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Gibrán is an internationally renowned master facilitator who has devoted his life to the development of leaders and organizational transformation.

Gibrán's work is anchored by the idea of Evolutionary Leadership. It is about consciousness and culture. It is about action through relentless experimentation. It is about adaptability and working with complexity.

The commitment is to bring great people together to do work that changes everything. We are committed to justice and we are committed to creative possibility. We are talking about our next evolutionary leap. We want to do work that moves us beyond the climate crisis and towards a new and generative economy. This work is about a just transition. We want to be a part of defining new ways for us to be together in this world.

Here are some of Gibrán’s current clients, and here are some testimonials.

To book Gibrán as an Organizational Consultant, Facilitator, or Speaker, contact him here

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    2016 Mattered

        There is a narrative out there that 2016 was the worst year ever. Not only did we lose beloved icons ranging from Prince to Carrie Fisher, but the United States just handed the Nuclear Codes to the least qualified individual ever to hold the Presidency. And this is without talking about his white supremacist tendencies!   I am the last person to deny the very real implications that our political choices will have on very real people.   At the same time I find it important to agree with Charles Nevin’s recent opinion in the NY Times. We have done much, much worse.   If we stay on this side of the Atlantic, we must consider the devastating implications of 1492 for the indigenous population of the Americas. It took less than 50 years for the first slave ship to land in the continent in in 1526. Think about the implications for millions of Africans and their surviving descendants. The year 1898  is a bit closer to ours, and we can call that the birth of American Imperialism as it grabbed the reins from Spain in the Spanish American War.   I hold the passionate understanding that we are the most privileged people to have ever walked the earth. We are our ancestors’ wildest dream! It is imperative that we hold on to this truth even in the advent of dark times.   2016 was a year that truly mattered. We will have to meet its implications for years to come. I believe it’s best to do so with an awareness of history. We cannot forget where we come from and how much we have achieved.   We take hits.   And we move forward.
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    All About the Heart

      Thomas Friedman launched a recent column reminding us that automation will define the future: Software has started writing poetry, sports stories and business news. IBM’s Watson is co-writing pop hits. Uber has begun deploying self-driving taxis on real city streets and, last month, Amazon delivered its first package by drone to a customer in rural England. He also reminds us that there is nothing that competes with the human heart. It is only the heart that can can love, have compassion and dream. He reminds us that only humans can build deep relationships of trust. He refers to Dov Seidman’s thinking on this question of automation, and his proposal that we must finally move beyond the Cartesian equation of  “I think, therefore I am” and move into a concept of self that says: “I care, therefore I am; I hope, therefore I am; I imagine, therefore I am. I am ethical, therefore I am. I have a purpose, therefore I am. I pause and reflect, therefore I am.” Anyone that wants to do anything that matters must tend the crisis of meaning and the crisis of connection that define our culture today. The future brings challenges that can only be addressed through humaning. The concerted project of becoming human again. Only humans can build deep relationships of trust. We carve out our role in the future by dedicating ourselves to the courage, the authenticity and the boldness of a project that uplifts the human heart.  
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    Not a Feature

      The work of the heart is not a feature. It’s not one among many agenda items. It is not a lego block that you might or might not opt to include. The heart is where we work from. The heart is what we train. It is what we expand. The heart is where we are going. The heart is where we roam.   Context is everything.   We are living at the end of days. We can only do work that matters. And the only work that matters is the work of the heart. I was with a client today. It felt to me like they were thinking of the work of the heart as an aspect of the project, as a feature, rather than as the project’s very purpose. The ONLY work that matters is the work of the heart. Courage flows from there. Wisdom flows from there. Love is the field. Connection is the purpose. Trust is the currency. These are the conditions for the emergence of strategy. And the manifestation of the good.
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    Your Image of God

