Social Centric Institute

The Social Centric Institute is designed to enhance skills of educators, counselors, parents, community organizers, law enforcement, and anyone wanting to improve human relations.  This training sequence aims to assist participants to effectively create dialogues, programming or curriculum, and champion initiatives related to social and systemic justice.  Fees vary per Institute Step, please contact us for more information.

The nine experiences of the training process are listed below. Please click on them for more detail:
[learn_more caption=”Step 1: Perceptions & Practices of Humanity”] One day experience with no more than thirty participants. The purpose of this experience is to explain the Social Centric perspective on Diversity. This is a foundational step in embracing the concept of the oneness of humanity. This experience will also develop or enhance a constructive vision of diversity that can fuel healthy:

  • Considerations of the possibilities of humankind
  • A broader and healthier lens in personal, professional, and social interactions
  • Planning for compassionate based action plans and processes within institutions and systems

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[learn_more caption=”Step 2: Art of Disagreeing & Consultation”] Two day experience with no more than thirty participants. In this critical second stage of the Social Centric process, participants engage in communication skill building, the practice of dialogue, and exercising Purity of Motive. Dialogue and Purity of Motive are the two wings of the  Social Centric approaches and methods; they are fundamental threads connecting all of Social Centric. Discussion and disagreement between two or more people mirror dynamics of processes employed by institutions and systems. Social Centric affirms that to actualize more peaceful and just realities, we must enhance our capacities to disagree and consult constructively.[/learn_more]
[learn_more caption=”Step 3: SOS(4)”] Three day experience with no more than fifty to sixty participants. Participants will either be introduced to or gain a deeper understanding of the Nurtured Heart Approach to relationships at various levels. The Nurtured Heart Approach is paradigm of seeing and or discovering the innate greatness of all people, including ourselves. This training offers participants tools to build emotional wealth in relationships and develop the necessary focus for becoming instruments of building social capital in society. The first day of the training will focus on self and nurturing our own heart. The following two days will be dedicated to applying the Nurtured Heart Approach to:

  • Family Dynamics (day 2)
  • Organizational/Institutional Culture (day 3)

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[learn_more caption=”Step 4: Navigating Deception & Distraction”] Four day experience with no more than thirty participants. Participants will examine the effects of prejudices on learning, perceptions, relationships, and the progress of humanity. The premise of this experience is that prejudicial teachings deceive and distract people from authentically uniting. Unity, being foundational to actualize justice, is distorted and prevented by the successful practices of prejudice. Understanding how people learn, perpetuate, and escalate prejudice affords opportunities to develop practices that are antithetical and beyond patronization. Participants will develop and enhance their vigilance to avoid prejudicial traps and navigate institutional and social forces that reinforce dis-unity.[/learn_more]
[learn_more caption=”Step 5: Restoration”]This is a five day experience with no more than twenty five participants. To gain skills to restore peace and dignity, participants will engage in activities, discussion, and investigation of the following concepts:

  • The dual nature of human existence
  • The power of and residual impact of our animal nature
  • The power and possibility of our human nature
  • The impact of the abuse of power and privilege regarding race, class, and colonization
  • The investigation of economic and material foundations for cultures, institutions, and systems

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[learn_more caption=”Step 6: ERACED”]This is a six day experience with no more than twenty five participants. Nine questions related to the multi-dimensions of race, racial prejudice, racism, race unity, and racial justice are the core reference points driving this experience. The questions, with their multiple choice answers, are designed to instigate dialogue, not debate, of the complexity of race related concepts. Participants will also enhance their research skills by practicing their capacity to investigate concepts mentioned within the questions and the multiple choice answers. The research component of this training will elevate participants’ skills of independent investigation, provide material to reference within group dialogue, and inspire participants to uncover the truth.[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”Step 7: WI.BLDE”] This is a seven day experience with no more than fifteen participants. Participants will experience a diversity of beliefs through experiential activities. The purpose of this experience is to dispel ignorance, develop understanding of distinctions, and recognize similarities. Beliefs about belief, religion, and spiritual matters have generated discord amongst humanity, and even contributed to oppression.[/learn_more]
[learn_more caption=”Step 8: Two Wings”] This is an eight day experience with no more than twenty participants. The purpose of this experience is to synthesize learning from all previous training of the Social Centric Institute in order to address identity, gendering, gender prejudice, sexism, and gender equity. This is a critical experience as participants move into the development of their own facilitation paradigm and practices.[/learn_more]
[learn_more caption=”Step 9: CANVASS”]This is a nine day training with no more than nine participants. In this experience a very small and deliberate setting will be established for participants to enhance their capacities and skills to design presentations, training, workshops, or events. To be able to channel one’s innate gifts into a framework to share with other  is a necessary step in systematizing learning and sharing knowledge. Many are capable of taking a curriculum or design of someone else and facilitating it in their own style. This experience is different in its aim to assist participants in the process of designing and implementing new programs that emanate from their experience and focus.[/learn_more]