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Being the Change: Cultivating Capabilities (Summer 2021)

This 5-week online seminar is for youth who took the course "Transformative Leadership for Youth" in 2020 or 2021. Note: Seminar postponed 2 weeks, to start 28 June.

Independent Sections
5 weeks
Weekly Study
Jun 28-Jul 31
Register By
July 3, 2021
Fee: $30 (discounts available)

Being the Change: Cultivating Capabilities is part 2 of the Transformative Leadership for Youth seminar series that empowers youth to “be the change” we “wish to see in the world.” Youth who have completed Transformative Leadership for Youth are invited to continue to cultivate their new conceptual framework for personal and social transformation. 

Transformative Leadership promotes a new conceptual framework based on 6 elements that nurture our understanding and attitudes toward service-oriented leadership and includes 18 capabilities that help us better personal, interpersonal and social relationships.  It develops skills and tools to better direct our own lives and at the same time help us contribute to an ever-advancing civilization.

Inspired by the principles and teachings of the Bahá’í Faith, Transformative Leadership is a framework for transformation that fosters social action and promotes a culture of cooperation, founded on ethical principles and scientific evidence, which is motivated by the search for truth, attraction to beauty and thirst for knowledge. 

As youth continue their personal and collective processes of transformation, they will gain an enhanced understanding of the Transformative Leadership conceptual framework by reviewing and applying the elements and the 4 capabilities that contribute to the betterment of interpersonal relationships in our everyday life. In addition, the youth will further cultivate capabilities for transformation through study and application of the 7 capabilities that better personal transformation and the 6 capabilities that contribute to social transformation. Throughout this seminar we will nurture our ability to integrate all of the 6 elements and 17 capabilities by practicing the 18th capability: integrating the capabilities through the transformative family. 

Being the Change: Cultivating Capabilities will continue to integrate the shared-model of Transformative Leadership that releases individual and collective society-building power with multimedia art. The Youth will be empowered to develop their relationship with the world around them when motivated by the desire to build a world founded on justice, unity and peace. 

Youth will share reflections, insights and artwork with their peers during the course as they foster capabilities in each other. Transformative Leadership materials, including units from the workbook, will be provided by the Wilmette Institute.

Note on Video conference sessions:
This seminar will offer regular video conference sessions on Saturdays at 10 am Eastern US Time (GMT-5). You can use the Time Zone Converter to check what time that is in your city. (Enter New York (USA) as the city to convert from.)

There is another course for Youth ages 11 through 17, being run at the same time as this one. Click through the links before for more details.

Transformative Leadership for Youth (11-17 yrs) Summer 2021

This course is required to take the above course "Being the Change: Cultivating Capabilities."

What will you learn?
You will learn
By the end of the course, participants will have developed the capabilities to:
a) Elaborate and develop the 18 Capabilities that we need to exercise transformative leadership effectively as we translate our new understanding into change that will result in both our own as well as our collective transformation.
b) Become familiar with the 4 categories of the capabilities in the Transformative Leadership conceptual framework.
c) Formulate a plan to form a learning community that will provide invaluable support in 'being the change', enhance the depth and pace of learning, and offer greater impact on society.
d) Create and/or engage in a project for each category of the Transformative Leadership conceptual framework or an area of ongoing community social action that 'integrates the capabilities:' Capabilities that contribute to Personal Transformation; Capabilities that contribute to Interpersonal Transformation; Capabilities that contribute to Social Transformation; Integrating the Capabilities
Meet Your Faculty
Jessica Lani Kamál Kerr
Photographer, Multimedia Artist, founder Cultivating Capacities, GSO (nonprofit) and co-founder, Transformative Leadership Education (nonprofit)

As a professional photographer, graphic and multimedia artist, I have served children, junior youth and youth in Northern Colorado for over 10 years. In that time, learning through hands-on experience in the Ruhi Institute process community-building activities served as a catalyst to form Cultivating Capacities, GSO (grassroots support organization) in... See Faculty Bio

Crystal Lee

Crystal Lee studied Accounting and Business Management at the University of Hawaii. Her professional career was in middle management in corporations primarily focused in the construction industry. She has walked the path of service by devoting years of her life to Children’s Classes and the Junior Youth program at the grassroots... See Faculty Bio

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