Collaborative Leadership and Social Capital:
How do we work together in the age of divisions?
Presentation session at GYLI Spring Educator Training (April 2017)
There is no more important time to be looking at the aspects of community development, leadership, and the important work of schools than now. We live in a time of great division (be it by gender, race, ethnicity, political affiliation, sexual orientation, income, or so many more) and we are still called to bridge divides and help students learn how to bridge those divides as well.
I firmly believe that the division in our society is a result of a sever erosion of social capital in our communities and relationships. If we begin to rebuild this, we can begin to heal some of the wounds of division. It is informative that some of the key parts of our work in collaborative leadership are helpful in framing how we can bridge divides and rebuild social capital (see them at right)
To highlight some...when we intentionally focus our efforts on "sharing common space with others"; "engaging in multi-perspective thinking and action"; and "empowering others and allow others to empower themselves" we can begin to transform relationships and rebuild social capital among important people in our lives and our community...
So how can we do this?
We can do this through PLAY! See the activities below to link up to our work from the GYLI Collaborative Leadership Session.
7 Qualities of Collaborative Leadership
On another note, the link below has a great podcast from NPR where they talk with folks about the power of intentional conversations across the divide in this current context. The work StoryCorps is continuing after the election of President Trump is informative and key to understanding the methodology for rebuilding social capital in this age of division.