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Are you called to play a deeper and more powerful leadership role as an Agent of Conscious Evolution, facilitating the shift to a new era based on the principles of love, cooperation and peace?
As our world faces breakdowns and breakthroughs, we are keenly aware that Our Crisis is a Birth, which is why we are activating a global movement to consciously catalyze a planetary Birth Day at the end of 2012.
As an Agent of Conscious Evolution, you have already learned the foundations of a new worldview. You are applying valuable consciousness-raising and social-change tools in service to positive evolution at this critical time in history.
Now, we are extending an exciting invitation to you - to join our ACE Guides and Mentors Program. You will deepen the skills, insights and connections needed for you to be an effective catalyst of the Shift and play a dynamic role in the planetary Birth and beyond.
Who else is going to lead the Shift, if not YOU?
We can all sense the possibilities that lie ahead (as well as the potential perils). That’s why we need committed, conscious, evolutionary leaders to help humanity make the shift, in time.
We have crafted a full-spectrum, unique training that brings you top evolutionary pioneers to help you become skilled at facilitating the shift for individuals, groups and whole communities.
This intensive 9-month program is designed to take your ACE training to the next level and give you the tools and deeper understandings you will need to offer your highest contribution to the collective Birth.
When we reach Day 1 on Dec. 22, 2012 - with millions of people participating worldwide - you will guide both ACE leaders and participants of this movement for the future of humanity. It’s an Evolutionary Corps and community that will grow well beyond 2012.
When you join the Guides and Mentors Program, you will:
- Strengthen your skills as an evolutionary pioneer and leader, understanding how to lead from your essence.
- Become part of the leadership team for organizing and mobilizing a collective Birth movement.
- Have the opportunity to study with and interact intimately with some of the greatest Evolutionary Pioneers of our time, while learning to connect with your own passions as you also pioneer creative new ways of approaching the challenging issues humanity faces.
- Help to develop and initiate a community and a communication process that connects those who step up to being worldwide Evolutionary Leaders.
- Receive in-depth instruction and coaching on the inner shift necessary to support the global outer shift.
- Develop skills that you can apply in concrete ways to facilitate and co-create in groups.
- Be one of the first people to explore Barbara Marx Hubbard’s as-yet-unrevealed insights and inner teachings regarding the species shift.
- Be coached by the most exciting innovators in the field on social media, community network building, evolutionary leadership and creating thriving Evolutionary Circles, Town Meetings in the Round, SYNCON's and Planetary Birthing Centers.
- Bring your gifts to fruition through an exciting practicum either developing community circles and hubs, developing your Birth 2012 and Beyond Project, or collaborating with and supporting a current Evolutionary Pioneer.
- Have the opportunity to activate your global project inspirations from the Hub of the Wheel.
Deeper Skills to Create Real Evolutionary Change
Just as carefully-placed acupuncture needles offer the most healing with the least invasive effort, our challenge is to find elegant, strategic ways to affect our current structures and societal institutions and usher in a new society built on cooperation, compassion and sustainability.
Our rapidly growing global community of 2,000 Agents of Conscious Evolution will need guidance, organization, coaching and support to be most effective. Guides will be empowered to support frontline Agents of Conscious Evolution, who will, in turn, be coached to work with their broader communities.
Our Mentors will then empower and support the Guides, creating a synergistic, holarchical system of transformation that stretches around the world. Each level of training will provide deeper skills to create real evolutionary change.
We are looking for ACEs and other Conscious Evolution graduates who are called to lead - people who recognize the historic importance and opportunity of our time - who want to catalyze personal and social evolution, and play their ideal role in the changes ahead. The skills you learn in the Guides and Mentors Program will have far-reaching application beyond the grassroots build-up to the Birth.
We are talking about nothing less than exploring, developing and co-creating the necessary tools and support to usher in the Birth of a Universal Humanity.
Together, we will pioneer and plant seed patterns for the Shift. The Graduation Ceremony for this training IS the collective Birth Experience - and when you sign up for this program, you are committed to stepping into your unique kind of leadership that brings forward your gifts in service to the next era of evolution!
The ACE Guides and Mentors Program is for people like you who are making a difference in the world and stepping more directly into action.
Guides and Mentors will take their Inner Shift from ego to essence to the next level, learn key practices such as heart lock-ins and sub-personality work, as well as foundational coaching skills for teaching the inner shift.
