CKX Cohort Experience

Emboldening shift disturbers working daily to deepen fundamental and healing change in society and challenge longstanding and entrenched paradigms.

We are excited to launch our nine-month cohort-based leadership experience, which emboldens shift disturbers with opportunities reflective practices, place-based learning and deep knowledge exchange. These practices are at the heart of our agency and we believe are foundational to starting to live the just world we strive for.

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Our inaugural set of interconnected and intergenerational cohorts are:

Cohort + — recentering BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) leadership

Cohort x — nurturing transformative action at the faultlines of our systems

While each cohort journey will be unique, the two cohorts will be symbiotic, rooted in shared values and opportunities, as well as space for collective reflection and learning.

About the cohort Experience

Each cohort will consist of six practitioners who will each commit one fifth of their time (approximately one day a week) to the experience over the course of nine months.

Embraced by a circle of facilitators and mentors, each cohort experience will include:

  • six in-person gatherings, with each cohort practitioner selecting a place meaningful to them, their community and their work, where they want to host and/or share an experience with their cohort;

  • weekly (in-person or online) cohort gatherings for facilitated reflective practices and deep peer knowledge exchange;

  • access to diverse reflective practices - the opportunity to learn, workshop or train desired practices, deepen existing practices or explore new practices;

  • access to a circle of Knowledge Holders along the journey as mentors, wise counsel, provocateurs and supports;

  • sharing insights, learning and growth from the experience through the medium of a practitioner’s choice.

The entry points for learning and action are:

  • deep knowledge exchange — based on each other’s lived experiences, influences, stories and inspirations;

  • experiential learning — during the place-based gatherings; and,

  • reflective practices — to deepen, process, challenge and celebrate their experience.

Foundational Principles

We have committed to the following foundational principles as we breathe life into the CKX cohort experience:

  • this experience is a journey of unlearning and relearning — and acknowledging ways existing paradigms (of power, class, gender and sexuality, and many others) have manifested in our daily lives;

  • our way forward is emergent, but our steps must be relational and interdependent, adaptive and iterative, intentional and aware;

  • we seek to move beyond the mere visioning or seeding of futures by creating space for cohort practitioners and CKX to embody and action shifts in the status quo;

  • “capacity for all” is a driving value behind our design — cohort practitioners will be invited to bear and bring witness to their dynamic whole self; welcome their teams and communities to walk with them; and share their experience and insights of their journey along the way (a process that will be co-designed with the cohort practitioners themselves);

  • the power of reflective practices, place-based learning and deep knowledge exchange not only shapes the cohort experience, but the program itself; CKX will learn in and through relationship to iterate the program.

about 2019

In this inaugural year of the cohort experience, we recognize it is a time for humble, generative learning about the experience itself and its relation to community.

We will seed and grow the program with the inaugural cohorts. To support this, the inaugural cohorts will be curated around two guiding principles:

  • recenter voices too often pushed to the margins

  • openness, readiness and willingness to engage fully in this emergent program

We are seeking insight from wise counsel and shift disturbers to ensure the inaugural cohorts are a collective of diverse voices who will help us truly live our values as we shape, refine and iterate the program — and co-create the application and selection process for subsequent cohorts.

To express interest in being a cohort practitioner this inaugural year, ask a question or share a reflection, please email Reflective Practice Director Kelsey Spitz-Dietrich at kelsey@ckx.org.

Resources

Become a cohort facilitator.

Applications open soon for people who can bring their whole self, bold action and deep reflection to the role. Join our mailing list to learn when applications are open.

Email Reflective Practice Director Kelsey Spitz-Dietrich at kelsey@ckx.org with questions, ideas or reflections.

  • a team of cohort facilitators will host the unique path of each cohort experience and the collective learning across and between the cohorts;

  • cohort practitioners will be compensated with $15,000 for one-fifth of their time over nine-months;

  • associated travel, convening and workshop costs will be covered;

  • additional resources will be available through the Arpi Hamalian Fund to remove barriers or burdens which would limit the full participation and presence of a cohort practitioner;

  • mentors and wise council will be compensated and honoured for their time.

Outcomes

  • individual and community enrichment — cohort practitioners and their communities are nourished in their personal and collective journeys to embody the just futures they seek and are provided the time and space to deeply explore recentering wisdom, relationships and ways of being that accelerate a transformation to living in symbiotic and respectful relationship;

  • shift happens — shift disturbers (in the cohorts and beyond) take action to amplify insights, re/learning, affirmations, and stories from the emergent and collective experience and apply them in their daily lives;

  • CKX evolves — to embody what we learn, experience and bear witness to in our agency model and approach.

motivation

Our relationships with each other and with the earth are violently off-balance — a reality we grapple with on a daily basis.

We face the precipice of climate change, deepening inequity and socioeconomic volatility. We see the weaknesses and fractures in the defining systems of our era.

We face intensifying and mainstreaming expressions of white nationalism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, bigotry and racism. We see the ferocious death throes of deeply entrenched, yet self-destructing systems.

And yet, we see possibility* radiating from people, families, organizations and companies, communities and movements trying to live a different present and future, to rebalance our relationships and to root society in a worldview that sees us moving forward together in right relationship.

This vision of possibility is nothing short of a societal transformation that demands the embodiment of different, remembered and reclaimed ways of working together. We must continue to jointly and urgently walk together the path towards our desired future.

There is no single solution that will bring that future into being, but we recognize our responsibility as a social change agency to be committed actors on this journey of transformative change.

The CKX Cohort Experience will invest in people re/discovering how we can embody the just world we strive for and recenter wisdom, connection and ways of being that accelerate a transformation to living in symbiotic and respectful relationship with each other and the earth.


*This framing is inspired by the work of adrienne maree brown, whose powerful words and teachings [as most recently captured within Emergent Strategy (2017)] have deeply influenced how we approached the design of this experience.