BECOME A GENERATIVE CITIZEN
A global movement,
a network of like-minded people,
and a generative training programme
A creative, grounded, game-changing way of being in challenging times.
Bringing the Zen back into the city – the Generative City Zen!
Join the movement
- the email list for occasional updates
- the WhatsApp group to join the conversation.
- Attend Generative Citizen: Level 1: Five Core Practices for skilful living in challenging times
Apply to become a Generative Citizen Level 1 Trainer in your own language or neighbourhood.
Design your own programme that supports Generative Citizens
Generative Citizen: Level 1
Five Core Practices for skilful living in challenging times with Judith Lowe
New dates to be announced soon.
The world needs generative people more than ever before. Join us to create a generative movement to make the world a better place.
With war in the Ukraine and other places, with the legacy of the pandemic, the economic downturn, nationalist and ‘populist’ tendencies increasing in many countries, population growth, food shortages, extreme weather conditions, an increasing number of refugees; as a society and as a global community, we need to raise our game.
It seems to us that a generative approach, Generative Citizens is what the world desperately needs. “Let’s be the change we want in the world”.
It can seem hopeless when we think of trying to change the world. What we can do, however, is to take small personal actions that move things in the right direction. If many people did this, who knows what might happen?
We believe that together we are more powerful than each of us, and we want to involve you in creating a Generative Citizen Movement.
Four Key Elements
- The Generative Citizen community
a network where we meet each other, and network with each other, offering each other resources and creating projects together. We will network our core interests at an international level, and around practical actions at a national or local level.
- A Movement
A community which supports all offerings that help to create a world of generative citizens.
- A training: Generative Citizen Level 1
Offered by Judith Lowe in English. We hope to have trainers teaching the programme in many different languages, and also face-t0-face in your communities.
- Other trainings, initiatives, collaborations and projects
that make the world a better place.
Learn about the Generative Citizen programme
Watch our 2 hour Zoom introduction to Generative Citizen Level 1 from 12th October 2022:
How can we be prepared and welcoming of the opportunities, both local and global, to contribute positively towards our collective urgent project of creating peaceful and sustainable ways of living? And how can we do this skilfully, with wisdom and compassion?
How can we develop the deeper everyday practices of being kindly, centred, and creative across many contexts in a way that makes significant positive differences to the bigger world?
‘Everywhere you go, there you are!’ – in Jon Kabat-Zinn’s phrase. How we are feeling and behaving impacts and influences everyone around us. It’s the quality of our inner development that makes the difference in the choices we make in our everyday words and actions.
Our habits and decisions about how we interact in the public space, the shops, at the bus stop, with our neighbours and with strangers really matters. Helping others feel seen, safe, less alone, and more appreciated is a powerful cause set in motion in the alienated and volatile context we currently live in. We can learn how not to be a bystander but how to bring creative engaged energy into every connection and conversation.
We want to make a positive difference in our fractious and unstable world. We already do this professionally and through our material projects and engagements. But we often find ourselves narrowing our focus to bring our skills only into these key areas.
This new seven-week evening course offers a unique opportunity to develop and create personal generative practices for the ‘miraculous everyday -and to find out what happens when you do.
Generative Citizen Level 1
The programme developed from the new field of Generative Change co-created by Robert Dilts and Stephen Gilligan, bringing together the very best of their respective forty years of research and applications in transformational approaches to learning and change. The programme introduces and explores five key ‘City Zen’ practices which each person will bring together in their own way. There is plenty of space for individual needs and preferences. There are no set techniques although there are powerful models to help structure and organise a personally meaningful developmental pathway. The five Generative Citizen practice are:
- Self–management, the self-awareness and self-regulation of emotional intelligence. We can learn to live in COACH state (Centred, Open, Attending with awareness, Connected and Holding) and reduce our CRASH states (Contracted, Reactive, Analysis paralysis, Hurt/Hating).
