Social artists Janet Sanders, Skye Burn and Raul Kalinsky presented at the 15th Annual ILA Global Conference, October 20-November 2, 2013 in Montreal, Canada. The conference theme was our interconnected world and how what we do in one place impacts, inspires, and influences what happens elsewhere on the planet.
Understanding Situations on Four Levels: A Key to Resilience
The speakers shared a model for strengthening the capacity of leaders and their teams to deal with complex situations. Jean Houston’s four-level model has been used internationally in leadership development through the United Nations Leadership Development Program and other organizations.
Innovative Leadership through a Social Artistry Approach
Janet Sanders (Jean Houston Foundation) shared how the four-levels of awareness enable leaders to develop a holistic understanding of situations. When leaders understand the multi-dimensional complexity of a situation, their responses are more innovative and creative.
Competencies of Art-Infused Leadership on the Four Levels
The capacity to resolve complex situations can be strengthened by expanding and deepening awareness of dimensions not often taken into account in assessing situations. Skye Burn (The Flow Project) showed how to integrate principles and practices of art-making into leadership competencies of Houston’s four-level model: the sensory/physical; psychological/historical; mythic/symbolic; and integral/unity.
Innovative Leadership: First Steps in Argentina
Although the last 30 years have brought democratic continuity, autocratic patterns are deeply located within Argentine society. The challenge is to develop a new kind of leadership, removing the residual patterns and memories of dictatorship, using participatory innovative approaches. Raul Kalinsky (INDEI) shared specific applications of the four-level model in Argentina including outcomes of a seminar for youth leaders and other foundational activities.