Padare Series

In ancient Zimbabwe, wisdom and counsel were shared in special meeting forums christened “Padare” (pronounced Pa.da.ray). Typically, Padares consisted of leaders gathered round a tree

We’re excited that the first round of Padare Global Virtual Roundtable discussions took place on July 7th with participants from around the globe – spanning across all time zones.

There were nine groups meeting simultaneously with 55 nations registered for these important forums.

This ancient Zimbabwe tradition called “Padare” involves sitting around a tree and collectively sharing with deep reflective sensemaking, which was contextualized to a global virtual environment.

If you missed out on being involved – don’t worry, we will package up the Padare series, and you will be able to run your own!

Also, findings and outcomes from this series will be shared across the global Movement.

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Padare Group 1 – “Sequoia Tree”
Padare Group 2 – “Cherry Blossom Tree”
Padare Group 3 – “Aprisquillo Pine Tree”
Padare Group 4 – “Sugar Maple Tree”
Padare Group 5 – “Eucalyptus Bluegum”
Padare Group 6 – “Silver Birch Tree”
Padare Group 7 – “Palo Borracho Tree”
Padare Group 8 – “Silky Oak Tree”
Padare Group 9 – “Baobab Tree”
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Padare Group 1 – “Sequoia Tree”
Theme: A trusted and relevant partner for young people
Facilitator: Cristiano Ristov, Brazil, World YMCA Executive Committee Member

Padare Group 2 – “Cherry Blossom Tree”
Theme: A trusted and relevant partner for young people
Facilitator: Denise Chan, YMCA Singapore

Padare Group 3 – “Aprisquillo Pine Tree”
Theme: A trusted and relevant partner for young people
Facilitator: Reg Bailey, YMCA England & Wales

Padare Group 4  – “Sugar Maple Tree”
Theme: A trusted and relevant partner for young people
Facilitator: Purity Kiguatha, Africa Alliance of YMCAs

Padare Group 5 – “Eucalyptus Bluegum”
Theme:  “Building a Sustainable Recovery”
Facilitator: Peter Posner, UK – World YMCA Past President

Padare Group 6 – “Silver Birch Tree”
Theme:  “Building a Sustainable Recovery”
Facilitator: Melinda Crole,  CEO YMCA Australia

Padare Group 7 – “Palo Borracho Tree”
Theme:  “Adaptive Y”
Facilitator: David French, Y Care International

Padare Group 8 – “Silky Oak Tree”
Theme:  “Adaptive Y”
Facilitator: Renata Ferrari, Y USA

Padare Group 9  – “Baobab Tree”
Theme:  “Adaptive Y”
Facilitator: Mary Beck, YMCA Canada

Screenshot of different groups of the 1st Session

Padare Session 1 - 7 July 2020As the world continues to plan and adapt to the outcomes of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are now seeing many YMCAs move into a Recovery stage as restrictions begin to lift in various countries.

Now is the time we want to summon our greatest currencies – our collective selves and wisdom, which we believe is our best response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to deeply reflect and source meaningful, inspirational ideas and sensemaking sessions and exchange with strategic intent and interaction, reflecting on key learnings and insights gathered with each theme, and how the YMCA might respond in the post COVID-19 environment.


In ancient Zimbabwe, wisdom and counsel were shared in special meeting forums christened “Padare” (pronounced Pa.da.ray). Typically, Padares consisted of leaders gathered round a tree, openly sharing from their own wisdom and experience and patiently receiving from the wisdom of other participants. Padares promoted equity, of both ideas and participants; and this was indicative of how the participants sat – in a circle gathered around the safety and humbling providence of the tall tree. The shared equity of the Padare participants was the very essence of Ubuntu, the African philosophy that emphasizes the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity. The Padare was a vivid interpretation and display of the ideals of Ubuntu.

Our intent is to create ‘virtual’ circles of YMCA leaders and partners congregating around thematic areas of work that drive our collective passion. Each theme shall be symbolic of our Padare Tree – they shall stand for our common rooted focus and comfort from the elements that would otherwise slow us down. The Padare will be characterised by the exchange of wisdom between participants. This collective knowledge will be the fuel from which we will derive energy, the sharing of wisdom shall be our intent.  Through these Padares, we will share with each other the wisdom of our experience, learnings and knowledge to co-create a new and sustainable normal for our YMCAs.

These Virtual Roundtables “Padares” are a part of the Recovery stage, with these strategic sessions designed to assist YMCAs across the globe navigate through the pandemic crisis and leadership challenges: Resilience Recovery Reimagining.

1.    Young People. How can the YMCA become a relevant and trusted partner for young people, helping build their own and their communities’ resilience in the face of global crisis (current Covid and future crises?)

2.    Sustainable financial recovery. How can we build a sustainable economic recovery for the YMCA from the Covid-19 crisis?

3.    Adaptive YMCA. What does an adaptive YMCA look like?

Introduction to Padare Series – Spanish version
Introduction to Padare Series – English version

 

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