Through this online series the Work That Reconnects Network coordinates and provides a wide range of rich educational and supportive opportunities for our global community of WTR facilitators, members and friends of the Network.
Our offerings include a balance of events led by guest teachers from beyond the Network and those led by Facilitator Members of the Network. Our intent is to strengthen the web of the WTR community while also reaching beyond its current edges to weave deeper connections with others who are contributing to the Great Turning in diverse and complementary ways.
If you are a registered Facilitator Member you can login to your account to “Submit a Webinar or Cafe Proposal”
Webinar recordings: The whole group portions of webinars hosted by the Network will be recorded. Activities and sharing that occurs within breakout rooms will not be recorded. Recordings will be available 48 hours after the live webinar and will be sent by email to all those who are registered.
This dynamic panel discussion will explore the relationship between individual, systemic, and collective trauma in the context of facilitating group work. Our panelists and moderator will share the wisdom and perspective they’ve gathered on their diverse paths of studying and working with trauma as well as tangible tools and exercises for trauma-informed facilitation that can increase distress tolerance and improve our capacity for collectively holding the traumas group members may be carrying. See full event page, including bios, here.
Facilitated by Karen Scott and Diana Reynolds
In 2015, Wales was the first administration in the world to put the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals into legislation with its Well-Being of Future Generations Act.
During this webinar WTR Facilitator, Karen Scott, and Sustainable Development Change Manager, Diana Reynolds, will share their experience of working together to bring WTR into the Welsh government. They’ll illustrate the methods they used and insights they gained in their experience of applying WTR within a 10-year behaviour change programme for the civil service, while engaging participants to envision how they may bring the WTR into the public and private institutions in their own areas of the world.
Although this webinar will focus on the experience of bringing WTR into the Welsh Government our hope is that it will inspire participants to carry the Work to their local, regional state or national governments, health boards, Truth and Reconciliation Commissions, NGOs, corporations or any other institutions.
This is a great webinar for people who are interested in bringing the Work to one of these areas and for people who work in one of these areas and are interested in the Work That Reconnects. See full event page here.
Mar. 27, 2021 – Gratitude is a powerful practice that not only serves us as individuals, but acts as a healer of the collective. Our gladness for the world is subversive to the destructive elements of culture, including toxic individualism, consumerism, and other ideologies rampant in these times. Barbara Ford offers a model for deepening into a kind of radical practice to benefit ourselves, and our world. View the recording of this webinar here.
Feb. 20, 2021 – To support WTR facilitators in being more trauma informed, Constance Washburn and Debra Clydesdale introduce the key concepts of the Community Resilience Model (CRM) of the Trauma Resource Institute. Learn how our nervous systems react to ongoing stress and trauma, and experience resilience building tools for working with WTR participants of all ages, genders and ethnicities. View the recording of this webinar here.
Feb. 10, 2021 – Asking both how we would like to consciously step into 2021 and what it is we have gratitude for in 2020, Margo van Greta and Jacqueline Buckingham offer us the opportunity to create a new vision for 2021, and identify what steps we can take to create that new reality. View the recording of this webinar here.
Dec. 14, 2020 –Jo delAmor, author of Raising Children in the Midst of Global Crisis, offers this full spiral Work That Reconnects webinar for parents. In our time together participants orient within this pivotal moment in history and the unique challenges and opportunities presented by parenting at this time. View the recording of this webinar here.
Nov. 4, 2020 – We currently are surrounded by challenges, both globally and personally. Is it possible to consider bringing hope into our lives, into the world? Whatever you are challenged by, Margo van Greta and Jacqueline Buckingham guide participants through a process by way of the spiral of the Work That Reconnects, to help evoke to a place of hope and inspired action. View the recording of this webinar here.
Aug. 15, 2020 – We currently are surrounded by challenges, both globally and personally. Is it possible to consider bringing hope into our lives, into the world? Active Hope holds the attitude of hope. It is not just an outcome, it is a process. In this Webinar, Margo van Greta and Jacqueline Buckingham will guide us through that process by way of the spiral of the Work That Reconnects. View the recording of this webinar here.
Aug. 9, 2020 – As we work to dismantle systems of oppression during this time of the Great Turning it is important to continue to address racial power dynamics within the Work That Reconnects community. This Conversation Café, facilitated by Mutima Imani, Silvia Di Blasio, Molly Brown and Jo delAmor, is being offered to allow for continued conversation and exploration following the “White Supremacy in the Great Turning” webinar on August 1. Details here.
