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Michael Chender
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Michael Chender's Discussions

Educating for Wisdom
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Inmaculada Adarves-Yorno Apr 4, 2011.

Global ALIA--Tech and Social Media Ideas
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Chender Jul 21, 2009.

Returning Home/Monday Morning
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jan Gunnarsson Jun 30, 2009.


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Inmaculada Adarves-Yorno replied to Michael Chender's discussion Educating for Wisdom
"Hi Michael, It was great to meet you last month!  Are you still working on this? Warmest, Inma"
Apr 4, 2011
Michael Chender joined Crane Wood Stookey's group

Mindful Leadership Nova Scotia

A group of Nova Scotians interested in exploring what it means to join mindfulness and leadership.
Mar 27, 2011
Katharine Weinmann replied to Michael Chender's discussion Educating for Wisdom
"Hello Friends, I'm currently on a sabbatical from my work as a consultant-coach-staff developer for our local public school board. Right now I'm "moving at the pace of guidance to sense an emerging future" regarding the…"
Nov 5, 2010
Margaret Jones Callahan replied to Michael Chender's discussion Educating for Wisdom
"Sounds fantastic,Michael. A beacon in the storm, and a potentially creative meeting place. The young women I am meeting here in BC are facing the challenges of training for fields that have very few openings, and of holding true to their dreams,…"
Nov 1, 2010
Michael Chender replied to Michael Chender's discussion Educating for Wisdom
"What are you reading, doing these days that applies our contemplative POV to education? Building a website for buddhist-inspired educators looking to help develop effective, compassionate citizens, to share their experiences, insights and…"
Nov 1, 2010
Margaret Jones Callahan replied to Michael Chender's discussion Educating for Wisdom
"Hi Michael, I am interested in this topic... so here goes... I just hosted Michael Carroll for Vancouver Shambhala, and we invited the business community into the meditation hall. It was both instructive, and interesting, to watch him engage groups…"
Nov 1, 2010
Michael Chender joined Ryan Watson's group
Oct 30, 2010
Susan Szpakowski replied to Michael Chender's discussion Educating for Wisdom
"And I'm watching."
Sep 24, 2010
Lyn Hartley replied to Michael Chender's discussion Educating for Wisdom
"Hmm, and I'm still counting my breaths!"
Sep 23, 2010
Michael Chender replied to Michael Chender's discussion Educating for Wisdom
"Still thinking....."
Sep 21, 2010
Chris Grant replied to Michael Chender's discussion Educating for Wisdom
"Well ... It's a slow business, this contemplative education :-)"
Sep 21, 2010
Chris Grant replied to Michael Chender's discussion Educating for Wisdom
"so ... it's the two of you (Lyn and Michael) and me, from my point of view, this can't fail to be anything but a complete, contemplative education in its own right. Count me in! Chris"
Aug 28, 2010
Lyn Hartley replied to Michael Chender's discussion Educating for Wisdom
"Yes ~ this sounds like a great topic to explore. Count me in, Michael! Lyn"
Aug 7, 2010
Michael Chender posted a discussion

Educating for Wisdom

Is anyone interested in joining another Ning project devoted to contemplative education?
Aug 6, 2010
Michael Chender commented on dorian baroni's blog post The Gulf of Mexico disaster and the journey of taking it personally
"Thanks Dorian for your particularly vivid take on the koan that so many of us hold-how to hold fiercely and joyfully our full responsibility for a world in which our best efforts may appear to amount to little."
Jun 29, 2010
Michael Chender commented on Anita Abraham's group Transforming educational systems
"I will add links and material on contemplative education, as promised, when we start to gather this for another project next month."
Jun 13, 2010

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Please share something about yourself, your work, and what draws you to the ALIA community.
I am on the Governing Council of ALIA, and am keenly interested in high-leverage attempts (and this is certainly a time of leverage) to bring society and societies to a more compassionate and vibrant state; prosperous in meaning as well as in being able to meet real needs. I am also very interested in seeing the wisdom that addresses the loneliness of acting and leading brought together with the quite fulsome teaching on collaboration that are now available.

I am a Buddhist student and teacher, and also a teacher in the Shambhala tradition of Chogyam Trungpa, a great Buddhist teacher and innovator, who emphasized the discovery and development of wisdom and compassion within and in the midst of daily life.

