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BUILDING CAMPFIRES: How You Build Durable Communities For a Divided and Lonely Era

January 21, 2023 @ 8:15 am - 5:00 pm PST

Please join us for a full day of leadership and community development workshops led by author Charles Vogl. The day-long event is entitled Building Campfires: How You Build Durable Communities for a Divided and Lonely Era. It is being hosted by Drew School on Saturday, January 21, 2023.
As the new school year dawns, it feels ever more critical to invest deeply and thoughtfully in the dynamics and well-being of our schools. The challenges from outside our classrooms will not end anytime soon, so we want to start an active conversation about how we will form a healthy community in the coming years.
Charles articulates a vision of community that resonates with the values that we uphold in our schools. During his workshop, Charles will lead faculty, administrators, staff, parents and trustees through conversations that will help us align our hopes for our communities with actions we can take to bring them to fruition.
Your voices matter in this conversation. Please join us “around the campfire” for a day of reflection, healing, and community building. We know that this work is most fulfilling and impactful when we join together as a larger community of schools. Thank you to Drew School for hosting this important day in San Francisco.
8:30- 8:50AM: Registration and light breakfast
9-10:30AM: Session #1
10:45AM-12:15PM: Session #2
Lunch offered
1:15-2:45PM: Session #3
3-4:30PM: Session #4
4:30-5:00PM: Group Follow Up
  • You will level-up your skills to connect the colleagues, neighbors and collaborators you care about in ways that support, mature and even heal them in the ways they seek.
  • You’ll know exactly what you can do next to destroy the isolation and disconnection that surrounds you in your schools, neighborhoods and profession.
  • You’ll leave feeling confident and inspired to take action to connect yourself and others into satisfying relationships that matter.
Whether you are a first responder, a tech giant, medical professional, or a budding entrepreneur, you are part of your community.  Your participation matters, and during these lonely times, your contribution has the power to create meaningful, memorable experiences that will connect you to your people, in a way that builds you up, and shares your purpose.
Each session shares insight and tools that you can use to The sessions are interactive experiences where we explore how time tested wisdom applies to the people and leadership each of us is working with now.
#1 Recognize Community & Community Leadership: We will learn to recognize what community building means in contrast to list building, “engagement counting” and audience growing. This will allow us to recognize where there is already an unacknowledged community and what we’re inspired to create that will make a difference. We will explore how durable communities help us grow into who we want to be.
#2 Invitation: We will distinguish the power, features and efficacy of powerful invitations that lead to meaningful experiences. They’re the tool that start all communities. We’ll reveal why many can’t even recognize them and distinguish them from announcements.
#3 Campfire Principle: We will recognize the kind of experiences that knit people together to form connections and caring. We will explore these kinds of intimate events and reveal how easily we can create them for the people we care about in many contexts.
#4 3 AM Friends: We will articulate the kind of relationships that most or all of us want people in our community who will respond in an emergency. The world will be different when everyone knows there are people ready to help when they need it. We’ll explore how we can build these kinds of relationships for ourselves and others as we bring people together.
If you are registering more than one person, we will contact the registrant for the names of participants.
If this fee is a financial hardship, please let us know.
Please email Claire any questions at clairehr.pollyanna@gmail.com
COVID protocols as of September 27, 2022: you must be vaccinated and masks are optional.
No refunds will be given after January 1, 2023.


January 21, 2023
8:15 am - 5:00 pm PST