Aug. 1, 2020 – As women of African descent with deep commitment to and understanding of the Work That Reconnects, Sarah Nahar, Mutima Imani, Aravinda Ananda and Rachel Marco-Havens will begin this webinar by sharing how white supremacy shows up in our WTR Network and in the work itself. They will explore ways to dismantle oppression within our work to make space for all to engage in the Great Turning more fully. After their opening remarks they will take questions from participants and engage in discussion on this topic. More details about this event here. View the recording of this webinar here.
Jul. 19, 2020 – Join Deep Ecologist Jolie Elan as we explore the intelligence of nature and how to tap into it. This program offers brain food and practices to see through new eyes so we can source directly from our mother earth for wisdom and insight. Details here. For resources from this webinar, check here. View the recording of this webinar here.
Jul. 4 & Jun. 20, 2020 – During this Circle Way style discussion, with Silvia Di Blasio, self-identified WTR facilitators will share about their experiences in offering WTR in online settings. We’ll explore what has worked and what hasn’t, what we’ve learned and what we can share with others, as well as what we need and want more of by way of support and information.
Jun. 28, 2020 – In this Webinar, Helena ter Ellen and Hector Aristizabal will share how the truth speaking WTR provides is essential in war torn countries, and how reconnecting with the Earth helps in opening ways to reconciliation between Colombians of all sides of the conflict and of all ethnicities. Details here. View the recording of this webinar here.
Jun. 14, 2020 – During this online session with Jo delAmor, we gather with other parents from around the world for deep reflection, connection and renewal. This full-spiral Work That Reconnects gathering was facilitated to create a safe and powerful container for authentic sharing and processing about our experiences and feelings of parenting within the pandemic. Details here. View the recording of this webinar here.
Apr. 7, 2020 – These webinars explore ways to use WTR online to build community resilience in an online format. Also shared are suggestions for timing and structuring webinars using the Spiral that we have found work well, while mentioning pitfalls to avoid and offering templates for designing your own offerings. These webinars were offered by Constance Washburn and Mutima Imani. View the recordings here for April 7 and April 9.
Mar. 29 & 30, 2020 – These webinars focus on the technical side of setting up and facilitating an online WTR offering. Learn to prepare, schedule, and promote online meetings, including: registrations, interactive features, recording and posting. Also covered are best practices when facilitating online from social justice and the WTR, and how to stay connected and strong. These webinars were offered by Silvia Di Blasio and Jo delAmor. View the recording of this webinar here.
Webinars and Conversation Cafés, led by Facilitator Members of the Network:
Webinars with Guest teachers:
What’s the difference between a Webinar and a Conversation Café?
A Webinar is an online class. It is designed in advance and facilitated by one or two facilitators or guest teachers. Webinars may include some amount of participant involvement in the form of Q/A, group discussion or breakout sessions, but are more focused on the material prepared by the facilitator(s).
Conversation Cafés are opportunities for group dialogue on a particular topic. Each Café will have a facilitator (or two) that will frame the conversation and hold space for the participants as they explore the topic at hand. The content of the Café is generated by the participants as they learn from and with each other.
Who can facilitate Webinars and Cafés?
Facilitator Members who would like to facilitate a Webinar or host a Café can submit a proposal by logging in to their account. You will find an option to “Submit a Webinar or Conversation Café Proposal” in your facilitator area. If you facilitate the WTR but haven’t registered as a Facilitator Member with the Network yet you can apply for membership here.
The Network will reach out to guest speakers from beyond the WTR community who have relevant and stimulating teachings or insights to share. If you have a suggestion for speakers for us to reach out to please let us know.
What topics are covered in Webinars and Cafés?
The themes explored in these Webinars and Cafés cover the full range of subjects relevant to our work in the Great Turning. Some topics that we’ll likely cover include: Foundations of the WTR (including Deep Time, Systems Thinking and the Spiral), Tips and Tools for Facilitators, Deep Adaptation, Indigenous Resilience, Working with Youth and Parents, Environmental Justice, etc.
If you have ideas of topics that you’d like to see covered please let us know.
How much do Webinars and Cafés cost and where does the money go?
In addition to providing valuable connections, education and support for our community, Webinars and Cafés provide a valuable stream of funding that supports and sustains the Network and allows us to continue growing our services.
Each Webinar and Café is offered by donation. We provide a suggested donation for each event and ask that you donate generously within your means to support the Network. However, no one is turned away for lack of funds and we encourage you to engage in the events even if you aren’t able to contribute financially.
A portion of the amount collected for each event goes to the facilitator of the event to honor their work and contribute to their livelihood. Donations also cover the tools, resources and staff hours each event requires. Whatever is donated above and beyond these expenses will go to the general operating fund of the Network to support our ongoing work.