I am also founder and CEO (since 1981) of one of the leading information firms serving the global mining industry, and recently stepped down/burned after eight years out as founder and CEO of a software competitive intelligence startup.

I am particularly interested in Nova Scotia as a social laboratory/playground for many of the processes for invoking group intelligence that come through and occasionally, have been born at the Institute. Right now, I ma involved in a group looking to launch a complementary currency with mainstream distribution possibilities in the province.

I am fortunate to have a wife and three grown daughters who are wonderful companions, minders and sparring partners on these journeys.

Michael Chender's Blog

Musings on post-Copenhagen from Mennorode

On Tuesday night fifeen people met at dinner here to discuss what had been learned from the recent climate talks in Copenhagen. A number had participated directly in the events there—we had an NGO delegate to the UN negotiations and several who had helped organize or staff ancillary events, including the Survival Academy and the Inner Climate Learning Village; a few people were close with key delegates and conference organizers, and others experienced the events as inhabitants of the… Continue

Posted on January 14, 2010 at 3:20am — 1 Comment

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At 1:38pm on March 25, 2010, andrewcampbell said…
Spoke with my friend Amy, who has experience and read texts from Gampo Abbey, and so now my thoughts are -- rather than a trip to see van Gogh's in a museum, a trip to the Abbey might provide insight for local action on how to get 'ungripped'.
At 1:47am on March 24, 2010, andrewcampbell said…
....not sure how to assist in any 'ungripping' of 'self' -- seeing the name van Gogh below, and seeing his large show in London last month The Real van Gogh reminds me of his comment, It is better to burn than bust. I sense there is something slightly helpful there. The sponsors had a tag line - Enduring Brilliance.
At 5:24pm on January 22, 2010, Barbara Bash said…
So sweet sharing that time with you - and all the way back -
thanks for the tip on the Van Gogh article -
wonderful !
At 5:24pm on August 26, 2009, Maureen K. McCarthy said…
Hi Michael ~ How are you? Thanks for connecting. Your question was... what is the State of Grace Document? At the time you saw my new page on ALIA I hadn't gotten the chance to fill it in. : ) So, there's more information there now.

The State of Grace Document is a tool my husband and business partner, Zelle Nelson, and I created 11 years ago to help people build better business and personal relationship foundations, and then it acts as a third party mediator if you need to find your way back to peace. It's essentially a way for individuals and groups to exchange "the blueprint of me" with one another to create more effortless and graceful daily interactions. It's now being used in 50+ countries around the world in many languages in places such as corporations, non-profits, intentional communities, schools, families, business partners, etc. You can read more at where we provide enough information at no cost for anyone to create their own Documents. Give it a shot and let me know what you think.


Maureen McCarthy
of Engaging the Soul @ Work
At 7:59am on July 27, 2009, Susan MacLeod said…
Hi Michael
Thanks for your welcome. Count me in and I'll be there with pencil poised to draw whatever's there. Or not there.

At 8:57pm on July 13, 2009, Glenda Eoyang said…
I'm trying to figure out how to send you a private message--oh, well, guess this will have to do. Can you send me your email address? I'm not going to jump into the group conversation about containers (I don't want to damp others and seem too sure of myself in that "container"), but I would like to tell you how we think about them. They are anything that holds the agents of a system together long enough for them to interact and form system-wide patterns. They can be physical (room), temporal (meeting time), affiliative (race or religion). They can be like a fence, a magnet, or one-to-one connections. They can be permeable, semi-permeable, or impermeable. At any point in time and at any place, there are an uncountable number of containers active in any human system. The question is, which is privileged by the group? They are massively entangled--I am a member of a family, a gender, an organization, a race, a culture, a friend network, a . . . all at the same time. The context and my intentions determine which of those containers is relevant at any given time. Changes in one might change me, so I infect all my others with those same changes.

So, what you refer to as container in the space for a culture to change, I would see as only one example of the many relevant containers in the social space. This has real practical value because if I don't like the pattern in one container, but I don't have access to influence it, all I have to do is find a related container in which I do have influence and influence away. Eventually, the change will ripple over, and I won't have to play the victim pushing a change that I see and need but have no way to embody.
At 1:16pm on June 1, 2009, Pema Wangchen said…
Hi Micheal

Tashi Delek
I joined here today and it was good to see you here

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