Your NameJoDee Powers
Cohort AssignmentAmericas with In-Person Intensive in Santa Fe, Fall-Winter 2023
1. What do you see as your primary work at this stage of your life?

Having worked in the non-profit sector as well as the local food arena, I'm interested in helping others see and learn of other approaches beyond sustainability. I would like to delve more deeply into regenerative work that I know is making a difference. I like to vision big; see all the possibilities, take in the whole picture and collude, collaborate, commiserate, cooperate and create from what everyone sees is possible. I can also fail big, but when our dreams do come to pass, I am always amazed and thrilled by what has manifested for us all.

2. What role do you see as yours to play?

With an extensive background in executive leadership, I would like to use my skills as an educator, speaker, community organizer and program manager to help communities, organizations and governments shift toward a new paradigm of regenerative practices and economics. I can imagine my role as a consultant, facilitator or executive director, helping with strategic planning and regenerative design education and implementation.

3. What goals or aims do you have in regard to the above?

My goal is to use the knowledge gleaned from this Regenerative Practitioner Training and the classwork I'm doing with Prescott College to earn a Interdisciplinary Masters in Regenerative Practices and Economics, helping me step into a different role than the ones I've previously worked in. I'm wanting to be involved in work that truly enlivens me and those I interact with; work that makes an impact and helps others see there are new ways of being, knowing and doing. I would be excited to be in a position of helping others create a regenerative plan and bring it to fruition.

4. Where do you feel your next arenas for personal growth are?

I'm interested in improving my skills as a facilitator and becoming a better listener so that those around me genuinely feel heard.

5. And for professional growth?

My professional growth is mapped out for about the next year as I move toward completion of my MAIS in Regenerative Practices from Prescott College which will be completed in the fall of 2024. My intent is to become a scholar of regenerative practices and ultimately be ready to put that knowledge into practice.

6. What have you invested in to get you where you are?

I have invested in being a better leader within any organization that I've been responsible for. I've endeavored to help the communities I live in to learn more about sustainable and regenerative practices wherever and whenever possible. Recently, I realized I wanted to have greater knowledge about regenerative practices so that I could share that within my community and organizations in New Mexico. This led me to invest in getting a masters, take this TRP course and expand my boundaries beyond the world I've been comfortable in.

7. What fields of learning and which thinkers have been important in your life?

I have always been passionate about what alternatives exist for creating a more balanced way of life and am grateful for all those voices that made me think outside the box. There are so many teachers that I've had the good fortune to either meet or study with. Jerry Mander, Vandana Shiva, Brian Goodwin, Stephan Harding, Paul Hawkin, Janine Benyus, Gunter Pauli, John Milton, Nina Simons, Kenny Ausubel, Colin Campbell, Aubrey Meyer, Pat McCabe, to name only a few. I've had the privilege of studying with Indigenous elders from Mexico, Peru, Africa, and North America and they have all influenced my way of thinking, being and doing in my everyday life.

8. Can you frame your philosophy or cosmology of life? What role(s) do humans play in it?

My life long association with Indigenous elders has influenced my philosophy of life. I have always recognized that the Earth (Gaia) is a living, intelligent being and that as humans, our role is to honor, preserve, collaborate and support the one who nourishes us. My role as a human and my philosophy are intertwined with my responsibility to serve all my relations each day.

Date CreatedNovember 13, 2023