How It Works

Purposely.org is based on a process of carefully crafted, self-directed, peer learning groups. Everything revolves around healthy peer formation and process.

We Learn Together

Purposely.org is relational. It is not programmatic nor didactic. That means you will not be assigned books to read or assignments to complete. There is no curriculum that you are being instructed to complete. Instead, we provide mentoring for self-directed peer learning groups made up of friends who are facing similar obstacles and opportunities and who are committed to helping one another along. Members of the peer group identify things that they need to work on, and, within a shared group covenant, design their own pathway forward. The peer group identifies the issues that are important to them, and we work on them together.
Adaptive Learning

We Collaborate as a Peer Learning Community

We've all had bad experiences in peer groups with our classmates, especially those horrible ones where no one wants to do anything and one person winds up doing all the work. Most ad hoc groups like these are generally highly ineffective. For more than 20 years, we've been specialists in healthy group formation and process. We help you build a healthy group of your peers, crafted around your unique goals, where we help one another along.
Teamwork

We Look up at the Big Picture of our Lives

Purpose is emergent. It's not a thing or an object that one can attain. It's not something that one discovers through thumbing through a course catalog of classes, majors, and degree programs. Purpose emerges as a product of our deepest values.

Our core value is that the adult learner is in charge of the learning process. That means we have faith in you, that you know what you need, that you know what you're capable of. We help you tap into that. Then the path ahead emerges and life direction comes into focus.
Community

Our Methodology

Peer Learning Groups

Our peer group process is at the center of our learning methodology, and our peer groups are carefully crafted. There is nothing more vital to our success than healthy, authentic groups working in a covenant relationship to help one another along.

A peer group is 6-8 persons who come together around common needs and shared goals.

Our peer groups operate in a process of self-selection, self-direction, self-reflection, and self-accountability:

Self-Selection

Groups form organically through individual buy-in. Though at times chaotic and messy, we don't interrupt the process by assigning individuals to groups.

Self-Direction

With the help of their mentor, groups identify their own learning goals and design a learning path forward.

Self-Reflection

In a dialogical interplay between shared experiences and group reflection, individuals are offered opportunities to engage in deep, meaningful self-reflection.

Self-Accountability

In loving rather than punitive ways, groups help to hold one another accountable for the things that members identified that they wanted to work on.

Basecamp

Basecamp is the starting point for groups to meet with their group Guide. Basecamp is a private one to one time with the group and their Guide to establish a culture for the group to map out its path forward together.

Trailhead

Our peer learning groups evolve together over time. Our Trailhead sessions bring groups back together for ongoing coaching and mentoring. A "trail" is a guided learning path that is designed by the peer group with the help of their group Guide. In Trailhead sessions, we check-in with groups and help them refine their pathway.

Group Guides

Teaching, coaching, mentoring, and counseling are all valuable and each has an important role to play. Teaching is primarily informational and technical. Coaching is oriented toward technique and encouragement, while mentoring is more relational and personal. Counseling is a one-to-one clincal process.

We offer a unique process of guidance led by what we call the peer group Guide. The group Guide combines both of the qualities of a coach and mentor, working as a process leader who facilitates adaptive change.

Peer Group Formation Process

Step 1

Be a Trailblazer
Groups don't form on their own. Someone has to be the spark to get it started. That's the trailblazer. Start by sharing with your friends and peers you ideas you have for your group. Having common needs and goals will draw others to your group.

Step 2

Ask a Pathfinder
A Pathfinder is a trained guide to help you in the group formation process and through every part of the process. If you don't have a group and feel that you can't start one, a Pathfinder can help you connect with a group.

Step 3

Enroll in the Program
Your entire peer group of 6-8 should enroll at the same time and begin together. Getting everyone together at the same time is crucial.

Step 4

Basecamp
We call the beginning point for every group Basecamp. It's an orientation and training in the peer group process.

Step 5

Traihead Follow Ups
Coaching doesn't stop after the Basecamp orientation. It's a process that unfolds over time. Trailheads connect groups for ongoing coaching in specific areas of need.
  • Step 1

    Be a Trailblazer
    Groups don't form on their own. Someone has to be the spark to get it started. That's the trailblazer. Start by sharing with your friends and peers you ideas you have for your group. Having common needs and goals will draw others to your group.
  • Step 2

    Ask a Pathfinder
    A Pathfinder is a trained guide to help you in the group formation process and through every part of the process. If you don't have a group and feel that you can't start one, a Pathfinder can help you connect with a group.
  • Step 3

    Enroll in the Program
    Your entire peer group of 6-8 should enroll at the same time and begin together. Getting everyone together at the same time is crucial.
  • Step 4

    Basecamp
    We call the beginning point for every group Basecamp. It's an orientation and training in the peer group process.
  • Step 5

    Traihead Follow Ups
    Coaching doesn't stop after the Basecamp orientation. It's a process that unfolds over time. Trailheads connect groups for ongoing coaching in specific areas of need.

Our Purpose

Our brand is the silhouette of a compass with a person (blue) pointing up toward his/her life direction (lime). We believe that a deeper sense of life purpose leads to happier, heathier, more meaningful lives.
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