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Being a Catalyst for Cultural Change

 

When behavior patterns change in a large network of social relationships, and when this change is visible, repetitive, natural, and sustained over time, it can be said that cultural change has taken place. In the early stages of a large-scale cultural change, individual people of influence are the change agents.  These individuals may be recognized as people of influence; that is, they may be formal leaders within their organizations or networks.  Very often though, these change agents are visionaries within the system itself who intuit, or feel, a new possibility, and are willing to risk into new behavior.  Later in the process there are policies and structures that drive the change toward a sustainable large-scale practice; but early on, cultural change begins with new feelings, beliefs, and behavioral choices in individual people of influence.  What is more, these new feelings, beliefs, and choices bring deep satisfaction and purpose to those people.
 
The inner skills of cultural change can be taught.  Cultural change begins with inspired individuals who are willing to be the forerunners of change, with all its uncertainties and inherent unknowns.  Culture change is, therefore, highly dependent on inner skills within those individuals.  These inner skills taught in this workshop are:
·       The ability to self-inspire and hold a new vision for a community.
·       The ability to use one’s energy consciously to attract others into the values, feelings and behaviors of the new vision.
·       The ability to articulate the new possibilities inherent in the vision, for all members of the system.
·       The ability to identify and let go of the beliefs and attitudes of the existing paradigm, and identify new beliefs and attitudes that support the desired change.
·       The ability to sustain one’s energy for the change through conscious, ongoing self care.
·       The ability to identify and take personal, behavioral risks that align with the vision.
·       The ability to trust and to surrender that which cannot be controlled, letting go of people and practices that do not serve the vision.
 
This topic can be given as a one-hour lecture to a full 2 day workshop.

When behavior patterns change in a large network of social relationships, and when this change is visible, repetitive, natural, and sustained over time, it can be said that cultural change has taken place. In the early stages of a large-scale cultural change, individual people of influence are the change agents.  These individuals may be recognized as people of influence; that is, they may be formal leaders within their organizations or networks.  Very often though, these change agents are visionaries within the system itself who intuit, or feel, a new possibility, and are willing to risk into new behavior.  Later in the process there are policies and structures that drive the change toward a sustainable large-scale practice; but early on, cultural change begins with new feelings, beliefs, and behavioral choices in individual people of influence.  What is more, these new feelings, beliefs, and choices bring deep satisfaction and purpose to those people.

The inner skills of cultural change can be taught.  Cultural change begins with inspired individuals who are willing to be the forerunners of change, with all its uncertainties and inherent unknowns.  Culture change is, therefore, highly dependent on inner skills within those individuals.  These inner skills taught in this workshop are:

 

  • The ability to self-inspire and hold a new vision for a community.
  • The ability to use one’s energy consciously to attract others into the values, feelings and behaviors of the new vision.
  • The ability to articulate the new possibilities inherent in the vision, for all members of the system.
  • The ability to identify and let go of the beliefs and attitudes of the existing paradigm, and identify new beliefs and attitudes that support the desired change.
  • The ability to sustain one’s energy for the change through conscious, ongoing self care.
  • The ability to identify and take personal, behavioral risks that align with the vision.
  • The ability to trust and to surrender that which cannot be controlled, letting go of people and practices that do not serve the vision.

 

This topic can be given as a one-hour lecture to a full 2 day workshop.