In 1981 David Gershon and Gail Straub founded Empowerment Institute to explore the question: how do you empower people to grow and realize their full potential? They wanted to shift from focusing on fixing problems and healing the past, to focusing on what we want for our lives, our organizations, our communities, and our world—and how to achieve it. Enabling people to envision and realize their dreams was the approach they called “empowerment.” The term “empowerment” was new in the vernacular of transformation, as was their approach. This transformative social innovation soon began attracting attention.
People came to learn about empowerment for themselves, their organizations, their communities, and their causes. They came from all over North America, Europe and Latin America, but also from Afghanistan, Darfur, Rwanda, South Africa, China, Russia, and India.
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AfghanistanAustraliaBosnia and HerzegovinaBrazilCanadaChileChinaCroatiaDemocratic Republic of the CongoEgyptEstoniaFrance GermanyIndiaIndonesiaIraqIrelandIsraelJapanJordanKenya
LesothoLiberiaMalawiMexicoNetherlandsNigeriaNorwayPakistanPhilippinesRomania RussiaRwandaSingaporeSouth AfricaSouth KoreaSudanSwedenSwitzerlandThailandUnited KingdomUnited States
The Open Road: Pathways to Conscious AgingA Year Long Training with Gail StraubAt Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, New York Two Spiritual Retreats: April 30 to May 3, 2015 and October 15-18, 2015Preparation Begins November 2014
Empowerment Workshop at Omega InstituteMay 22-25, 2015
The Practice of Empowerment at Omega InstituteJuly 10-12, 2015
The Conscious Elder: Interior Purpose and Social Engagementat Omega Institute, August 28-30, 2015
Empowerment Institute 2016 January 7–10, 2016 June 8-12, 2016 Rhinebeck, New York
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Empowerment Institute is the world's preeminent consulting and training organization specializing in the practice of empowerment. Its empowerment methodology has been applied over the past three decades to achieve measurable and sustainable behavior change at the individual, organizational and community level. A major academic research study described this methodology as “unsurpassed in changing behavior.”
Empowerment Institute is a three-part professional training leading to certification. It is based on David Gershon and Gail Straub’s world-renowned work on empowerment and their mastery of personal growth facilitation developed over the past thirty years.
Next training program begins January 7–10, 2016.
A framework and methodology for changing behavior, developing talent and transforming a culture.
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