    I’m a believer. Not the uptight fundamentalist type. I’m well over the idea of God as an old man in the skies waving a magic wand. But I believe. I have a cosmology that helps me to live into the infinite vastness of this great mystery.   I imagine a tantric dance between what is quiet, perfect and still and what is full, unfolding manifestation. What we might call the “ground of being” and what we might call “evolution.”   I don’t just hold these as intellectual abstractions. I seek to be in relationship with the divine. I work with the names and forms of teachers and deities. I look where other humans have looked before and I aim to see myself as an integral part of it all.   I don’t have any need to push these ideas on anyone. But I do agree with the Richard Rohr quote that Casper ter Kuile recently shared: Good theology is still important. Your image of God creates you. You become the God you worship. If your God is an eternal torturer, then torture is validated. If God is presented in the image of a king, then we’ll all want to be kings. If God is love and relationality that creates a very different kind of humanity. Secularism has been a liberating force. But it also left us with a false binary. You are either a religious fundamentalist of some stripe or other, or you are a rational person who is part of a cosmic accident. Today, thankfully, we have the rise of the “spiritual but not religious” crowd that is doing all sort of things to tend to our spiritual longing. The question matters. Even if you are not a believer. Like Wade Davis says, we, each of us humans, each of our cultures, all of us are caught in the same predicament, trying to answer the same question - “how did we get here and why are we here?” Your answer to that question is impacting how you live. It is impacting what you contribute to our culture. And it is impacting your commitment to the future.
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    Coming Home

    I've been quiet during this ominous week. Even when we still thought Hilary was going to win I found myself walking the city streets and murmuring to myself - "this is not good, and I don't know what to do." Little did I know how much worse it was about to get.  I've stayed away from social media, jumping on from time to time mainly to seek the healing wisdom of people like Adrienne Maree Brown. I know it's not the time to retreat. I've just been so angered by it all. Not just the fact that it happened or the fact that the whole game is rigged, but also by all the "knowing" on our side, the so called side of the just. We are fighting about safety pins? WTF???    
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    Glenn Beck is a Person

    Glenn Beck is not on Fox anymore. Many of us don’t hear from him as much. But his media empire is growing. I remember when he was front and center in the imagination of the progressive movement. He was the embodiment of evil. The mouthpiece of the right. I heard more about him than from him. And what I heard was all bad. I remember the intense Color of Change video that so clearly demonstrated Beck’s race bating. I also remember sitting on an airplane and catching a Glenn Beck episode on TV (I don’t own one). He was poking fun at Al Gore and An Inconvenient Truth. I saw him deny climate change. Hard to see how this guy is anything other than a really bad guy. Stoking racial fears? Denying climate change? That was years ago.
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    The Six Hour Work Day

    In the US it is common to make fun of the French and their unions, their strikes and their 35 hour work weeks. It is easy to forget that the unions are indeed “the folks who brought you the weekend.” I was excited to read Sweden is introducing the six hour work day. Our relationship to work is all wrong. It is by now a cliché to say that too many of us live to work instead of work to live. But it is true. We have left our children to be taken care of by iPads, and we have limited our own lives to an idea of “productivity” that has simply come up short. Too many of us are not happy.
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    Your Own Myth

    I watched Hercules last night. The terrible B movie starring “The Rock.” Don’t ask me how I ended up here. I sat through the annoyance of cliché after cliché. It wasn’t until the movie was done that I got some value from it. Samantha, my wife, who finds something to appreciate in everything, was the one to point it out. In this version of Hercules he is actually an orphan passing himself off as the son of Zeus. His mercenary friends include a storyteller whose job it is to amplify the myth of Hercules, to tell of his seven mythical labors, to stir fear among his enemies and loyalty among friends. None of it is actually true.
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    Victimhood Culture

    As a person of color I have experienced direct and explicit aggression as well as significant forms of exclusion. I also experience plenty of microaggressions. As a man who has been culturally conditioned by patriarchy, I have also been the perpetrator of explicit and implicit aggressions. I have been hurt and I have hurt others. It is unfortunate that we have structured a society in which the power embedded in relationships of race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, exclusion and privilege define so much of our human experience. There are few things uglier than the oppression olympics, elaborate arguments to understand who is more oppressed than who. But the fact is that some groups are more oppressed than others. One could probably come up with an algorithm to sort out everyone’s place on the ladder of privilege and oppression.  
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    Times for Connection

    We are social animals. We cannot be an isolated self. Affluence allows us to become more and more independent from each other. It allows us to isolate ourselves. This is the big irony. We are “wealthier” than most people on earth yet we are lonelier than most people on earth. The “stuff” that we buy with our wealth, the “safety” that we buy with our wealth, the “independence” that we buy with our wealth, it all seems to diminish the very thing that gives life meaning - the generative power of human connection. Our wealth is making us scared. Depressed. And small. David Brooks wrote an awesome column about The Great Affluence Fallacy:  
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