GLEN Exchanges

These dialogues hosted by  members are for sharing insights, tapping into collective wisdom, and leaning into inquiry as we learn together. 

Exchanges are the heart of our peer-learning community. 

Featured Exchanges

The GLEN Café

Date: Every Friday Morning; Time 9:00 am Pacific

Join us Friday mornings for conversations and community. Changing systems is hard work. You don’t have to do it alone. Connect with a creative cohort of allies for inspiration and support.

If you are new and interested in learning about our community this is a great place to get started. ALL ARE WELCOME!

OPEN / NO FEE

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Building Collaborative Capacities

Dates: December 5th, 12th, and 19th, 2022
Times: 9-11 am USA Pacific / 6-8 pm CET

Listening, Stories, and Meta-Conversations 

Our hyper-specialized, fragmented culture is finally recognizing a need to return to collaboration. This requires trust, trans-contextual and whole systems thinking, and an ability to hold “both-and” or “meta” perspectives. 

In this three- session exchange facilitated by GLEN member John Schinnerer and special guests, we will experience two interactive modalities or “forms” that support regeneration of these and other key elements of collaboration. We will also take time to debrief, unpack, and reflect on these forms in relation with our own collaborative experiences.

$150/ GLEN MEMBERS FREE

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The GLEN Roundtable

Next Session: Monday Jan 16, 2023, Time: 9 -11 am PST,  12-2 pm EST, 1800 CET
The GLEN roundtable as a space for GLEN members to consult with colleagues and tap into collective wisdom for new perspectives, inventive approaches, or innovative solutions.  If you’re grappling with a collaboration or leadership challenge, we invite you to join us and discover what a tremendous resource this community can be. And if not, we welcome you to lead with generosity by showing up to listen well and lean into inquiry as we explore possibilities together. These will be held once a month and facilitated using a case clinic process from the Presencing Institute.
 

OPEN TO GLEN MEMBERS ONLY

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Leading Change: Catalyzing Systemic Transformation

1 Year Immersive Action Learning Program: Spring 2023 to Summer 2024

Gisela Wendling, Ph.D. and David Sibbet are seeking a committed cohort of serious change leaders and consultants to learn comprehensively about designing & leading change. The program will bring together many of the Grove’s methodologies and tools through four week-long, in-person retreats, regular web conferences, consultation on participant change projects and the use of our on-line platform to support asynchronous learning and collaboration amongst the participants. The long-term format is designed to support in-depth learning and personal and professional development that can integrate with work and practice. Gisela and David have been developing their approach to systemic change work with clients and through their workshops on change for nearly ten years, which includes writing their book Visual Consulting, Designing & and Leading Change. Both have in-depth experiences with leading year to multi-year long cohort based learning

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC / APPLICATION REQUIRED

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FORM

Recent Exchanges

Living & Working Wholeheartedly

Date: Thursday Nov 3, 2022 Time: 9 - 11 am PST/ 12-2 pm EST  

Burnout and overwhelm are familiar to all of us. In this exchange with host and professional coach Lis McNicholl, we’ll explore wholeheartedness as an antidote to exhaustion. We’ll also learn about Clean Language — a simple, powerful, and respectful inquiry that invites organic insights and embodied change. Leaning into inquiry and asking questions untainted by our own assumptions and biases, we’ll explore what is holding us back and what kinds of support might help us live and work in a more wholehearted way.  

 OPEN/ NO FEE

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The Serious Business of Improv

Program is complete: Time: 10-12 am PST

Improv is the art of spontaneously acting and reacting to other actors to create comedy or theater from scratch. It changes how we think, communicate and relate.  It requires skills we need as leaders, creators and collaborators: presence, courage, trust, creativity, and attunement.  And it teaches us to think on our feet and pivot in response to the unexpected — capacities that are needed now more than ever.  Join GLEN member David Papa, a Prague-based coach who also does stand-up comedy and improv, for two hours of games guaranteed to get your out of your comfort zone and surprise yourself.  

 OPEN/ NO FEE

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Stepping Into Sovereignty: A Self-Care Learning Lab

 Currently being recheduled Time: 9 -11 am PST,  12-2 pm EST, 6-8 pm SA

Challenging times call for a deep commitment to inner work. Stepping into our sovereignty and living our purpose requires us to develop awareness, integrate complexity, and restore balance to our nervous systems. In this self-care learning lab, we will explore a wide range of self-care practices that can help us manifest our true potential even in the face of fear and overwhelm.  We’ll also practice attunement to self, other, and the collective. Participants are invited to experiment with a selection of practices and share what works best, each designing (or refining) their own personal self-care program as they complete this series.

