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Continuing Education

Lessons from the River: Creating Adaptive, Resilient, and Sustainable Organizations

Date: 7:00pm PDT July 20 Location: Location: Maupin, Oregon

Offered by the White Water Institute, this program invites business and government leaders, educators and community members to the Deschutes River to enter into dialogue about significant changes needed in our organizations, businesses, and communities.  Lewis & Clark offers optional continuing education credit.

The controlled mechanistic systems, in which most organizations operate today aren’t nimble enough to meet today’s complex challenges. New professional and relational skills are needed.  Skills learned from living systems like adaptive leadership, interdependence, pattern awareness, and new organizational strategies like self-organization and emergence – provide guidance for these tough issues.

Participants will explore how natural systems provide the tools, strategies, and language for viewing engagement processes in a different way, establishing renewed capacity for change. 

As a rafting team, we will practice interdependence, letting go of control, and being fully engaged in the present moment. In the classroom, we will translate our experience on the river into a toolkit of living system concepts and organizational and communication strategies that can be directly applied to the workplace or communities.

This program is also offered August 10-14, 2014

Course Details & Registration

Dates: Sunday-Thursday, July 20-24, 2014

Time: 7 p.m. Sunday-1 p.m Thursday

Instructors: Marilyn Lane, Ph.D., Kathy Leslie, APR, Bill Jiron

Program cost: $1,450, includes meals and double occupancy lodging. Add $340 for a single room.

To register for this program, please visit white-waterinstitute.org. Participants seeking credit must register for credit through Lewis & Clark (form below).

Continuing education credit: CEED 866, 2 semester hours, $200

Continuing education credit registration form (PDF)

NOTE: Those registering for continuing education credit must complete and return this release form to the Center for Community Engagement at Lewis & Clark.

About the Instructors

Marilyn Lane, Ph.D. is Executive Director of the White Water Institute. Her career includes serving as assistant superintendent – instructional services, curriculum director, principal, state policy, teacher, and small business owner. Her passions include learning lessons from the river, community-wide learning initiatives, adventure, connecting with friends, journaling, and bicycling.

Kathy Leslie, M.M.S. is the White Water Institute Board President. She is also President of Leslie Consulting and Associates, and adjunct professor of communication engagement strategies at the Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. Kathy is currently writing a book titled The Politics of Authentic Engagement. Kathy’s professional background includes teaching, consulting and serving as an executive administrator. Her passions include friends, work, and family, building strong connected communities, travel, water, golf, and learning.

About Bill Jiron coming soon.

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