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I recently completed a book chapter in which will be published soon in which I bring a relational self lens to Schmarer’s Theory U. As we shift our understanding from the idea of individual self to seeing ourselves as fully relational, always, already in relationship, our focus shifts as well as our way of being in our relationships, our work and our world. As we seek to understand and bridge differences, to come together through common aspirations, we need to learn how to learn, and be influenced through our encounters with “the other”. We will discuss or dialogue about how we might change if we hold concepts such as authenticity and authority in a relational space. I will engage participants in reflecting on encounters that shaped them and how they were willing to be vulnerable to enable the transformative learning that occurred.

What is the format of this topic?

Presentation and conversation/dialogue

Where have you brought this to life before?

I teach these concepts through courses at Saybrook and how presented them in various forms at the Transformative Learning conferences. I am eager to engage my SoL colleagues in these ideas to see what might emerge in how we think and act together as a learning community.

Do you have the presentation on slideshare, haikudeck or prezi?

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Any chance you have this on youtube or vimeo?

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What do you feel is the heartbeat of your topic?

I am hoping to gather people who wonder how we might begin to bridge the gap between what is being discovered through biology and brain research about our relational being and our concept of individual self. I am hoping the group can begin to imagine what could change if we begin to embrace our relational self and a way of being that is "in care".

How could the community collaborate with you to build your vision?

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Are you looking for sponsors, funding, grants?


  • Anil Paranjpe


    How I wish I could attend this conference to listen to your presentation / sharing in person. This is exactly what we need in the large to shift the current culture to more of a collaborative / co-creative space which is how nature works…..

    looking forward to virtual connect.

    All the best for your sessions and dialogue

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  • Becky

    Discussion of holding concepts like authenticity and authority in a relational space sound fascinating! I’m really excited about this conference and I hope we get to connect. I do believe that I relate a bit differently with each person because the two of us form a particular relationship. Very interesting.

    • Nancy Southern


      Glad to hear of your interest in these ideas. Shifting from understanding my being as an individual self to a relational self transformed my life and work. I look forward to sharing these ideas at the conference and engaging them in conversation. Would be happy to meet with you to discuss over a meal or break.

      • Becky

        I look forward to meeting you at the conference!

  • http://www.shiftmassage.com/ Kathy Jakielski

    yes! it is ALL about relationship. looking forward to this discussion and meeting you.

  • http://www.logosnoesis.com Dr. Ada

    Nancy, did you presented this today or is it up for tomorrow? Somehow I missed this on the marketplace and would really like to hear more about your ideas. Maybe we can find each other tomorrow if you r still around? If not it will have to be virtually.

  • Nancy Southern


    Happy to have a conversation about it this morning if you and any others are interested.


    • http://www.logosnoesis.com Dr. Ada

      I enjoyed our conversation so very much! Thanks for holding the space for it. I’m trying to find the link you referred to and somehow can’t. Would you please send it to me here or to my email? ada@logosnoesis.com. Thanks!