Hamburg-based graphic faciliator, longtime meditator, and GLEN member Mathias Weitbrecht will facilitate this series.  

$150 PUBLIC/ GLEN MEMBERS FREE

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Organization Development for Visionaries: An Inquiry Into Sustainable Design

Completed:  Sept 26 and Oct 4; Time: 9:00-11:30am PT ; 1800pm CET

Since 1995, David Sibbet has applied the Sustainable Organizations Model (SOM) to the challenge of designing enduring organizations. This approach, which he developed with his French colleague Meryem LeSaget, underlies his large systems work at The Grove Consultants International.

In this two-session interactive workshop, he will introduce the tools he uses in his consulting work to envision sustainable organizations of the future. Participants will explore the adaptability of these concepts to our current context and share real-life examples of evolutionary thinking and sustainable organizational design. To tap into the collective wisdom of the group, the second session will be tailored to participant interests and input.

GLEN MEMBERS FREE

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The Spiritual Dimensions of Collaboration & Leadership

Completed: Sept 28, 2022 Time: 11:00am -1:00pm PT; 1:00pm ET.

As shepherds of change, we take a leap of faith every time we participate in a group process. What does facilitation have in common with the work of building and maintaining spiritual communities? What cardinal virtues might we foster for better collaboration? Two facilitators who have been or are currently church leaders — and one who grew up as the son of a minister — will discuss the spiritual qualities they find most helpful in organizational development work. They’ll also discuss temptations that threaten successful outcomes. Participants will have the opportunity to testify about their own successes, confess their own challenges, or share surprising revelations. 

 Panelists:  Rev. Phil Bakelaar, Joran Van Oppelt, David Sibbet

OPEN / NO FEE

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Leading as Sacred Practice Retreat 2022 at the Beuerhof Seminar Center, Vulcan Eifel, Germany

Completed: Sept 11-15, 2022. 

These challenging times call for leaders with a deeper connection to self, spirit, and community.  Our fourth annual retreat is an opportunity to evolve your leadership, revive your spirits, and transform volatility into possibility. Tapping into the collective wisdom of our global community, we will cultivate courage and resilience and explore what it means to lead with sacred intent.  

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC / FEE / GLEN CONTRIBUTING MEMBER DISCOUNT

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What First Nations Can Teach Us About Transforming Power and Privilege

Single Session: Aug 18, 2022  Time: 9-11:00am PT

As facilitators and hosts, we work within an invisible field of interconnectedness, where power and privilege shape relationships and possibilities. What can First Nations teach us about navigating power dynamics - in ourselves, with each other, and in the world? In this exchange, we will explore indigenous understandings of power and privilege through storytelling and dialogue. Listening deeply to the innate wisdom of the natural world – of which we are a part — we will each discover new ways to see and work with power and privilege.

 OPEN / NO FEE

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From Patriarchy to Partnership: Learning With Colleagues in South Africa

Completed: Thursday July 21, Time: 9 -11 am PST,  12-2 pm EST, 6-8 pm SA

How did business leaders, facilitators, and OD practitioners in South Africa trade a negative story about their country for a more hopeful one of partnership and possibility? In this exchange, you’ll engage with facilitators from South Africa who participated in an innovative leadership development program where leaders work together across sectors and other traditional boundaries. They’ll share what they’ve learned about mutual learning, resource redistribution, reconciliation and facilitating social cohesion – and together we will explore how we might apply their success to communities in the rest of the world. 

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC/ NO FEE

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The Awakening Program: An Inmate Collaboration to Transform Self, Community, & the System of Mass Incarceration

Completed: April 22, 2022 

Steven and his incarcerated colleagues in Maine State Prison have created a mentorship program to support individual transformation and systemic change in prisons. This exchange is a unique dialogue among those affected by mass incarceration: system employees, nonprofit agencies, and incarcerated citizens themselves. We'll learn about the program, hear from those whose lives it changed, and explore questions like what does it mean to become free? What role does service play in awakening? How can personal evolution ignite systemic change and transform our understanding of mass incarceration?  

