Enlivening Edge Community Conversations


Some participants have said:

“How is it that we weave so much love into the space?” –  Alexandra Pilavachi

“The We is the One.” – Mila Aliana

“… the new and emergent in us is like a fawn coming down to drink at the pond; it needs a lot of care, respect, and a deep listening if we’re to be witnesses.” – Anna Betz

Such sentiments are like others quoted in EE Magazine columns by Andrew Carter MacDonald devoted to reflections on the conversations. Everyone who shows up is filled with deep appreciation, and has helped the conversations evolve to their current forms.

As of October, 2017, over 400 participants were signed up for these conversations. Typically, callers from over a dozen countries around the world show up for each conversation; over time, so many report their needs for sharing, being heard, having “Teal” conversations, belonging, and networking are amply being met. Synergies are abounding and many cooperative projects have been created.

The original community conversations that were based on Peter Block’s method called “A Small Group,” have now morphed into two different conversation series. The first series, on the first Thursday of each month, called “Practicing Teal,” is now focused for 90 minutes on ideas, principles, and practices of organizations (and therefore individuals) “going Teal.” We are taking a closer look at these ideas, principles, and practices, and exploring them together in some depth via a series of structured questions. We’re not a Teal-only club, though; many different worldviews and perspectives are welcome!

The second conversation series, on the third Thursday of each month, is called the “Engaging Collective Emergence” conversations. This is where we actually practice for 2 hours being open to “the Field” or as some call it the “Higher WE-Space,” seeing what arises from the collective interaction in a shared-consciousness interpersonal space. Click here to read the article on this conversation series.

In the near future there will be a “Deep Dive” conversations series. People who have experience, wisdom, and a heart-felt desire to share their passions around Next Stage Organizations will guide participants deeper during two-hour topic-specific conversations. A sliding scale of payment will honor the work, the energy and effort that each call leader makes. Stay tuned for updates. If you desire to offer one of these conversations, please contact me, Will Van Inwagen.

Our Intention

Our shared intention for co-creating a sacred space for this online gathering is:

  • Providing a safe place to engage with others and grow deeper connections, a sense of belonging, personal empowerment, and wholeness
  • Providing an environment for networking and collaboration
  • Offering support to people who are actively exploring or practicing or interested in Teal consciousness, Reinventing Organizations, or next-stage organizations: a place to rest, de-stress, and receive nurturance and encouragement
  • Co-creating an environment of inspiration, hope, contribution, and joy
  • Facilitating an awareness of the social ecosystem of the movement for change, which we are a part of, for greater collective impact.

Call Format

You do not need to attend all of the conversations; each stands on its own. However, by attending more, you are able to benefit more from our continuing explorations.

We use the Zoom video-conferencing platform, so we can break into small groups to have more intimate portions of the conversations. Currently on the platform only the first 40 participants who show up for any particular call can be included.

After each conversation, the hosting team stays online for an additional 15 minutes to answer questions and create a place for more connection and belonging to evolve.

How to Participate

To be notified in advance about each call and receive access information, go here and sign up to receive Community Conversations Notifications. If you do not have Zoom, the notification will tell you how to set it up (for free), which takes only a minute or two.

All Enlivening Edge Community Conversations take place at 10 AM US-Pacific, 6 PM UK, 7 PM Austria. There is no charge to participate.

The hosting team for the first-Thursday Practicing Teal conversation series is Will Van Inwagen, Vihra Dincheva, Ryan Schoenbeck, Andrew MacDonald, and Lori Sortino. The hosting team for the third-Thursday Engaging Collective Emergence conversation series is Mila Aliana, Tina Gattermann, Ryan Schoenbeck, and Will Van Inwagen. We are all delightedly looking forward to being with you!

Please email will@enliveningedge.org if you have any questions.