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

My primary work in general is to tend to the flourishing of myself and my four children. My primary work in regard to income at the moment is as a creative director in the film industry. My primary work more broadly in the world is to help create places designed for systemic/holistic flourishing. My primary focus in the nonprofit space is currently focused on creating healing places/communities for survivors of sex trafficking.

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

I think I am meant to become proficient in lots of (maybe all of?) roles, but my strengths seem to be in design, dreaming, and some in teaching.

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

I'd like to be a part of building new models of communitites designed for flourishing for all.

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

I think there's some important growth for me to do around leading. My lowest scores on the enneagram recently were in the 8 space of disruption/power. I've spent a lot of the last several years thinking/working through kind of philosophies of leadership. I first did a lot of deconstructing the culturally dominant models and working through ideas offered around more flat organizational styles and feeling pretty resistant to most forms of leadership in theory and in my own willingness/comfort in leading bc it all just looked like a fight for power and control that felt so gross. Now I feel like I'm reconstructing my own mental models around nested hierarchies and feel an emergence in me to *want* to lead--like I want to take responsibility for more and a recognition that some people have a greater capacity for compassion and care than others and those people should be in positions of greater responsibility.

5. And for professional growth?

Hmm, very connected to my last answer. I think I'm learning/relearning to take up space.

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

Kind of everything. Since I had my daughter 18 years ago, I realized her best chance of following her dreams is if she saw her mother do it. So I got very serious about following my dreams for the sake of my kids (rather than sacrificing my dreams for the sake of my kids like I was taught). As my dream became clear, I feel so compelled by this vision and how much more beautifully we could all be living that I have been studying it for the last 16 years, and have given up much more lucrative careers to pursue this. I have read/listened to so much in this field, it has been the lens I've held while traveling the world, I've audited some courses at Harvard on this, I've started a nonprofit to hold this's just where my mind/heart/energy goes whenever I don't resist it.

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

My dad, Charles Eisenstein, Jerome Lubbe (a functional neurologist friend), Carol Sanford, mystical experiences, traveling, living with a very remote tribe in the Amazon, working with the ultra-wealthy, studing beauty, the natural world, indigenous cultures, Integral Theory, Richard Rohr, Gabor Mate, Randy Woodly, adrienne maree brown...I'm sure I could go on and on but those are some big ones.

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

Wow, that's a big question and a short box. Firstly, I'd call it a mystery and I'm pretty comfortable to leave it there. But if I have to elaborate on the way I see it currently (and concisely), I'm most inclined to say it seems like there is some unified field that is both expanding in awareness, complexity, and diversity, and also has some sort of torrodial, gravitational force at the same time. I *think* we may all be aspects of that univeral consciousness, and I *think* our role is to both actively shape the world within and around us toward wholeness, love, peace, beauty, maturity, etc., and, at the same time surrender to the something greater and it's plan?/will?

Date CreatedJuly 4, 2023