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Global Futures, Conscious Leadership
With Jessica Bockler and Bruce Alderman
February 7, 2024
8:30am PST | 11:30am EST | 4:30pm GMT | 5:30pm CET
This event is LIVE and FREE.
As Alfred North Whitehead put it, the world “craves for novelty and yet is haunted by terror at the loss of the past”. We feel we urgently need change but we seem unable to make it happen, at least at the speed, precision, and depth required for it to make a real, positive, and effective difference in the world. In this free live event Àlex Gómez-Marín will be in conversation with Jessica Bockler (Alef Trust) and Bruce Alderman (California Institute of Integral Studies) in the context of their respective new programmes which seek to promote, with the same spirit but in different ways, conscious leadership and conscious change-making in ourselves and the world.
Nurturing the Fields of Change Programme | Alef Trust
Conscious community has always been at the heart of the Alef Trust, a non-profit global learning provider in higher education, research and community development. Our work is about cultivating balanced ways of being, as well as activating the potential of whole-person inquiry for the evolution of human habits, cultures, and systems. In 2023 we launched Nurturing the Fields of Change, a programme for holistic change leaders working on transformation projects. The programme explores the links between inner work, deep ecology, conscious leadership, and social change; and it offers opportunities for collective presencing and sense-making to address the big challenges of our time. We know that transformation thrives through collaboration and supportive community, as well as through deep participation in our inner, multi-dimensional growth. With the support and encouragement of our peers, we feel accompanied and validated in our work; and we grow in our inner capacities and in our ability to engage more expansively and creatively with the questions we face in our work. A new cycle of the programme begins on Monday, 5th February 2024 and we invite you to join us:
The Blue Sky Leaders Certificate Program | California Institute of Integra Studies.
Blue Sky Leaders at CIIS is a professional certificate program that blends intensive contemplative training with cutting-edge neuroscience, new cosmology, regenerative economics, creative arts, and conscious leadership principles for a profoundly transformative educational experience. Modeled on the “encore” or “third act” programs offered by universities such as Stanford, Notre Dame, or Oxford, the BSL program is designed to provide established or retired professionals, leaders, and cultural creatives with new opportunities for growth and development, an expanded community of practice, and the skills to respond wisely to the fragmentation and loss of meaning that drive many of our current social and environmental ills. Grounded in timeless wisdom and emerging science, and led and facilitated by a team of over 30 thought-leaders and creative change agents from across many disciplines, BSL reimagines leadership development by emphasizing the dynamic intersections of personal transformation, global consciousness, and creative action. Applications for the 2024 cohort are now being accepted:
Jessica Bockler is an applied artist and transpersonal psychologist who has spent the past two decades exploring how integrative practices, spiritual wisdom and creativity can catalyse individual and collective transformation. Jessica is a co-founding director of the Alef Trust, a global provider of transpersonal and integrative education. Jessica’s vision and research interests centre on holistic and creative approaches to social transformation, bridging embodied imagination and sourcing of deep intelligence with transpersonal activism and social change initiatives. Jessica is the research lead of Alef Trust’s Conscious Community Initiative which galvanises and supports projects for human flourishing, social justice, peace and sustainability. She is a certified Warm Data Lab host (Bateson Institute) and she is on the academic advisory board of the Inner Development Goals initiative. She is also a member of the Presencing Institute’s research community and the UN’s Conscious Food Systems Alliance.
Bruce Alderman is the associate director of the Blue Sky Leaders program at the California Institute of Integral Studies, part-time faculty for the Consciousness, Psychology, and Transformation department at National University, and an integral and transpersonal psychologist. He is also a long-time student of David Bohm’s work, and recently led a course with Lee Nichol on the concept and practice of the rheosoma. Prior to working at CIIS and NU, Bruce worked and studied abroad in Asia for several years, teaching courses on creative writing and inquiry at the Rajghat Besant School, a Krishnamurti school in Varanasi, India, and studying and practicing at monasteries and ashrams in Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, and Nepal. He has published essays in the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice and Consciousness Journal, as well as in several anthologies on Integral philosophy and spirituality. Recently he launched a YouTube channel and podcast called The Integral Stage, dedicated to exploring integral, metamodern, and other holistic and integrative approaches to addressing the complex social, ecological, and spiritual challenges of our time.