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.
May 20, 2015

Social Artistry Tools for Leadership

Gaining Skills to Create Small Businesses
Gaining Skills to Create Small Businesses

ICA Nepal is working with Nepal Cloth Merchant and Tailoring Association (NCMTA), realizing the need to help people, citizens and leaders alike, to bring new mind to bear upon social change. NCMTA is working for inner capacity building, skill enhancement and empowerment of cloth merchants and those who are in involved in the tailoring business. Almost every village in Nepal has one or more members of the association.

Since 2010, NCMTA has been in collaboration with ICA Nepal in developing leadership of its associates using Social Artistry Leadership Training as one of the major tools/components for skill development of their members.

In 2013, a successful 2-day training was conducted in Nawalparasi district for members of NCMTA, where more than 70 participants participated. Among them, 58 were females and rest were males. The Social Artistry training was conducted prior to the 7-day design training. NCMTA team reported their members’ performance excelled in the design training because the Social Artistry Training tapped their inherent capacities for greater imagination, compassion, and resolve.

 In 2014 May, NCMTA Bhakatapur district hosted a 2-day Social Artistry Training for the members of Bhakatpur,, Lalitpur and Kathmandu Districts, with similar successful to previous trainings.

In June 2014, the 2-day Social Artistry Training was conducted by  NCMTA Dhaulagir Zone, where 55 participants from tailoring sector participated from three districts of Baglung, Magdi and Parbat. Among 55 participants, 25 were women tailoring entrepreneurs. The president of NCMTA Baglung Committee, Mr. Tejendra Bahadur Pariyar, expressed that " we are thankful to ICA for conducting such a leadership training comprising various tools that really changed the way we look at ourselves. The participants enjoyed the training and were highly motivated by the interpersonal skills they learned for themselves and for leadership in their work.

 NCMTA is using Social Artistry tools to bring new focus, perspectives, skills and fresh vision to its members, cloth and tailoring entrepreneurs. ICA Nepal’s coordination with NCMTA is an opportunity to work in a new paradigm with NCMTA in the development of capacities, skills and potentials, choices and commitments. We are just beginning to implement 2015 ICA and NCMTA plans to reach as many numbers of participants as possible and to develop social artists who can seek innovative solutions to troubling conditions and challenges. 

We would like to acknowledge each of you who continues to support the community building work in Nepal through training leaders throughout the country.

Tailer
Tailer's Association District Training
May 7, 2015

Team Provides Survival Relief for People in Severely Affected Areas

Families receive food kits and drinking water
Families receive food kits and drinking water

Situation Report:

In one of the most devastating earthquakes in the history of Nepal, according to government statistics, over 7000 (as of May 2) have died and more than 14000 injured and above 1 million houses are completely destroyed.  However the exact number is still unknown.  Several villages in parts of the country have fully or partially been destroyed causing extensive loss of human lives.  Per reports, victims are still awaiting rescues teams to reach them  The relief material reaching Nepal from various parts of the world already appears to be inadequate to address the immediate needs created by this calamity.

In many parts of the country (e.g. Rasuwa, Dhading, Nuwakot districts) there is still no power and the drinking water supply is disturbed, including the capital Kathmandu.  This increases conditions for potential outbreaks of disease.  In addition, many dead bodies (people and domestic animals) are around and unburied.  A huge challenge  remains to prevent the likely epidemics and starvation.  

Activities Carried Out by ICA Nepal Team 

On 29 April, while assessing needs, the team distributed 500 bottles of drinking water in the Bhaktapur area. 

On 30 April, 500 more bottles of drinking water were distributed in the Bungamati area, one of the most affected in Kathmandu.

On 1 May, a joint team moved towards Sindhupalchowk with basic food survival packages containing rice, daal, biscuits, noodles and drinking eater.

On 1 May, in the leadership of Ms. Devaka Shrestha, 40 sets of basic food survivial packages were distributed.  Ms Shrestha is(a community leader of Changu Narayan, who has actively participated in social artistry leadership training conducted by ICA Nepal and mobilizing more than 100 women in income generating and community development activities.

On 1 May, another team of ICA Nepal moved to Balaju to help Entire Power for Social Action (EPSA) with 10 sets of the basic food packages.  EPSA is a shelter for differently abled women (women living with physical disabilities).  

