On this page you’ll find the full collection of audio and resource archives from Year Ten of our monthly Gathering calls. Speaker bios, call summaries, audios and recommended resources for each month’s call will continue to be added to this page soon after the call.
Our theme for this tenth year of Gathering together is “Dancing in the Space Between; Creating Resilience and Possibility in the Now.” Along with our Year Ten offerings, please take some time to explore the past 9 years of program archives. This is a treasure trove of information, insights, strategies and practices to support you as an agent of purposeful change!
Year 1 Program Archive – “Mastering the Inner Game”
Year 2 Program Archive – “Align Your Outer Game with the Inner”
Year 3 and 4 Program Archive – “Integrating the Inner and Outer Collectives: The Dance of ME and WE”
Year 5 Program Archive – “Co-Creating the Global Collective”
Year 6 Program Archive – “Radical Relationship; Embracing the Gifts of Polarity”
Year 7 Program Archive – “Creating Agile And Sustainable Change That Matters”
Year 8 Program Archive – “Love in Action: Connecting for Impact”
Year 9 Program Archive – “Agents of Love; Weaving the Tangled Threads of Irreconcilable Differences.”
- Download your copy of Tim Kelley’s article that was the foundation for the Gathering’s first year here: Internal Requirements for Change Agents
- Download your copy of Tim Kelley’s additional article Types of Change Agents
- Download your copy of Audrey Seymour’s article that is the foundation for the Gathering’s second year here: 12 Requirements for Embodied Action
Browse the Year 10 archives:
We hope you can join us for our next Gathering call on July 6, 2022 when Claudia Alarcon will introduce us to the work of “Authentic Relating” and specifically, how to build bridges of shared understanding through deep listening.
6/1/22: “The Playful Space Between: Doodle Contemplations“
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Karen has a personal mission of awakening creative power.
As the Founder and an Illustrator at Studio Light Illustration, Karen partners with artists and authors to nurture humanity through the magic of story-creating and story-telling. She believes that stories connect us as humans, forge understanding, evoke empathy, and challenge us to think of ways to create a world in which all living creatures can thrive.
As a Creative Coach, Karen has a passion for helping struggling artists who want to make a soulful living. She is on a mission to erase the phrase “starving artist” from our lexicon and envisions a world where artists are seen and compensated as invaluable resources in the work to create a more sustainable, equitable, and joyful world.
Outside of her client work, Karen is slowly redefining herself as an artist! So far, her new work has been a mixed media exploration of messages shared by creatures that cross her path, in both the waking and sleeping worlds. She has also written and illustrated a children’s book of her own, Once Upon a Doodle, with others in the works.
Karen’s toolbox has been honed from being a working artist, over two decades of teaching, mentoring, and coaching, studying community arts, her work in social justice, and her ever-evolving spiritual practices. And don’t forget doodling. Lots and lots of doodling!
On this call Karen guided us on an adventure to explore “The Playful Space Between: Doodle Contemplations.” We started with a simple test to ensure that everyone was qualified to doodle, which everyone passed with flying colors by drawing a squiggle, line, circle, or whatever came to them on a piece of paper. This set the tone for a playful and artistic examination of our consciousness together.
Karen then set the stage by offering us a set of agreements, which of course were a beautiful work of art themselves. She engaged us by asking us to shout out the agreements that stood out to us, which activated many voices in the room and got us in the mood to doodle together.
Our theme this year is “Dancing in the Space Between: Creating Resilience and Possibility in the Now”. Doodles are a whimsical way to see what we are experiencing in this present moment, and to dance right into the space between—a space that we typically wouldn’t be able to see in all its colors. The temporal nature of doodles removes many of the typical barriers many of us bring to seeing the space between, such as perfectionism, inner critic, fear, etc.
We doodled in a full group, and then we moved into smaller triads. Each time someone made a doodle, they would then have the opportunity to present their doodle to the group. Doodles were interpreted in one of two ways. 1) The doodler could explain their own intention or interpretation of the doodle to the group. 2) The observers would take turns saying, “If that were my doodle…” and go on to share what the doodle inspired and reflected within them. All of this led to an incredibly rich tapestry of visual and interpretive illumination!
- “I’m in San Francisco reflecting my heritage of Doodling. My grandfather was a trained artist from Denmark. He used Doodling to connect to others — on envelopes, cartoons, commentary.”
- “I love this activity and look forward to attending more often.”
- “I’d like to thank you for this creative moment of connection, Karen.”
- “Oh my, this was such a lovely experience and source of deeper discovery. I will be Doodling along with my journal. Thank you.”
