Creating a gift-centered culture
Many helping organizations are midway in the logical progression of both learning and action as they move from a professionalized service/support model to a person-centered/community-oriented way of thinking and acting. Leading-edge organizations are now asking: “What’s next?”
We believe the idea and practices of gifts are the next logical connecting threads between people being supported, organizations providing support, and the communities they are working in.
Why this approach?
Because gifts take strengths to a deeper level of self-worth, motivation and action for people being supported
Because employees of support organizations respond powerfully when they are seen for their gifts and have those gifts utilized in their work
Because organizations have gift culture-building responsibility if they are committed to furthering their community inclusion strategies
Because communities, when they see all members as gifted, begin to deepen their commitment to inclusion
What is the invitation?
We have built a brand-new learning and action model which combines the four necessary areas for creating gift-centered cultures: 1) the newest culture-science research about how to build and sustain focused work cultures, 2) ABCD community-development research and practices, 3) leadership sponsorship theory and action and 4) the tools for identifying and using gifts with people being supported, in organizational culture, and in community places. The learning curriculum includes an 8-part comprehensive assessment tool organizations will use for setting an initial baseline and mapping their strategies to build and sustain a gift-centered culture.
We will come together for an initial 2-day event to deepen our learning in the four critical areas described above, use the assessment tool to share baselines and determine future action, and create a learning agenda for the on-going video discussions over a 12-month period.
Why a learning commons?
Learning Commons are based in the design theory that no single entity has a comprehensive solution. Learning commons are helpful when the primary issue is complex, there are multiple solutions available, and shared learning increases success.
We’re inviting 6-8 organizations who want to learn together over a 12-month period.
What are the benefits?
- Initial two-day learning commons: Creating gift-centred culture
- Access to the Creating gift-centred culture assessment tool
- Participation in eight 1.5 hour video calls, 6 weeks apart to get support for your change plan and learn from others
- Unlimited email access to Institute leaders and learning partners to discuss strategies
The Learning Commons is a joint effort of the Core Gift Institute and a variety of guests.
“Our work with the Core Gift Institute to deepen the power of gifts in our individual, organizational and community life has been transformative to our organization. It has been this shift in having confidence in the gift approach that is helping us build a resilient workforce that is able to stay hopeful and not get lost in the pain, sadness and fear of very difficult work in increasingly challenging and unsettled times.”
Deb Everley, CEO, Kenora Association for Community Living, Canada
When and where?
All activities will be online on Zoom.
Initial two-day kick-off
Time: 9-4pm Pacific
Dates: July 18-19
Time: 10-11:30am Pacific
Dates: September 5, October 17, December 3, January 9, February 27, April 10
The cost for participation over the 9-month period will be $3,600 per organization. The cost includes:
- Participation fee for the organization
- A maximum of four participants in all events.
- All conference materials
- Participation in the Learning Commons video calls
- On-going technical support from Core Gift Institute
(Note: Cost for each additional person attending is $400.)
Participants must have attended the Core Gift Institute’s Master Facilitator certification program (see 2022 Offerings page).
This ensures a prior understanding of gift theory, gift discovery, and the values that drive this learning experience.
Contact the Institute for Master Facilitator training dates and further information.
Note: We will offer the Master Facilitator training at dates just prior to the beginning of this learning group, so organizations may qualify any participants who have not yet completed this training. Participating organizations may also request a Master Facilitator event for their organization at reduced rates.