Radical Transformational Leadership: What does this imply? Guest Speaker: Khadija Moalla

06-04-18 Radical Transformational Leadership: What does this imply?
Guest Speaker: Khadija Moalla

Embracing Our Identities as Assets: Interrupting Exclusionary “Isms”

Each and every one has the capacity to embrace our many identities without excluding anyone anywhere. This requires a foundational shift in our exclusive, defensive, exclusionary mindset. Depending on whether or not we choose to source universal values for our thinking and actions, our social, professional and personality profiles can be either nurturing or disempowering, inclusive or divisive.  Instead of letting our identities become disruptive forces, we have the choice to embracing our “identities” as assets for humanity. This is one of the essentials for peace.

We socialize and support our children to realize their full potential; but we often become rigid and impart exclusionary perspectives. We are often unaware of our own biases and their consequences, and/or unwilling to examine the assumptions behind our opinions and actions.

The patterns of ‘otherness’ and exclusion — racism, casteism, classism, sexism, tribalism, hateful religiosity– can be interrupted by embodying universal values for strategic action and results. We will discuss ways to transcend our separative and scarcity mindset. Let us explore how we can choose to move beyond token representation, superficial gestures of inclusion, inadequate support for people who are marginalized by cultures or systems, and the hollow politically correct statements we make.

Fallacy: I am who I am because of my family, my religion, my nationality, my race, my tribe, my caste– this is what defines me, this is my identity.

New learning: Where I am born is a matter of chance, not choice. This determines the language I speak, the religion I follow, the name of the country on my passport. As I embrace my social profile — nationality, race, religion, gender, class, tribe, language– I do so transcending all divisive perspectives and actions. I am able to embrace diversity, authentically, accepting others in an inclusive way, standing in dignity and equity for all. Our most powerful ‘identity’ for a paradigm shift lies in our unique inner capacities; and we source universal values for strategic action. 

Third Episode: Guest in the 2nd segment: Khadija Moalla

Bio: With 25 years of experience in Development, including 10 years in Senior Leadership positions in the United Nations, Dr. Khadija Moalla’s repertoire includes extensive expertise in International Law and Human Rights, Gender Equality and Women Empowerment, Governance and Rule of Law, Civil Society Organizations and the Sustainable Development Goals. Dr. Moalla is also a recognized global expert in the Transformational Leadership Methodology and provided trainings and lecturer in more than 60 countries in the five continents.

As the UNDP Practice Team Leader in the Arab States, Dr. Moalla coordinated initiatives to sensitize and mobilize religious Leaders, political leadership, leaders from the art and media, NGOs, legislators and private sector leaders, for ten years.  Previously, Dr. Moalla taught international law at the University of Law of Tunis and the Diplomatic Institute and was a practicing Lawyer for ten years.

Dr. Moalla has provided advice and shared in constructing policies of the League of Arab States and the Arab Parliament, she is also one of the Founding members of the New Middle East Gender Parity at the World Economic Forum and a Founding Member of the Global Legal Network. Dr. Moalla received the Leadership Award from the United Nations General Assembly President for her work with Religious Leaders through the establishment of the Multi-Faith Network CHAHAMA and received the Excellency Award of the 2010 South-South Global Expo for successful innovative solutions. Dr. Moalla was chosen as one of the most influential 500 personalities of the Arab region, in 2011.
E-mail: khadija.moalla@gmail.com                                              
LinkedIn: https://tn.linkedin.com/in/khadija-t-moalla

Radical Transformational Leadership: What does this imply? Guest Speaker: Kirsten Gallo

05-22-18  Radical Transformational Leadership: What does this imply?
Guest Speaker: Kirsten Gallo

In the midst of many benefits technology has brought about– increased life-expectancy, higher levels of education, energy in our homes, connections through the internet, access to materials, employment—one out of every six of us in this world live on the very brink of survival. As change agents, how can I plan for what I do, and intentionally design my strategies and actions to change this situation? How can I learn to create the architecture for wellbeing of people and a thriving planet?

I am the unifying architect designing differently to make a difference. Do I choose to be a principled game-changer and change those norms and systems that exploit people and/or the planet? Do I generate worldviews emanating from who I am, what I stand for, and for our oneness? Designing differently to make a difference, tapping into my pattern mind innate in us, and making the link with our everyday life and work, results in breakthroughs. The question no longer is, “Am I a small player or a big player?” The question is “Am I a universal value-based strategic player?” Everyone can learn to design initiatives with the potential to make a significant and enduring change, whether they are small or big. They all matter.

