Equip Yourself for These Times
This crucial moment in history demands restoring faith in our humanity. The Institute for Global Leadership specializes in helping people and institutions navigate and change resistant systems — in the workforce, in the community and in national and global settings.
Virginia Swain founded the Institute for Global Leadership in response to the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Drawing on her experience in New York during the World Trade Center attacks and 25 years’ experience in the United Nations conceiving, developing and training Reconciliation Leaders, she perceived a deep-seated need to offer Reconciliation Leaders and a Global Mediation and Reconciliation Service to the USA and wider world.
As we work with others to restore faith in humanity, we are given another chance through an intervention of a Phoenix rising from the ashes of ground zero in Virginia Swain’s dream the night of 9/11 (see image below right). After 17 years of sitting with the Phoenix in meditation, Virginia invites you to learn, through America and Global Soul Communities, why we are here on the earth right now and what we can do to be of service in partnership and collaboration with others so that we can creatively participate in co-creating our destiny. An earlier Phoenix image (left below) was given by Norway to symbolize the end of war after World War II and was placed in the UN Security Council. Unfortunately there have been more than 400 wars since then.
Those actions to restore faith in humanity include:
- Recruiting and training Reconciliation Leaders through a basic and advanced certificate program for competency at four levels: personal, interpersonal, systemic and global. Reconciliation Leaders bring healing to local, national and global challenges through the Peacebuilding Process of Reconciliation to develop the will of the people (Peacebuilding Process). Read Reconciliation Leaders experience of the certificate program here. Participants in a course at the UN pictured above with Virginia Swain as their teacher.
- Utilizing the Global Mediation and Reconciliation Service (Reconciliation Service) and the Peacebuilding Process of Reconciliation to Develop Political Will, Reconciliation Leaders offer a resource for UN Charter Chapter VI, pacific resolution of disputes (nonviolent approaches), for conflict at all levels of society.
- Inviting people to join Friends of VIrginia Swain: Restoring Faith in America—acquainting everyone with the idea that we all have an equal role and responsibility in shaping America’s destiny. Participants gather for the monthly America’s Soul Community, a free online event through the Internet on zoom technology to bring our wisdom and experience to reflect and envision solutions to give to the Phoenix, America’s soul, through words and images that come from their soul. This strategy is part of the Peacebuilding Process of Reconciliation to Develop Political Will to heal the nation and achieve our destiny.
- A Spiritual Renaissance for Our Global Soul Online TBA
- Reading Virginia Swain’s recent book, My Soul’s Journey to Redefine Leadership: A New Phoenix Rises from the Ashes of 9/11. This book is a chronicle of the spiritual journey which underlies and informs her life and work. It also offers readers the opportunity to write their own spiritual memoir through end-chapter questions and exercises.
A colleague and friend, the late Nan Merrill, author and columnist, wrote, “September 11, 2001, will long be remembered as a terrible and shocking tragedy. Forever vivid will be the memory of how our nation and the world joined in solidarity with nations and peoples devastated by war and violence.”
People, institutions and nations need maturation to work for common interest in a post-9/11 world. The Institute recognizes all human beings, institutions, nations and multilateral organizations for their uniqueness, need and capacity for transformation. We use a leadership agility approach.
Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, Former Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the United Nations and founder of GMCoP, provided support at the United Nations for the Reconciliation Leadership certificate program, dedicating it to the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence for the Children of the World (2001-2010). Ambassador Chowdhury wrote the foreword for the new book, My Soul’s Journey to Redefine Leadership: A New Phoenix Rises from the Ashes of 9/11 (Xlibris 2017).
Central to our work is healing the cycle of violence. We address the historic cycle of violence with a strategy through the Global Mediation and Reconciliation Service as seen through this visual reprinted with permission by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The healing of the cycle of violence is shown in the diagram below right.
Reconciliation Leaders address the cycle of violence helping people through the outer circle towards reconciliation—including re-humanizing the enemy, grief, acceptance and forgiveness.
Learn about the Reconciliation Leadership Certificate Program and case studies of how the Institute reconciles protracted challenges in a Global Mediation and Reconciliation Service with the Peacebuilding Process. We will build on our rich history for a post-September 11th world in years to come.
For a rationale of why Reconciliation Leadership and the Global Mediation and Reconciliation Service are needed for a post 9/11 world, read the following papers presented at the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies Conference at Columbia University. Although dated, the papers present the fundamentals of the new leadership and development models in practice and policy. .
- “Leadership and Practice to Reconcile Challenges in a Post–September 11th World” presented with Dr. Sarah Sayeed, 2006
- “Reconciliation as Policy: A Capacity–Building Proposal for Renewing Leadership and Development” presented with Dr. Sarah Sayeed, 2005
Dr. Elise Boulding trained us in a researched methodology to image the solution to a challenge. Dr. Boulding argues that we can’t reconcile a challenge unless we can see it in our mind’s eye. Imaging plays a key role in our work. Below, participants use imaging as a way to envision a solution to climate change in one of the Reconciliation Leadership courses taught by Virginia Swain at the United Nations, called Designing and Implementing Interventions for Resistant Systems for Local, Institutional, National and Global Change. We create a timeline and action plan after the image is conceptualized (see below for group image from one of the courses)
Below is Dr. Joseph Baratta’s dissertation on United Nations Reform as it is revisioned in the imaging workshop in 2010.
We invite you to join us to reexamine your mission, learn new skills and develop a broad worldview in this crossroad moment of institutional, social, ecological and economic global history. We’ve been restoring faith in humanity in the United Nations since 1991.
- Virginia Swain, Founder, CEO and Director, Institute for Global Leadership
- Founder, VirginiaSwain.com
- Author, VirginiaSwain.com Blog
- Former Director and Co-Founder, The Center for Global Community and World Law, a civil society organization in Consultative Status at the United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (1993-2018)