Presence

Presence

When I ask a group to talk about what it is like to be with someone who is really present, they say words like: comfortable, safe, being held, alive, joy, energizing, grounded.

WOW.

Consider being so present that others feel joyful around you, alive, energized, grounded. Wouldn’t this be an amazing way of being?

We can be this generous.

Local Economy Summit

I am passionate about my work with BALLE, the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, working on the phenomenally ambitious goal of changing our economic system.

This work is absolutely necessary.

I have the privilege of serving on the design and facilitation team of the BALLE Local Economy Fellowship. This is two years of deep, focused work with a carefully curated group of twentyfour local economy leaders.

This week I get to facilitate at a different scale. The BALLE 2017 Leadership Summit. One hundred and sixty people brought together by an understanding that the path to creating healthy, equitable economies starts with weaving the right relationships together.

The Leadership Summit is designed to do just that – harness the wisdom, resources, and knowledge of this movement to create solutions that work. Participants will include members from all cohorts of the BALLE Local Economy Fellowship, the Community Foundation Circle, the Local Economy Investor Circle, and other invited guests.

This is how you nurture an ecosystem.

Our extractive economic system works against life itself. It is bad for people and bad for the planet. The Local Economy Framework is on the side of life. It says:

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BALLE is part of an interconnected global ecosystem of people and organizations working everyday towards the necessary goal of changing the economic system. This week’s summit is an integral part of a movement that means to save humanity from itself. And I’m proud to be a part of it.

It Was Me

Here I’m re-posting what I wrote on facebook as I worked to contend with the pain of this powerful #metoo moment. It is important to be clear about this. I’m not writing from abstraction. I hold positions of leadership. I seek to call people to a higher standard. When I fail, when I make mistakes or miss my blind spots, the impact is greater, and messier. This is a commitment that comes out of real hurt and real learning.

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

Our first newsletter was supposed to go out on the New Moon of September. That’s when Hurricane María struck and the land of my birth experienced the first climate catastrophe caused by human made global warming. The island went dark. The diaspora went into despair. The waters and the winds struck with unfathomable fury.

The disaster is still unfolding.

Ceremony

Ceremony

I can tell you that there are people who punctuate their lives with acts of devotion, who make sacred offerings with every meal and who sing prayers into every hearth. And I can tell you that they are beautifully perfect as much as they are also flawed. They have moods, preferences, blind spots and human stuff as much as any of us. But they show up. They say yes to the work. They try harder. They try again. They do it with devotion. They do it with love.

Quantified Society

Quantified Society

What are the social and rights-based implications of the “quantified society?”

This was the mind blowing question behind one of the most interesting gatherings that I facilitated this summer. Artificial Intelligence is advancing at a relentless pace. And the most powerful corporations on earth now have unimaginable troves of data about our most intimate behavior. We don’t seem to have the bandwidth to deal with the implications. And yet answering this question is a democratic imperative.

The Best Medicine

The Best Medicine

We have always known that laughter is the best medicine. Grandmothers have always told us so. Today’s science is catching up with ancient wisdom, and the myriad physiological benefits of laughter continue to be revealed. In our high stress, often depressed society, laughter becomes the most precise medicine for our day.