with our community before they arrive for the training). And we will offer a follow up about 45 days later along with the ongoing online conversation. We are imagining we may spark a community of practice out of this training, linking to Envision grads and AoH people in this city.
What more will sprout out of this fertile ground? We have no way of knowing but we are preparing to be surprised! What about you? Will you join us? Will you contribute to the conversation?
What if we could grow our courage and resilience in working with the status quo that says it wants to change but doesn’t seem to know how? What if all we need to do is connect with others doing amazing work in our town who are facing similar challenges so we can grow and learn together how to move beyond episodes of enthusiasm to sustainable, visible and fundamental shifts?
The Art of Collaborative Leadership is an emerging way to meet a world that is increasingly complex and concerned. It is a training and, more importantly, a practice ground for people who want to discover how collaboration can shift the shape of the world as a new core leadership capacity. This gathering will contribute to the collective understanding of the Art of Hosting field around the world on how to do this better, more strategically and more meaningfully. It is to amplify the ways we are working now, partly thanks to social media, and illuminate the networks through which we currently achieve results so we can hone our skill at this and become even more strategic.
We build networks and collaboration through conversation that allows us to discover the cool things we are working on and the cool things there is to know about who we are, what we are passionate about and how we show up in the world.
Mark your calendar for March 16-18, 2011 and prepare to name, illuminate, connect and grow collaborative leadership and networks in this city and beyond. Registration details available soon. For an advance copy of the invitation send me a note.
The amazing hosting and calling team – myself, Martin Siesta, Nancy Eagan, Jerry Nagel, Sophia Horwitz, Ryan Deschamps, and Rachel Derrah - looks forward to meeting you where we all are and leveraging that to see what emerges.
Envision Halifax is on Sabbatical and, in the way I’m sure only Envision would think to do it, we celebrated tonight at the Halifax Hub. We celebrated the Sabbatical because it was a conscious, intentional choice to pause and, more importantly, we celebrated the many people and successes that fueled Envision and the leadership program. Four years of a leadership program, 80 graduates and countless others who worked in the thick of things and all around the edges. If not for ALIA, the United Way and the McConnell Foundation, Envision would not have come into being.
We don’t know half of what has been seeded or sprouted because of Envision and all the people it touched. Envision alumnae are out in the world, in Halifax and beyond, doing things differently because of their experiences. New networks have sprouted and cool work is happening as a result. People have changed. I have changed.
Envision Halifax shifted the shape of my leadership and my world. Envision Halifax was a leadership journey for me. It appeared in my life when I was looking for my next leadership development opportunity – I just wasn’t expecting it to be in a leadership role. It brought me to ALIA which brought me to the Art of Hosting world. I came home to community in all of these places and over the years I came home to myself. I learned about relationships, about trust, about staying power – and also about letting go.
Yes, I gave a lot of volunteer time to Envision. So did a lot of other people. Tonight, I was gifted with s symbol of recognition for all those hours and for my contribution to igniting a culture of civic engagement. It is a beautiful gift that I cherish. The irony is, Envision Halifax has been gifting me all throughout the five years of my involvement and I don’t think it will stop any time soon, even with Envision on Sabbatical.
Thank you Envision. Thank you to all the amazing friends and colleagues I have met through Envision who have taken me to places and relationships I could not have imagined. The beautiful and beautifully inscribed crystal bowl really wasn’t necessary and the very gesture of it has touched me deeply.