And this applies at home, in our workplace and in society.

Fallacy: If we can identify the problem and its causes, and we have the right technologies, we will be able to solve the problem. We are not solving the problems because we are not investing enough time and money in technical solutions.

New Learning: The complex problems of today are the result of multiple interdependent causes. As we invest in technologies to solve problems, we must simultaneously address the cultural norms and systems that maintain the conditions giving rise to these problems. To address the root factors of these problems, the universal values unpinning our humanity needs to be the foundation of our dynamic and impactful engagement. And we must learn to design differently to make a difference.

Second Episode: Guest in the 2nd segment: Kirsten Gallo

Bio: When Kirsten Gallo was a little girl, she wrote a note to the deer and bunnies in her back yard promising to always take care of them. She loved to skip through the woods and sing to the trees. Decades later, she is taking care of deer, bunnies and so much more as the head of the National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring Division. She held a variety of positions in the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service conducting natural resource monitoring and stewardship of public lands. She holds a doctorate degree in Ecology and has dedicated her career to conserving natural resources and demonstrating interdependence between humans and our environment. Kirsten still loves to hike and sing to the trees.  Email: kirsten_gallo@nps.gov

Radical Transformational Leadership: What does this imply? Guest Speaker: Megan Joseph

05-09-18 Radical Transformational Leadership: What does this imply?
Guest Speaker: Megan Joseph

As change agents, we are committed to the wellbeing of people and a thriving planet. Who do I need to BE, how do I need to think and what do I need to do, to create paradigm shifts?

Three innate, life-enhancing elements within each one nurture us on our path and sustain the results we produce: first, our universal heart of compassion; second, an empathetic burning for equity or fairness; and third, our discerning eye – seeing both invisible and visible patterns for social transformation with light and pristine clarity. By ‘universal’ we mean ‘including everyone, with no one left out anywhere’.

Based on our innate capacities as human beings, we will talk about essential and inter-related ways of ‘Being-through- action’ necessary to generate produce transformational results. As contemporary pioneers grounded in universal values, we manifest our greatness through compassionate and courageous action. Can I, and will I, apply this learning to shift the current paradigms of unbridled growth and materialism that results in inequity and exclusion?

In this rapidly changing world, we can generate a paradigm shift through whole systems change if we choose to do so, building on the inner power of human wisdom and personal transformation and our capacity to shift unworkable norms and systems that give rise to today’s problems. We will explore how we can design to make a difference, using the Conscious Full Spectrum Response template in order to solve problems, shift systems and based on universal values. We attune and align for whole-systems transformation at home, in our workplace and in society.

Fallacy: If I embark on a journey of personal transformation, I will automatically generate social and planetary transformation.

New Learning: Personal transformation is a necessary but not sufficient condition for social or planetary transformation. When I simultaneously ache to see tangible results and act to manifest my greatness and learn how to design for equitable and sustainable change, I will generate social and planetary transformation

First Episode: Guest in the 2nd segment: Megan Joseph

Bio: Megan Joseph, MA has spent 18 years working with multi-sector collaboratives to increase their capacity to work together for equitable and sustainable results. As Executive Director of Rise Together, a multi-county initiative to cut poverty in the Bay Area, Megan has implemented a 250 member coalition for policy and systems change, addressing issues of employment, affordable housing and early childhood education for critical populations. As Director of Community Organizing for the United Way of Santa Cruz County she founded and supported multiple sustained initiatives, including the Santa Cruz County Youth Violence Prevention Task Force and the Community Corrections Partnership Community Engagement Task Force. Megan was recognized with the 2015 National Community Indicators Consortium Emerging Leader award for her work using community indicators as a catalyst for change to reduce youth violence. Megan has practiced Radical Transformational Leadership for a decade with Monica Sharma, and over the last 8 years launched two leadership programs, Leadership for Community Transformation Santa Cruz County and Leadership for Equity & Opportunity Bay Area which together has trained over 425 leaders to design and implement equitable and sustainable social change projects.  She has also served as faculty at JFK University.  In 2018, Megan founded Impact Launch, a collective of social impact practitioners working to support game changing social change initiatives.  Megan earned an MA in Consciousness Studies from JFK University and an MA in Criminology, Law and Society from UC Irvine.  She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.