PROGRAM

Peer-to-peer learning for system leaders

 
 
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WHAT IS THE VALUE?

Sanctuary's are carefully curated spaces where you can:

 

SHARE YOUR UNIQUE CHALLENGES

With a group who understand what you're talking about.

You will receive practical advice, ideas and feedback on specific challenges you are facing and learn from challenges and insights of others.   

LEARN NEW TOOLS & TECHNIQUES

Which can clarify and enrich your work; learn new tools, frameworks & techniques from peers who've actually used them. 

BUILD AN INTERNATIONAL NETWORK

Build friendship with like-minded peers and leave with a diverse network of systems change practitioners that will last long after the program has ended.

Taking part will feel inspiring, supportive and fun.   

It was great having the folks from New Zealand, and other Canadians, Americans. Having that diverse set of people was an immensely valuable experience. The facilitation was done well, the technology worked, and the design was useful.
— Participant, In the Thick of It, Cohort 1

OUR PROGRAMS

 

The Systems Sisterhood 

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Whats the deal? 

The Systems Sisterhood is a place to find camaraderie and support for women working in systems change who are in a 'life transition'.  

Transitions might include: leaving a big project or an organization you've been leading or starting a new leadership role; taking time out to look after children, or relatives; going through change at home; moving into elderhood; or simply feeling called to dig deeper into your sense of purpose.

This will be a place for a collective inquiry about the challenges and possibilities that emerge for women systems leaders. Themes we've spotted include dealing with power, negotiating family balance, emerging wisdom and new leadership styles.

We will dig into big questions about life priorities; share practices to support embracing the unknown and emergence; and reflect on how we navigate big changes in our work and lives.

This will be an intergenerational program that allows for mentoring from those at different stages of life.  

You will leave with an international network of amazing women working in your field to lean on, for whatever comes next.

Who is this for? 

The Sisterhood is open to women of all ages and who have been, or are beginning to work in, systems change.

We encourage women and women identified participation of all ages to apply.

We prioritize participation from people who are working from lived experience of unjust and unhealthy systems, and we welcome applications from people all over the world.

Objectives for the sessions:

  • Create space to reflect on and make sense of our experiences

  • Facilitate collective inquiry and peer learning

  • Build deep friendship with others and realize you are not alone

  • Discover and share practices to work with emergence, the unknown and wisdom

  • Learn about and strengthen new leadership practices

What will it involve? 

  • The Cohort will begin in Feb 2019 through to August 2019

  • We convene peer learning circles in a monthly basis virtually via Zoom

  • Each peer session session will be 1.5 hours long

  • Commitment to a total of 7 peer sessions and individual reflective practice

  • Connection to responsive and personalized coaching

  • Specific dates and times will be chosen based on time zones.

What will happen on the calls? 

Each session will involve small group gatherings of up to 6 people with a different person sharing a challenge each month, followed by peer-to-peer coaching. Through this process we surface shared inquiry, exchange learning, resources and support.

We will be joined by guest speakers and practitioners who have helped us personally through our own transitions, to support you in spirit, mind and body. We will also build in time for new topics to emerge and be explored together as they arise.  

Our special guests

Guests speakers for this group include Tanya Birl Torres of So Humanity in New York, who will share her practice around 'embodying change'. She has taken her years of experience as a Broadway performer and melded it with her love and passion for social justice. With a deep and grounded sense of presence she now teaches yoga, meditation and how to embody change in yourself.   

Vanessa Reid of The Living Wholeness Institute will also be joining us to share her depth of spiritual, reflective, body and awareness practices. Vanessa has extensive experience working with transitions, personal and systemic transformation and the natural cycles of life - from the mess and excitement of creating new systems and initiatives to the practices of Conscious Closure and the Wild Life of Dying. She has worked across Europe, the Middle East and North America.

Tany Birl, So Humanity

Tany Birl, So Humanity

Vanessa Reid, The Living Wholeness Institute

Vanessa Reid, The Living Wholeness Institute

The groups will be co-facilitated by Tatiana and Rachel.

