BY JOSHUA CUBISTA
In support of learning and leading together while co-creating a restoration economy in the borderlands, the Institute hosted a webinar exploring Shared Work as a model for collaborating together when faced with complex and systemic challenges and opportunities. It was an honor to explore with Tuesday Ryan-Hart and Tim Merry the Shared Work model as a process for understanding and practicing key elements of collaboration through the work that we do together here in the borderlands and around the world.
The Shared Work model describes ways or “stances” for engaging in our work together over time when difference of opinion or style may have prevailed in the past or when the complexity of an issue or dynamic of multiple stakeholders coming together to find best next steps together when it matters.
In the midst of increasing and accelerating systemic change, sometimes simply getting to work together even when we don’t have the answers or when its hard can be the beginning of learning how to lead together and be the best catalyst for learning together how to create positive impact in our work, organizations, and the world.
In addition to exploring the above model with our institute team in preparation for our
upcoming Foundations of Ecological Restoration and Applied Restoration Economy Field School, throughout a two day Collaborative Leadership Lab at the Windsong Peace and Leadership Center in Patagonia the Shared Work & Collaborative Leadership For Systemic Change webinar was explored with the WE Leadership Facilitation team members from across the US who were able to learn and practice personal, social, and systemic leadership capacity building in support of the work Windsong does here in the borderlands as well as the work WE facilitates in thousands of classrooms across the country. Special thanks to Tuesday Ryan-Hart and Tim Merry for sharing their wisdom, stories, and experiences with us, and to the Windsong Peace and Leadership Center and the U.S WE team for all your great work here in the borderlands and around the world. It is such a joy and honor to work with our local and global community in exploring how to contribute at scale while cultivating the needed capacities to practice good shared work together.
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