By johnelliottcisneros, Nov 13 2017 03:05PM
I know it’s been a while since I wrote last – and it may be a while again! Heading to Colorado today to work with Adams State University in Alamosa on a pilot online equity institute for faculty. So excited to develop this work. The possibilities feel huge in terms of differentiating this online learning using our survey (the Diversity Power Survey). Also presenting at the SUNY (State Universities of New York) later in November in Albany.
Loving the increasing clarity of how these three primary unconscious perspectives in this model we've developed (the DPLM – Diversity Power Leveraging Model) reflect these archetypal priorities: we seem to gravitate toward one. Audacity - with the ultimate self–sacrifice being the highest calling – to die for one people, one’s country (warrior archetype). Grief – connection to all by experiencing the grief of being connected to those in pain, those who suffer. From this perspective “God” (to use the gendered mainstream word) is relationship (lover archetype). And third, the magician or shaman, who’s “God” is truth – the reality of alchemical interaction – we get stuff done – implemention by knowledge of the gap between intention and impact and we are her to speak that truth.
Of course these “Gods” do constant battle within and between us. And these three voices get played out in the political sphere in especially obvious ways. When our “sovereign” comes online we become able to intercede, cultivate, and activate each as needed - internally and in our organizations. Clear about my work to support that process for people (as I learn it myself!)
Locally, doing presentations and meetings with leaders still – in many fields – here in Charlottesville. We are finishing a community wide Dialogue on Race and will be gathering in early December to narrow the dialogue to some problem-solving. Working on opportunities to work with police using the Diversity Power Survey and coaching – proposing to the chief of police to pilot this work with 5 officers.
Enjoying the town and the people, the rivers and forests of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The camper is getting chilly but really enjoying the experiment. I realize how little I need in terms of cash flow! My fulfillment in my work and life is so complete generally that it makes my material existence un-interesting on some level. Very grateful to have food and shelter and transportation and a computer! Sitting with the complexity of being a white man in a predominately Black neighborhood – presenting as lower socio-economically than most of the folks on the block – many who are in subsidized housing.
The mom of my adoptive family – who built the house outside which I’m staying – through Habitat for Humanity - just started working for “Habitat” – which is a thrilling transition for her. She has always had a uniform for previous jobs so we had fun, and challenge, going out to shop for “professional” clothes!
Great to have the countries' first openly trans person in history win a seat in the Virgina statehouse. Go Danica!