Change Agent Development Community: North and South America
A Personal and Professional Development Community for Making a Significant Difference in Your Work and Life
What Is It?
The Change Agent Development Community has its foundation in a living systems paradigm. It draws on the idea that humans have a role and place in the world to become intentional about evolution and its direction for social and planetary systems, all life on Earth. Further, nothing and no one has reached their full potential – as a product, business, place or natural resource; or as a person.
Development of living-systems thinking capability and management of one’s own state of being and will can endlessly advance intentional regeneration and the expression of each living system’s potential. This nature of growth is the most certain path to making a greater contribution, sourced from our individual uniqueness and essence, and to the experience of more meaning in our lives.
Who Is It For?
The Change Agent Development Community is for individuals who wish to deepen growth and development in their personal and professional lives and for some in their business leadership. Further, they want to apply that growth to support an essence expression and intentional evolution approach to change. They may be running businesses or consulting to and coaching individuals businesses, and organizations in their pursuit of change.
They embrace the idea of producing change that has responsible effects in the world. Their work in the change agent community is based on gaining mastery of a Living Systems Approach and its core frameworks and practices, which have proven successful for more than six decades on four continents in more than fifty industries. These include businesses, educational systems, and nonprofit organizations, as well as community and economic development in a place.
The Change Agent Development Community focuses on working, inventing and growing together over many years and generations. It has existed in evolving forms for six decades and is handed down as a lineage. It utilizes and continues to evolve a very well-tested and proven system of critical thinking and practice based in modern science and linguistics, evolutionary biology, systems psychology and the ancient and modern spiritual teachings and philosophy of Western and Eastern traditions as well as indigenous teachings. What members say about their experience.
There’s no limit of possibility when working with Carol. There is no end point. There’s instead continuous learning if you are willing to challenge yourself. The other individuals that have sought out this work also add to the richness of discussion and learning and provide a caliber of peer-to-peer learning that I had never been exposed to before.
Carol’s work and methods shock you out of patterns and habits that may not be doing you or your work justice, bringing clarity not only to the path of your career but to how you walk it. – Alana Kambury, Starvation Alley, Pinchot graduate.
Working with Carol and the group she facilitates in Santa Fe, I am ever more deeply aware of the meaning of the term “a living school”. A living school is not about information sharing, or even process development, but rather about holding a life-motivating question and learning how to live into that question. Mary Emeny, Board Member, Democracy Collaborative.
“Our business had been successful, but I was starting to get bored and lose interest. Connecting with Carol’s work literally regenerated my passion and excitement for the company – we are now creating larger positive change in a more systemic way than ever before.
“When I first started working with Carol, I was skeptical about the investment of time and money. But as I continued, huge shifts started to happen in me and inside my firm. Carol has a way of integrating deep personal development with razor-sharp business strategy – it’s unparalleled in anything I’ve ever seen.”
– Ethan Roland, CFO Terra Genesis International Principal, AppleSeed Permaculture LLC
“Since we started working with Carol, we’ve seen consistent 25%+ growth in gross and up to 48% growth in net profits.” – Dyami Nason-Regan, CEO AppleSeed Permaculture LLC
How to Join
Be sure to talk to someone before paying.
Over time, there are three levels of engagement in the Change Agent Development Community, each with more opportunities to apply the work and ways to participate than the previous. Each expanded level includes the benefits of all the previous levels. To determine the best level for you requires a conversation with a member in SEED Communities.
All scopes of members and attendance in events are by invitation only because the materials and processes are proprietary and access to them requires an agreement. Anyone who has been an active member of the community for one full year may invite another person in at the Professional Growth level. When they do, they accept life-long stewardship for that person’s engagement. SEED Communities membership site provides guidelines for making invitations.
Entry into any level requires commitment to a one-year membership and prepayment of a nonrefundable membership fee, renewable annually. The agreements are different than certification or licensing; it is tied to active participation, both in the community and in the development workshops and augmenting sessions. Payment for the learning is made through community membership, not as a licensing fee or certification program fee, and also not as a payment for courses. The SEED Community developmental processes and materials, when applied, involve more self-determination than traditional certification and licensing. Personal agency is supported and also connected to ongoing second-line community work in pursuit of world changing endeavors.
