Michael Vick and the Humane Society Shift from Victims to Creators

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David Emerald, author of The Power of TED (The Empowerment Dynamic), commends Michael Vick’s partnership with the Humane Society of the United States—calling the relationship a “shift from the drama triangle into personal, community and cultural empowerment.”

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David Emerald, author of The Power of TED (The Empowerment Dynamic), commends Michael Vick’s partnership with the Humane Society of the United States—calling the relationship a “shift from the drama triangle into personal, community and cultural empowerment.”

NFL star Michael Vick was sentenced to prison for 23 months in 2007 for bankrolling and participating in a dog-fighting ring. Upon release, Vick reached out to the U.S. Humane Society to request participation in programs to eradicate dog fighting in America. Initially rejecting his overtures, the two have formed an unlikely partnership.

Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society, publicly supported the judicial action that led to Vick’s incarceration. However, Pacelle began to shift his thinking about Vick and decided that with his participation, Vick could be an “agent for change.”

“We are culturally socialized once we judge someone as a persecutor to keep them there,” says Emerald, who compliments Pacelle for being able to move beyond Vick as a persecutor of animals to agreeing to work with him by seeing an opening for redemption through forgiveness and co-creating a forum where positive changes became possible. Vick now teaches youth the consequences of his own poor choices, and that it is possible to rise above cultural conditioning and change attitudes, which Emerald calls a shift from a victim orientation to a creator orientation.

“This is great on so many levels. Vick made a shift from being a victim of his own choices and potentially feeling persecuted for his incarceration, to a creator through personal empowerment which is fertile ground for leading to a shift in cultural attitudes and conditioning,” explains Emerald.

This example of rising above what Emerald calls the DDT (Dreaded Drama Triangle, where the victim, persecutor and rescuer role are perpetuated) and stepping into the TED (The Empowerment Dynamic, where roles shift from drama to creator, coach, and challenger) is a movement that Emerald has spearheaded to promote empowerment, facilitating personal, business and cultural shifts by moving from toxic emotional paradigms into improving the human potential and relationships through co-creating sustainable outcomes.

David Emerald is an engaging consultant, master facilitator, executive coach, speaker and author. What sets David apart is his authentic style of presenting his inspirational and practical material aimed toward stepping groups away from problem-oriented approaches. He is co-founder of the Bainbridge Leadership Center (Bainbridge Island, Wash.). As director of the Center's Organizational Leadership and Self Leadership practice areas, David’s passion lies in supporting individuals, teams, and organizations in making conscious shifts toward leading and working from an outcome-focused orientation. His principals and frameworks are based on his nearly 30 years of study, observation and application of his lessons of collaboration with a wide range of individuals and organizations. David Emerald is the author of The Power of TED (The Empowerment Dynamic), an illustrated fable on self-leadership.

For more information visit http://www.powerofTED.com. To schedule an interview contact Diane Dennis with Inspired Media Communications at 503-329-4314.

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