The Game Changer Intensive is a seven-week online course designed to educate, inspire, and equip you to be a pro-activist leader, a game changer in your community.
Picking up where the Symposium leaves off, the Game Changer Intensive is about both personal and planetary transformation: Who we need to be and what we need to do at this momentous time in human history. The Intensive catalyzes the inner work of transformation and aims to inspire and equip you to engage in effective collective action in the world.
The seven-week course features videos, readings, and activities delivered through an online platform that allows for group interaction in structured online discussion forums. Meet weekly with a small group of approximately 12 participants who are your learning partners throughout the course. Gatherings of the full class of hundreds of participants provide for further live interaction with your fellow game changers.
The Game Changer Intensive is organized into 4 sections, first grounding you in the principles of global citizenship, and guiding you through rich material to support you in being an effective, active creator of the future we all yearn for.
What does it really mean to change the game? What are the key principles of game changing leadership? Who do we need to be in order to be effective at doing? What keeps things the way they are and how do we really make change? Examine the cultural stories at the heart of the environmental devastation, social injustice, and spiritual alienation that afflict our world now. Develop your capacity to see our beliefs and social norms as created stories, rather than as “the truth,” and find yourself in a new meta-story that is based on connection, compassion and relatedness.
Expand your sense of scale and situate yourself as a key part—not only of your community—but of the universe itself. Engage with our collective responsibility as human beings for our role in shaping the evolution of life on Earth.
Look at the prevailing mindset of denial, discouragement, and despair about the future, and consider the case for embracing an authentic sense of hope and inspiration in the face of the urgency and challenges of our current, historic moment.
Confront the reality of the “rigged game” — the institutions and systems of social injustice that benefit some and dis-empower others. Investigate the growing disparity of income and institutionalized racism as primary examples of the rigged game. Learn what it means to take action for transformation at the collective and systemic level, as an extension of your personal transformation and growth.
What would it take to “democratize our democracy”? Confront the great failure of the U.S. democratic process, and examine how this underpins so many other crises we face and seemingly can’t resolve. Also study the urgent threat of climate change. Explore solutions that get at the root of these two issues in a way that truly changes the game. Get to know national partner organizations that are building grassroots movements to (1) democratize our democracy through amending the U.S. constitution, and (2) shift the trajectory of climate change by putting a price on carbon emissions.
Get grounded in who we need to be, what we need to know, and how we need to proceed to be effective, pro-active creators of the future we want. Arm yourself with the courage and resources to stay in the game with power, purpose, partnership, and love.