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC/ NO FEE

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Cohado:Cycles of Regenerative Development

Completed: Jan 21, 2022 Time: 9:00-11:00 am PT; 18:00-20:0 CET

Paulo Gregory, a GLEN Member, has helped launch the Black Butterfly Network and Conservatory, seeding a cohort of Black businesses in Baltimore to embody the principles embodied in the collaborative game— Cohado. Its purpose is to evolve a sustainable ecosystem with the capacity to transform the economics of Baltimore. We have invited him to share an interactive exchange around the principles and practices behind the new regenerative development model guiding this work.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC/ NO FEE

Unfolding Wisdom Retreat

Retreat. Completed. Nov 4-7, 2021 
This retreat was previously postponed to 2021 due to COVID and is again being rescheduled. Hosts Alan Briskin and Kathia Laszlo intend to explore the realms of paradox, harmonic contradictions, and the felt sense of belonging to a community of seekers, change makers, and consciousness pioneers. The retreat is designed for individuals who work with groups in their capacity as leaders, consultants, facilitators, and change agents. 

OPEN TO PUBLIC / FEE / MEMBER DISCOUNT

Leading As Sacred Practice EXCHANGE SERIES Bonus Session 

Completed Oct 1, 2021: 

At the end of each Exchange in the LASP On-line Series, we held an informal "kitchen" session.October is an extended version of this. 

OPEN TO REGISTRANTS IN THE LASP ONLINE SERIES

Resilience: What Hopeful Change is Emerging from the Pandemic?

Initial Session Completed: Aug 17, 2021

The GLEN's Community Resilience Collaboration is offering an initial Exchange to invite members and our larger networks to share about hopeful developments that are emerging from the pandemic. In the midst of all the challenges, we know that life is continuing and the crucible of this time is seeding new ideas that The GLEN would like to support. What are they? Multiple visual practitioners will be visualizing the ideas that are shared.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC & GLEN MEMBERS

Leading As Sacred Practice EXCHANGE SERIES 

Series: Completed on April 23 to July 2, 2021 

This was a six-session series leading up to the LASP face-to-face conference in September of 2022 This series will explore six "Ways" for bringing Leading as Sacred Practice to life. They are linked to foundation principles we've been developing over three years of conferences on this subject. The series has a new LASP eBook describing these six "Ways."

Gisela Wendling, David Sibbet, Holger Scholz and Alan Briskin will co-host this exploration as an ensemble.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC / FEE / MEMBER DISCOUNT

Leaders They Do Not See: The Tender, Powerful & Troublesome

Series: Completed March 4, April 1, and May 6, 2021. 

Is invisible leadership real leadership? Karen Wilhelm Buckley and Karolina Iwa believe that the less visible sides of leadership are essential to the success to all of our endeavors. They invite you to sense into and map the invisible dimensions of leadership. Invisible can mean “hidden” or “unable to be seen” and at times may even be treated as “not worthy”. We know that recognition and affirmation depend on personal perception and the culture of the system.

Exploring Systemic Racism Through the Film "The Eichmann Show"

Single Session: March 12, 2021. Time: 9:00–11:00am PT

In the light of the January 6th events at the U.S. Capitol and the growing concern about the rise of white-supremacy movements in this country and beyond, Gisela Wendling, Alan Briskin, and David Matthew Prior would like to invite you to explore the roots of white supremacy through a dialogue about the BBC Film The Eichmann Show (2015). The film tells the story of the 1962 globally televised trial in which Eichman is prosecuted in Israel for his role in the Jewish Holocaust during World War II. This Netflix film, which we ask members to watch before the exchange, is an essential lens through which we can examine systemic racism wherever it is present.

GLEN Community Solstice Call: Celebrating Our Voices Together

Single Session: Dec 21, 2020

We gather this solstice at the regular GLEN Bloggers time to celebrate our community, and share poems and insights about our relationships with the light and the dark.
Women of the GLEN: Caring for Self & Each Other

Series: Dec 3, 2020 

In the last months of 2020, we’re coming together to practice care for self and for each other. This will be a gently held space open to Women of The GLEN, facilitated by Ronita Johnson and Nancy Davis. Click the Register Now button for more detail and to register.   

GLEN Community Call: What is Our Complicity With Racism?
Single Session June 28, 2020
Four crises are facing our world right now: COVID–19, climate change, economic free fall and racial injustice. The first three are rapidly exacerbating and laying bare the last: racial injustice. This Exchange was a call for members to collectively and thoughtfully consider how recent events related to racial injustice are affecting us and what each of us wants to do about it. Ronita Johnson, Gisela Wendling, and Mary Gelinas hosted the Exchange.

World Crises Response: Creating the Future We Want
Series July 16, 30 and Aug 13, 2020

We held two GLEN community conversations in March to check in on how each of us was doing in the midst of our dramatically changing world. This Exchange series was intended to continue our connection and deepen our conversations with one another. Together we leaned into what new understanding were arising and what wisdom wanted to be expressed through our collective dialogue—not only for ourselves but also to support our ability to help others. Our exploration combined guided reflection practices with personal sharing and group dialogues. 

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