SESSION TITLE:The Partnership Model:
Partnership Education
Convenor: Del Jones and Carol Massanari
Recorder: Cheryl Hockett
Others present:
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Discussion/recommendations/actions

Blessing and ringing of bell offered from 4 Fold Way- Angeles Arrien

She offers key points for participation: Show up, pay attention, speak my truth as I know it, and don't be attached to the outcome. Or be present to what has heart and meaning, seek outcome without attachment and this develops group synergy.

Everyone spoke their name, where from and their expectations.

Books available (great-ideas.org) by Riane Eisler: The Chalice and the Blade, The Partnership Way (a training workbook for The Chalice), Tomorrow's Children, Sacred Pleasures, and soon Partner Education in Action.

This work describes two models: Dominator and Partnership from the Chalice and the Blade. The models apply to our relationships with self, other, institutions, government, community, country and planet. Riane invites us to explore 4 basic concepts:

  1. linking versus ranking

  2. using our technology for creativity and peace versus war and violence

  3. gender equity veresus sexism

  4. respect for the planet versus humans ruling the planet.

She describes ways to analyze our behavior through two lenses to help to catch ourselves and others moving into dominator or jackal;

  • respect or control

  • power with or power over

  • democratic or authoritarian

  • equitable or inequitable

The group worked in dyads to find words to describe the meaning of partnership to us: One set included agreement to work together for a purpose, connection for a purpose, collaboration, cooperative effort, not alone, peers or equals working in a democratic way. The group added receptivity, openness, shared values, how to realize intentions-agreements, committment, vulnerability, consistency, reliability, trust, structure, agreements to support and protect each other, strategies to get certain needs met, and agreements to stick it out to resolve issues.

After some discussion and instruction another dyad was done about experiences we've had that illustrate the dominatior model, and the partner model.

We next did a musical chairs game first using the competive model and then the non-competive model where everyone wins by sitting in the laps of those who sat down first.

Other books suggested were:

Learning By Playing, Playing By Learning by Garn and Steffans.

No Contest by Alfie.Kohn.com.

To be a member of the Center for Partnership Studies it costs $20.00/year which gets you the newsletter "Pockets of Partnership", and flyers about workshops and trainings, and networking connections. (520-546-0176) www.partnershipway.org and c p s d e l AT DOMAIN aol~com

CPS's top priority is to help change the world to a partnership society. Our schools are a main focus for this social change by working to enrich the classroom as a learning community.