The past 30 years I have provided facilitative leadership for over 300 community-building workshops, representing The Foundation for Community Encouragement (FCE).
This work involves compassionate and respectful listening and communicating to individuals and groups, including businesses, local, state and national governments, religious groups, prisons, ethnic groups, colleges, universities, public schools, U.S. military, non-profit organizations, health care organizations and hospitals. In this work, I have:
- trained the trainers in a process that results in authentic communication and true community,
- worked with executive leadership to transform organizational infrastructure, producing desired results.
- worked with national leaders to create peaceable solutions to complex conflictual issues.
Listed below are selected examples of my work.
- Louisiana State Prison system—Used community building as part of a literacy program with inmates to decrease recidivism and change behaviors, allowing them to discover solutions to life problems.
- University of Moscow, Department of Psychology—Taught community-building techniques to specialists in conflict resolution.
- Canada—Worked with a Lutheran missionary group in Edmonton to create a deeper understanding of the differences in spiritual beliefs between the missionaries and the indigenous (First Nation) people.
- Pakistan—Used community building to help Muslims, Christians, Hindus, and Buddhists bridge differences and create a plan for ongoing relationships with one another.
- Sri Lanka—Met with members of warring factions to begin a peacemaking process that is continuing to this day.
- South Africa—Following the end of apartheid, worked with the oppressed and the oppressor to resolve historical conflictual issues.
- Taiwan and China—Worked with a multinational business to help management and workers learn to respect basic differences between Chinese and Taiwanese.
- England and Scotland—Worked extensively, teaching the community building process and training facilitators.
- Canada—Worked with school district in Burns Lake, using community building as part of a process to address the problem of racism and alcoholism and the complexities of communicating between whites and First Nation people.
- Chicago State University, Office of the President—Worked with entire administrative staff and tenured faculty to redesign the fundamental premise of the freshman and sophomore curriculum from a Eurocentric to Afrocentric perspective.
- Clearwater, Florida—Worked with one of the largest U.S. car dealerships to change the way they sold cars, the way they treated their customers and one another.
FOUNDATION FOR COMMUNITY ENCOURAGEMENT
FCE encourages people, in a fragmented world, to discover new and better ways of being together. Living, learning, and teaching the principles of community, FCE serves as a catalyst for individuals, groups, and organizations to:
– Communicate with authenticity
– Relate with love and respect
– Deal with difficult issues
– Seek, honor and affirm diversity
– Bridge differences with integrity
– Acknowledge our human frailties
– Take responsibility for our actions and make amends where possible
– Practice forgiveness for ourselves and others
– FCE’s approach encourages tolerance of ambiguity, the experience of discovery, and the tension between holding on and letting go. In our work to empower others, we remember our reliance upon a Spirit within and beyond ourselves.
M. Scott Peck’s Founding Dream
Written on the back of an envelope at an organiziational meeting
for the newly formed Foundation for Community Encouragement.
“There is a yearning in the heart for peace. Because of the wounds and rejections we have received in past relationships, we are frightened by the risk of disarming ourselves. In our fear, we discount the dream of authentic community as merely visionary. But there are rules by which people can come back together, and by which the old wounds can be healed. It is the mission of FCE to teach these rules-to make hope real again-to make the vision actually manifest in a world which has almost forgotten the glory of what it means to be human.”
For more information on Community Building please visit: www.fce-community.org