Read more of our thinking on women, transitions and systems change

For more information on our framing and the guiding inquiry check out our blog here.

Find an interview with special guest Vanessa Reid, here.

Proposed dates of calls

Final details will be set to meet the needs of our participants, where possible.

  • Feb 21/22

  • March 21/22

  • April 25/26

  • May 16/17

  • June 14/15

  • July 12/13

  • August 25/26

Price

There is a sliding scale for different types of organization. Price is in USD

  • Corporate and Foundation: $3,000, Early Bird (before Jan 18, 2019) $2,400

  • NGO: $1,500 Early Bird (before Jan 18, 2019) $1,200

  • Independent: $1,000 Early Bird (before Jan 18, 2019) $800

We can spread the cost of your participation out over 4 months in a 0% interest payment plan. We are committed to convening a diverse, high impact Cohort. If this feels like exactly what you need right now, but the cost gets in the way of applying, please complete this application for a bursary.   

Deadline for applications

  • Early Bird 18 January 2019

  • Final Deadline for applications 25 January 2019

Subsidy

The System Sanctuary is committed to ensuring participation of system leaders from diverse backgrounds and contexts. We recognize that system leaders are working in various ways that may impact economic security. If the proposed fees are a barrier to your participation, we offer a sliding scale.

Please fill out this form to apply for a sliding scale.

You must also have filled out the full Registration form, in order for us to process your sliding scale application. We will get back to you within 2 weeks.

 

Here we (Co-founders of the Sisterhood Tatiana and Rachel) share why we launched this program and what it will involve.

Tanya will be a guest speaker on The Sisterhood. Here she talks about embodying change and offers some insights into how we might do this to move through personal transitions.

OUR PROGRAMS 

In the Thick of It 

My Peer Input session was a highlight - it came at a time when I was second-guessing my approach to, and gut feelings about, collaboration for systems change. The support, practical advice and reassurance provided by a group of informed and experienced peers was invaluable for setting me on a solid course towards playing an impactful role in leading a systems change initiative.
— Participant, Cohort 1
 
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What’s the deal?

Working systemically creates a series of specific challenges; from navigating power and challenging relationships, to learning how to collaborate in new ways, and understanding your own role in the system.

It requires a mindset shift as you slowly get used to the idea that you are not going to transform a system overnight, rather you nudge it in a better direction, over the long-term.

This can feel disheartening.

You see the urgency of the problem and the change does not feel fast enough. A combination of the seriousness and the messiness of this kind of work has an impact on the people leading it.

On top of this there is a need to constantly skill up; to learn new frameworks, tools and processes that can help you do your work more effectively. The skills you need will not always be immediately obvious, they emerge as your initiative develops.

We understand the challenges of systems leadership, because we’ve been there.

The Systems Sanctuary was founded on a deep understanding of the unique challenges systemic change work presents and a drive to provide both the emotional and strategic support for those willing to take it on.

Our approach has had a transformational impact on the people who are part of the process and our culture is at the heart of this impact.

While we both have significant experience on the field of systems change practice, we believe in putting the experience of the systems leader at the center of our work and supporting them to become the leaders they want to become.

Who is this for?

It is open to people who have been leading a systems change initiative for at least two years.

We seeking a diverse, international cohort, who are working on different systems and challenges.

Previous Cohorts have included participants working on economic development and food security, immigration, aging, sustainability, technology, water, climate change, criminal justice system, social justice, to cross cutting topics like racism, gender equity, health and education.

We prioritize participation from people who are working from lived experience of unjust and unhealthy systems, and we welcome applications from people all over the world. We will work out time zones as to fit our cohort.

In the Thick of It: Australia & New Zealand

We’ve noticed that many of our applications come from Aussies and Kiwi’s, so we are creating a special Cohort specifically for them. This will be an opportunity to build the ecosystem of systems change in the region, in a way we hope will last after the program has ended.

NB. If you are interested in meeting a more international crowd, you are still welcome to apply for our standard In the Thick of It program.