On 2 May, a team of ICA Nepal and volunteers of Rotaract Clubs distributed food supplies including blankets, and sanitary materials to some Village Development Committees (Kallerai, Gagan Pani) of Dhading district. Dhading is one the most affected districts. Of 2100 hourses,1800 are completely damaged. See photos with earthquake victims and ICA volunteers with relief materials.  The team assisted 118 households with the basic food survival packages.  

Also, in Jogimara village of the same district, 50 households of Chepang community were distributed the same relief food packages.

These food survival packages consisted of the following items per family:  rice 7 kg, lintels 1 kg, food grain l kg, salt lpcs, cooking oil 1 litre, Bitten rice 1 kg, soybeans 0.5 kg, masala 3 pkts, noodles 1 pkt, 5 spoons, 5 steel plates, 1 plastic jug, 1 plastic bucket.

The ICA Nepal teams will be covering more of the earthquake affected area with the food survival packages and tents.  The visits to affected areas reveal there is more need of the food supplies, water proof tents or at least tarpaulins and water proof mattresses to help these people have some shelter for at least the next 4 to 6 months.

 We acknowledge our donors, friends, welll-wishers and supporters who are lending a hand to provide relief support to the earthquake affected areas.  The damage is so big and thousands of families have been displaced.  Women, children and elders are the most affected groups.

Now the effort is to support with food materials and tarpulins and tents, as it will be at least 4 to 6 months for the reconstruction and recovery activities to make headway.

People waiting to receive survival food packages
People waiting to receive survival food packages
Food grains for distribution in Sangla
Food grains for distribution in Sangla
Food given in severely affected Dhading District
Food given in severely affected Dhading District
Feb 25, 2015

Much Progress with Leadership Training in 2014

The Social Artistry Leadership journey in Nepal that began in 2004 so far has been innovative and enlightening. ICA Nepal’s initiative to incorporate a Social Artistry approach in all its ventures now has been established on a regular basis. Here are some of the examples from 2014 that have changed lives and organizations for the better.

Social Artistry Training for Social Mobilizers, GIZ

Social Artistry Leadership Training was provided to social mobilizers nominated from GIZ. The course was a 12-day capacity building training for the mobilizers.The Social Artistry Leadership sessions were reported to be very effective and enlightening for the participants especially the “Deep Listening” exercise. The facilitators for the training were Atma Ram Timsina and Pramila K.C.

Social Artistry Orientation for PhD Scholars

On a regular basis Social Artistry orientations for PhD scholars are being conducted. The objective of this orientation is to present the basic concept of Social Artistry: how social artists help others to realize their innate personal qualities and understand the responsibility of personal and social transformation.

Social Artistry Leadership Training for Entrepreneurs, NCMTA

A two-day training was conducted at Nagarkot. The total number of participants was 23 who represented the executive committee of Nepal Cloth Merchant and Tailoring Association of Bhakatapur, Lalitpur, and Kathmandu districts.

Social Artistry Leadership Training for Differently Abled, BB Trust Network

With an objective of innovative application of the Social Artistry approach in wider scale, a workshop for various organizations working in the sector of differently abled was designed. Representatives of more than 15 organizations participated in the workshops.

Social Artistry Leadership Training for Educators at DAV School, Glen Buds and Oracle Ray Schools.

A two-day workshop for schoolteachers, mentors, and coordinators of DAV school was conducted. About 40 educators participated in the program along with the principal. The feedback for the training was quite positive. Similarly, half-day workshops were designed and delivered for teachers of Glen Buds and Oracle Ray Schools. The sessions were facilitated by Janet Sanders, Loren Weybright and Pramila KC.

Social Artists Get Together

Over the years of successful facilitations and teaching and learning experiences, it has been realized that a get-together of Nepali social practitioners and social artists is a must. Hence, an interaction program was arranged and invitations were sent to all the past associates. Overwhelmingly, most of them visited and attended the program where they shared their experiences and how they have been using the Social Artistry approach in their fields and lives. This was on the occasion of Janet Sander’s visit to Nepal, who is the international coordinator for Social Artistry and has supported the growth of Social Artistry leadership training in Nepal since its inception.

Social Artistry Micro Grants Projects

  • Social Artistry Orientation to School Youths – Gardening and landscaping in school
  • Social Artistry Leadership to Progressive Women’s Group – support to produce sanitary napkins.
  • Social Artistry Sanitation and Hygiene Campaign, Changu Narayan
  • Dental Camp at Changu Narayan Bhaktapur. More than 180 people participated in the program.

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