You’ll learn how to better facilitate others in this Inner Shift work, as well as catalyze groups, mentor ACE circle leaders and build social change from the grassroots up. You’ll evolve in your ability to be a grounded guide for taking practical steps and definitive actions that effect global awakening. This includes learning:
- Expanded ways of perceiving the challenges facing humanity to increase the field of possible solutions and tap into your innate creative genius.
- Design methodologies that flow with nature and support thriving individual and collective ways of living.
- Facilitation and coaching skills that empower others to offer their creative, essence-driven best to themselves and the world.
Through our 9-month training program, we are offering a transformative journey to anchor your personal shift and extend it to the collective Shift. Barbara will deepen your understanding of this unique moment in evolution by teaching this special group as yet unrevealed insights about the species shift to the Universal Human.
Just as importantly, she will teach you how to tap into and share your own inner wisdom and insights. Guidance and support from top visionary innovators will strengthen and accelerate your efforts to take personal, creative and community action for the work you are called to do in the world.
The Deepest Support to Birth Your Evolutionary Leadership
In our fractured society, most of us DON’T have the deepest level of support to give birth to our dreams--nor are we taught how to actually do it; so, we end up becoming our own biggest obstacles to success.
This program creates a sacred space in which you are supported and held accountable by our growing community of Agents of Conscious Evolution, visionaries and social innovators.
The truth is that we are not designed to go through this transition alone. The Shift will happen by working collaboratively in groups, moving us from focusing on scarcity-based survival of the individual to the recognition that we are all part of a complex, adaptive whole in which planetary abundance and well-being can be supported by all.
Plus, it’s much easier, more potent and comforting - and more fun - to have a team of devoted evolutionaries supporting you through this planetary birthing process every step of the way.
Going Beyond What You Think is Possible...
This unprecedented program unites the wisdom and depth of Barbara Marx Hubbard with practical models for social transformation from pioneering colleagues--all to give you an accelerated course in creating evolutionary change.
We are calling you to imagine beyond the confines of what you think is possible for you to contribute. We are calling you to take remarkable actions in your life, to join with teams of global evolutionaries, so you can help midwife the planetary shifts ahead and manifest your greatest visions for your life and our world.
Join us, in the birthing of a new humanity!
Program Overview: What You Will Learn
We are excited to bring you this 9-month program that bridges the deepening of your inner work with the practical skills and guidance that you will need to be seasoned Agents of Conscious Evolution - all designed and taught by top evolutionary leaders.
During the 9-month program, we’ll be teaching and exploring some of the following topics, along with our extraordinary guest faculty. Please note: Specific topics will be determined based on the needs and desires of those in the program.
The Guides program can be completed virtually, saving you the time and expense of travel. We want this group to be as global as possible and there is no limit on the number of participants.
The Mentors program will be limited to 50 individuals who also attend three intimate retreats where they will work closely with Barbara Marx Hubbard and receive additional guidance to deepen and embody the shift on all levels.
Module 1: Embodying the Inner Shift
(Feb 21 - May 15 - no class May 8)
- Patricia Ellsberg, social change activist, meditation teacher, life coach and public speaker
- Deborah Rozman and Howard Martin, primary leaders of HeartMath
- Dave Ellis, renowned evolutionary coach
- Gordon Davidson, co-founder of Center for Visionary Leadership
Bonus Sessions Include:
- Rev. Michael Beckwith, founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center
- Terry Patten, co-developer of Integral Life Practice with Ken Wilber
One of the core principles of the Guides of Conscious Evolution work is learning to consistently shift your identity from that of the egoic “local self” to the profound depth and magnificence of your Essential Self. This enables you to become fully available to BE the change and become an activation point for conscious evolution.
During this module, we will go more deeply into The Emergence Process of Shifting from Ego to Essence, with Emergence Process co-founder Patricia Ellsberg. You will participate in an ongoing hub, a sacred circle where you will speak essence-to-essence and support each other in becoming Universal Humans.
Patricia Ellsberg has been waiting for an advanced group of students with whom she can teach her deepest work and share unpublished insights. In doing so, she will model ways of sharing your own essence-based insights.
