Union Theological Seminary Campus

ONE DAY Professional development WORKSHOP

Working Beneath the Surface to
Create a Better World

USING Organizational and Societal Dynamics for Social Justice 

It has never been clearer that the time for positive social action is now. Social activists and people of faith and conscience are doomed to fail in their quest to make the world a better place if they don’t work with the powerful, though often hidden, psychological forces that drive all human groups – coalitions, societies, non-profits, and corporations.

Since the election, many leaders are feeling caught in a whirlwind. Many are just reacting, instead of thinking and acting strategically. External influences – the 24-hour news cycle, “alternative facts,” and the unprecedented partisan divide - can seep into our organizations, disrupting our focus and blurring the purpose. At this time in our history, it is of vital importance to stay engaged and do not let these forces negatively impact our work.

Essential, yet often overlooked, is understanding and working with the dynamics of social systems to provide an anchor that steadies ourselves in highly charged situations, and offers us insight into how we can move an agenda forward. When we encounter resistance, become confused about our next steps, or feel swept up in something bigger than ourselves, it is helpful to step back and take a deeper look at the underlying causes. If we merely rely on what is readily apparent, we will miss the vast majority of information available to us.

This one-day professional development workshop will provide a sample of frameworks, theories, and exercises that can be immediately used in your day to day work to plan and take effective action. We will help you strengthen yourself to withstand sustained pressures, and garner insight into complex and confusing situations.

In this workshop, you will:

    • Learn the Transforming Experience Framework that enables leaders to furthers their organization’s purpose
    • Identify the prevailing cultural and attitudinal winds to explore how they impact your work
    • Analyze real life scenarios as a basis for purposeful and practical action
    • Participate in an interactive case presentation on social justice
    • Examine the BART Framework (Boundary, Authority, Role, and Task) to make informed leadership decisions 

The workshop will be led by:

Frances Unsell: Organizational Consultant, Psychoanalyst, and Presbyterian Minister with 35 years experience consulting organizations and senior leaders that work for social change and the common good. (FULL BIO)

Richard Morgan-Jones: Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and Supervisor, Organizational Consultant, Group Relations Consultant, and expert in Restorative Justice with 45 years experience in these fields. (FULL BIO)

Date:  Friday, April 28, 2017
Time: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Location: Union Theological Seminary, 3041 Broadway (on Broadway at 121st Street) 
Cost: $250 (includes lunch)
Space is limited: 24 leaders of organizations who work for a more just and humane world. Due to the limited size of the group, registrations are transferable and not refundable.

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