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FAQs

Please follow the links below to find answers to questions you may have about our work and offerings. If you find your answer here, great! If not, please reach out and we'll do our best to get you answers and meet your interests.

Our Work

What if our change effort is already underway? Can we still apply Living Collective Wisdom to strengthen our efforts?

Absolutely. Any change initiative must necessarily leverage and integrate unique histories, relationships, and resources that are already in place within a system or geographic area. Living Collective Wisdom provides an organizing framework to steward these layers of complexity into a coherent whole. 

 

For example, C4CW came alongside Stanislaus Cradle to Career in Stanislaus County, California to help the initiative evolve into a next stage of action and impact. Our engagement was an early prototype of an academy, and included immersions, 1:1 ally sessions, and process design and facilitation grounded in Living Collective Wisdom. This support adapted to and built upon early engagement by Strive Together.

How does Living Collective Wisdom support a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)?

A capacity to embody core values, including diversity, equity, and inclusion, is far less about compliance to external policies and far more about the quality of our relationships and ongoing engagement with one another. In our experience, living a commitment to DEI and other core values requires deep individual and group interior work, disciplined commitment to conversation and often challenging dialogue, and courageous action in support of meaningful change. 

 

The commitments and practices of Living Collective Wisdom, and particularly the Leadership core competency (Leadership for Collective Wisdom), help individuals and groups deepen their capacity for the interior work, challenging dialogues, and courageous action essential for sustained progress. This framework also helps groups assess when they may be devolving into collective folly, and learn how to hold the healing conversations and other engagements that can help transmute the effects of past folly and trauma, including the pernicious legacy and present reality of racism.

How does the Living Collective Wisdom framework help systems and communities become trauma and resiliency-informed?

In 2017, we designed and began facilitating a multi-year initiative focused on deepening a commitment across Los Angeles County to trauma and resiliency-informed systems change. During this initiative, we researched relevant systems change efforts from across the country, analyzed a wide range of resources related to trauma and resiliency, and engaged in conversations with senior leaders and others from systems across Los Angeles county to gauge resonance and readiness for systems-level change to address trauma and promote resiliency. The lessons learned and recommended actions from this initiative are summarized in the following documents: 

Trauma and Resiliency: A Systems Change Approach Year 1 and 2 Executive Summary

Trauma and Resiliency: A Systems Change Approach Year 1 Report

Trauma and Resiliency: A Systems Change Approach Year 2 Report

Our research and findings from this initiative deeply influenced our development of Living Collective Wisdom: it is a trauma and resiliency-informed approach to community and systems change. 

 

Let us offer one small illustration of this orientation. For most groups, there is a clear division between work and healing. Work is about what we do and create together. Healing is typically understood as something individuals do in specialized therapeutic contexts, or with friends and family, or in support groups organized specifically to promote individual healing—Alcoholics Anonymous, for example, or groups for cancer survivors.

 

Our understanding of collective folly, however, and the pervasiveness of individual and collective trauma, lead us to hold a different perspective: namely, that the movements of creation and healing are inextricably entwined. A group’s commitment to effect change in the world will best be served when it is joined by an equally insistent commitment to heal the collective wounds we have inflicted and suffered. Living Collective Wisdom is designed to help systems and communities learn how to tend to the needs of both creation and healing. 

 

Our Upcoming Offerings

Upcoming Invitations

There are only two invitation events listed. Will there be more?
Absolutely. We plan to hold these events regularly. If you want to find out about future invitations, please sign up for our mailing list or check back here regularly.

Upcoming Immersions

Can I sign up for the Leadership for Collective Wisdom now and decide later if I want to attend Living Collective Wisdom?
Of course … and … space for both immersions is limited. If you know now that you want to attend both, we highly encourage you to register for both. You will save money and preserve a space for yourself. If you aren't sure if you want to attend both, register for Leadership for Collective Wisdom now. If later you decide you want to attend Living Collective Wisdom and that immersion is already full, you can register for a later immersion when that becomes available. You also might be interested in exploring an academy for your system or change effort. 

I want to attend both immersions, but I have a conflict with the ​Leadership for Collective Wisdom dates. What can I do?
We are working to develop a video course for Leadership for Collective Wisdom that would provide a way for people who miss the Leadership for Collective Wisdom immersion to make up that experience before embarking on Living Collective Wisdom. Please contact us to learn more. 

What happens if I miss one of the online sessions?​
We will record all of the online sessions, so if you have to miss one unexpectedly, you can view the recording to catch up.

What is the total time commitment required outside of the online sessions for each immersion?

A lifetime! 

