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.
I highly recommend this program to other people. This is one of the most powerful and practical programs of learning I’ve ever participated in. Playing a multiplayer game as a focus of learning to coordinate and work with others was highly challenging and rewarding. I learned to build trust, assess commitments, performance and moods that led to greater accomplishments. Participating in this was a game changer.
This workshop focused on what limits the ability of our small groups and on how we can go past those limitations. Ironically it used a computer game based on fantasy to ground team interactions in reality. The real parts were the interactions of the team members: ineffective behavior was exposed, constructive and even inspired interactions were highlighted, captured, and discussed. The workshop brought about a transformation in the way my classmates and I approached small teams. You should give it a try — seriously (and playfully).