Our Heart and Soul is our Network of Dedicated Change Agents
The Inner Resilience Network supports people engaged in personal and collective transformation. By offering dedicated spaces to "hold the holders," the IRN nurtures the personal and interpersonal resilience of the practitioners, facilitators, and activists creating compassionate, life-affirming, ecologically conscious communities.
The Inner Resilience Network was launched at the first Transition US convergence in Minneapolis MN in 2017. We are in collaborative partnership with Transition US and Transition Network, yet we are our own entity working with organizations and individuals from many other sectors who are actively serving the good of humanity towards a more just, resilient and healthy world. We see the inner and the interpersonal aspect of change as being a significant, and vital aspect of this work.
OUR MISSION To catalyze local, national and international efforts centered on building skills, resources and support systems that promote:
Personal-relational resilience in the face of today’s multifaceted challenges;
Personal-relational growth to bring forth the human qualities needed in a life-affirming culture.
OUR VISION We envision a network of individuals throughout our country and world who are actively engaged in forms of personal and collective transformation that tangibly create communities that are compassionate, resilient, ecologically conscious and connected. We envision the IRN as an active source of support, feedback, dialogue and community for this vision.
Participation in the network is open to individuals dedicated to inner resilience. New members are invited to participate in our regular discussions and contribute to our events, projects and trainings.
Sharing Time We make space for all voices so that everyone feels welcome to share. We look at our patterns of sharing to know whether we might want to listen more or speak up more. We are a circle of keynote listeners and we aspire to contribute to the circle when truly called forth by the flow of the conversation.
Trusting Discomfort We can sit with discomfort, questions, uncertainty and learn useful personal tools for reactive responses to others’ sharing.
Making Way for Silence We welcome touches of silence throughout the conversation. To let the sharing settle in, we take a few moments after a person expresses something.
Expressing Thankfulness We express gratitude for and celebrate things we appreciate about our co-participants in the IRN and our group process knowing this enhances our connections with each other.
Moving With Ease We engage in our tasks at a pace and in a manner that foster inner balance, creativity, playfulness, joy and fluidity. We remain steady (not frenzied), deliberate (without urgency), peaceful (not fearful), gradual (not hurried).
Invitation to Bring the Whole Self We attend to and appropriately share our emotions, intuitions and thoughts remembering that each of these carry their own unique forms of wisdom/intelligence.
Balancing the Needs of Self and of the Whole Group We take care of ourselves – each of us know our needs better than anyone. As needed, we draw on self-regulation methods and other inner resources. We discern healthy ways to balance our individual needs with the needs of others and the needs of the group.
Observing Multiple Levels of Confidentiality We never share someone’s name or what he/she expressed during our time together unless we have their explicit permission to do so. If we wish to follow-up with someone later about something they shared, we ask their permission first.
Communicating Mindfully We listen attentively when others speak. We discern if something needs to be shared in the group or if it can be processed internally or with someone else at another time. We use “I statements” and avoid “we statements” that might inaccurately universalize experience. We respect the autonomy of each person’s perspective. If we disagree, we do so with respect. We refrain from blaming, shaming or attacking ourselves or others. We hold the intention of being kind even when we are in a conflictual situation. We honor silence as a mode of group discernment.
Welcoming Inclusivity and Respect We strive towards creating a diverse community where everyone is welcomed with respect and where every voice is honored. Although our mission/vision is shared, we understand and value the critical need to become a Network represented by individuals from various backgrounds who have important perspectives – particularly those who have been marginalized.
Striving Towards an Open Mind We strive to be open-minded to others’ ideas, feelings, worldviews and ways of doing things so that greater exploration and understanding are possible.
Creating Safe Space, Reducing and Repairing Harm We are dedicated to deepening our awareness of our social conditioning that is potentially harmful. We are willing to give and receive honest feedback about the impact of our words and actions.
Honoring Creative Edges and Brave Learning Spaces We remain open to learning from our individual and collective edges, our discomforts, uncertainties and creative tensions while attending to how we are learning and growing. We respect our own need for safety while reaching outside our comfort zones. We are willing to be curious, take risks, be uncomfortable and make “mistakes” remembering that all living systems evolve through trial and error.
Growing in Compassion for Self and Others Practice compassion and caring for ourselves and others.
Embracing Different Kinds of Leadership We value different forms of leadership. We respect the facilitators of each gathering. We share our positive and constructive feedback at the appropriate times.
Acknowledging Imperfections We recognize with self-compassion the mistakes we make as we strive to improve ourselves. We apologize and make amends if our actions have hurt someone. We strive to be open-minded to others’ ideas, feelings, worldviews and ways of doing things so that greater exploration and understanding are possible.