- “Susan’s drawing reinforced my desire/reminder to lay down and rest in nature <3”
- “It was fun to keep doodling without looking as I shared my feelings/insights in her doodle”
Karen left us with some powerful tips about how to use our doodles for continual guidance and contemplation for the weeks ahead:
- Leave your doodles within eyesight for 1-2 weeks
- Continue the doodle: add color, cut it out, etc. Continue to play with it in the same manner and center yourself in the intention from today
- Ask other people in your life: What do you see in this? Listen to them with a lot of curiosity.
Karen offered these resources for continued exploration of her work:
- Want even more spaces to doodle? Good news! Karen regularly leads Doodle-shops.
More info here: https://studiolightillustration.com/doodle-shops
- Karen’s website: studiolightillustration.com
- Karen’s Instagram: @studiolightillustration
- Karen’s LinkedIn: LinkedIn.com/in/karenlight
- Karen’s Facebook: Facebook.com/studiolightillustration
- Soul Spider Studio: soulspiderstudio.com
- Soul Spider Studio Instagram: @soulspiderstudio
5/4/22: “Exploring the Space Between”
On this call we spent some really rich and insightful time as a group sharing practices and resources that help us respond from a place of choice in the space between “stimulus and response.” Some of our favorite tools and practices were voice dialogue, active imagination and Crossed Leg Tapping to help us “pause”, take a breath and examine with curiosity what is stimulating our reaction. Andy even shared with us his “paws”… for that one – you have to watch the video recording!
During our time together we were also reminded that while we have learned many of these practices in the past, we often fall into old habits. This session was such a great re-fresh of the many ways we can move into the space between and respond – instead of falling into an automatic reaction that doesn’t serve the greater good (or our own!)
Lastly, we discussed how art, or music or simply laughter can help us to recenter and see things with fresh eyes. Our lives are enriched and enhanced by all our experiences. All of them!!
“Music is the space between the notes.” – Claude Debussy
- The Energy Codes: The 7-Step System to Awaken Your Spirit, Heal Your Body, and Live Your Best Life by Sue Morter
- Positive Intelligence https://www.positiveintelligence.com/
- Positive Intelligence by Shirzad Charmine
- Course of Miracles. https://acim.org/
- Voice Dialogue – Hal and Sidra Stone. https://www.voicedialogueinternational.com/
- HeartMath Institute https://www.heartmath.org/
- Cross Leg Tapping
4/6/22: “Hallowed Ground: The Space Between Souls”
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Our theme this year is “Dancing in the Space Between: Creating Resilience and Possibility in the Now”. We started with flower essences in March. This month, we moved into exploration of the bison, whose implied ethic is to choose to live in equanimity and inclusion by making space for others and are the national mammal of the United States. This stands in contrast to America’s national bird, the bald eagle, which is an independent apex predator.
Recognizing that The Gathering is a global community—and this session was explicitly aimed at exploring the rise of authoritarianism and other anti-communal qualities in America—we encouraged participants to consider how these concepts apply to their region of the globe and also welcomed them to share their unique insights looking at America from the outside.
We explored three dimensions of this inquiry, twice in breakout rooms with space between each for a collective harvest. First we explored the idea that the private sector (businesses) might have a big role in “saving the republic.” Our second question compared the implied ethics of the bison and eagle. The third was addressed as a whole group, discussing how hallowed ground connects us.
While we didn’t come to any specific conclusions, a diverse array of perspectives was shared, particularly diverging around the idea of trusting capitalist structures to do good and heal people and our world. Some were skeptical this is possible, let alone advisable. Others were more optimistic, having a great deal of visibility into what corporations are already doing to make change for good. Everyone agreed that businesses have a tremendous amount of power to influence the lives of people. Listen to the recording. Let us know your thoughts on our Facebook group.
Brandon is a best-selling author, the CEO of Unity Lab, and an expert in purpose, leadership + culture change. He’s trusted as a keynote speaker, consultant and program leader by organizations such as Google, Johnson & Johnson, Stanford University, JDRF, Morgan Stanley, U.S. Marine Corps, University of California – Berkeley, LinkedIn, the U.S. Navy, Slalom Consulting, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the University of Minnesota.
He is the author of Purpose Work Nation (2022), The Purpose Field Guide (2019), and Planet on Purpose (2018), and co-author of Purpose Rising (2017) and The Purpose Blueprint (2015). His work has been featured by news organizations such as USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, and Forbes.
