David Gershon and Gail Straub are the world’s foremost experts on empowerment and co-direct Empowerment Institute’s School for Transformative Social Change. Between them they have written 15 books on various aspects of empowerment and social change including Empowerment: The Art of Creating Your Life As You Want It, Social Change 2.0: A Blueprint for Reinventing Our World and Rhythm of Compassion: Caring for Self, Connecting with Society. They are currently leading two large-scale social change initiatives: IMAGINE a global Initiative for the empowerment of women and the Cool City Challenge to empower citizens and cities around the issue of climate change.
“I consider David Gershon and Gail Straub’s Empowerment Workshop a life changing experience that still continues to have a great impact on me.”—John Mackey, Founder, Chairman and CEO Whole Foods Market
“In my role heading the Organizational and Individual Development function globally for Honeywell, I have either taken or evaluated most training programs aimed at individual or organizational change. The empowerment work of David Gershon and Gail Straub, however, was profoundly different. I was deeply impressed by the elegance of the methodology they have honed over several decades including their training design and delivery. I continue to rely on the Empowerment Framework as a foundation for my work.”—Elaine Millam, President, Workwise Coaching and Consulting
“The Empowerment Institute is the most powerful, results oriented training program I have ever encountered. I have integrated the Empowerment Framework into everything I do, from development of community leadership in my work to relationships with colleagues, family and friends. It’s now like breathing.”—Jeff Nugent, CEO of Development Training Institute
“Social Change 2.0 is a practical and inspiring roadmap to the future we all know is possible. I know of no one more experienced to create such a roadmap than David Gershon, who has spent the past three decades empowering individuals and communities, as well as business and government leaders. I have looked forward to this book for some time to gain a deeper understanding of how David has initiated so much positive change and created so many innovative strategies to help people achieve their visions for a better world.”—Hazel Henderson, author of "Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy"
"Gail Straub has been a trusted mentor and friend for many years. So it is an honor for me to endorse The Rhythm of Compassion, which embodies Gail’s profound, graceful, and life changing presence and teaching. This book, like Gail herself, can change and improve your life, just as Gail has changed and uplifted mine."—Christiane Northrup, M.D., author, Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom
“Social Change 2.0 exhilarates. David Gershon has not just laid out a compelling and coherent blueprint for social change, but the vividly written stories he shares make us realize that what we thought was impossible can actually be achieved. Having been a political leader in Portland for twenty years, where I worked closely with David, I saw firsthand the power of his work to change the lives of thousands of people. He may well be the number one expert on social change in our country.” —Mike Lindberg, former Commissioner of Public Utilities and city council member, City of Portland, Oregon
"Never was the question of the balance of action and contemplation as urgent. Gail Straub has lived the questions she explores here. The Rhythm of Compassion is a thorough exploration of the creative and critical tension between action and contemplation. It is a wonderful achievement of the book to disclose so many of the secret bridges between the inner hemisphere of the soul and the outer world of action. Gail’s touch is sure as she grounds both worlds critically within the overarching world of narrative. The balance she recommends will be crucial in setting the tonality of our new millennium."—John O’Donohue, author, "Anam-Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom"
“David is a brilliant social architect who is able to see key patterns and principles between levels of change—from the individual, to the household, to the neighborhood, to the community, to cities, to states and nations, and to the entire planet. His knowledge about the process of social innovation and diffusion and his discoveries over decades of experimentation and research in large system change efforts merit serious consideration by all of us who seek a more hopeful future for our human community. His work illuminates our common yearning for connection with others, and provides the practical tools needed to achieve it at every level necessary to invent our world anew. I loved the way his book, Social Change 2.0 stimulated my thinking and spirit.”—Juanita Brown, Ph.D., Co-Founder, The World Café, co-author "The World Café: Shaping Our Futures Through Conversations That Matter "
"How many of us have turned away from the ever-present suffering in our troubled world, out of despair and hopelessness about knowing how to help? Gail Straub tackles this issue head-on in this beautiful, wise, and practical book, The Rhythm of Compassion. In showing how our personal well-being is inescapably intertwined with the fate of all beings and the planet as a whole, Gail speaks with a voice of total authenticity, great compassion, and a seasoned understanding of all the challenges, joys, and dangers that one is likely to encounter along the path of service. This book is a guide that can change your life and expand your vision of what you are here for."—John Welwood, author, "Love and Awakening"
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Empowerment Institute Certification Program led by David Gershon and Gail Straub builds deep competence in the practice of empowerment methodology and facilitation skills and supports you in applying it to a specific transformational change project. To learn more click here.