You ask: “What do we build?”
But let’s start somewhere else. Let’s ask the next question.
The next question is the domain of both resilience and creativity. It invites us to try on alternative approaches. By asking the next question, we return to a place of cultivation, of generativity, even when (especially when?) we believe we have gotten ourselves hopelessly stuck.
Let’s ask this together:
How will we build into our way the very values we want to bring to life in the world?
How will we embody what we dare to imagine?
What I Do
I design rich, active learning environments and facilitate conversations that draw on the collaborative capacity of people and teams. My diverse approaches are grounded in reflective practice as we come together to articulate our purpose and the values driving us. I seek to cultivate the relationship-oriented leadership skills of students and teams, engage questions about our shared future, and create opportunities to put innovative ideas to work. With a commitment to mentoring emerging leaders, my current focus is on improving educational equity and drawing voices from the margins to the center of every critical conversation.
Where I Do It
Writer, dancer, leader, learning designer. For much of my career, I have worked in higher education and in experiential learning environments. I serve as a Unitarian Universalist lay minister as well the host and emcee the monthly poetry/spoken word showcase at Epicure Café in Fairfax, Virginia. As poet and founding slammistress of Vermont’s first poetry slam, I have shared my work in venues all over the U.S. I also write on topics of equity and inclusion in higher education.
“Poetry and Politics: How One Freshman is Turning Spoken Word into Activism” by Dixie Downing, Schar School of Policy and Government
“Here’s how graduate students can truly take advantage of their summer break” by Beth Luberecki, Washington Post Express, May 6, 2019.