The importance of money flows from it being a link between the present and the future. — John Maynard Keynes, British economist (1883-1946)
The Wi$dom Path program taps a willingness to develop a greater awareness of one's past experiences and behaviors with regard to money and one's feelings and values associated with that history. This workshop begins the exploration by asking: Why is it important to talk about money? Participants think about the meaning of money and the ways one's personal money issues can be a factor in living a fulfilling life. They consider the variety and complexity of individual and social dimensions of our relationships with money. Participants develop a productive way of being together to explore money issues. They begin to develop an intellectual framework for subsequent learning and a crucial emotional foundation on which to continue individual and interpersonal reflective work.
Before leading this workshop, review the accessibility guidelines in the program Introduction under Integrating All Participants.
This workshop will:
- Introduce participants to one another and establish a covenant for behavior within the group
- Provide an overview of the goals, process, and content of the Wi$dom Path program
- Lay groundwork for deepening discussion of the role of money in many aspects of our lives and the connection between money and well being
- Cultivate comfort among participants in sharing personal stories and feelings of safety in the group setting
- Prepare participants to do their own reflective work on their financial history, values, and identity.
- Confirm understanding of the group covenant
- Expand their sense of the issues at stake in our relationships with money and the roles money plays in our living
- Begin to articulate their own financial histories, assumptions, and values and develop increased comfort in sharing personal stories
- Share with one another their motivations for being in the program and their hopes for learning and personal change.
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