Sustainability and Social Innovation Cohort 9

Edgewood College
Social Innovation & Sustainability 
Continuing Education

Summer 2019

Engaging Emergence
Instructor: Marian Farrior, Kate Hieber-Cobb, and Julie Swanson
Course Description: Engaging Emergence is a class that facilitates personal practices to learn forward, together. It is about co-creating space for intentional, grounded, and collaborative learning. This course is for wayfinders and edgeworkers. If you want to deepen your work and life moving forward and find yourself at the edges of the systems…this course is for you. Engaging Emergence focuses its inquiry on three emergent practices: curiosity, widening the lens, changing the story, and includes an introduction to social permaculture (it’s definition and practices). The curriculum intentionally integrates self-care, reflection, multiple ways of knowing, and resilience. This course is holistic and experiential. Students practice different techniques for exploring questions, perspectives, and stories. Key theories and wisdom used throughout the course include Emergent Strategy (Adrienne Marie Brown), Theory U (Otto Scharmer), Emotional and Social Intelligence (Daniel Goleman), and Social Permaculture (Lobby Macnamara and others).
Dates: July 17, 18, 24 & 25, 6 – 9 p.m. plus 1-2 additional hours of instructor coaching
Location: Edgewood College, Mazz 104
Optional Graduate Credit: 2

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Fall 2019

Servant Leadership for Social Innovation
Instructor: Carrie Sanders and Robert Toomey, Ed.D. 
Course Description: In this course, participants explore the ideal of “wellbeing for all, forever” at the intersection of servant leadership and social innovation. We will reflect on the foundations of servant leadership and social innovation while carefully pondering Spears’s “10 Characteristics of a Servant Leader” and their application to social innovation. Participants are asked to reflect on whether and to what extent their practice of servant leadership offers opportunities to more rapidly, more effectively, and more justly engage in positive social change. Each student will complete a StrengthsFinders assessment and use their results as a tool to recognize and grow their own strengths and the strengths of others. Students will practice servant leadership through a mini-experiment that proposes the use of servant leadership to advance social innovation. In addition to drawing on the work of Robert Greenleaf and Larry Spears, students will explore how servant leadership can be engaged in systems thinking (Meadows, Stroh) and Theory U (Scharmer). Course participants are invited to orient their learning around the question, “How might I practice servant leadership to co-create a more just and equitable world where wellbeing for all, forever, is a real possibility?”
Dates and Time: Fall 2019 – exact dates to be determined
Location: Edgewood College, Monroe St. Campus. Room TBD

Optional graduate level credit is available

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Introduction to Mindful Leadership: Essential Skills for Leading in a Complex World
Instructor: Lisa Baker, Ph.D. 
Course Description: This class explores practices aimed at cultivating our innate qualities of awareness, focus, authenticity and compassion, qualities that enhance our ability as leaders to create safe and trusting environments, where there is openness and respect for each person’s background, experiences, style, skills, and contributions. This training will also provide the opportunity for participants to explore ways these qualities can apply to the work of creating more diverse, inclusive, and equitable environments. Benefits of Mindfulness Training at Work: Improves: • Mental focus and concentration • Time management • Interpersonal communication • Conflict management • Team effectiveness • Innovation and inspiration • Ability to anticipate and serve client needs • Productivity
Dates and Time: Fall 2019 – exact dates to be determined
Location: Edgewood College, Monroe St. Campus. Room TBD

Optional graduate level credit is available

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Other Courses with Community Partners


Permaculture Design Certificate 
Instructors: Kate Hieber-Cobb, Marian Farrior
Dates: April 12-14, May 17-19, and June 7-9
Location: Terra Simpla in Stoughton
Cost: $1050
Credits: 3
Description: Our Permaculture Design Certificate Training in 2018 will cover all the usual topics and skill sets around Permaculture Ethics and Principles, ecological principles, water, soil, food, wildness, observation, networks, food forests, plant guilds, systems thinking and more.  This is a 7- hour course held over three 3-Day weekends.  Attendance is necessary to receive your certificate.  We will be holding our course this year out at Terra Simpla Permaculture & Retreat Center outside of Stoughton.  We are dedicated to making this course accessible financially for all those who hold it in their hearts to attend and learn.  The Madison Area Permaculture Guild has been supporting scholarship dollars and sponsoring these courses for 9 years now.  We have graduated 150 people.  We believe education and modeling are the best way to create healthy systems change.  For more information visit

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Yahara Watershed Academy (YWA)
Instructors: Steve Vavrus and Ashleigh Ross
Dates: Offered on the second Tuesday of the month February-June: 2/12, 3/12, 4/9, 5/14, 6/11
Time: 8:30am-5:00pm
Location: Varies
Cost: $600
Optional graduate credit: This course is eligible for 3 graduate credits at an additional cost of $185 per credit. Please email for questions regarding registration and enrollment.
Description: Our lakes define the Greater Madison region and support local quality of life. They anchor our sense of place, and represent economic engines that drive property values and help businesses recruit and retain talent. In recognition of their value, the Yahara Watershed Academy is building a new generation of leaders to serve as champions of our lakes. The Yahara Watershed Academy is a training and leadership-development experience. It aims to build and empower a regional network of informed leaders for our watershed. The Academy does this by supporting and inspiring the creation of locally led projects and initiatives benefitting the Yahara River Watershed. The course provides students with the knowledge, tools, leadership skills, and resource connections needed to meet today’s land and water conservation challenges effectively and sustainably.
Application: YWA requires that all interested students apply to the academy.
Refund Policy: Should you be unable to attend, course refunds (less a $25 administration fee) will be given up to 2 weeks prior to the start of the course. After that date, refunds will not be available, but the fee can be applied toward a future SISL continuing education course.


Journey of Facilitation and Collaboration
Instructors: Darin Harris, Harry Webne-Behrman, Steve Davis and special guests
Dates: June 10-June 14
Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Cost: $1,250
Optional Graduate Credit: This course is eligible for 3 graduate credits at an additional cost of $185 per credit. Please email aross@edgewood.edufor questions regarding registration and enrollment.
Description: What if you could remove all doubt that your leadership could transform your groups? During this week-long immersive program, you will JOURNEY into group leadership and return no longer afraid but ready and able to tap into their full potential. You will come away re-energized, re-ignited, and refreshed. An adventure you will never forget! Enhance Your Leadership Potential in this highly experiential workshop, you will be introduced to a unique technology called “Integral Facilitation”, that balances the “hard and soft” skills required to build a collaborative, high-performing culture. Using hands-on multi-modal approaches, we’ll take you beyond theory using a holistic set of 20 facilitation competencies. These competencies are based on a new model encompassing 20 archetypes of the integral facilitator, informed by the “integral” philosophy of Ken Wilber. Upon completion of the workshop, each “sojourner” will be awarded a certificate of completion in Integral Facilitation and Collaboration.
Location: Lowell Center, 610 Langdon St., University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin


Contact Ashleigh Ross for more information.