How Does The Global Challenges Retreat Work?
Over three days you are taken through a transformational leadership experience deepening your understanding of:
Your internal wiring and your ability to lead innovative teams
The interconnectedness of all global and local challenges and the problem-space in which your product, service or solution operates
The need for empathy-based systemic solutions and your systems thinking capabilities
Building on the work of Fritjof Capra and Otto Scharmer, we believe that at the root of ALL global challenges lies one of more the three Great Divides:
- the Psychic Divide (the disconnection between our sub–conscious and the conscious selves)
- the Social Divide (the disconnection between ourselves and others)
- the Ecological or Systemic Divide (the disconnection between all life on
- the planet including the living organism of the planet itself)
Our Model is based on a neuroscientific understanding of empathy which we define as ‘truth in connection with the other’ and which embraces four empathic capabilities, the : Emotional | Cognitive | Social | Systemic.
Our three day process takes you through the Empathic Triad of Self, Social and System Empathy to build your capability for the next-generation of social change.
Why the Circular Model?
Circular economy embraces a return to the natural order of living systems and transforming man-made systems of production and consumption into alignment with natural law and living systems.
The Linear Economic Model ‘take-make-use-dispose’ has developed without a systemic understanding of the interconnectedness and the interdependence of all life.
While contemporary Circular Economy theory focuses primarily on systems of supply and demand, production and disposal incorporating primarily the biosphere and the techno-sphere, our approach to circularity embraces the Circular Humansphere pioneered by Alexandre Lemille. The Circular Humansphere depicts an advanced approach of the current Circular Economy model where Humans are considered as our third stock of resources and flows. This Circular Economy 2.0 involves conceptualizing Poverty as Waste in the sense that they are both human invented. The measurement of the well-being in a systemic model thus becomes the “Optimization of Circular Value”
At the Global Challenges Retreat we engage the human element first – as the first unit of transformation and we view strengthened empathic capabilities of human actors at self, social and systemic levels as the core of Circular Economy 2.0 to inform the next-generation of transofrmational leaders.
“The U-Solve team – they are in such a perfect “balance”! It is admirable how their skills and personal qualities complement each other so well! The level of commitment, their strength, courageousness, empathy, knowledge and view about the world, their resilience, kind and good hearts, energy. Remarkable and inspiring team and people – so like-minded, and at the same time, so unique. I truly appreciate every experience, interaction – simply invaluable, and from each, I’ve learned so much, and each stood out in its own unique way… the world needs more people, leaders like you!”
Social Impact Innovator
“The U-Solve team are all wonderful and kind. They used heart based communication. What was best about the programme was activating us in our core psyche to see what can and should be achieved. There is a high level of professionalism and people I really felt had done ‘the inner work’ alongside their outer journey.”
Medical Doctor, Academic, Activist
“U-Solve programmes are unique because of the respect, empathy, dynamism and genuine authenticity displayed by the experts. Their individualism and knowledge and respect for each other and in turn this passed onto to participants. I felt in a bubble of care and nurture and experienced in depth learning that has built my confidence to create social change.”
“The U-Solve programme is unique because of the focus on entrepreneurial motivation (anger) and empathy. Also, it’s holistic approach, acknowledging and creating awareness around the different levels of consciousness. It’s a deeply personal approach to entrepreneurial development. Cause and leader get equal attention.”
“There’s a stunning amount of expertise and passion on offer. It’s truly unique how that is effortlessly combined with a great deal of empathy and focus on the issues facing the individuals on the course. It feels like a place to belong for those who want to make the world a healthier and happier place while keeping a foot in the real world of today. From the beginning and throughout, I was humbled to feel that I was appreciated, understood and supported for who I am and what I’m doing. It helped give me the belief I didn’t realise I lacked that I can find a way to attract the large sums needed to make the big impact I seek without becoming an selfish, money-grabbing monster! ;-)”
“Margaret has a brilliant mind and has designed several very empowering programs. She also operates from an intuitive place, which allows her to grasp what may be hidden to the individual because of their personal preferences or biases. This was an excellent experience for me and came at an important time in my life. Very grateful.”
Strategic Creativity Coach, Author, Entrepreneur, and Founder of Art & Soul Productions LLC.
“It has been educational, mind-shifting, and rewarding. I have come to realize the importance of my work and the work of other participants as the key in elevating the lives of those we serve around the world. As we elevate, we are elevated. Margaret is an expert leader who is teaching me how to position my project to attract global attention and sustainable funding. Her team of experts are unstoppable in providing me with constant support and continuous learning. They are brilliant and generous partners who have developed a comprehensive and effective system that anyone in the humanitarian sector will find very valuable.”
Founder Of Women To Be
“Working with Margaret has allowed me turn dreams and what seemed like a far off ideas into reality. The courses are high level with content that integrates the latest knowledge in neuroscience and evidence based, best practices. Margaret and the U-solve team have a wholistic approach in their curriculum and are able to take concepts that seem familiar and add depth and insight, that when applied are truly transformational in all areas of your life. In addition, the support from the U-Solve team is second to none. If you are someone who is willing to do the work, because it is work, the reward on the other side will be worth it in ways far beyond your initial expectations.”
Doctoral Research Fellow, Health Education, Columbia University, NY, Founder of the Motivated Mind, and Winning in Sexual Health (WISH)