Our success comes from finding people like you
A critical ingredient to ThirdPath’s success is expanding the group of Integrated Life Advocates who help us achieve our goals. Integrated Life Advocates (ILAs) are a diverse group of individuals and professionals who help men, women, families, leaders, and organizations achieve a more integrated approach to work and life as coaches, therapists, consultants, bloggers, journalists, academics, and interested individuals.
Integrated Life Advocates join our community to learn and grow. ILAs are educated and supported around specific ThirdPath knowledge, tools, and processes to achieve more success in their own lives and in the work they do around work-life integration. To do this ILAs are matched to form learning groups who then examine the different elements of the “Whole System Approach to Change.”
Integrated Life Advocates become part of a network actively promoting a new approach to work and life. Through ThirdPath learning groups, our bi-annual ILA Forum, and ThirdPath community events, ILAs have gone on to support change both personally and professionally. Over time, qualified ILAs have also helped facilitate learning groups, organized ThirdPath events in their communities, written blog entries, or become one of the coaching resources we offer to individuals and families.
To learn more about the ways you can become involved in the ThirdPath ILA community read the questions and stories we’ve listed below. Or look at one of the many resources we have for our growing ILA community interested in helping us make wider change in the world.
Questions About Integrated Life Advocates (ILAs)
Q: I’m not a professional in the field of work/life integration. Can I still get involved in the ILA community?
Q: I’m a seasoned professional, how will my involvement in the ThirdPath community enhance my practice?
Q: How is my personal experience relevant to my role as an ILA?
Q: My work focuses on leaders and/or organizations. Why do I need to learn about family redesign?
Q: My work focuses on individuals, couples and/or families. What will I gain by learning about work redesign and leadership redesign?
Q: This sounds great! What do I do next to get more involved?
ThirdPath’s ILA Network
Below are a few of the ways Integrated Life Advocates meet and share ideas in our ThirdPath ILA community:
Q: Integrated Life Advocates Groups
Q: Integrated Life Advocate Forum
Q: Peer Support Groups
Q: ThirdPath Community Events
Join our network of individuals and professionals who believe in a new approach to work and life. By doing this you will gain the opportunity to connect, learn, get support and help make wider change.
Whole System Approach to Change
Our Integrated Life Advocates groups provide ThirdPath Institute an opportunity to share cutting edge knowledge with a diverse group of individuals and professionals who then use this information to create wider change.
We do this by examining the “Whole System Approach to Change.”
Topics that are addressed in the “Whole System Approach to Change” curriculum include:
- Work Redesign – An introduction to the 4 ways work can be redesigned and how we can support clients around win-win work/career redesign.
- Leadership Redesign – Case studies of integrated leaders are reviewed and the “21st century skills” used to succeed at work while also carving out time for life.
- Family Redesign – Helping families find their “North Star” – their preferred approach to balancing work and family – and understanding the influences of money, time and gender.
- Organization Change – Case studies are reviewed and the concept of “collective boundary setting” is introduced.
- Individual Change – How to assess people’s readiness for change and understanding “tangos” – the places where husbands and wives, bosses and co-workers, sometimes get stuck when trying to make change.
- Reflecting on our own practice – Case presentations and support around our own work life goals.
Through our Integrated Life Advocate groups, we also establish a safe and supportive environment so participants can gain insights about their own lives and the interconnection between personal change and wider change. How do our unconscious assumptions – our tendency to over work or follow traditional roles at home – get in the way of the change work we do? How can we learn to challenge these patterns and expand our impact?
To learn more, print our summary document describing the “Two Year Curriculum” for ThirdPath’s ILA calls. Or take a closer look at the many resources we offer individuals, families and leaders and Integrated Life Advocates as they take the next step towards achieving their dream of leading an integrated life.
“People can lose their sense of hope around what’s possible. ThirdPath has armed me with information to help my clients hold on to their dreams. With a little foresight, they learn that creating a partnership around work and time for children can actually be quite delightful. ThirdPath teaches parents to assess their situation, know where their limits are and to know when to push. I’ve learned this for myself and now I can support my clients to do the same.”
“It’s wonderful to interact with other professionals who share my passion for creating family friendly workplaces and who are working with individuals and organizations to make it happen. Learning ThirdPath’s tools and processes in more depth has also been a big benefit. This is a wonderful group of people, and as an independent consultant, it’s been very valuable to find groups of like minded people to connect with.”
“I was drawn to ThirdPath because I believe the ThirdPath mission is so needed in today’s world. I continue to stand with my ThirdPath colleagues because not only do I value the contribution we ThirdPathers make; but I value the group of smart, supportive and creative colleagues that we’ve assembled.”
“Thirdpath has given me cutting edge content, visionary stories, and a forum for honest dialogue to develop my long-held questions and convictions about family equality and quality of life. I hope to share a clear, articulate message and be a connector of people in the launch of this deeply-needed, brilliant Movement of restoring balance for individuals and families in 21st century America.”
“When my partner and I became parents, our path to Shared Care was immediate. It did not take long for us to feel fairly unique and somewhat isolated, especially professionally. My involvement with ThirdPath Institute has connected me to like-minded colleagues around the world, which in turn has energized and informed both my professional practice and my parenting.”
“I was immediately taken with this pioneering group. The ILA conference calls have been a godsend in keeping me up to date on the new parenting challenges couples face. I have also learned, and have been able to promote through my writing and public speaking, what the workplace is doing and still needs to do to help their employees live integrated lives. I continue to connect ThirdPath with courageous workplace leaders in Denver as they keep the faith in this precarious and challenging economy.”