Join CPS December 6 for the Global Community Gathering

Join CPS December 6 for the Global Community Gathering

Leaders are working together around the world to advance the Partnership and Caring Economy movements. The Center for Partnership Studies honors our program graduates and leaders in the wider Partnership community who are making the world a better place. We are continually inspired to learn about the many creative ways that CPS leaders are actualizing Partnership and Caring Economy principles in the world; their success stories re-energize us for the next leg of our journey. How are you putting Partnership principles into action?  Join us Thursday, December 6, 2018, 11:00am-12:30pm Pacific Time/2:00pm-3:30pm Eastern Time for the Center for Partnership Studies Fall, 2018…continue reading →
Feminine Leadership

Feminine Leadership

November, 2018 By Isabelle François, CPS Partnership Community How many of you feel that we are at a critical turning point in our world?  Upheaval has become a daily personal challenge for many, from professional to health, financial, and relationship issues. At the same time, it unleashes great potential for evolution, growth, breakthroughs, and awakening for humanity. Riding this wave will require leadership, but the question is what type? Let us launch a conversation on the type of leadership we need in today’s world, as much as in our personal lives. First, we need…continue reading →
Is Hollywood Shifting? Feminine Leadership as Portrayed in Moana and Wonder Woman

Is Hollywood Shifting? Feminine Leadership as Portrayed in Moana and Wonder Woman

October, 2018 By Lara Drasin, Partnership Leader The major shift from privileging stereotypically masculine forms of power to more stereotypically feminine forms of power is exemplified by two major films that came out in the summer of 2017: the animated Disney film Moana, and the blockbuster superhero film Wonder Woman. Moana’s “shero’s” journey to adulthood is about finding her identity, but it is also about assuming her role as protector of her island. This necessitates a style of strength and power that is focused on collaboration, egalitarianism, cohesion and respect for every component of a social…continue reading →
Feminist Leadership as Care for the Whole: Modeling and Co-Creating a Livable Future

Feminist Leadership as Care for the Whole: Modeling and Co-Creating a Livable Future

October, 2018 by Miki Kashtan, CPS Partnership Community There is no simple way to “declare” our leadership to be feminist. Instead, feminist leadership is born of struggle and remains precarious. Internally, the struggle is to free ourselves from notions, perspectives, feelings, habits, and even desires we have internalized through patriarchal socialization. Externally, we are likely to run into obstacles, because patriarchal norms of leadership are internalized by others, too, and are encoded into the way our modern societies function. Patriarchal norms shape the very definition of leadership, which conventionally stresses motivating others to…continue reading →
Nosce te Ipsum— Know Thyself

Nosce te Ipsum— Know Thyself

October, 2018 by Wendy Wood, PhD, CPS Partnership Community This simple invitation to inquire into our true nature is at the heart of understanding what it means to be an authentic human being–– and doing so “with respect for the full complexity of one another’s identities, experiences, histories and perspectives.” Being authentic allows women to make sense of their experiences and create a coherent life story so that we may fully comprehend the world in which we, as women, live. As we gain self-awareness and understanding, our capacity to take action courageously opens…continue reading →
Building Partnership Community in Portland, OR

Building Partnership Community in Portland, OR

October, 2018 by Travis Petchell, CPS Partnership Community I have been engaged as a dedicated activist/change agent for almost 10 years. About five years ago, I first read The Chalice and The Blade and it immediately became one of my favorite books. Over time, I have grown to appreciate it even more. Now, I feel, is the right time for me to do more to educate and organize for helping bring about a partnership-oriented society. When people put their creativity and energy behind truly intersectional and unifying change work, the possibilities are inspiring…continue reading →
Empowered Leadership in CirclesWork!

Empowered Leadership in CirclesWork!

October 2018 by Lauren Jinshil Oliver, CPS Partnership Community 2018 is shaping up to be another Year of the Woman. I am confident as more women step into leadership, we will evolve a more caring and just world. My passion is to co-create the environment that elicits women’s leadership.  For many, self-confidence does not come easy. We see repeatedly how the patriarchal top-down power structure teaches women self-doubt and expects women to dampen our voices, our authority, our drive. Stepping into leadership in a setting designed for turn-taking in leadership functions promotes the teaching-learning…continue reading →
Life-Affirming Models for Embodied Partnership

Life-Affirming Models for Embodied Partnership

October, 2018 by Beth Wilson, CPS Partnership Community While working for the U.S. Congress, and later, for Silicon Valley start-ups, I came to realize how different my thinking was from the norm. While others recognized the value of my contributions and rewarded me generously, rarely could they articulate the “unique” approach I took as a leader, bridge-builder, innovator and problem-solver. Thankfully, after reading The Chalice and the Blade, what I did know was that the values with which I approached my work, my parenting, and my life were rooted in what Riane Eisler…continue reading →
Religious Patriarchy and the Next Supreme Court

Religious Patriarchy and the Next Supreme Court

October 2018 Amber Johnson, CPS Partnership Community “Keep the faith. Don’t get rattled by all of this. We’re going to plow right through it and do our job. In the very near future, Judge Kavanaugh will be on the United States Supreme Court.” Mitch McConnell’s pep talk to a crowd of conservative Evangelicals salivating at the prospect of judicial theocracy was on point. Senate Republicans did just that; plow right through human decency to achieve their end goal. Religious power and control. As a woman, and a former Evangelical, I am not alone…continue reading →

Women CPS Alumni leaders: Partnership in action

This summer, Center for Partnership Studies program alumni are putting their Partnership values into action as loving parents, community service for social justice, and spiritual mentorship for women leaders. As Riane would say, "Brava!" to all of you manifesting your passions in real-world actions that make a difference. Kathleen Fleming is a graduate of the Changing Our Story, Changing Our Lives: Riane Eisler's Cultural Transformation Course. She is the owner/founder (and "Mama Bear") of Majestic Unicorn, an Asheville, NC based lifestyle brand dedicated to nourishing women, body and soul. On her website, she writes…continue reading →