Charles Eisenstein is an author, speaker and transition activist with a growing world-wide audience. For the last five years I have served as Charles' VP of Programs and Chief Entropy Tamer, defining strategic objectives, envisioning a flexible online program design, and working with his team to develop and deliver it. This includes ongoing management of his online courses, podcast, series programs, as well as relationship development with content partners like Commune.
I work with Charles and team on creative ideas for online courses, tech developers to design and manage the infrastructure to serve them, and volunteers and staff to administer programming. We release at least two new courses or programs per year serving apx. 2,000 audience members at launch with ongoing admissions. We also manage a large volume of essays, videos, audio, a podcast series, and events. I've overseen major content restructuring and migration from multiple websites/user databases into an integrated system now serving 20,000+ members, and continue to oversee new product releases and upgrades within this system and customized platform.
Providing a balance of strategic business and program development, I help shape Charles' online offerings. His courses are vehicles to explore various dimensions of the transition in cultural narratives, generally run for 4-8 sessions and include extensive video/audio content as well as private Facebook groups to deepen the conversation. Charles' vast array of online offerings include self-guided courses, a semi-regular podcast series, many essays, videos, five books, and a very active Facebook community interested in transitioning to a new story of interbeing....all offered heartfully "in the gift."
Commune is an expert-driven media platform offering a podcast, community and a breadth of courses focused on individual and collective well-being. They partner with teachers like Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Russell Brand, and Charles to offer programming that supports this mission. I negotiated and led this partnership, including development of an initial course to be released Summer 2020. This ongoing collaboration involves content ideation, partnered marketing roll-out, and strategies for piloting our course in a new gift-based format based on Charles' principles of sacred economics and the gift, to better serve social impact objectives.
I am currently serving as Executive Director for Legacy Farms. defining organizational strategy and program offerings, and developing local partnerships to support neurodiverse individuals with Asperger, Autism, and related challenges. I created the new Growing Together Mentor / Apprenticeship model for the organization, in which we hire neurodiverse individuals to work in the garden and on non-profit organization projects.
In designing Growing Together, I established a 7-step program sequence to meet individual and organizational objectives. The program is grounded in a relational model, focused on self-awareness and self-advocacy with an emphasis on the personal development characteristics of Grit and Gratitude. This involves preparing the environment and offerings so that personal growth emerges alongside instruction in employment skills.
Altitude Learning (AltSchool) is a Silicon-Valley-based Ed Tech innovator. I collaborated with AltSchool leadership and an initial partner school in the early stages of defining core educational programs for platform integration. This included clarifying the partner school's philosophy and priorities, creating unit definition, initial workflow, and assessments. Based on this process, I assisted the partner school in designing and launching new programs using Character Lab principles.
Mindful Schools is an essential part of Berthold Academy's programming. I supported strategic visioning and design of Berthold's innovative Personal Development program, their "I AM" learning model, and six-phase meta-structure for PBLs based on "learning how to learn." We expanded experiential learning across disciplines for tightly integrated programming, and launched Mindful Schools' curriculum along with Character Lab's goal-setting as daily practices for increased self-awareness.
I customize culinary programs for schools, including sequenced cooking classes that sync with educational content ranging from sustainable eating and social/political food studies to mindful eating and the importance of community. Each program is an adaptation of my core program to suit the individual school's need, as shown here.
I support clients in scalable structuring of content on their websites to inform parents, students and visitors about the school's mission and programs. We focus on content delivery, blogging and marketable presentation of the client's initiatives.
I sync mindfulness practices with healthy eating and personal development, based on the resources and interests of the school, to create a distinctive customized program that is manageable and enjoyable. The relationship of mindfulness, self-awareness, and self-organization to optimal learning is shown in this program.