People who practice forums in their family, work, and communities report tremendous benefits to all participants, while enhancing their members’ and employees’ overall satisfaction. Live Your Purpose, Together. A forum group is made up of 8 to 10 diverse people […]
People who practice forums in their family, work, and communities report tremendous benefits to all participants, while enhancing their members’ and employees’ overall satisfaction.
Live Your Purpose, Together.
A forum group is made up of 8 to 10 diverse people with no direct conflict of interest or competition who meet typically once a month for four hours. One of the group members is appointed for a one-year term as a moderator to keep order of the process. In a community, these could be people who don’t work together, or those who compete in the same fields or are colleagues in the same department. You start by building trust—emphasizing total confidentiality, with no judgment or direct advice usually conveyed with phrases such as “you should” or “should not.” Everyone is there just to listen, connect, and share their own experiences.
1. Start the forum session with everyone stating their name and their Purposehood Statement to remind themselves and everyone else about the journey they are on so they may receive more relevant feedback from the group.
2. Take two minutes for the expand practice where everyone includes the others in their wish bubble.
3. Then the moderator proposes an icebreaker such as: “Name your favorite selfish or altruistic act you have done in the last month.” Or one from the second daily practice: “What balance action have you done today and how did it make you feel?”
4. Then everyone takes five minutes to fill out their forum update sheet about the major positive and negative events since the last meeting in personal, family, business, communities, and nature categories.
5. Each person then takes up to three minutes to share their update, which also highlights any major issues they might be facing.
6. Once everyone is done, the members, with the help of the moderator, choose two issues based on two criteria: importance and urgency.
7. The person with the issue selected then presents the details of the issue in 20 minutes, then spends 10 minutes answering clarifying questions and finally, 15 to 20 minutes listening to the group’s feedback as they share their experiences with any similar issues they’ve faced.
8. During the four-hour session, at least once the moderator initiates a three-minute focus practice such as taking an everyday object and asking everyone to write down 10 ideas on how it can be improved or used, or each person can simply choose to focus on an object, a person, a feeling, or their breath.
9. Everyone has the privilege of calling one pause if they need it, and the whole group joins them for a 51-second pause practice.
10. Finally, take two minutes to end with the expand practice where everyone includes the others in their bubble of gratitude.
Ammar sought fulfillment at a young age by exploring anthropology and world religions spending ten years with Sufi masters and religious scholars, studying, teaching, and subsequently serving as a cleric. Later he focused on entrepreneurship, where he pursued success by starting and seed-investing in over thirty businesses with thousands of employees, four of which are currently led by members of YPO, a global leadership community of chief executives. Ammar's startup spirit extended to volunteering in YPO, where he is a founding member of eleven chapters spanning four continents, positively impacting their communities. He also founded the YPO Change Makers Club where members and spouses share their expertise with the wider community.
Ammar holds an engineering degree from the University of Central Florida, and he is a Harvard Business School alumnus from "The President's Program in Leadership."
After a near-death experience followed by an eleven-year deep dive into the meaning of life, today Ammar is focused on working with Purposehood®️ therapists, life engineers, and business engineers, both volunteers and professionals to spark a movement to unleash the potentiality of every human toward their existential purpose in order to build a better future for all.
Ammar shares The Purposehood®️ Method in workshops, talks, and courses based on his book (Amazon #1 new release in Humanist Philosophy and Transpersonal Psychology): "Purposehood: Transform Your Life, Transform the World”.
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