To flourish, even to participate in a meaningful way, in our world today requires the cultivation of a new kind of pluralism. This pluralism is a mindset that goes far beyond tolerating diversity, to actively engaging with others to articulate shared goals and commit to working together to achieve these. This new kind of pluralism requires a new skill set, a skill set that we call The Orchestration of Commitments in Pluralistic Networks.
The WEST Program has allowed me to create conversations for action that I didn't realize were possible prior to the course. I entered the course reluctantly, feeling as though I already worked effectively in small virtual teams. I left the course realizing that what I was doing wasn't "working." My career, marriage, friendships and relationships with my family and now friends from across the globe have become richer.
As an inpatient doctor, I work in multidisciplinary teams to care for patients, and I work within that complex network of outpatient care providers, hospitals, private and public payers, regulatory agencies, and more, that comprise our American health care system. The ability to collaborate effectively within teams and across departmental and institutional boundaries is fundamental to my work; my participation in this course has significantly advanced my ability to do this well. I recommend this course to any doctor - or to anyone that has to work in teams.
Having spent more than 25 years in the field of training and education, both corporate and public K-12, I have never seen or participated in a learning experience more powerful than the WEST course. The course has the ability to dramatically enhance the learners ability to produce meaningful results as a team member and as a team leader. Not to mention, the course was great fun. Douglas Bissonette, Superintendent of Schools