FAQs about Gracious Space
What makes Gracious Space different from other approaches? It is a model for change that begins with the individual’s recognition of their own gifts, passions and patterns, and then moves out into the world. Most change models start with the external and ignore the internal. It also combines practical action with inner growth, giving practitioners tools and principles to apply.
Where has Gracious Space been used? Gracious Space is a highly flexible model and has been used successfully in a variety of settings, including executive-level retreats, organizational leadership teams, youth groups, racially diverse communities, non-traditional leadership groups, hospitals, classrooms, city governments and churches. The client list below has more specifics.
Does the term Gracious Space imply I always have to be polite? No – being civil or polite does not engage people or solve problems at the deepest level. Gracious Space creates a container that can hold your hardest conversations and most challenging issues. Gracious Space is most powerful and most needed when conflict is present.
What is the best way to use Gracious Space? At the beginning of retreats, meetings or change initiatives, Gracious Space can set a tone for honest and rigorous exchange. Gracious Space can build team, trust and communities. It can be introduced as a core part of the culture and to create learning organizations. It can serve as a guide to change agents and facilitators in their change work. There is no one best way, but many ways that can work for you and your group.
Is there any evidence that Gracious Space really works? Yes. Over the past ten years of we have accumulated both qualitative and quantitative data that demonstrates the impact of Gracious Space in organizations and communities. Gracious Space has significant impact on interpersonal communication, inclusive and result-oriented leadership, organizational effectiveness, collaboration and large-scale change initiatives involving diverse points of view. For copies of the recent Evidence Based Practice study, contact us.
Can I be trained to use Gracious Space? Yes. The Center for Ethical Leadership supports the broad use of Gracious Space through trainings, books, nation-wide networking, a practitioner tool box, and coaching. Sign up for one of the 2-day intensives or contact CEL for information.