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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This report is an accounting of the initial SA training that helped build the relationship between Nepal Cloth Merchant and Tailoring Association (NCMTA) and ICA Nepal. There were 71 NCMTA members who participated in the training at the Shiva Village Commuinty Hall, Kawasaoti, Nawalparasi district, Nepal.
Tatwa Timsina was recently in the United States and met with social artists in Chicago. Consultant, researcher, teacher, and Social Artistry facilitator, Tatwa Timsina is the executive director of the Institute of Cultural Affairs in Kathmandu, Nepal. In working with community development in Nepal, Tatwa guides Social Artistry leadership training, program design, project management and strategic planning. He brings volunteers, programs and financial support from international agencies together with community projects such micro-loans, sustainable agriculture, health awareness, gender issues, youth education and others.
Tatwa reported on the youth leadership training conducted in Nepal earlier this year and its success.
Institute of Cultural Affairs organized a day long introductory Training Program on Social Artistry Leadership. All together 24 Youths attended the program representing the different Rotaract Clubs from the zone 5 group of Nepal. All the participants were students from the different backgrounds of studies. Since all the participants were Rotaractors all of them have the deep interest of Social Work so that the title itself attracted them to participate in the training.
Mr. Amba Dutta Bhatta took the lead role of the training and Mr. Deepak Adhikari supported him as the co-facilitator.
2. Rational Objective of the Training:
To help our participants learn about the skills to indentify their hidden talents and acquire a new level of motivation through active imagination.
3. Experiential Objective of the Training:
Participants will get the opportunity to practice the tools, to activate their imagination capabilities through the exercises on Sensory physical, Psychological historical, Mythic Symbolic and Unitive integral levels. This will give the participants an initial experience of the basic Social Artistry approach.
Tatwa was the third social artist this year to visit the United States from Nepal. In February Anita Shrestra and Akim Shrestra participated in the Creative Community Building Conference and Social Artistry Trainer's Training held in Colqluitt, Georgia. All three are members of the Social Artistry Leadership Program team in Nepal.
Colquitt, Georgia, USA, was the site of the Creative Community Building Conference, held for the 7th year, with participants from various communities in USA as well as representatiaves from Nepal. Colquitt is the home of Swamp Gravy, Georgia's Folk Life Play, which is an important part of the Social Artistry approach in building creative communities. The conference featured two exciting tracks: Empowerment Through the Art of Storytelling and The Art of Social Change. The conference was January 31-February 3, 2013. The conference was preceded by a 3-day Introduction to Social Artistry Leadership, and the conference was followed by a 5-day Social Artistry Trainer's Training.
Akim Shrestha and Anita Shrestha, two Social Artistry trainers from the Nepali leadership team in Kathmandu were able to participate in the events. They returned to Nepal to share with their team the processes and knowledge they gained from the events. Akim is one of the first first social artists in Nepal and brings Social Artistry into her work as well as significant contributions she makes in her volunteer social change activities. Anita's focus is bringing the power of Social Artistry to leadership in the political arena, both local and national.
Social artists in the USA continue to support the work in Nepal with monthly contributions. The Nepali leadership team of 8 social artists (overseen by Tatwa Timsina) are in charge of leading the Social Artistry work in Nepal. This includes local and regional introductions to Social Artistry, community development projects to address training of youth, agricultural initiatives for food sustainability, education, reduction in infant mortality and other related endeavors.
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