Introduction to Compassionate Systems Framework (Virtual), January 2021
January 12-15, 2021
9:00 am - 2:15 pm, Eastern time (including a 30-minute break) each day
Facilitated by Peter Senge & Mette Boell
Offered by the MIT JWEL & the Center for Systems Awareness
Due to the ongoing conditions of the coronavirus globally, the Center for Systems Awareness has decided to continue the virtual Introductory workshop to Compassionate Systems, on four half days January 12-15, 2021. To our pleasant surprise, the previous workshops, originally scheduled to be at MIT and held virtually June and July were remarkably effective. Obviously, not being face to face makes a difference but the upside is the reduced costs and much greater access, especially for those who would have had to travel internationally.
In addition to working with the basic tools and principles of compassionate systems, we will focus the January workshop on Education in Attunement to Today’s Reality, with a particular focus on trauma and equity. There is no greater issue on the minds of educators everywhere than ‘the new normal.” Adults and students alike have been through a period of extraordinary disruption, a period that is, in all likelihood, far from over. Learning how to remain better balanced and connected in times of strong emotional tension is a core aspect of compassionate systems leadership. There is so much for us all to learn in partnership with our students. There are no experts in this new reality, and educators who attempt to simply reassume traditional authority roles are likely to not only miss their own needs for personal support, but also the opportunities for profound change and growth in these times for the institution we call ‘school.’
This hands-on workshop is an introduction to the tools and approaches that have been developed for implementing what we call a “Compassionate Systems Framework.” These tools are being used at both the level of classroom innovations and collective leadership in shaping more generative school culture. In addition to introducing some of the tools in use, we will share examples from prototypes in schools and diverse organizational settings, with the aim that participants can begin working together on similar prototypes in their own work settings. To support this, we recommend people come in teams where they can support one another moving forward.