Key Topics in Module 1:
Deepening the Shift from Ego to Essence
- Expanding your practice of the emergence processes
- Stabilizing the Inner Shift from Ego to Essence
- Connecting more fully to the Great Creating Process and Universal Intelligence
Creating Heart-Mind Coherence
- Learning about higher levels of heart coherence
- Bringing heart resonance practices more into your daily life
- Using HeartMath skills to live from essence
- Group facilitation skills for deepening this process
Loving Your Sub-Personalities
- Understanding and integrating all three spheres of your Being
- Processes and techniques for joyful evolution
- Understanding consciousness and presence
Giving Love and Support to Others
- Practice calling others into authentic being
- Intuitive understanding: Listening from your Essence
- Affirming through loving communication
Communicating Essence to Essence
- Learning to speak as your Essence
- Creating a Hub and maintaining a resonant field with others
- Advanced heart-to-heart communication in a Hub
Moving into the “Sunlit Garden of Co-Creation” and Beyond
- Discovering your soul’s purpose
- Clarifying your mission: Vision and passion in action
- Co-creating with others
Connecting the Inner Shift & Outer Shift
- Importance of all actions emerging from the inner Shift
- Supporting each other to bridge the gap between the inner and outer Shift
- Putting Emergence into action
52 Codes to Embody Higher Frequencies
- Connecting to Universal Intelligence
- Taking a quantum jump to higher frequencies
- Becoming a young Universal Human
Beyond Memes: The Myths that Shape Our Society and World
- Evolving myths of the Western World: The Shift in the Judeo-Christian Myth
- From the Garden of Eden to the Garden of Co-creation
- The Cosmic Family Reunion
- Opening to the deeper revelations of your own emergence
- Moving from personal emergence to societal emergence
- From youth to young adulthood
Core Coaching Skills for the Shift
- Evoking another’s essential freedom
- Listening for and assisting an individual’s deepest vision
- Practical action plans for manifestation
Mentor’s Evolutionary Intensive 1:
May 25 - 27, 2012
At the end of Module 1, participants in the Mentor’s Program will join Barbara and Patricia for an intimate retreat in California in which you will deepen your own emergence process and sharpen the tools that will enable you to mentor others in the Shift.
Barbara will offer her most potent insights into catalyzing personal evolution. You’ll experience the power of the resonant group field as you share and network with other committed leaders of this work and organize for the collective Birth.
Module 2: Facilitating the Shift in Groups
(May 29 - August 21, 2012 - no class July 3)
- Daniel Stone, world expert on group facilitation skills
- Victoria and Ron Friedman, co-creators of the Vistar Method
- Susan Davis, founder of Capital Missions, creators of KINS method of forming high-impact change communities
Bonus Sessions Include:
- Oscar Miro-Quesada, cross-cultural shaman
- Susan Collin Marks, Senior Vice President, Search for Common Ground
- Thomas Huebl, renowned spiritual teacher from Germany
- Teresa Collins, Inspirational teacher and co-founder of Gene Keys
In this 12-week module, we will be expanding our ability to create and run local circles and help groups operate at another level of functioning, as well as learn how to create regional hubs. We’ll also be exploring and honing the discovery and flourishing of your Vocational Destiny and how to join forces with others to find the most productive and effective Evolutionary Partnerships--matching needs and resources to create a win-win situation for all.
You will be putting the theoretical background from ACE in these areas into practical ACTION in your life.
