Fall Webinars from SDGI Faculty

SelfDesign Graduate Institute Fall Webinars
Meet SDGI faculty! All webinars are free.

conscious businessOctober 25, 4 PM PDT?Conscious Business with Renee Poindexter

The growing movement of social business entrepreneurs is becoming a powerful player in the national and international economy, providing a new framework that business can do well to do good.

We will review business from an integral perspective: to include examples of ?conscious capitalism,? the reorientation of business focused solely on the pursuit of profits to one focused on core values of integrity, serving all stakeholders to include employees, suppliers, customers, investors, the community and the world at large.

Renee Poindexter is the founder of Living the Potential Network, a collaborative of social entrepreneurs interested in designing authentic learning environments. She is a former high school English teacher who discovered the significance of learning in the world of business?over 25 years in a variety of industries?including technology, healthcare, financial services, construction, advertising and public relations, executive search, coaching, and consulting. An accomplished trainer, facilitator, success coach, and organizational consultant, Renee has worked with non-profit organizations, schools, and businesses to facilitate the positive changes needed to fulfill the organizational vision. Her background in continuous improvement has assisted her in designing programs to inspire people to lead with their heads and hearts connected.
Renee is the chair of the SelfDesign Foundation?s Board of Directors, the foundation home of the SelfDesign Graduate Institute.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Oct 25, 2015 3:45 PM (GMT-7:00) Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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November 1, 4 PM PST?Evolutionary Parenting with David Marshak

Screen Shot 2015-10-13 at 8.28.40 AMJudith Blackstone writes: ?Basically we are each the vessel and the vehicle of the essential motion of evolution.? Each human being literally embodies the evolutionary potential of the species. So every parent who knows this knows that her/his parenting can make a contribution to the evolution of humanity.

In this webinar we?will explore the concept of evolutionary parenting, in particular how the consciousness that parents bring to their parenting can enhance the evolution of consciousness in their children as their children grow through childhood and adolescence. You will hear stories from parents about their lives, their challenges and struggles and their accomplishments and satisfactions, their hardships and their joys. You?ll also hear some stories from their young adult children who have been nurtured by the inspiration of evolutionary parenting.

David is the founding president of the SelfDesign Graduate Institute and the author of the forthcoming book, Evolutionary Parenting.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Nov 1, 2015 3:45 PM (GMT-8:00) Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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November 15, 4 PM PST?What Horses Teach Us About Attunement and Intention with Liz Simpson

Screen Shot 2015-10-13 at 8.30.37 AMThis webinar will examine what we can learn about being in relationship with a learner through examining the field of equine facilitated learning or EFL. EFL is a way of teaching and learning using horses as our guides. EFL helps us learn to attune to the energy of another being by learning to attune to our own energy. EFL also teaches us how to energetically connect with our intention rather than just being able to articulate what we intend. EFL has been used with students with disabilities, as well as with corporate leaders. We will engage in conversation and reflection regarding how attunement and intention affects our relationships, especially the teacher/student relationship. You don?t have to have any prior experience with horses to enjoy the ride!

Liz is a veteran educator who started her career over thirty years ago as a special education teacher. That experience taught her that all children are learning all the time. Perhaps not the same things and not at the same time, but all are learning all the time. Her experiences have taught her to study children while they are learning and you will learn how to help them when they are struggling. She returned to school 15 years ago to complete a doctorate in Educational Psychology. Her research is centered on how students learn using technology and video games and the nature of the student-teacher relationship in environments where the student is leading the learning. She is particularly interested in how teachers define their role and how to best prepare teachers to learn with the child. Her strength is in teaching human development, learning theory and pedagogy.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Nov 15, 2015 3:45 PM (GMT-8:00) Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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November 22, 4 PM PST?A Path Less Trodden with Darrell Letourneau

Screen Shot 2015-10-13 at 8.32.40 AMDarrell will share both a personal and professional journey down a road less traveled — that of a parent and educator deeply immersed in Alternative/Integral Education for over three decades.

Rather than traditional school settings, Darrell?s four children have always learned at home–as homeschoolers, unschoolers, original SelfDesign learners and pioneering online learners. As a parent, he continues to enjoy exploring a multitude of “in the moment” adventures in the constantly evolving process of natural learning he and his wife pursue together with their children, two of whom are now accomplished young adult learners.

As a young teacher working outside the mainstream, Darrell had a most enriching experience “learning about learning” during four years in an alternative school modeled on the original Summerhill school. Since then, he has continued to advance the cause of Alternative Learning as an educator and Learning Consultant from Kindergarten to College. A member of the founding group of the ground-breaking SelfDesign Learning Community in BC, Darrell will embed his presentation in the context of SelfDesign?s remarkable growth over the past 14 years as an online community, including the establishment of the SelfDesign Graduate Institute.

This webinar highlights several principles from integral education that can guide our understanding of how we can nurture our own learning and that of our communities through principles and practices that unfold our capacities as learners, community members and global citizens.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Nov 22, 2015 3:45 PM (GMT-8:00) Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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December 6, 4 PM PST?Making Sense with the Sense of Humour with Elaine Decker

Screen Shot 2015-10-13 at 8.34.33 AMPhilosopher Martin Heidegger says we are ?thrown? into the world, and then left to our own devices to make sense of that world and our place in it. This challenging hermeneutic endeavour is no joke ? or is it? The word ?hermeneutics? is derived from the Greek god Hermes ? the messenger ? hence the concern in hermeneutic philosophy for language, context, meaning and action. Hermes was also a trickster, ancestor to a long line of fools and jesters who see things otherwise. Practicing this way of seeing helps us to be wise to the other, open to another way, more comfortable with ambiguity, less fretted by surprise. Borrowing the joker?s topsy-turvy perspective, we strengthen the funny bone, embrace the contraries themselves, strengthen the imagination, consider alternatives, look again and askance, and keep a humble and hopeful stance. We grow into this peculiar form of wisdom by developing our natural capacities for flexibility, imagination, and courage.

Elaine Decker has been a teacher and teacher-educator for 40 years, exploring and practicing ways to expand horizons and loosen boundaries. She teaches courses on play, comic pedagogy, and leadership as a ?funny business.?

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Dec 6, 2015 3:45 PM (GMT-8:00) Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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