Radical transformation leadership program for B.VOC team and Family members 

~ Poovizhi, Durai, Sribhavani

On February 18th, from 8:45 AM to 5:30 PM, C3stemland organized a radical transformation leadership program in Tamil at Auroville SAIIER conference hall. It was a one day program in Tamil, facilitated by Srilatha Juva, Professor at TISS. B.VOC students and teachers, SAIIER staffs, employees, volunteers and their family members were invited for the program.

Radical transformation leadership is an approach developed by Dr. Monica Sharma, who worked for the United Nations for 22 years as director of Leadership and Capacity Development. It is based on universal values of dignity, compassion, fairness, and equity. It enables people to shift from ego-systems thinking (what benefits me) to eco-systems thinking (what benefits all)

The primary objective of the program was to help participants identify their stand,fear, four profiles and gain a deeper understanding of their background conversations, system principles, and design from universal values. By participating in these sessions, participants were able to develop a new project that addressed their problem statement, focusing on self-growth or social issues, and using their potential to bring about positive change in themselves and their communities.

Around 55 people took part of the program. Throughout the program, participants collaborated with their partners, shared their reflections and insights, and engaged in a collective effort to create a better future.

The program was an interactive session with everyone and involved practicing the tools such as:

  • Introducing oneself with what one deeply cares about or universal values that reflects one’s purpose and vision
  • Identifying one’s own profile based on four dimensions: wisdom, social, personality, and professional
  • Understanding one’s own background conversations within the family and how they influence one’s actions and choices
  • Deriving system principles  based on universal values
  • Designing projects based on universal values and system principles, noticing system and cultural norms, and shifting them by being in action

Throughout the session, everyone engaged with their partners and shared their reflections and insights on plenary.

Some of the insights from participants during the session were:

  • I realized that I have been limiting myself by my own beliefs and fears
  • I learned how to communicate effectively with others without being judgmental or defensive
  • I discovered my passion for environmental sustainability and how I can contribute to it through my project
  • I felt more confident and empowered to take action for my goals


Organizing the program was an opportunity for me to stretch beyond my comfort zone and be in rigor. At the end of the session, I felt whole and fulfilled. I was able to ask for support from my team. I was able to notice my fear, my background conversations and that I judge myself  when I shared my personal example with everyone specially because most of the participants were from local area and were people I or my family members know. I was able to name my fear and be in my universal values and share.


I was inspired by the participant through their insights. I saw this as an opportunity to remind myself to notice my fears and let them go by acting from my universal values. I was able to notice, what can I do differently and able to discern others perspective of thinking.

Paper sorting

We had lot of papers that were unused left from stewardship workshop.

We sorted those papers and looked at how they can be reused again. This activity helped us to identify a system that can be put in place to not waste any papers in future.

Heidi Interview

Heidi interviewed Sanjeev. Heidi came up with few interesting question for sanjeev. Sanjeev answered her question it was  interesting for us.

She asked about Stewardship for new emerging workshop with Monica Sharma and He talked about Leadership In Action Program(LIAP).

He shared his experiance of the stewardship tools and how it helped him to progress of who am I? What do I care for? What is my stand and social fear? etc…… He shared his experience of vipaasana meditation. He shared that what he learnt from these workshops.


Practicing Breakdown to Breakthrough

As a team we practiced the Breakdown to Breakthrough exercise. First day we did the session with the Tamrai Team. We did the exercise together and shared our insights in a pair and as a group. On the second day, we continued it for the breakdowns which we had for our team.
We had fun as well as we came up with action items and new ideas for the breakdowns we had in our team.

My Insights:

  • A breakdown does not be bad or hard to take on, it can also be fun.
  • A breakdown comes when I need something to happen or progress to happen in my workplace.
  • I learnt that I don’t need to wait for others to do the work, I can also take responsibility and do a work for which I am not accountable for.

Stewardship for new emergence Isai

In isai ambalam school we were doing SFNE(Stewardship for new emergence) with the teachers. We started with the introducing stand and fear. The first day the insight were very much interesting for me ans they were able to find their universal value. Then we introduce them to find the socialized fear. After the exercise the teachers mentioned that they mentioned that they will act from possibility rather than fear. The second second day were were introducing four profile and the CFSR (Conscious Full Spectrum). I learnt that we can act from the any profile. I was able to connect my self when I act from the wisdom profile. All the teachers were able to share their insight from all the exercise. Then we showed them story of stuff to the teacher and asked them to find the system principles from the movie. All the teachers wrote and shared one system principles to others.

Leadership Programme for the 7th and 8th Graders:

Leadership programme for the 7th and 8th graders was conducted at STEMland ISMART classroom,Udavi.