Key Topics in Module 2:
Group Essence to Essence Communication
- Establishing group coherence in the resonant field
- Learning to be an advanced Evolutionary Circle guide
- Form a live and virtual circle
Skills for Co-Creative Groups
- Utilize the Evolutionary Circle to advance group and community projects
- Learn new ways to inspire group participation, facilitate emergence, co-creation and evolutionary action
- Receive training to clear internal limitations and blocks in yourself and others that block individuals and groups from expressing their full evolutionary potential
- Learn the foundations of Open Space Technology (OST), and Dynamic Group Facilitation
Navigating Conflict and Dissonance
- Advanced techniques for establishing group coherence and sensing when a group is not coherent
- Practice facilitating emergence through conscious dialogues
- Transforming conflict
Leading Groups in Resonance Processes
- Cultivate communion in resonant practices with other Agents, as well as with neighbors, family and other evolutionary souls in your community, to promote harmonious relationships and co-creative partnerships
- Learn various resonance processes and their application for different groups and situations
- Discover the right resonance process for you and deepen this practice so that you can radiate this resonance to others
Co-Creative Circle Skills 2
- The Co-Creative way of life
- Overcoming the illusion of separation
- Attuning to the design of your creative intentions
- Co-Creator’s agreements
- Accessing our collective wisdom
- Bring your Vocational Arousal skill to a new level, forming greater group coherence and collective inspiration
- Clearly identify the activities and archetypes that bring you consistent joy as the impulse of evolution is localized within you
- Deepen sacred practices to support your communion with your partners and the global community
Fusion of Genius with Others
- Learn advanced techniques to engage and draw out group members’ highest individual and group contribution potentials
- As a cultural co-creator, learn to intuit the overall pattern of evolution and discover your role in this greater design
- Build momentum in expressing your own calling and projects with others - within and across sectors of the Wheel for activities related to Birth 2012 and beyond
- Learn an advanced exploration of the pattern of “12 around 1” as an organizing principle for wholeness
Fundamentals of Suprasex
- Learn the secrets to unleashing your full creative potential
- Practice supra-sexual co-creation on a larger scale
- Deepen your connection to your internal guidance system - your "Compass of Joy" and Impulse of Evolution
Premature Supra-Sexual Promiscuity/Premature Synergy
- Learn the signs of ineffective alliances with others and how to refocus your efforts with more sustainable partnerships
- Experience personal presence in a way that magnetizes excellent co-creative partnerships
- Learn how to nurture positive co-creative synergies
Creating a Synergistic Convergence Event
- Learn an overview of synergistic convergence events and explore different models of such events
- Develop your concept for a synergistic convergence event
- Begin to implement your event idea and leadership
Catalyzing Transformative Dialogue and Transforming Conflicts
- Advanced skills in utilizing conflicts to positively transform group and interpersonal coherence
- Centering exercises to maintain personal resonance and leadership in tense situations
- Practice transformative dialogue techniques with groups and person-to-person
Mentor’s Evolutionary Intensive 2:
August 17 - 19, 2012
At the end of Module 2, participants in the Mentor’s Program will join Barbara for an intimate retreat in California in which you will expand your experience and application of tools and models for co-creative partnerships, synergistic convergence events, and transforming group conflict, all preconditions of the collective Birth. Share and network with other committed leaders of the Conscious Evolution during this intimate, deeply inspiring retreat.
Module 3: Co-Creating the Collective Shift
(September 4 - November 27, 2012 - no class October 16)
- James O’Dea, former Amnesty International Director, social healing pioneer
- Sharif Abdullah, Director of the Commonway Institute
- David Gershon, social change architect, author of Social Change 2.0
- Stephen Dinan, founder and CEO of The Shift Network
Bonus Sessions Include:
- Ervin Laszlo, philosopher, scientist, author of 69 books
- Rinaldo Brutoco, founder of World Business academy, pioneer in conscious business
- Elisabet Sahtouris, evolutionary biologist, author
This final segment will usher us toward the countdown to the Planetary Birth. We’ll empower our contributions to the planetary community as we mobilize ourselves, our circles, regional hubs, community birthing centers, and together build the evolutionary momentum needed to tip us into a new global consciousness.
By this point, we will have built a large global movement and will be taking active leadership roles in events, circles and regional groups for the collective Birth. We will be applying our learning in real time.
