CKX Cohort Experience

Emboldening people and communities leading our collective transformation toward just futures.


Our cohort-based leadership experiences, which we intended to run annually, will hold space for shift disturbers to engage in:

  • deep knowledge exchange of each other’s lived experiences, influences, lesson, stories and wisdom

  • place-based learning on the land together

  • reflective practices to deepen, challenge and process their experiences, positionality, and agency within our entrenched systems

Shift disturbers

People and communities shifting our collective imagination of how we engage, work, live and connect to each other and the world around us. They are the vanguard of just social transformation.


Our inaugural set of interconnected and intergenerational cohorts will be:

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The inaugural cohort + will focus on recentering BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) leadership.

Cohort + will welcome 6 Vancouver-based shift disturbers, who will be invited to participate in and shape the experience together.

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The inaugural cohort x will focus on nurturing transformative action at the faultlines of our systems.

Cohort x will welcome 6 shift disturbers from multiple locations, who will be invited to participate in and shape the experience together.


cohort x 2019 will focus on nurturing transformative action at the intersection of two major fault lines — climate change and entrenched gender inequity.


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

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

We will be testing, deepening and adapting the experience with the inaugural cohorts.

In 2019, we will trial a nine-month experience.

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

six shift disturbers

Each person will commit and be compensated for one fifth of their time (approx. one day a week)

weekly cohort gatherings

Facilitated group reflective practices and deep peer knowledge exchange (in-person or online)

six in-person gatherings

Shift disturbers select a place meaningful for them, their community and their work, where they wish to host or share an experience with their cohort

space for diverse reflective practices

Opportunities to learn, workshop or train desired practices, deepen existing practices or explore new practices

Access to a circle of knowledge holders

Connection with a circle of mentors, wise counsel, provocateurs and supports

sharing insights, learning and growth

Opportunities to share insights and advocate through the shift disturber's medium of a choice


We commit to these foundational principles as we breathe life into the CKX cohort experience:

Unlearning and relearning

We acknowledge the ways existing systems and structures of power manifest in our daily lives and work.


Our steps must be relational and interdependent, adaptive and iterative, intentional and aware.


We aim to embody and action shifts in the status quo

Capacity for all

We invite shift disturbers to bring their dynamic whole self, teams, peers and communities into the experience.

We do not take our approach for personal enlightenment, but to transcend entrenched systems and mindsets and bring to life the futures we seek — futures where we live in symbiotic relationship with each other and the Earth.


These practices deepen the learning, action and mindset needed for collective transformation. They are necessary to unwind the negative impacts of colonization and reimagine how we connect to each other and the world around us.

These practices

  • humanize our knowledge with the experiences of peers

  • facilitate our conscious connection to the Earth and the peril the Earth is in

  • challenge our intellectual knowledge with emotional, spiritual, physical and community learning... 

  • ...and create great power in our actions by reconnecting our head with our heart and hands — and with the land

They are deeply personal to experience, yet the reflections and insights that surface are deeply collective.


As this inaugural year will be a process of testing, learning and adapting, we recognize the importance of collaborating and learning with shift disturbers who will challenge, open up and deepen the experience.

We also recognize this first year of the experience will be emergent and carry more risk than subsequent years.

We are listening to wise counsel and shift disturbers to ensure the inaugural cohorts are a collective of voices who will help us truly live our values.

We take seriously the responsibility to select the inaugural cohort contributors with integrity to our values.

To support this, the inaugural cohorts will be curated around the following guiding principles:

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Furthermore, we believe designing an intake and selection process for future cohorts with integrity, equity and impact requires:

  • insights about the lived and learned experience of the programme

  • deep and critical input from wise counsel

  • insights from the bold and brave shift disturbers undertaking this inaugural experience

We will be inviting the inaugural cohorts to co-create the application and selection process for subsequent cohorts, as well as influence, adapt and grow the program along the way.

To express interest in joining a cohort this inaugural year, ask a question or share a reflection, please email Reflective Practice Director Kelsey Spitz-Dietrich at


Drawing on our values, ongoing learning and experiences as facilitators, we believe it is critical to resource the cohorts with:

  • Two facilitators who will host the unique path of each cohort & collective learning across cohorts

  • Shift disturbers will be compensated with $15,000 for one-fifth of their time over nine-months

  • An associated travel, convening & workshop budget

  • Access to Arpi Hamalian Fund to remove additional barriers

Mentors and wise counsel will also be compensated and honoured for their time.

To explore partnering with us in resourcing and supporting the inaugural cohorts, kindly write to Reflective Practice Director Kelsey Spitz-Dietrich at


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.


Individual and community reimagining strengthens

Shift disturbers and their communities are enriched in their personal and collective transformation toward just futures.

Shift happens

Shift disturbers both in the cohorts and beyond apply and amplify the collective insights and (re)learning from the experience in their lives, communities and work.

CKX evolves

We action and implement what we learn, experience and bear witness to in our model and approach.


A Note of Acknowledgement

CKX is but one voice in a growing movement approaching social change work in this way. This approach to social change work is not new, but rooted in a rich history and rich present.

We owe a debt of gratitude to the people and influences informing the development of this cohort experience.  We celebrate their efforts to advance visions for just and equitable futures.

With the cohort experience, our intention is to foster MORE — more of the spaces and approaches that will help us achieve the futures we seek.

Because we strive to put our platform, power and privileges to work, living our values…

  • To recentre voices pushed to the margins,  particularly Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC), cis and trans women, and LGBTQ2S peoples.

  • To invest in people (re)discovering how we recenter knowledge, values, ways of being and ways of working together that accelerate a transformation to living in symbiotic and respectful relationships.

  • To transcend and transform systems that entrench of our most complex problems.

  • To help to illuminate paths forward to more just and equitable futures.

We are not alone in this pursuit.

Actually, we are a bit late to the journey. But we wish to be a vehicle for more spaces and approaches that will manifest the futures — and the present — we seek.


the crises

Our relationships with each other and with the earth are violently off-balance. 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.

Beyond debate today is the urgency to shift from the approaches and mindsets entrenched in the 20th century — the root cause of contemporary climate and social crises — toward ecologically and socially just futures.

the possibilities

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 collective transformation toward just futures, a shifting of our collective imagination of how we engage, work, live and connect to each other and the world around us.* 

It requires us to embody different, remembered and reclaimed ways of working together. We must continue to jointly and urgently walk together the path towards our desired futures.

There is no single solution that will bring those futures 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 and communities 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. 

*We are deeply grateful to the work of the James and Grace Lee Boggs Centre for Nurturing Community Leadership, and the leadership and legacies of James Boggs and Grace Lee Boggs, from whom we draw immeasurable inspiration, insight, and learning.