The programme was conducted Mondays over five weeks. Ahmed,Bridget and Helena were the resource persons. The STEMland AAD team were as PC’s. The following tools were presented to the children.

1. Stand

2. Fear.

3. Background Conversation and Deep Listening.

4. Four Profiles.

5. System Principles.

6. Watched the video of “Story of Stuff” to understand systems.

On the first day we began with ground rules which must be followed during the workshop. After the presentation of each tool, the children were called up to share their insights. A few of the children went and shared their insights. The insights were processed by Ahmed.

Once the programme was completed Sundar had created the triad list. The list was shared with the children and instructions where given on how the triad should be conducted.

Powerful Speaking


This week we worked with “Powerful Speaking” a tool from the Stewardship for New Emergence program. It was new for some of us in the team. Everyone shared for about three minutes on what they want to accomplish in the upcoming year. We used the conscious full spectrum to fill what and how to accomplish. I wanted to work on the EBD (Education By Design) more, learn from it and to be able to do EBDs with children.

Once each person shared we gave feedback to them. I learnt how to give feedback to others and learned to distinguish it from advice. The format of the feedback we used was ‘retain’, ‘increase’ and ‘decrease’ on what the person spoke supporting them to speak again the next time, possibly to a different forum.  From this tool, I learnt how to come up and speak to the team and learnt to be specific on the committed requests I make.

Stewardship for New Emergence in Tamil Program April 2018 (Appa Amma Program)

– Naveen

Stewardship/Leadership and capacity building workshop in Tamil for full potential in the workplace, home, and community.


  • Srilatha Juvva is a professor at Tata institute of social sciences.
  • Suriyaprakash C is Professor of Organizational Behavior with Jansons School of Business, Coimbatore.

The goals of the program was that an individual attending the program:

  1.  moves from resignation in workplace towards action producing results toward common goals.
  2.  builds capacity for increased personal confidence and drive for inspired-action.
  3. transforms attitudes of blame, complaints, and gossip towards responsible speaking and actions.
  4. foster a wider mindset of inter-community sustainability and well-being for all.
  5. support workplaces to become environments of learning and unfolding where action becomes integrally directed towards common goals.
  6. cultivate accomplishment.

Arun, Bala and I were part of the organizing team and PC (Practitioner Coaches) who were holding tables and conducting follow up traids. As part of the administration I took up the accountability for preparing the handouts and of breakfast of the team holding the event. 

I was holding a table as a PC (Practioner Caoch). This gave me an opportunity to practice my role as a PC as distinguished from a coach as I gave examples from my life to illustrate the tools and distinctions. In giving these examples I was also able to notice gaps in my actions. It also gave me an opportunity to improve my Tamil writing skills. I was able to write in Tamil for the participants who were not able to write. 

During the CFSR(Conscious Full Spectrum) tool, I shared my project in the stage which helped me to make my project more clearer. I also found a partner there from the audience with whom I could work because she was also doing the same kind of project. My project was one Lets Talk Trash- A team of Auroville youth cleaning and creating awareness in and around Auroville.

I was also given the opportunity to practice feedback for growth (as distinguished from diminishing feedback or advice) to each participant in my group when we did Speaking Powerfully exercise. 

My Insights:

  • I was able to notice my what was missing in my actions and worked toward filling the missing actions.
  • I noticed that I was assertive while handling the table.
  • I made sure that what I did was for the growth and exploration for others.

Other Insights:

  • Most of the participants in my team were able to speak powerfully during the the Speaking Powerfully exercise in my group.
  • I was in integrity in attending the workshop.

I need to practice, practice, practice.

This is the project with which I filled out the CFSR on the stage.

Second workshop on Stewardship for new Emergence

On Monday, 29th January we had the second session of the workshop – stewardsip for new emergence. In this workshop we discussed about four profiles namely wisdom, social personality, and professional From the four profiles the one that I could connect the most was my professional profile. I am now working on a digital clock, I haven’t completed it yet but the insight of being a professional reminded me to try and complete the work that I am doing. Initially I had no idea of where to start and what to do. Now I have learnt about the counters and decoders which is used in the digital clock that I am creating. I was also able to recall the Karnaugh Map which I had studied in my college days.

Stewardship Workshop for Environmentalists from Andhra

We did a Stewardship workshop on 19/05/17 @ STEMLAND, Udavi School for the people who had come from Andhra. The tools we covered are Stand, fear, 4 profiles and deep listening. The participants were open to learn and I had a feeling that the session went well and everyone learned something new and were reflective. As a PC, I would like to improve my interaction with participants who speak other language than Tamil/English

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