Key Topics in Module 3:
Core Skills of the Peacemaker and Social Healer
- Explore the dynamics of inner peace from both a scientific and spiritual perspective
- Practical approaches of transforming conflict on the interpersonal, community, national, and international level
- Mastering systems change and organizing for peace
Social Change 2.0
- Team building for specific social change goals
- Masterminding key initiatives that can make a difference
- Birth 2012 Team building
Planetary Birthing Centers
- Formation of hubs as sacred centers of shared creativity and revelation
- Linking hub with hub to join together to catalyze the Birth
- Development of on-going centers for post-birth evolution
Grassroots Mobilizing People and Media
- Ascertain what is working and not working - on multiple levels, from community to globally, and how to support agents of change
- Utilize the New Organizing Institute’s proven skills for grassroots organizing
- Create your Story of Self - who are you, where do you come from, and what values motivate you
- Weaving the stories of others - the Story of Us and Now- what are we facing together right now
- Determine the next steps needed and wanted, and learn to ask others to join you in committing to specific, clear action
Motivational Communication Skills
- Learn to give voice to your essential self
- Become a powerful communicator to awaken people to their own evolutionary leadership
- Learn to charismatically present your own inspiration
- Foundational communication and listening skills
- Learn how to use social media so that you can “be” the news
- Mobilize people to participate in the Birth through social networking
- Gain a greater identity for your own Birth contribution through social media
- Learn to utilize blogs and social media best practices
Organizing the Planetary Birth
- Understanding methodologies for large creative group facilitation
- Effective collaboration with regional visionary leaders
- Honoring and empowering creative individual gifts and group collaborations
- Learn to partner and collaborate with other organizations regardless of their languaging
- The seven thinking skills of a systems designer
- How we perceive, and how our perceptual filters literally determine what we allow ourselves to experience as “reality”
- How to change perceptual filters to expand your perception of the possible
Synergistic Convergence Processes for Social Evolution
- Group Resonance Techniques
- Collaborative Planning and Marketing
- Co-creative decision-making and planning
Larger Community “Synergistic Town Meetings”
- How to create town meetings to connect co-creators of the Shift
- How to plant synergistic democracy into our work for the planetary shift
- How to align with nature’s tendency for synergistic convergence
Mapping Global Co-Creators in the Sectors of the Wheel
- Learn to use the Internet to identify and connect what’s working in the world
- Learn how to flesh-out the Wheel of Co-Creation
- Connect projects that work to see the pattern of the emerging world
Birth 2012 AND BEYOND
- Visions of a future equal to our potential
- What would it be like when everything works? Laying out the field for what’s working at the next stage of evolution
- Barbara’s unrevealed teachings on the Species Shift to Universal Humans
- Mystical visions and evolutionary potentials joined
Youth: Involving the Next Generation in Catalyzing the Birth Process
- Discovering the wisdom of youth leaders to link into an intergenerational movement
- Guiding and empowering the next generation of Universal Humans
- Exploring new education models for the global shift
Mentor’s Evolutionary Intensive 3:
November 30 - December 2, 2012
At the end of Module 3, participants in the Mentor’s Program will join Barbara for an intimate retreat in California to deepen their experience of inner and outer peace and personal and social healing, hone organization, grassroots, and social media marketing skills required for the Shift, and further imagine a world of Universal Humans. During this final retreat, you’ll experience what it’s like to be a true catalyst of the collective evolution.
How Can I Participate?
The ACE Guides Program has two levels of participation:
The ACE Guides Program is for ACE graduates who want to play a leadership role in creating the templates for a new society and help guide others in the process. You’ll become a guide to frontline ACE graduates who will be leading circles at a local level.
The ACE Mentors Program is designed for a select inner group (maximum of 50) who would like to be part of Barbara’s most intimate Evolutionary Corp and play a more substantial leadership role in The Shift Network. There is a written application process to become part of this group from which we will draw our senior-most leaders.
Over the nine months, you will work closely with Barbara (including the three live Evolutionary Intensives between each module). You will receive substantial personal attention, with group coaching for your soul’s unfolding as well as your work in the world.
The ACE Guides Program includes:
- Thirty-six 90-minute, in-depth training calls (one per week with breaks between modules), led by Barbara Marx Hubbard and a full roster of core faculty. Every session begins with a broadcast from Barbara with the latest from the frontiers of the Shift. Classes will take place on Tuesdays at 5:00 pm PT.
Please note: To accommodate participants from other time zones, there will be a "replay" of the Tuesday calls on Thursday morning at 9:00 AM PT. (Click here to convert to your time zone.)
- Thirty-six small group breakout sessions (that will follow the training calls)
- 9 monthly bonus trainings with extraordinary guest faculty
- Audio recordings and transcripts for each call
- Community Online Forum with a committed group of pioneering souls
The ACE Mentors Program includes:
- Three live Mentor Evolutionary Intensive Retreats (food, lodging, and travel are not included).
- Monthly Mentor group calls with Barbara Marx Hubbard
- Ongoing inner circle mentoring via private email
- Access to join The Shift Network in collaborative ventures that highlight your gifts to the world and in co-creating the Planetary Birth Event
- 50% discount on all other virtual Shift Network trainings while you are in the Mentors program - a great way to supplement your learning with powerful additional teachings and programs.
PLUS, All the Benefits of the Guides Program (outlined below):
- Thirty-six 90-minute in-depth training calls (1 per week with breaks between modules), led by Barbara Marx Hubbard and 12 core faculty. Every session begins with a broadcast from Barbara with the latest from the frontiers of the Shift.