What will it involve? 

  • Our programs are hosted on a monthly basis virtually via Zoom

  • The second program will be run monthly from January - August 2019

  • Each session is 1.5 hours long

  • Participants are required to commit to all 7 sessions in order to take part

What will happen on the calls?

Each session will involve small group gatherings of up to 6 people with a different person sharing a challenge each month, followed by peer-to-peer coaching.

Through this process we surface inquiry and patterns, exchange resources, learning and tools. The groups will be facilitated by either Tatiana or Rachel.

Proposed dates of calls

Final details will be set to meet the needs of our participants, where possible.

  • Feb 21/22

  • March 21/22

  • April 25/26

  • May 16/17

  • June 14/15

  • July 12/13

  • August 25/26

Read more of our thinking on systems leadership

Our summary of the main themes and challenges that emerged from the first In the Thick of It program - We See You.  

See Rachel’s blog on ‘The Challenge of Systems Leadership’.  

Price

There is a sliding scale for different types of organization. Price is in USD.

  • Corporate and Foundation: $3,000, Early Bird (before Jan 18, 2019) $2,400

  • NGO: $1,500 Early Bird (before Jan 18, 2019) $1,200

  • Independent $1,000 Early Bird (before Jan 18, 2019) $800

We can spread the cost of your participation out over 4 months in a 0% interest payment plan.

We are committed to convening a diverse, high impact Cohort. If this feels like exactly what you need right now, but the cost gets in the way of applying, please complete this application for a discount.  

Deadline for applications

  • Early Bird 18 January 2019

  • Final Deadline for applications 25 January 2019

Subsidy

The System Sanctuary is committed to ensuring participation of system leaders from diverse backgrounds and contexts. We recognize that system leaders are working in various ways that may impact economic security. If the proposed fees are a barrier to your participation, we offer a sliding scale.

Please fill out this form to apply for a sliding scale.

You must also have filled out the full Registration form, in order for us to process your sliding scale application. We will get back to you within 2 weeks.

 
 
 

The Climate Camaraderie

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What’s the deal?

We need you right now.  

With the recent IPCC report and subsequent warnings from Attenborough to the US Government, we all need to pull together and focus systems change efforts on climate change.

You are already on the case, but to keep going, you’re going to need some support.   

We know that working systemically sets up a series of specific challenges; from navigating power and challenging relationships, to learning how to collaborate in new ways, and understanding your own role in the system.

It requires a mindset shift as you slowly get used to the idea that you are not going to transform a system overnight, rather you nudge it in a better direction, over the long-term. This can feel disheartening. You see the urgency of the problem and the change does not feel fast enough. A combination of the seriousness and the messiness of this kind of work has an impact on the people leading it. On top of this there is a need to constantly skill up; to learn new frameworks, tools and processes that can help you do your work more effectively. The skills you need will not always be immediately obvious, they emerge as your initiative develops.

We understand the challenges of systems leadership, because we’ve been there. The Systems Sanctuary was founded on a deep understanding of the unique challenges systemic change work presents and a drive to provide both the emotional and strategic support for those willing to take it on. Our approach has had a transformational impact on the people who are part of the process and our culture is at the heart of this impact. While we both have significant experience on the field of systems change practice, we believe in putting the experience of the systems leader at the center of our work and supporting them to become the leaders they want to become.

We really want you to succeed and to do it in a way that sustains you, doesn’t burn you out.  

Who is this for?

It is open to people who have been leading a systems change initiative around climate change for at least two years.

We look for a diverse Cohort who are working on climate systems change from intersecting angles including (but not limited to), renewable energy, food production, climate justice, gender equity and finance.  

We prioritize participation from people who are working from lived experience of unjust and unhealthy systems, and we welcome applications from people all over the world.


What will it involve?

  • Our programs are hosted on a monthly basis virtually via Zoom

  • Each session is 1.5 hours long

  • Participants are required to commit to all 7 sessions in order to take part

What will happen on the calls?

