Building the Beloved Community

“Elemental Partners has a keen sense for engaging groups to draw upon their strengths and recognize the natural abilities they possess as positive change agents.”
~ Dr. Susan M. Glisson, Executive Director – William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation

We assist organizations in establishing and maintaining the right conditions for people to cultivate a healthy, harmonious and prosperous workplace.

“The Beloved Community” is a term that was first coined one hundred years ago by the philosopher-theologian Josiah Royce, and was popularized by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Dr. King’s vision of the beloved community was that all forms of discrimination, bigotry and prejudice will be replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood.

At Elemental Partners, we endeavor to assist our clients in building and maintaining a strong, unified and beloved community, which we believe is key to an organization’s success. Elemental Partners assists clients in developing and sustaining great teams by providing training and tools through the following:

  • Effective Communication and Conflict Resolution (read more)
  • Understanding Diverse Group and Interpersonal Dynamics  (read more)
  • Determining a Common Philosophy and Strategic Direction (read more)
  • Cultural and Racial Healing  (read more)
  • Building the  Beloved Community (read more)

Effective Communication and Conflict Resolution
An organization’s success hinges on its capacity to build teams to communicate well. We facilitate processes and structures that allow for smoother communication and fewer misunderstandings.  We incorporate exercises to increase awareness of body language and power in group and interpersonal dynamics in a way that affirms differing views.

Understanding Diverse Group and Interpersonal Dynamics
Using the Five Elements of Organizational Success system, Elemental Partners provides methods for analyzing teams and workgroups to clarify roles and responsibilities based on the inherent strengths and gifts of individual members.  Our approach fosters  effective and mutually-supportive teams.

Determining a Common Philosophy and Strategic Direction
Establshing a common set of premises is essential to assuring productive alignment with an organization’s purpose and direction. Alignment leads to consistent messaging to staff, stakeholders, investors and the general public.  “Charting Your Course” allows groups to establish a common vision and identity in order to attain their goals.

Cultural and Racial Healing
A key component in strengthening diversity and inclusion in an organization is building capacity to facilitate  racial and cultural transformation among individuals.  While an organization may have all of the right policies and procedures in place, if the people don’t truly feel that it is the right thing to do, nothing will change.  We facilitate respectful and workplace-appropriate opportunities for this type of transformation to occur .

Building the Beloved Community
This series of interactive processes strives to create a deeper understanding of clients, community, and how individuals work together effectively. Based on Hawaiian storytelling traditions, groups will seek to understand the complexities and similarities they all have while creating new ways to build alliances.