Brandon holds an MBA in Leadership from Columbia Business School, is an Imperative Certified Purpose Leader (TM), and serves on the Council of the Global Purpose Leaders and the Leadership Council of ManKind Project San Diego.
Brandon offered these resources for us to continue our exploration:
- 4-minute video where Brandon explains the 3 Key Ideas of Purpose Work Nation: https://vimeo.com/680644280
- Email Brandon: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Connect with Brandon on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bpeele/
- Brandon’s book: http://purposework.us
- Fred Rogers testifying before the United States Congress for PBS funding – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKy7ljRr0AA
- Ken Wilber’s Essay, “Right Bucks: Money and Spirituality” – https://integrallife.com/right-bucks/
3/2/22: “Wisdom of Flower Essence”
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On this Gathering, our guest, Ruth Altschuler took us on a photographic journey to explore nature and how we can learn from nature’s experience and wisdom. Ruth provided an overview of Plants and Interconnectedness of plant and human beings over the millenia. We then had an opportunity to view the beauty and features of the Olive Tree and discuss its archetypal nature. Some participants noted the harsh conditions and how the Tree has survived and flourished in those conditions. Others noted the physical nature of the Olive Tree — the gnarliness of its trunk and widespread branches, and when in bloom, the delicate, light flowers. Participants noted the “space between” the branches and how that space enables birds to fly through the branches.
Ruth guided us in a beautiful meditation to immerse ourselves and attune to what the Olive Tree has to share with us. This experience touched many of us, bringing some people to tears as we realized how age and beauty can co-exist. We were amazed at the resilience of this tree and its ability to withstand such harsh conditions and continue to bear fruit. We also tapped into the wisdom of the elders and appreciated the knowledge and gifts of their experience. Truly a moving experience!
Ruth shared with us the process to create flower essences and how these essences can be used in numerous healing and expansive ways. The essence of the Quaking Grass can help bend the will of people, opening up the space for partnership and collaboration. For example, the essence of Calendula helps to open our hearts and can be used to facilitate healing and unifying conversations.
Ruth invited us to do more plant attunements and check out her Open Circles which is a monthly free event. To find out more about this opportunity, go to this link:
Ruth also generously shared a PDF of the slides that she used in our Gathering which you can access here.
Ruth is an official teacher for the Flower Essence Society (FES) Practitioner and Certification Program. She is known for bringing a remarkable understanding of flower essences and how their distinct qualities guide the soul healing journey for each client that she serves. As a native Brazilian, she has brought this work alive and integral to the healing therapists of Brazil. Her work helped lead to the Brazilian National Health Registry, in partnership with various University training programs, to recognize flower essence therapy as a healing modality, alongside other integrative health approaches. In addition to one-on-one consulting, she offers numerous programs and leads Essence Circles to expand this knowledge.
What are Flower Essences:
Plant Archetypes as References of Living Virtues:
How to use Flower Essences
Video on how Flower Essences are prepared:
Flower Essence Society website, with Research Information:
FLOWER ESSENCE PRODUCER WEBSITES
Alaskan Essences website:
Australian Bush Essences Website:
Bach Essences by Healing Herbs website:
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Desert Alchemy Website:
Flora of Asia website:
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Living Essences of Australia website:
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2/2/22: “Announcing our new theme for Year Ten”
Our first Gathering call of 2022 was really engaging, connecting and energizing. We had a highly interactive group with lots of ideas, insights and suggestions about how to co-create irresistible topics, speakers, tools and resources around our new theme:
“Dancing in the Space Between; Creating Resilience and Possibility in the Now”
What does it mean… to dance in the space in between? How many invaluable possibilities escape our perception and attention because we’re too focused on what we want, expect, believe or fear? What thoughts and feelings does this theme evoke in you?
Imagine what we can co-create in our changing and uncertain world,
if we express more resilience
and expand our awareness of what is possible
Below are some of the treasures we mined together:
- Dancing between the spaces allows for all possibilities.
- The edges between solid objects and the space in between are shared; we can’t have one without the other.
- Paying attention to the space in between gives us new awareness, perspectives and horizons.
- In the space between, I don’t need to be, choose or attach to any one thing. What becomes clear and possible from that place?
- Unlabeling offers the opportunity to be so much freer.
- There is a call to move between the spaces as smoothly and seamlessly as we move between inhale and exhale.
- It takes courage to be in the space between; a place of not knowing.
- Trusting the seeds of change is helpful.
- Give people a safe space to be (and practice being) in between.
And here are some of the ideas that we generated for possible topics and speakers:
- Introduce mother nature; Nature has thousands of years of R&D!
