We Build the World with Transformative Learning: Regenerating Transformational Commons as a Resource for Collective Leadership

When we learn together, we then have the potential to lead together. When we learn together, as distinct from one-directional informing and teaching, a shared space of not-knowing emerges, a collective beginner’s mind. Dialogue, as distinct from discussion, debate, and even deliberation, by its very nature inherently calls for a suspending of perspectives, mindsets, and opinions. Through the shared creation of knowledge, the experience of interdependence, solidarity, and Communitas can be mobilized into collective action and collective leadership. With the passing of generations, the artifacts and practices of the human imagination constitute a commons. As such, a cultural commons is understood as a storehouse of collective memory and collective imagination that can enable collective action and collective leadership. When a cultural commons is dialogic, it can be transformative, because dialogue has an inherently transformative potential. This experiential session seeks to generate the enabling conditions for collective action through a dialogic approach to journaling, expression, movement, and ritualization.

Format: Experiential Session


Aftab Omer, Meridian University
Melissa Schwartz, Meridian University
Session Date & Time: Wed, 06 Apr 2022 | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT