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2013-2014 YES! Programs

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Standing In Our Power, October 2-6, 2013, Ohio, USA – Spearheaded by Spirit in Action, this 2nd gathering brought together an intergenerational group of women of color, who are leaders in the non-profit, philanthropic, and social entrepreneurship sectors.  The focus was on authentic connection, deep healing, co-learning, and visioning, to show the potential for congruous and relevant leadership models for our times. YES! is on the core team of Standing in Our Power, to help shape the retreat and the 10-month institute that follows it.


Middle East Youth Leadership Jam, October 4-11, 2013, Wadi Rum, Jordan – The 6th annual event gathered 19 diverse young leaders from 10 countries around the region, who are committed to hope, possibility, justice and peace for all peoples in the region.  Core partner: Youth Spirit Center.


Social Venture Network, October 17-20, 2013, Baltimore, USA – YES! co-facilitated the Intergenerational Women’s Circle at the 26th Fall Conference of this vital network for social entrepreneurs. Many other Jam alumni performed, shared their work, and connected at SVN also, and seeds were sown for future collaborations.


HOME (Healing Our Movement Ecosystem) – An Environmental Movement Jam, November 15-19, 2013, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA – This Jam brought together 20 change-makers from the intersecting environmental, ecology and environmental justice movements. Conversations with grassroots leaders, conservationists, indigenous peoples, alternative builders, eco-justice warriors, scientists, and policy advocates indicate that there is tremendous interest in finding ways to amplify connectivity within this critical sector. We are asking: What are the ways to connect the dots between the mainstream and marginalized aspects of these movements? How could we generate more mutual support within and across the environmental sector? How might we celebrate our diversity and harvest our collective wisdom for accelerated social transformation and the well-being of all? Core partners: Colin O’Brien, Jodi Lasseter.


United World College, November 19-21, 2013, Las Vegas, New Mexico, USA – YES! offered several workshops to the students and staff of this 50+-year-old experiment in global community building.


Digital Team Building Workshop, January 10, 2014, Interplayce, Oakland, CA — 15 changemakers came together to learn how to use Digital Team Building Games to build communication, trust and team performance over technology, space and time.  John Chen, CEO of Geoteaming and Leveraging Privilege for Social Change Jam alum, hosted this workshop to increase creativity, improve process, build trust and enhance performance.


Senior Access, January 11, 2014, San Rafael, CA, USA – YES! worked with Senior Access — a crucial organization which provides support for seniors with memory loss and for their caregivers — by facilitating greater connectivity, vision and commitment among its board of directors.


India Youth Leadership Jam, January 26 – February 2, 2014, Bangalore, India – The 3rd annual Jam united 28 social changemakers from around the subcontinent for self-awareness, community-building and systemic visioning. Core partners: Naveen Vasudevan, Vartika Poddar, Roy Jacob, Sukhmani Kohli, Shruti Tharayil, Yash Maniar.



Book Release: Fault Lines, February 24, 2014, Berkeley, CA –  Author Beverly Bell shared from her latest book, Fault Lines, which examines Haitian social movements and their organizing strategies that have pursued a just and equitable society from the 1750s, when the slave resistance began, until today. A combination of stories, investigative journalism, and interviews, the book also looks at the strong communities and an age-old gift culture that have helped Haitians survive, especially in the wake of the 2010 earthquake. Beverly Bell, coordinator of the economic and social justice group Other Worlds, is also associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and visiting scholar at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.


An Evening of Connection, Creativity and Celebration, March 2, 2014, Berkeley, CA – Dynamic duo Anne and Christopher Ellinger shared from their latest book, Getting Along: Skills for Lifelong Love, as well as their wonderful work with Playback Theater.


Changemaker Chai Morning, April 2, 2014, Berkeley, CA –  10 social entrepreneurs and change-makers gathered to check-in, have a cup of chai, and get support for where they are today in their journey and what’s alive for them. Co-hosted by the Impact HUB – Berkeley.


United World College, April 4-7. 2014, Las Vegas, New Mexico, USA – YES! facilitated several workshops for student service-leaders of this 50+-year-old experiment in global community-building.


Pungwe, April 26-27, 2014, Mount Toyon, CA, USA – An annual gathering that fuses ceremony, TED-style talks, embodied experience, performance, dialogue and more, with about 60 people who live in the Bay Area and who are building the world we want.


Nova Scotia Gaels Jam, April 29 to May 4, 2014, Nova Scotia, Canada – The 2nd annual Jam brought together 15 Gaelic language and culture creatives from around Cape Breton and Nova Scotia to create a welcoming, supportive and INSPIRING community. Participants will build bridges across divides and evoke a dynamic vision for the present and future of Gaelic language and culture.  Core partners: Amber Buchanan, Shay MacMullin and Tad Hargrave.


Toronto Jam, May 7-11, 2014, Toronto, Canada – This 2nd annual Jam in the greater Toronto area brought together 27 change-makers to connect, vision, build bridges, and learn together, in order to strengthen the dynamic movements happening in and around the city. Core partners: Lisa Thacker, Brigid Tierney, Rehana Tejpar,  Nisha Ahuja, Karen BK Chan, Jeff Carolin, Adeline Cohen, Pauline Hwang.


Southern Jam, May 27 to June 1, 2014, Marshall, NC, USA – 21 changemakers from the US South came together to co-create a safe space for truth telling, healing, compassion, and understanding. They visioned the New South and how to get there from the current context of erosion of voter rights, discrimination, and unjust policies facing the US South today. Core partners: Jessica Norwood, Emerging ChangeMakers Network; Malika Sanders-Fortier, Grassroots Democracy; Ashley Cooper, Mycelium; Southern Partners Fund and Fenwick Foundation.


Evolving + Emerging Economies Jam, June 8-13, 2014, Ben Lomond and Oakland, California, USA –  16 diverse visionaries and entrepreneurs committed to a just and regenerative world gathered to transform themselves, their relationships and the economic system via impact investing, social entrepreneurship, community currency, worker-owned business, new metrics, collaborative consumption, gift cultures, and more.  We spent the first half of the Jam together in a retreat center, and the second together at the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) conference. Core partners: Maya Hackett, Julia Kious Zabell, Aumatma Shah, Holly Roberson, Chris Tittle, Julian Caspari.


The Good 100, June 2014, Edmonton, Canada – YES! was delighted to support long-time partner, Tad Hargrave, as he co-organized and co-facilitated a powerful two-day gathering of change-makers in Edmonton, Alberta, for building powerful local relationships and strengthening collaborations for systemic change in Edmonton and beyond.


Anatolia Youth Leadership Jam, June 22-29, 2014, Turkey – The 4th Jam united 28 social changemakers from around Turkey to focus on self-awareness and healing, ecological renewal, community connection, social entrepreneurship, health and well-being, community media and building a transformative vision and future for Turkey. Core partner: Aysegul Guzel/Zumbara Time-Banking.


Arts for Social Change / ARTivist Jam, July 2-7, 2014, Santa Cruz, California, USA – 21 musicians, visual artists, dramatists, dancers, graphic recorders, spoken word poets, and more, joined together in cross-pollinating and linking up the vital ARTivist movement!  This Jam focused on mutual support, interconnection, collaboration, visioning, and lifting up the essential contributions of artists in social transformation. Core partners: Renee’ Wilson, David Bronstein, Austin Willacy, Aryeh Shell, Eva Vander Glesson, Melanie Chopko.


North America Jam, August 17-24, 2014, Quaker Center, Ben Lomond, CA – 20 dynamic changemakers gathered for this 3rd annual effort towards building community, healing, and connecting the dots — essential to respond to the upheaval and opportunities of our times and to co-create the world we want, a world that includes everyone. Participants came from around the US, Canada, and Central America.  Core partners: Will Grant, Katie Greenman, Austin Willacy, Hanan Al-Bilali.


Networking the Transformational Ecosystem – September 24, 2014 – San Francisco, CA – YES! joined with approximately 20 other organizations to share our work and network with others in the field of transformational learning and leadership.  We supported David Casey, founder of Project Nuevo Mundo and Evolving + Emerging Economies Jam alum, in the process design.