- Biomimicry – to create a design based on nature
- Regenerative systems
- Authentic relating – Claudia Alarcon
- My Grandmother’s Hands – Resmaa Menaken
- Renee Beth Poindexter – Living The Potential
- Dance and art as embodiments of moving within and between the spaces
On this call, we also invited people to share their intentions related to our theme. Sharing intentions and goals is especially powerful in a group! What are your intentions for 2022 around the topic of “Dancing in the Space Between; Creating Resilience and Possibility in the Now”?
Let us know what else comes to mind for you! Post your intentions, ideas, insights and suggestions in our Facebook group.
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About Beth Scanzani
Beth Scanzani is a highly respected and multi-faceted transformational coach, teacher and speaker. A lifelong student and curious soul, she has enjoyed exploring and integrating a wealth of knowledge, resources, and strategies that draw upon a wide range of psychological, scientific, and spiritual teachings. Prior to her transition into teaching and coaching in support of evolving consciousness, Beth enjoyed a successful career as a human resources executive in the high tech and healthcare industries.
True to her nature, Beth’s studies encompass a purposeful blend of psychological, scientific, and spiritual perspectives. She has attained numerous coaching certifications including True Purpose Coach™, Belief Closet™ Practitioner, Master Career Coach, Dream Coach™, iPEC Empowerment Coach™, Energy Leadership Coach™ and Theoretical Foundations of Coaching with David Rock. In addition, she is a trained facilitator and teacher of the Voice Dialogue™ process.
Beth is deeply passionate about sharing knowledge and strategies that create meaningful and sustainable transformation in service to co-creating a world that works for everyone. Beth has co-developed and/or co-taught many tele-seminars for the True Purpose Institute ™, the Shift Network and others including Voice Dialogue Mastery, Inner Harmony Practitioner Training, Evolving Beyond Your Wounds, Shadow Quest, Purposeful Coach Training, Blessing Yourself, Divine Guidance on Purpose and Purposeful Marketing. Beth also serves as a valued guide for those who wish to explore deeper meaning, insight and guidance through their sleeping dreams and waking life stories. She co-developed and teaches Stories from the Night Shift, a NASW CEU eligible seminar for therapists, coaches and other practitioners who want to increase their competence and confidence in accessing the treasures buried in sleeping dreams.
People who work with Beth value her insightful, strategic, fun and results-oriented coaching which helps them to achieve breakthrough results on short-term goals while simultaneously creating fundamental shifts that build a strong foundation for ongoing success and fulfillment, personally and professionally. Her eclectic approach and natural agility enable her to customize her coaching style, strategies and processes to help clients create a clear vision, navigate their way out of uncertainty and restrained momentum, and successfully achieve their desired outcomes.
Through her work as a teacher and coach, Beth demonstrates her dedication to providing transformative courses, workshops and coaching in service to those who are ready to reclaim their inner wisdom, embrace their life purpose and true nature, and wholly offer their unique gifts to others…and to the world we all share.
About Andy Swindler
Andy Swindler’s brings hearts together. He envisions a world that embraces healthy tensions to nurture dignity and agency for every person. Andy’s Chicago-based practice, Lead From Love, empowers conscious leaders and inclusive organizations to shift the dominant narrative from fear to love through an embodied expression of purpose and values.
He began his entrepreneurial journey at age 24, which led to owning a boutique digital marketing & software development company for 14 years until exiting at the end of 2016. Andy’s journey of studying human interaction and shepherding human flourishing now culminates in FeelReal, which he has incubated and evolved since 2007.
Andy is a Certified True Purpose® Coach & Consultant, Barrett Values Centre® Practitioner, Collaborative Operating System Consultant and Voice Dialogue™ Practitioner. He co-hosts The Gathering For Change Agents each month and is the Strategic Partnerships Chair for Conscious Capitalism Chicago Chapter. Andy speaks and writes on issues of equity and inclusion. He developed The Metamodel framework to visualize the alignment between more than 100 different conscious leadership, business and dialogue frameworks.
About Susan Alexander
Susan Alexander, PCC, is an executive and life coach with an extensive business background. She created her company Rosebud Coaching and Consulting to specialize in helping individuals to create new possibilities for their personal & professional life to fulfill their most important goals and aspirations. Her work focuses on individuals connecting with confidence and clarity to what’s most important to them (their purpose) and removing barriers of beliefs and assumptions that stand in the way of their full and authentic expression. Susan helps individuals be extraordinary leaders in all aspects of their lives. She coaches executives, managers and individuals with a special emphasis on the power of self-perception and communications and their impact on job performance.