The Tectonic Leadership Programs
Tectonic Leadership Workshop for Middle East Conflict Transformation
A Five-Day Leadership Retreat
The Five-Day Tectonic Leadership Retreat is a combination of documentaries, lectures, individual and group
exercises on past and current events, with the addition of field trips to the Arab American museum, the Charles
Wright African American Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Holocaust Memorial Center, all strategically
designed to create pairs of leaders from opposite sides of the conflict – leaders fully committed to transforming the conflict. The program
consists of the following:
Giving Voice to Our
Fears and Judgments
Through a series of thought-provoking questions, we will give the participants
an opportunity to focus on their deeply held beliefs about themselves and the
other, examine their judgments and expectations of the other, and explore the
numerous barriers to peace: psychological, ideological, sociological, and
Advocating for Self
Through group and individual exercises, participants will experience the power
and limitations of advocating for self. These exercises will demonstrate what
happens when one holds on to a core belief, and advocates for that belief
instead of focusing their attention on the issues that need to be resolved.
to Problem Solving
Participants will be introduced to the paradoxical approach to problem solving.
The process will begin by a review of the dual narratives, based on
documented references and personal stories. Participants will be challenged to
express both sides of the Middle East narratives, using their differences to
create a common intent.
Participants, as pairs of leaders, will practice "Tectonic Leadership" with real
life issues and policies, practice problem solving, speaking and listening from
both sides of the conflict on key issues while addressing the barriers to peace.
Pairing for Tectonic
In this final stage of the program, participants from opposite sides will form
leadership pairs for sustained transformation and explore how their creative
ideas can generate seismic shifts and create a tipping point for peace.
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