 

Ok, while that's true, let us try to answer this more directly. The Leadership for Collective Wisdom immersion unfolds over two weeks. While the five (5) half-day sessions are highly interactive, there are more exercises in the participant workbook than we can cover in these sessions, and mastering all of the commitments and practices of self and collective leadership takes ongoing practice. When possible, we highly recommend signing up in pairs or finding another participant to become your learning buddy to continue your engagement with the material after the immersion. 

The Living Collective Wisdom immersion is a much more intensive process, unfolding over a six month period. In addition to the ten (10) half-day sessions, there are homework sessions, 1:1 ally sessions, peer support circles, and additional group dialogues. Participants can expect to invest 4-6 hours a week over the first three months of this process, and 2-4 hours a week for the second three months. And … mastery of this way of being and acting in support of profound results really is a lifetime pursuit, which is why we are building an ongoing learning community of Living Collective Wisdom practitioners to continue supporting each other beyond their direct immersion experiences. 

1:1 Ally Sessions

What is the difference between C4CW's 1:1 ally sessions and other coaching approaches?

There is a wide range of approaches to coaching in support of self development, leadership, and organizational performance. Our 1:1 ally sessions are specifically designed to deepen understanding of and embodiment of the commitments and practices of Leadership for Collective Wisdom and Living Collective Wisdom.

These sessions are confidential and participant-driven: prior to their first session, a participant completes an online self assessment that helps promote customized support. The role of the C4CW ally in these sessions is to help cultivate a safe space for deep reflection, authentic dialogue, and a practice field for embodying the commitments and practices of our frameworks in support of your work in the world. 

 

Possible Financial Support

Is there financial help available to participate in immersions?

We never want cost to be the reason someone cannot participate. In the coming months, we will approach foundations and other potential donors to ask for funding for scholarships and other resources to help more people be able to join this movement for living collective wisdom.

 

In the meantime, if you are interested in any of our offerings and need financial support, please take a few moments to fill out a brief application and we’ll work with you to explore creative funding solutions.

 

And … if you are someone who can, we would welcome your donation to help us fund scholarships to support others who need financial help to participate. Thank you!

Is it possible to pay for immersions in installments?

Yes. You will see options we provide when you go to purchase one of our offerings. PayPal also offers options for installment payments if you choose to use that service.

Is there financial support available to support a potential academy?

We have had excellent success in identifying partner funders to support large-scale change efforts we have designed and led, including prototype academies. Please reach to us if you are interested in pursuing an academy and we can work with you to identify possible funding partners.

 

Our Refund Policy

We understand that, even with the best planning and intentions, life happens. At the same time, every cancellation affects our design and capacity to provide effective experiences for participants. Further, space is limited in each immersion to help us ensure meaningful engagement, so short notice cancellations necessitate last-minute adjustments to the process design and may not make it possible for us to find another participant to fill the empty spot. 

 

Given these interests, our refund policies are as follows.

 

For all offerings

  • All refund requests must be made in writing to welcome@c4cw.org. Any requested refund or credit is pending until you receive notice from our Registration Team that we have received and validated your request.

  • In case of last-minute emergencies outside of our refund windows, please contact us and we will work with you to arrange a credit toward a future offering.

For the Leadership for Collective Wisdom immersion

  • Registered participants who request a refund up to two (2) weeks prior to the first day of the Leadership for Collective Wisdom immersion can either apply their payments to a future offering, or receive a full refund minus a fee of $150. This fee helps cover our direct processing costs.

  • We cannot offer refunds to registered participants who request cancellations less than two (2) weeks prior to the first day of an immersion, or who do not attend an immersion. 

For the Living Collective Wisdom immersion

Our Living Collective Wisdom immersion is a much longer and more intensive experience than Leadership for Collective Wisdom, and is designed for a small group of people. Cancellations create considerable design challenges for us.​

  • Registered participants who request a refund up to six (6) weeks prior to the first day of the Living Collective Wisdom immersion can either apply their payments to a future offering, or receive a full refund minus a fee of $500. 

  • Registered participants who request a refund between 2-6 weeks prior to the first day of the immersion can either apply their payments to a future offering, or receive a full refund minus a fee of $1,500. 

  • The fees help cover both our direct processing costs and the additional time needed to revise our process design. 

  • We cannot offer refunds to registered participants who request cancellations less than two (2) weeks prior to the first day of an immersion, or who do not attend an immersion.

For 1:1 Ally session series

A 1:1 Ally series comprises six (6) one-hour sessions. The series is designed as a whole, integrated process. As a result, our pricing and refund policies are oriented to a series of 6 sessions rather than individual sessions.

  • We cannot offer refunds to registered participants who request cancellations after they have begun their first 1:1 ally session.

  • Registered participants who request a refund before their first session commences, and who do not want to reschedule that session, can receive a full refund minus a fee of $150. This fee helps cover our direct processing costs. 

 

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