- Thirty-six small group breakout sessions (that will follow the training calls)
- 9 monthly bonus trainings with extraordinary guest faculty
- Audio recordings and transcripts for each call
- Community Online Forum with a committed group of pioneering souls
About Your Program Leaders
Buckminster Fuller has called Barbara Marx Hubbard “the best informed human now alive regarding futurism and the foresights it has produced.” Widely regarded as his philosophical heir, Barbara is a social innovator, speaker, author, educator, and leader in the new worldview of conscious evolution. She is founder and president of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution.
She is currently the producer and narrator of an award-winning, DVD series entitled “Humanity Ascending: A New Way through Together. ” She developed the Gateway to Conscious Evolution, a global educational curriculum enrolling participants in a developmental path toward the next stage of human evolution.
In 1984, her name was placed in nomination for the vice presidency of the United States on the Democratic ticket, calling for a “Peace Room” as sophisticated as our war room, to scan for, map, connect and communicate what is working in America and the world. As a citizen diplomat in the former Soviet Union during the 1980s, Barbara co-chaired a number of Soviet-American Citizen Summits, introducing a new form of conferencing called SYNCON that fosters synergistic convergence.
Barbara’s books include The Hunger of Eve: One Woman’s Odyssey toward the Future; The Evolutionary Journey: Your Guide to a Positive Future; Revelation: Our Crisis is a Birth -An Evolutionary Interpretation of the New Testament; Conscious Evolution: Awakening the Power of our Social Potential and Emergence: The Shift from Ego to Essence.
Patricia Ellsberg is a social change activist, meditation teacher, life coach and public speaker. Famously, she helped her husband, Daniel Ellsberg release to the press the Pentagon Papers, a top-secret history of US involvement in Vietnam, which helped end the Vietnam War. Her current coaching and teaching focuses on Emergence, the Shift from Ego to Essence and “Finding Mother-Love Within.”
Deborah Rozman is a psychologist, business executive, educator, author and researcher in the psychology of consciousness. She helped found the Institute of HeartMath, the preeminent organization for the research and teaching of heart-based intelligence and health. She is currently president and co-CEO of the HeartMath technology company.
Dave Ellis is a leadership coach, author, educator, and philanthropist. He is president of Breakthrough Enterprises, a publishing and consulting company that donates all of its profits; and founder and president of The Brande Foundation, a non-profit organization offering individual and group coaching to nonprofit organizations.
Gordon Davidson is the President and co-founder of The Center for Visionary Leadership. He served as the Executive Director of the Social Investment Forum and The Center for Environmentally Responsible Economies, and is a Fellow of the World Business Academy and the Findhorn Foundation.
Terry Patten has worked for more than three decades as a philosopher, activist, coach, and teacher. He co-developed Integral Life Practice with Ken Wilber and a core team at Integral Institute. He speaks and consults internationally and hosts the acclaimed online teleseminar series “Beyond Awakening: The Future of Spiritual Practice.”
Rev. Michael Beckwith is the founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center and the University of Transformational Studies and Leadership in Los Angeles, California. He is an author, teacher and sought-after speaker and holds the national co-directorship of a Season for Nonviolence.
Oscar Miro-Quesada is the originator of the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition of cross-cultural shamanism and visionary founder of The Heart of the Healer Foundation. He has been a popular teacher at many prestigious international centers of leading-edge education - among them Naropa, Shambhala Mountain Center, Interface, New York Open Center, Rowe, Frankfurter-Ring, Omega and Esalen. His visionary work and unique travel programs have been featured on CNN, Univision, A&E and Discovery channels.
Thomas Huebl is a contemporary spiritual teacher. His workshops and trainings invite people to experience a deeper dimension of self-awareness and individual responsibility. He is the initiator of the Celebrate Life Festival and the Synchronised Humanity Tour and founded the Academy of Inner Science in 2008, creating a space for the exploration of contemporary mysticism, which directly contributes to a waking culture.
Susan Collin Marks is the senior vice president of Search for Common Ground, a Washington DC based international conflict transformation organization with offices in 24 countries. She is a South African who served as a peacemaker and peace-builder during South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy. For the past 20 years, she has facilitated high-level dialogues and trainings and offered one-on-one coaching for political, institutional and civil society leaders worldwide.
