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A weekend workshop at Esalen with
John Marks & Susan Collin Marks

November 23 - 25, 2012
Esalen Institute
Big Sur, California
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There is a growing longing in many of us to do something that will have a positive impact on the world. We hold a vision of infusing our spiritual values into the political, economic, and social life of our planet to create a kind and dignified world for all. We want to be social entrepreneurs.

SFCG founder and president John Marks and senior vice president Susan Collin Marks will take you deep within to unfold and define your own vision. They will share with you the Principles of Social Entrepreneurship and offer individual coaching through a clinic that draws on their profound experience as well as the wisdom of the group. They will lead you through the possibilities that abound when you grasp your inner potential to make the difference you long to make, and the world needs, right now.

The workshop will offer the accumulated experience of Search for Common Ground, which grew out of meetings at Esalen in the early 1980s into one of the world's largest non-profit organizations in conflict transformation, with 600 staff working in 30 offices around the world. The keys to Search's growth have been creativity, nimbleness and an unswerving vision of a transformed world - all reflected in the range of their work which includes TV and radio soap operas reaching tens of millions of people worldwide, peace-building computer games in Rwanda, multiethnic kindergartens in the Balkans, a Common Ground News Service connecting the Muslim world and the West, peace songs in Africa, and Congressional Conversations on Race in the US.


What past participants are saying...

"I appreciated the combination of spirituality, politics, humanity, humor, and compassion based on a grounded sense of reality."

"It was a transformational weekend. Now that we're
transformed we have to fly out of that cocoon!!"

"This was what I needed in order to move forward with an important project."

"Words do not suffice!"

"It opened me up to more possibilities "out there" and got me thinking outside my little life and how I can make a bigger difference in the world."

"Thank you for helping me to see light on the other side of the road and for empowering me in my vision. The workshop met and exceeded my hopes and made me more confident in my dreams. It was incredibly put together and led."