How it Works

We Do Better
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Purposely is based on a self-directed, peer group process.

We believe that we do better when we are working together.

Purposely is a peer learning community. We facilitate a peer group process that cultivates the purpose-grounded life and fosters growth from the inside out.

A peer group is an intentional gathering of friends who come together around common needs and shared goals. The peer group cultivates a culture of support so that the growth and change we need in our lives isn't threatening, but loving.

It's not a "course"

Purposely is not a course that you take. It’s not technical instruction. It isn't trying to provide information as a packaged consumable. It's not an app. It isn't even a finished product. It is continually being reshaped through the growth and experiences of our members.

It's a Process

Purposely cultivates a process, a peer group process that unfolds over time. We help you identify areas of need and growth and then help you design your own path forward. This is a process that you engage in with others in a peer group that you create together, that you're in charge of.

We facilitate and coach our own unique methodology that we've been implementing for more than 20 years.
Adaptive Learning

It's a Community

Our peer learning community is a community of active learners, exploring the world, discovering new ways forward, and sharing our reflections in ways that help one another along. We see community building as progressive acts of collaboration.

It Starts with You

It starts with you determining what you want to work on, what your needs are. What's holding you back? What's keeping you from achieving all that you want to do? What is the difference that you want to make in the world? What kind of person do you want to become? We start with your needs, goals, desired outcomes, and we work on the process together.
Adaptive Learning

The Peer Group Process is...

Relational

Purposely fosters a relational, not programmatic, process of peer learning. 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 help you cultivate a self-directed peer group process where everyone is 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.
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Collaborative

We've all had bad experiences in groups, especially those horrible ones with our classmates 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. We help you build a healthy group of your peers, crafted around your unique goals, where we truly work together and help one another along.
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Self-Directed

We facilitate a self-directed group process. That means that you are in charge of your own group. You and your group work together to establish your own culture where you identify your own goals and how you decide to work on those together. Our core value is that the adult learner is in charge of the 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 and discover for yourself new paths forward.
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Facilitated

We offer you and your peer group the opportunity to work with a Group Guide, a facilitator who helps lead you in the self-directed peer group process. Your Guide is available to help you in your group process, working as a coach and process person. Then, working within the context of our larger peer learning community, we share in ways that help to multiply our group's impact.
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Our Methodology

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 Guide, 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 progress they agreed they wanted to make.

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Our brand is the silhouette of a compass with a person (blue) pointing up toward his/her life direction (lime). Our mission is cultivating the purpose-grounded life that fosters ongoing renewal, life direction, and long term well-being.
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