“Together we can do what we could not do alone.”

GibranRivera_BlogAnyone who has worked with Gibrán Rivera understands how much experience, consideration and inclusiveness he brings to the role of facilitator at gatherings like the Social Change Institute at Hollyhock. It’s for this very reason we’ve asked him to return to Hollyhock and help guide a community of social change leaders through our annual gathering on Cortes.

Gibrán is a senior associate with the Interaction Institute for Social Change (IISC), based in Boston, Massachusetts. As Gibrán so simply and elegantly puts it, his job is to “help people work better together.” He is a consultant committed to the development of leaders, organizations and networks and uses coaching, training, process design, and facilitation in service of those who are committed to social transformation.

In keeping with the overall focus of IISC, Gibrán uses three lenses in his approach to collaborative leadership:

  • Shifting dynamics of power, equity and inclusion
  • Shifting from organizations to networks
  • Building beloved community

Gibrán has a remarkable gift for helping communities find their voice. He will work with the production team in the months leading up to the gathering to help shape the conference and ensure a balance between our three pillars: tools, connections and leadership.

The Gibrán Rivera Curriculum Vitae

“Gibrán’s graduate studies were in diplomacy and processes of negotiation and mediation. He has devoted much of his work life to the idea of democracy and to the work of emancipatory politics in urban communities. Gibrán’s approach to his work today is particularly influenced by the work of Robert Gass, founder of the Rockwood Leadership Institute; C. Otto Scharmer and his peers at the Presencing Institute; the work and writings of Grace Lee Boggs at the Boggs Center in Detroit; and the forward thinking work of John Powell and the Kirwan Institute.”