Each session will involve small group gatherings of up to 6 people with a different person sharing a challenge each month, followed by peer-to-peer coaching.

Using the principles of Open Space, we will also build in time for new topics to emerge and be explored together as they arise. Through this process we surface inquiry and patterns, exchange relevant learning, resources and tools. The groups will be facilitated by either Tatiana or Rachel.

Price

There will be a slide scale for different types of organization. Price is in USD

  • Corporate and Foundation: $3,000, Early Bird (before Jan 18, 2019) $2,400

  • NGO: $1,500 Early Bird (before Jan 18, 2019) $1,200

  • Independent $1,000 Early Bird (before Jan 18, 2019) $800

We can spread the cost of your participation out over 4 months in a 0% interest payment plan.

We are committed to convening a diverse, high impact Cohort. If this feels like exactly what you need right now, but the cost gets in the way of applying, please complete this application for a discount.   

Deadline for applications

  • Early Bird 18 January 2019

  • Final Deadline for applications 25 January 2019

Subsidy

The System Sanctuary is committed to ensuring participation of system leaders from diverse backgrounds and contexts. We recognize that system leaders are working in various ways that may impact economic security. If the proposed fees are a barrier to your participation, we offer a sliding scale.

Please fill out this form to apply for a sliding scale.

You must also have filled out the full Registration form, in order for us to process your sliding scale application. We will get back to you within 2 weeks.

 
 
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Who is this for?

Embed It is for people trying to embed systemic practice within their organization.

This may be grant makers, or not-for-profit organizations who are convinced a systemic strategy is necessary, but are just not sure how to get there.

Our in-house Systems Sanctuary Program is designed with this unique challenge in mind. It will embed systems thinking and doing within your organization for the long term and leave you with powerful systems leaders you can reply on, who feel supported and strengthened in their work.

What does it involve? 

We work with the key systems leaders within your ecosystem, in any location, over a three year period.

We create an independent space for them to meet, connect and support one another to strengthen and improve their practice.

We do this in two ways, by hosting :

  • A supportive peer-learning platform, built specifically for your organization.

We facilitate an in-house peer coaching program. Your in-house Cohort will meet virtually, in groups of up to 6, on a monthly basis via Zoom, for 1.5 hours.

We use a combination of peer-learning, coaching and collaborative sense-making to support systems leaders to find their own solutions.

Participants share the challenges they’re grappling with, make sense together and with the support of facilitators, use this knowledge to inform strategic decision making.

They bring their progress back to the group, so we continue to learn about what works and what doesn’t, as they experiment with systemic interventions.

Our communities build a sense of trust and become the support network your systems leaders can rely on, as they navigate this work.

A package of bespoke training modules designed to train your staff on the systemic challenges they face in real time   

We know that the theory and frameworks of systems change work are inaccessible and confusing.

We use our combined 25 years experience of working on systemic challenges, to help your systems leaders to navigate the landscape. We share clear building blocks for systemic interventions, meeting participants where they are at, to help them take the next wise step strategically.

Our research has also unearthed a series of unique skills that are crucial for success of systems leaders in this work. This often neglected part of systems leadership work is illuminated in detail and put front and center of our training program too.

We host six sessions annually based on your bespoke needs.

What happens at each training session?

We bring our Cohorts together virtually, for tailored deep dive training delivered by our team or invited guests. Training is interactive and includes, peer reflection and workshop sessions exploring how this knowledge applies to real time challenges.

What is it like working with you?

Working with us always feels open, honest and compassionate. We pride ourselves on our ability to listen deeply, to empower leaders to find solutions from their own experience, and on turning these insights clear strategy .

 

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PEER-TO-PEER LEARNING PROGRAMS

IN THE THICK OF IT  |  February 2018 – July 2018

                                            |  September 2018 – April 2019

                      SYSTEMS SISTERHOOD | June 2018- December 2018 

 

 

 

Immersive peer-coaching experiences for a growing community of pioneers experimenting with systemic solutions to systemic social and environmental problems.

 
 
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