Carol has changed the way I think about and engage in my work and interactions. With the help of the frameworks and perspectives she offers, I have become more conscious of my approach to a given situation, mapping out a clear aim and process for myself and being more deliberate in managing inputs and responses along the way.
The value is often hard to put into words because it supports and encompasses so many working processes, but in effect she offers instruments to yield success and pathways to consider in the process of living and working in deeply considered ways. This is the work for anyone trying to change the world, and I can’t more highly recommend Carol as a resource accordingly. – Lauren Yarmuth
Commitment from Participants
Community development events are offered as interactive webinars seven times per year. Each community member commits to the principle of “accepting or rejecting nothing without testing with personal experience.” The annual membership fee at each entry level allows for attending as many of these sessions as possible, and all are recorded for later viewing.
Getting Help: There are no on- on-one sessions included and are not available with this membership. Work with the person who invited you for help or other members who agree to engage. To pose questions to Carol directly—happens ONLY DURING a session. This approach is used so all members hear the question and answer at the same time and learns together. No exceptions to this. NO private sessions or conversations. Also there is no feedback on your work in process since we do not believe in feedback in this School. But working with a thinking partner is very powerful by arranging engagements with other member from the community. The Business Development level has separate sessions to examine your work with clients and projects, is available as an additional workshop after each session.
Professional Growth Membership Level —DO NOT PAY UNTIL INVITE ACCEPTED
One recurring annual payment of $750 Register here
(You will receive a renewal reminder each year prior to your anniversary date)
Members at this level receive the benefit of attending up to 8 webinars in one calendar year from their anniversary date. In addition, they may view the recorded webinars focused on personal development and the philosophy behind the technology of the community, as long as their membership is current.
Webinars are about two hours long and are accessed via an invitation from a Zoom platform. These sessions provide additional developmental materials and engagement with people from around the country for enriching ones knowledge, understanding, and experience.
A member’s anniversary date is one year from the date they joined by paying.
Conditions: All materials are restricted to personal use. They may not be shared with others outside the group except in client situations consistent with the proprietary agreements.
Business Development Membership Level
One recurring annual payment of $900 Register here
(You will receive a renewal reminder each year prior to your anniversary date)
OR Two recurring payments (6 months apart) of $475 Register here
Members at this level receive all of the benefits at the Professional Growth level, including Carol’s articles. Other benefits at this level include eight webinars per year with Carol offering “design help” in a fishbowl format (work with one person directly, while other participants learn from watching, listening, and reflecting). Carol will have time to work with one or two people directly in each webinar. Recordings of all webinars are available to Business Development level members at the SEED Communities website.
Conditions:. Entry is by agreement and written contract only and most often appropriate for educators, consultants, business owners, and business leaders who work with others professionally. It is the default level for business owners and organization leaders.
With a contractual agreement, expanded use of materials is possible for as long as the member remains in the community and pays to participate at this level. When participation ends, all rights to use of materials cease and access to the membership site is closed.
“I believe that there are certain things that can only be learned from real masters. Carol Sanford is such a master. I experienced taking the craft of leading change way beyond tools and methods, to a place of fundamentally understanding of how human beings and living systems work .It has changed how I work (or engage people). Johannes Bjorkman, Kaospilot, Arrhus, Denmark.
Corporate Member Level
One non-recurring annual payment of $1,150 Register here
For members who own a company, manage functions or business units, or work in a role to support the business, they are invited as a Corporate Member. They also engage in all the activities with the Business Unit Level, including 8 one-hour webinar sessions (immediately following personal/professional sessions), which provide design practice. Please ask for a conversation to explore. The annual member fee is $1000. All sessions are recorded and posted on the membership site.
Online Session Dates
- April 30, 2019
- June 18, 219
- July 23, 2019
- September 10, 2019
- October 29, 2019
- December 17, 2019
- TBD, 2020
- TBD, 2020
Professional Growth Level: Held on Tuesdays 12-3 pm Pacific Time on the below dates
Business Development Level: Adds an additional hour from 3-4pm Pacific time on the same dates