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The Berkana Institute works in partnership with a rich diversity of people around the world who strengthen their communities by working with the wisdom and wealth already present in their people, traditions and environment. As pathbreakers, we do not deny or flee from our global crisis. We respond by moving courageously into the future now, experimenting with many different solutions. Berkana and our partners share the clarity that whatever the problem, community is the answer. We prepare for an unknown future by creating strong and sustainable relationships, by wisely stewarding the earth’s resources and by building resilient communities. We rely on the belief that human beings are caring, generous and want to be together.

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Warriors for the Human Spirit

Warriors for the Human Spirit are leaders and activists brave enough to resist using fear and aggression to accomplish their work. The first three cohorts of Warriors—81 people from 17 countries—will have completed their first year of training by June 2017. Two cohorts trained in Zion National Park, Utah. The third cohort trained at Schumacher College, Devon, England. In 2017, the training of Warriors will continue in multiple forms. Those already trained will have the opportunity to deepen their skills and serve as facilitators and guides to those now entering the training. Learn more.

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Personal Story of Warriorship

In the latest Berkana blog post, Meg Wheatley reflects on the question she's been posing to groups and organizations for decades now: "Who do we choose to be in service to this time?" Berkana's co-founder shares how her personal inquiry into this question led her to claim an identity as a Warrior for the Human Spirit. She writes, "I felt the need to become a Warrior for the Human Spirit as I witnessed what is happening to people in organizations, communities and nations everywhere... Our great human capacities of generosity, caring and creativity are ignored or denied." Read more.

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Support the Warriors

Currently, there are more than 80 indivduals from 17 countries around the world training as Warriors for the Human Spirit. Berkana has developed a scholarship program called the Warriors Resource Fund to help support greater numbers of diverse people from around the world to participate in this powerful year-long experience. Only with a trustworthy community do we develop the skills and perseverance to withstand the loneliness, criticism, setbacks and failures that are part of this path. Support these Warriors by making a contribution to The Berkana Institute. Learn more.

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Beyond Hope and Fear

In difficult times it takes effort to stay grounded in the present, but it is only there that we will find a place unclouded by hope and fear. We have to abandon hope, all of us, and learn how to find the place "beyond hope and fear." Willingness to feel insecure is the first step on the journey beyond hope and fear. It leads to the far more challenging state of ground- lessnessknowing that nothing ever remains the same. This 2009 article by Margaret Wheatley illuminates some of the fundamental underpinnings for the Training, Warriors for the Human Spirit. Read more.