The Jean Houston Foundation

The mission of Jean Houston Foundation is to promote positive social change by developing international communities of leaders in Social Artistry to apply a wide range of cutting edge leadership and human potential development skills for finding innovative solutions to critical local and global issues. The Foundation offers training, research, consultation, leadership, and guidance with the aim to advance individual, social and cultural development both locally and globally.
Oct 17, 2014

Reflections of Visiting Trainer to Nepal

Relections from Lauren Jinshil Oliver, who resides in California and heads the organization, CirclesWork.  She went to Nepal as part of the visiting Social Artistry training team.   

Dear Fellow Social Artists,

We can make a difference half-way across the world! Let me tell you a story of significant change we have already begun, and what is still needed.  We can support the amazing work being done in Nepal by local social artists.

 I had the great good fortune of visiting Nepal to help teach teach Social Artistry. The Nepali social artists already trained had projects going all over the country. With the support of Dr. Tatwa Timsina, each one had selected a different population to work with, and all set high goals. They offered Social Artistry on all 4 levels of the psyche, and had integrated it into the culture of Nepal in astounding and fascinating ways. What energy! What devotion they brought to their projects.

 Jan Sanders, Evelyn Philbrook and I had the opportunity to make a number of field visits. I will never forget the women’s agricultural collective. They returned from a march in the city to celebrate, and to call for more agricultural collectives. All were dressed in pink and green traditional clothing, billowing in the breeze like flags of pride, as they drove up in a large truck, packed tightly in the truck bed. Then we all met for a couple hours, getting reports on the crops planted and harvested, the building projects (a large storage area, in which we met), the new plans to extend sales, and the challenges ahead.

 After Jan gave a presentation on Social Artistry, all the women were challenged to consider a gigantic new step: selling their harvested crop through the collective. This flew in the face of strong tradition: the women plant, tend, and harvest; but their husbands sell the crops, and bring home whatever monies they are inclined to. First one woman stood and took the challenge. She would confront her husband and sell the crop through the collective. Slowly a second woman came forth. Then a third. Finally five women stood – bravely and determinedly before the 60+ collective members, and declared their willingness to change this cultural pattern: bringing money to support the future of the collective, and bringing more money home. They could then assure the healthy diet and educational resources for their children by holding the purse strings.

These women cannot make such changes on their own. They need to support one another, and they need our support. They got one of the grants given by Social Artistry. Can we promise them another grant to help them take the next brave step?

Women
Women's Ag Coop Meeting
Jul 28, 2014

Advanced Training at Secondary School in Nepal Successful

This is a report of one of the trainings that was conducted when Janet Sanders and Christ Harrington traveled to Nepal to do advanced training with the Nepali training team, to provide them with additional community building and leadership skills.

Background:

Realizing the needs of leadership development for its mentors, block heads, management team and teachers, DAV Sushil Kedia Vishwa Bharati Higher Secondary School, Jawalakhel organized a two-day Social Artistry leadership training on May 23 & 24, 2014. The key trainer for the training was Ms Janet Sanders and co-facilitated by Kris Harrington, Amba Datta Bhatta, Pramila KC and Ishu Subba. The medium of the training was English. Objective of training with Social Artistry is the art of enhancing human capacities in the light of social complexity. It seeks to bring new ways of thinking, being and doing to social challenges in the world. The training purpose is to use multiple styles of thinking and expand the contemporary leadership challenges to manage complex social and organizational issues.

Specific Objectives:

a) To develop a wide range of innate, but previously undiscovered human capacities.

b) To create innovative solutions to critical issues confronting their communities and societies

c) To formulate models of change that can be utilized in a broad range of circumstances.

Expected Outcome

a) All participants will have a good understanding of the Social Artistry approach.

b) Participants will have increased their ability to work cooperatively with others and raised their level of self-esteem.

 Methods: 

The training was based on adult learning principles. In order to ensure an active learning atmosphere; interactive participatory methods were used to conduct sessions.  Information and related messages were delivered through presentation and experience sharing. To develop common understanding on important issues were also emphasized. Small groups work methods were used to enhance the understanding of participants on specific issues and subject matters. Participants actively engaged in open discussion and experience sharing.

Overall Conclusion: 

The training was a great success. Participants realized the enormous power of potentialities they have within themselves. The needs had been well identified and addressed thoroughly. It is not just due to the facilitator’s skills and inputs, but the enormous amount of enthusiasm and experiences all the participants showed and shared among the groups. It must be noted that in every session, facilitator encouraged participants to engage in group exercises and create a workable vision for the association. It is recommended to do an annual refresher training to continue the progress.

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Mar 17, 2014

Social Artistry Trainings Are Reaching Many

Women
Women's Training in Changu

Social Artistry Leadership Training for members of Rotaract Club of Manohara and Leo Club of Kathmandu Fulbari

ICA Nepal facilitated the social artistry leadership training jointly organized by Rotaract Club of Manohara and Leo Club of Kathmandu Fulbari. Mr. Amba Dutta Bhatta facilitated the training. The major aim of the training was to provide knowledge about different dimensions of leadership. The participants and organizers were very satisfied and happy with the sessions conducted, and the tools that were learned. 

Social Artistry Orientation to Research Students of PhD Centers

An orientation session for research students was conducted to provide the basic concepts of Social Artistry. It was shared how social artists help others to realize their innate personal qualities and understand the responsibility of personal and social transformation. Ms. Pramila KC, a member of the leadership team facilitated the session.

 Social Artistry Orientation to Interact Club of Glen Buds School

Orientation Sessions with members of Interact Club of Glen Buds School have been conducted. Dilli Upadhaya, President for Rotaract Club of Rudramati Babarmahal is supporting Ms. Pramila KC to mobilize the students to establish a Junior Social Artist Club/Community in the coming days.

Other 

Interactions and meetings are being held with school teachers, rotaract members, and the ICA/SA team to to develop young social artists who will utilize their inner potentials to bring a positive change in the school and the community. They will learn about the skills to identify our hidden talents and reaching a new level of leadership. The youths will be provided an introduction to social artistry.  Its basic tools, methods and concept will be shared in order to explore the inner capacity inherent in them. Youths will be so mobilized that they will be involved in micro-level projects and assignments. A group of students will work as social artists and perform various tasks and carry out activities within a school, or a local community that woill explore the leadership quality and inner capacity of the group, of school and the local community as a whole.

Certain funds has been allocated for the projects designed by the students. Ms. Pramila KC in coordination with the ICA/SA team will work with students to implement the projects.

Social Artistry Leadership Training to Social Mobilizers of ILRA Project Working in Far Western Region:

Here, we introduced Social Artistry tools as one of the major tools of social mobilization process. The training was facilitated by Atma Ram Timsina and RC Lamichhane.

 Micro Grants of Progressive Women’s Group:

Women of the Changu area are being united through SA training to transform their own area. They are involved in various activities and with the micro grant support of the Jean Houston Foundation, they are motivating local girls particularly of menstruating age to use hygienic practices such as using sanitary pads. Since the sanitary pads are expensive and the girls cannot afford them, the women are producing low cost sanitary pads and providing to the girls for a nominal cost. Mrs. Dewaka Shrestha, who has been trained in SA is coordinating this task.

Participants engaged in appreciation process
Participants engaged in appreciation process

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