- Self-development at identity level: knowing who you are, what your values are, what you stand for in the world and what your gift is to the world. Also understanding your own emotional wounds and ancestral traits and biases.
- Empathy, compassion for self and others, including the arts to help us understand and engage with each other.
- Communication skills, including linguistic approaches to joining others in their world, influencing them and reframing your own attitudes and theirs.
- Curated citizen’s knowledge base, understanding the history of all the people of your country and the world, understanding the social issues that confront people different to yourself. Understanding the facts of climate change. Read more about the 5th practice here
The sessions will be for 2 hours each, once a week for seven weeks. There will be an introductory overview session (1), then each week one of the core practices in more detail (2- 6) and, finally, a session to integrate and design your own practices, projects and pathways (7). The way we are solving problems is the problem.
We live in troubled times, and we need to take our capacities to new levels to meet new challenges with creativity and humanity. The responses to the idea of this programme have been very positive and we know a new generation of coaches, activists and community groups are wanting to bring these types of skills and ‘inner development’ approaches to their work.
I love the idea of the Generative Citizen, the global citizen.
If we can bring more awareness, more richness to what this means.
To bring a sense of generating possibilities to our participation as citizens.
Judith Delozier, co-creator of NLP
What’s the fee?
In this post COVID time, we want to enable most people, whatever their personal circumstances, to participate. We will therefore run this course on a donation basis. To help you consider the value of Judith’s time, we are suggesting 3 possible levels of donation:
Standard donation: £307
For people who are paying for themselves
Professional or Business donation: £449
For people who can charge this as a business expense, or whose businesses are paying
Low-income minimum donation: £140
For people who are on low income or unemployed.
These are suggestions – please pay what you feel is right between the lower and the upper figures.
Judith Lowe is an international trainer in Systemic NLP. Her work includes transformational approaches in Somatic Intelligence, NLP Modelling, Belief Change, Coaching at Identity Level, and a long-term project (‘Passion in Action’ with Judith Delozier) to bring the practical tools of NLP to people working with social change issues in their communities. She is a faculty member at NLPU (Robert Dilts’ NLP institute) and integrates the principles and practices from ‘Generative Change’ into all her trainings.
Judith Lowe is one of the most vibrant and visionary people I know. She is a superb trainer and brings a special energy and passion into everything she does. Her style incorporates a marvellous balance of confidence, compassion and humour complemented by impressive competence and skill.
As importantly, Judith is committed to the deep principles and core values of NLP. She is one of those rare people that truly ‘walks the talk’ of NLP and consistently updates her own skills and provides leading edge developments for her students.
I also deeply admire her selfless devotion to her students and community. It is a pleasure to wholeheartedly endorse Judith and her training
Robert Dilts, co-creator of Generative Change
What Steve Gilligan and Robert Dilts, co-founders of Generative Change, say
We live in challenging times, where the majority of our traditional institutions and structures are falling apart. At such times, we will either dissociate into fascism, mindless “negative othering”, and human isolation; or generate a new type of consciousness, one which equally supports individual transformation and creativity, and communities that value and include each of us.
Judith Lowe has been passionately committed to this integral consciousness for her whole adult life, in many ways. I thus strongly endorse and support her new initiative of “Generative Citizens,” and encourage your participation in it!
Steve Gilligan, Ph.D. Co-developer of Generative Change work
Generative Change was developed to find new solutions in challenging times such as we are living today. One of the primary premises of generative change work is that we are all part of progressively larger systems that are affected by our actions and which, in turn, affect us.
Judith Lowe’s Five Generative Citizen Practices are a powerful expression and application of this premise. Each of us can make a creative and positive difference in the communities of which we are a part and, collectively, we can make a substantially more significant difference. Judith has been a passionate and innovative presence and leader in the NLP and Generative Change communities for many years and has demonstrated her commitment to using these methodologies for creating positive social change time and again. I give my full support to the mission and intention of the Generative Citizen initiative.
Robert Dilts, Co-developer of Generative Change work