David Gershon is the founder and CEO of Empowerment Institute, and is one of the world’s foremost authorities on behavior-change and large-system transformation. He applies his expertise to issues requiring community, organizational, and societal change and has lectured at Harvard, MIT, and Duke, and served as an advisor to the Clinton White House and the United Nations on behavior change, community empowerment and sustainability issues.
James O’Dea is the co-director of The Social Healing Project funded by the Kalliopeia Foundation. He is the former President of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and was Executive Director of The Seva Foundation, an international health and development organization. He served ten years as the Washington Office Director of Amnesty International.
Don Beck is the cofounder of the National Values Center in Texas, and CEO of the Spiral Dynamics Group, Inc., where they are employing the Spiral Dynamics model to effect large-scale systems change among various sectors and societies of the world.
Sharif Abdullah is an author, proponent and catalyst for inclusivity and spiritual transformation. He is the Director of Commonway Institute in Portland, OR and his work on inclusivity has taken him to more than two-dozen countries and appearances at many international forums.
Ervin Laszlo is the author or editor of sixty-nine books translated into as many as nineteen languages, and the author of more than four hundred articles and research papers and six volumes of piano recordings. He serves as editor of the monthly World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution and the associated General Evolution Studies book series.
Rinaldo Brutoco is president of the World Business Academy and a leading international executive, writer and keynote speaker for more than 25 years. He combines theory and practice to assist individuals, executives and organizations in adapting to change with breakthrough ideas for sustainable and responsible business.
Elisabet Sahtouris is an evolutionary biologist, futurist, professor, author and consultant on Living Systems Design. She is a Fellow of the World Business Academy, an adviser to EthicalMarkets.com and the MBA program at Schumacher College, and is affiliated with the Bainbridge Graduate Institute’s MBA program for sustainable business.
Teresa Collins has initiated and engaged for the last decade in a number of learning community experiments with people from around the world. Using images, words and music, she creates learning environments; process and pathways of participation that naturally catalyze transformation individually and collectively. She is a radiant teacher and guides by example. She inspires people to live authentic and joy-filled lives and to join their genius with others doing the same to co-create.
Daniel Stone has been engaged for the last 35 years in Making Change Real for individuals, groups, organizations, and society at large. He has been one of the pioneers in the design and facilitation of large group processes and technologies to engage up to thousands of people at a time on issues that have broad societal impact. Some of these efforts have included: rebuilding the World Trade Center, the recovery of New Orleans post-Katrina, the reform of health care in California, the future application of neurosciences in Europe, and global transformation of consciousness.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is a virtual course?
A: It’s a great way to engage live teachings and each other from the comfort of your home! All you need is a phone line (or an equivalent voice service). If there is more than one person in your household taking the training, you will each need your own line. We use MaestroConference to make it just like an in-person event, where you can ask questions, participate in groups, and deepen your exploration of the course themes.
Please note that dialing MaestroConference from your phone is a regular toll call to California, and your telephone service provider will charge you according to your existing long-distance calling plan. You can also use Skype credit/subscription or Google Voice to dial in to MaestroConference, and you’ll need to use your virtual keypad to enter your PIN and to indicate that you want to ask a question. Other options include calling cards and discount long-distance carriers, and we also have a webcast which is free to use from anywhere in the world.
Q: Can I get benefit from the course if I miss the live classes?
A: Absolutely! You can download the recordings and transcripts of all course sessions from our online media archive, so you never need to worry about missing live calls. You can also engage the full community and leaders on our private community website.
Q: Can you tell me about the Community Site?
A: We will have a private community for all the participants in this Course, which will support you in making connections between each other, sharing insights, engaging discussions, and exchanging information about events and other activities. You’ll have the ability to blog about your experiences, projects, and growth throughout the Course.
Q: Are there scholarships available for this Training?
A: Yes, we always make a certain percentage of spaces available for partial and full scholarships, giving preference to those in developing countries or doing important but underpaid work to which they can apply the training material immediately. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please review our guidelines, which include a link to our online application form.
Q: What is your refund policy?
A: Your satisfaction with The Shift Network and this course is our highest priority! If you find that the course is not meeting your needs, please submit a ticket at support.theshiftnetwork.com so that we can address your concerns. We offer a satisfaction guarantee for a full 5 weeks so that you can try out the course risk-free. The deadline to receive a full refund is the start of the 6th session; submit refund requests at support.theshiftnetwork.com with the subject line "Refund request."
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