Jerry with wife, Kim Allen
455 Huckleberry Lane
Boulder Creek, California 95006
( 831) 338-3165
Granddaughter Avianna Boccio
What is an underlying question that gives form to your work or interest in this field?
How can the energy field (actual or metaphorical) of
the collective expand to envelop and nurture new members, while further
deepening the wisdom of its existing individuals and communities?
What is your personal experience of collective
wisdom in groups?
I have experienced the “wisdom” of groups
in its bio-psycho-social-spiritualdimensions: a transcendence and synergy
in the group resonance experienced in athletics, dance, and other physical
activities; in the timelessness of group musical performance; in the
harmony, spoken or unspoken, of family and community; in the silence
of collective meditation and prayer.
As facilitator and participant, I have experienced wisdom
as much from the spaces between what is said as I have from what is
What is it about the work in this field that excites
you and connects you to your own deepest self?
The answers to the most significant challenges I face
as an individual - and, I believe, that we face as a global community
¬ can only come from a place deeper than “intelligence.”
For me, wisdom exists when what we know emerges from beyond how we know
it. It is often the complexity that exists within simplicity. I believe
these answers are just beyond our collective peripheral vision, but,
at the same time, are accessible. So there’s an excitement both
in the quest, and in the allowing.
Please provide a brief storyline or snapshot of
what brought you to this work.
What brought me to this work emerged out of the death
of my father when I was 6 years old: the alienation from both peers
and adults, the search for connection, and my experience as an “outsider.”
Conventional models didn’t fit; I explored others. I developed
non-traditional curricula and teaching with high school and college
students, explored spiritual traditions and practices, and looked more
to the heart than the head in my life trajectory.
I offered group consciousness-raising experiences as
“alternatives to drugs” programs and a state-funded meditation/stress
management program for my high school students, and directed grief counseling
groups in a school which experienced several student deaths during one
semester. Directing union programs for distressed populations (unemployed
miners, industrial workers, etc.), I was able to present alternative
health practices like meditation and yoga in ways that made sense to
people who would otherwise not accept them. And, in each of the above-mentioned,
engaging the wisdom of the whole provided more healing for all concerned
than did the methodologies.
My participation in the Fetzer Institute’s “relationship-centered
care” project exposed me to both processes and people which made
a profound difference in my life, and to contribute to nurturing and
expanding the group.
As the above-mentioned describes “knowing
but not knowing how”, I can’t isolate a mentor, philosophy,
or process which has been more meaningful than others...
How would you like to be available to others in
I would like to be available and contribute through whatever
might speak to others in this field, and, although I don’t feel
that I have anything profound to say, I am certainly available to talk
(and listen) with others anytime.
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