8-Shields Model (the Acorn model)
With the 8-Shields Model you can:
- integrate people’s diverse gifts into cohesive, effective teams
- clarify some important and confusing issues regarding consensus decision-making
- clarify the tension between hierarchical and egalitarian approaches to organizational design and function
What the 8-Shields Model is:
- a universal pattern based on the natural world
- a map for organizational design
- a checklist for events
- a flowchart for projects
- much, much more
- highly effective and very fun!
Our experience with the 8-Shields Model
Alan Seid has spent many years in the sustainability field, and teaches several tools and methodologies. He has a commitment to improving human systems and contributing to the healthy integration of human and natural systems.
In 2000, Alan attended the weekend “Coyote Mentoring” followed by the 6-day “The Art of Mentoring” — the first two of Wilderness Awareness School’s series in which the 8-Shields/Acorn Model is taught.
In 2005, Alan attended the 5-day “The Mind of Mentoring”, and received permission to teach the 8-Shields Model from Jon Young, founder of Wilderness Awareness School and the Institute of Nature Awareness.
Alan has been practicing and teaching the Acorn Model since 2000.