Empowerment Institute offers an original and comprehensive roadmap to bring about transformative social change that it calls Social Change 2.0. What follows is a brief explanation of this approach and a description of several large Empowerment Institute initiatives using this transformational framework and methodology.
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So many of the assumptions we have been operating with as a human community have proven faulty that we must literally re-envision them. And with the accelerating unraveling of our planet’s life support system and the deterioration of so many of our social systems, we are being called on to create rapid transformative change. But the current social change tools at our disposal of governmental command and control, financial incentives and citizen protest— Social Change 1.0—were designed for slow-moving, incremental change.
Not only must we reinvent our world, but also the process by which we achieve this reinvention. According to systems theory, when the current solutions prove inadequate for the magnitude of change required, a system goes into stress and begins to breakdown. What is required to help the system evolve is a second order change solution—or solution capable of transforming and reorganizing it at a higher level of performance and social value. Empowerment Institute’s Social Change 2.0 framework and methodology represents such a solution for our social systems.
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To bring about the large scale transformations needed for humankind to evolve and enable us to have a viable planet to inhabit, we need leadership schooled in the competencies of transformative social change. With our planet on the line and with such a propitious opening for positive change available to us, this is not the time for change leaders to be foundering. We all need to be playing at our best. To that end Empowerment Institute has developed a variety of programs to build this capacity from our certification program, to our master class webinar series, to Social Change 2.0 study circles as well as other programs.
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What follows are four Empowerment Institute Social Change 2.0 initiatives. Each social innovation is designed to transform a high leverage social or environmental issue and is now scaling up.
“The Cool Block is an exemplary how-to guide for local communities to make a significant impact on climate change. This program demonstrates the untapped potential of citizens to engage in this grassroots initiative in an effective and achievable way. Very cool, indeed!”–Gavin Newsom, Lt. Governor of California, Author of Citizenville
IMAGINE is a global initiative for the empowerment of women. It enables women in challenging life circumstances in developing world countries to envision and create new possibilities for their life, family and community through participation in Empowerment Institute’s flagship transformational training program, the Empowerment Workshop. To learn more click here.
In 1986 at the height of the cold war a torch of peace was passed around the world. The First Earth Run, in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund directly engaged twenty-five million people and 45 heads-of-state in 62 countries. Over a billion people watched the torch via the media circumnavigate the globe. For 86 days wherever the torch of peace went all wars stopped and the world was united as one. Since then this modern day mythic story embodying humanity’s noblest aspiration for peace on earth has continued to be told all over the world. To learn more click here.
Humanity is at a critical juncture in our evolution. Unless we rapidly change our trajectory as a species, our civilization will unravel. In many parts of the world this has already begun. The question is how do we change? It’s not like we have not tried. There are many dedicated and heroic change makers pouring their hearts and souls in trying to change the world, but they struggle to get traction. Yet they keep using the same approaches over and over again. What if the problem was not the world’s unwillingness to change, but the approaches we use to bring about change? What if how we thought about social change and what people were capable of achieving was the problem? Learn more.
The Empowerment Institute Certification Program, led by David Gershon and Gail Straub is a school for transformative social change. It provides participants the design knowledge, skills and tools to further second order change at the personal, organizational, community and societal levels. Each participant specializes in one of the six empowerment tracks and is assisted in developing a successful transformational application. Click here for more information on the certification program.
David Gershon offers participants the knowledge to design a transformative change strategy and the leadership skills to implement it. This training is based on David’s three decades as a social architect and practitioner of transformative change. This is not offered as a public training and is customized to the specific needs of the group or organization. To learn more click here.
This training is an introduction to the empowerment methodology taught in the Empowerment Institute Certification Program. It provides the empowerment foundation on which second order change strategies can be built. To learn more click here.
An introduction to the Social Change 2.0 philosophy and framework.
“Social Change 2.0 exhilarates. David Gershon has not just laid out a compelling and coherent blueprint for social change, but the vividly written stories he shares make us realize that what we thought was impossible can actually be achieved. Having been a political leader in Portland for twenty years, where I worked closely with David, I saw firsthand the power of his work to change the lives of thousands of people. He may well be the number one expert on social change in our country.”– Mike Lindberg, former Commissioner of Public Utilities and city council member, City of Portland, Oregon
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To learn more about the Social Change 2.0 framework, read the free download from the book's introduction, "Reinventing Social Change."
Reinventing Social Change
“This book is a practical and inspiring roadmap to the future we all know is possible. I know of no one more experienced to create such a roadmap than David Gershon, who has spent the past three decades empowering individuals and communities, as well as business and government leaders. I have looked forward to this book for some time to gain a deeper understanding of how David has initiated so much positive change and created so many innovative strategies to help people achieve their visions for a better world.”—Hazel Henderson, author of "Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy and Building a Win-Win World