Cultivating the Commons: Leading on Behalf of the Whole

WORKSHOP: Cultivating the Commons

DSC_0057Lori Hanau facilitated a workshop at the Keene State College Symposium in September 2013.

In any group, the responsibility for creating a healthy, productive environment and thriving group culture lies with its members. Oftentimes, however, individuals do not acknowledge this responsibility, looking instead to those in formal leadership roles to determine the quality of the group’s interactions. Though fully embedded as a norm of hierarchical organizational life, this arrangement rarely produces optimal conditions for human interactions, effective collaboration or innovation. This session will explore the potential that exists when each individual calls on oneself and one another to lead, regardless of roles or status, in ways that cultivate the common good of the group.

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