“The ancient Greeks had two words for time: chronos and kairos. The former refers to chronological or sequential time, while the latter signifies a proper or opportune time for action. While chronos is quantitative, kairos has a qualitative, permanent nature.”
Henry George Liddell & Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon.
A Critical Moment
The Covid-19 pandemic has interrupted the world’s way of living. The pandemic has made toxic patterns, such as systemic racism, more apparent. Whether the deep loss and interruption will lead to a better world is up to us. Amidst the fear, loss and uncertainty, we are in “Kairos”. Kairos is an Ancient Greek word for time meaning the right, critical, or opportune moment. We believe that humanity is at a crossroads — we can come out of this time with a commitment to “getting back to normal”, or we can make a fresh and better way of living. It’s tempting to want to return to normal as best we can, because that is what is familiar. But we know that the pre-virus normal was not sustainable for humanity. We know that the old normal relied on injustice for many. We have the opportunity to be courageous and wise and step into a new way post-pandemic. There are pioneers who seize on this experience to help humanity find a new way of being — a new way of working, a new way of interacting, a new way of living.
We, at 57 Coaches, want to support these pioneering change agents and innovators.
We want to find these change agents through personal recommendations through our networks so please do not link to this site on social media.
We particularly welcome applications from change-makers working towards racial justice.
What future can we create together?
“This is the moment when what we need most is enough people with the skill, heart, and wisdom to help us pull ourselves back from the edge of breakdown and onto a different path.”
Otto Scharmer, Sloan School of Management, MIT
Three-session coaching programs for change agents
We want to support you if
You are committed to emerging from the Covid-19 pandemic with better ways of living in any domain: racial justice, worklife, city life, education, environment, and more.
You are doing what you can to help your people, your community, your organization, your network do better.
You are feeling challenged in the change you want to make.
You are looking for support and reinforcement to make things happen in new ways.
What we offer
We match you with an Integral Coach™ who will work with you over three 90-minute conversations to support you in breaking through the challenges you’re facing. In those conversations, you’ll get a chance to get to the heart of what you’re aiming for.
Your coach will listen to you, offer observations which can help you unleash your gifts and take steps to move forward.
Because we believe in what you’re doing and what’s possible at this time, we offer this for free.
You get an injection of insight and a set of customized high impact actions you can take to move forward.
You will feel the support of someone deeply committed to your change initiative.
We get an opportunity to make a difference through your efforts.
We all get a way of living that is better for future generations.
What’s expected of you
You protect the three sessions you book with your coach.
You are sincere about your commitment to making a positive difference.
You engage in the practices you agree to with your coach between sessions.
If you find value, you pay it forward by making a donation to a charity of your choice or through your actions.
We aim to match you with a coach within 5 working days of your application.
When you apply, you will be asked to provide brief answers to these questions:
Describe the vision for the work you are doing or actions you are taking towards shifting life to what our hearts all know is possible. How will this future be better than the past? What is your part in this vision? What evidence do you have that you have been progressing towards your goal? What strengths or resources do you have to support you in your venture?
What challenges are you facing that your coach might be able to help you with? What have you tried already? What would you like to achieve through the coaching? How might you and your project benefit from the coaching program? What is one thing you struggle with or avoid doing that if addressed could significantly move things forward?
The coaching program will take approximately six weeks to complete.
“Just because you can’t see the whole stairway, that doesn’t mean you don’t take the first step.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
A Global Network of Coaches for Positive Change
57 Coaches is a world-wide collective of Integral Coaches™, all of who are certified by Integral Coaching Canada®, a premier coaching development school accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). All our coaches speak English and half of us can additionally coach in a second or third language. We all abide by the ICF Code of Ethics. Although some of us have specialized, we are trained to coach in almost any niche and most of us have experience in coaching leaders. What we share is skill and heart to have your back when you are taking a leap forward to make change that matters.
In our first project, 75 coaches from 20 countries on five continents provided approximately 1000 pro bono coaching sessions to 100 leaders in an NGO supporting those impacted by the European refugee crisis of 2015. This is what some of those leaders said:
(my coach)… enabled me to be a more authentic version of me who can offer more to others and myself.
I felt privileged to benefit from such a world-class coaching program.
I had heard from colleagues that the calibre of the coaches and the experience was very high, but it was another thing altogether to do it myself!
(coaching) has made me overall more motivated and focused.
Now, I feel more myself than I have in a very long time.
Having such dedicated, expert support to help me understand myself, and how I can improve my capacity to work in service, at a key moment in my life, has been such a gift
This opportunity saved my life actually.
(My coach’s) wise counsel, her questions, her deliberate surfacing of what matters, the way she plays things back that she hears and focuses in on what I might otherwise avoid – has been hugely helpful.
Spurred on by the impact of that project it is an inevitable next step to organize a new group of Integral coaches to support people around the world coming through the Covid-19 Crisis set to live in a way that is more sustainable.