Training and consulting services customized to your community or organization's needs.
Our unique approach inspires people to remember their interconnections
and live into the world they want to create.
Tools for Change offers facilitation, mediation, training and consulting services. Our approach weaves together deep reflection, sharing stories and heart felt dialog which inspires generosity of spirit and collective genius. People we work with have powerful experiences; at the same time, they learn valuable skills that help them meet the challenges they face in their work and community lives.
We design and facilitate meetings and events that are multi-cultural and multi-generational. Our approaches transform habituated patterns of interaction rooted in internalized oppression and privilege. Everyone is inspired to contribute their perspectives so diversity of experience informs decisions. Mutual care, creativity, decisive action and commitment are unleashed.
For the first time in history, the future of life itself
is in question. Our communities are threatened
with moral, economic and ecological devastation.
There are powerful forces arrayed against us.
We need each other in order to bring about
Historically, in order to gain access to American
society, all of us have been expected to leave our
different cultures, traditions and perspectives at the door. This has made it impossible to create inclusive contexts and establish the trust necessary to work together effectively.
We come together to build alliances because we are stronger when rooted in our different communities and identities because we see different aspects of the situation. Just as importantly, our power is multiplied when we can call on our different constituencies.
In mediations for organizations, households and communities, we establish an atmosphere that inspires deep respect and empowers people to speak their truths and envision their dreams. Participants explore the influences of cultural, social and historic systems of dominance in ways that inspire social healing and the creation of just relations. Clarity emerges
so people can choose the best way
to move forward.
- Path to Becoming Multicultural:
Bring what has traditionally been left out into
the center. Broaden everyone’s perspectives, discover ways to
become allies across social divides and to establish just relations.
- Healing the Healer ~ Sustaining Ourselves Through Hard Times: Ground yourself in greater purpose and inspire collective resilience. Develop skills to maintain balance amidst change.
- Transformational Leadership: Learn ways to invite spirit, build collective coherence, transform patterns of domination, inspire full participation and develop visioning capacities.
- Deepening Community Resilience: Increase your community’s ability to creatively respond to challenging times.
- Customized Training: We create programs uniquely tailored to your situation.
From our Tool Box
- Applied Meditation for personal and collective reflection; bear witness, find hope, and create vision.
- Appreciative Inquiry to surface peoples’ best experiences and envision the transformation they want to create.
- Path Process is an inclusive strategic planning based in vision using Graphic Facilitation.
- Popular Education to appreciate the larger forces at play through our stories and be better change makers.
- Theater of the Oppressed, Open Space and other tools are also used as the need arises.
- The Work that Reconnects awakens our connections with one another and the greater whole.
The mediation for our local chapter was superb! We were able to get the major issues onto the table and deal honestly with the feelings involved in an atmosphere of openness to all perspectives.
— Kim, Jewish Voices for Peace