Culture IS Strategy, Doing Good is Good for Your Business & More Work On Purpose

Happy Soul Food Friday!

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This week:

KPMG and Purpose:
How can your organization build morale, gain higher productivity and keep people engaged?
Hear what KPMG is doing on purpose…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyu1kUIhegw

Walking the Talk: Culture IS Strategy
how by aligning actions with values and purpose-beyond-profit, businesses can create a successful brand with: clarity, consistency, character, communications, and culture…
http://bit.ly/2vX4LSz

Why Doing Good Is Good for Your Design Business
Doing “Good” as a creative or company not only attracts the right people to work for you and with you, but also generates opportunities to engage with great clients… https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-doing-good-your-design-business-justin-ahrens

How to Stop Checking Your Phone!
Some of the behavioral steps indicated apply beyond phone usage and might actually help other aspects of your life…
For example: You don’t break habits, you replace them…
http://www.bakadesuyo.com/2017/03/how-to-stop-checking-your-phone/

Are you in Medicine?
Here is a unique invitation for you…
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If you are local:
Stan Phelps Keynoting 19th Annual Cause Conference Sept 8th @ UC San Diego:

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Stan Phelps to Keynote
Cause Conference 2017
Maximizing Your Impact Through The Power Of Purpose

CCSD, AMA SD and SDNA, are thrilled to announce that author and speaker Stan Phelps will keynote the 19th Annual Cause Conference. Phelps inspires organizations and brands to be remarkable, showing them how to stand out in ways that customers and employees can’t help but talk about. His informative keynotes and workshops focus on the impact of purpose in business, the value of customer experience as a competitive differentiator, and the role of employee engagement in building a strong corporate culture.

An IBM Futurist, TEDx Speaker and Forbes Contributor, Phelps has spoken at over 250 events, on every inhabited continent, in over a dozen countries, for Fortune 100 brands such as IBM, Target, ESPN, UPS, GlaxoSmithKline and Citi.

He is the author of the six-book Goldfish series:

  • Red GoldfishMotivating Sales and Loyalty Through Shared Passion & Purpose
  • Purple Goldfish – 12 Ways to Win Customers and Influence Word of Mouth
  • Green GoldfishBeyond Dollars: 15 Ways to Drive Employee Engagement
  • Golden GoldfishThe Vital Few: All Customers and Employees Are Not Created Equal
  • Blue GoldfishUsing Technology, Data and Analytics to Drive Both Profits & Prophets
  • Purple Goldfish Service EditionThe 12 Ways Hotels, Restaurants & Airlines Win the Right Customers

According to Phelps, putting purpose first benefits employees, shareholders and customers. Business 1.0 focused on shareholders. Business 2.0 was all about customers. Now, business 3.0 puts purpose first. Purpose-driven companies are dedicated to a purpose that drives employee engagement, fuels the bottom line, and makes an impact on the lives of those it serves. It is Phelps’ contention that, “By 2020 purpose will be the main driver of business, not corporate filing status. Companies will either be seen as ‘for purpose’ or ‘not for purpose’.”

DJ King, Cause Conference executive committee member and president of Conscious Capitalism San Diego said, “Stan’s latest book, Red Goldfish, offers fresh, entertaining and valuable insights into the positive impact of purpose-driven business, which is one of the key tenets of Conscious Capitalism. His keynote will set the stage for the conference journey toward achieving meaningful impact through aligning with our purpose.”

Learn more about our speakers  and see our full agenda.

Date: September 8th, 2017 from 7AM to 6PM

Location: UC San Diego’s Price Center

Early-Bird Price: $129 Members / $249 Non-Members

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Steeply discounted Member pricing Available

 

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Engage with hundreds of purpose-minded professionals.
Become a #CauseSD Sponsor!

 

Thanks this week go to Steven B, Sustainable Brands, Tom S, Marlaine C, Karen M, & Cathy S for keeping your Soul Food coming!

Please pay it forward…
Love,
Neville

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Purpose is Important to Our Workforce, What’s Yours? Learn from The 5 Levels of Business Consciousness and Enjoy Our Podcast on Purpose!

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This week:

“Most people fail in life not because they aim too high and miss, but because they aim too low and hit.” – Les Brown

HumanKIND Stories Worth Sharing:

The first story reaffirms the amazing power of humans to literally share hearts, which foreshadows comments made by Danny (about red blood cells) in the purpose podcast below…

https://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/humankind/2017/08/02/humankind-stories-worth-sharing/29277305/

Maximizing YOUR Impact through the Power of Purpose:

Enjoy this podcast and prelude to this year’s Cause conference Work on Purpose with yours truly and my new BFF and thought partner Dr. Danny Friedland…

http://sdama.org/knowledge/2017-cause-conference-preview/

Ticket sales for this year’s conference are going gangbusters and we hope you can join us if this resonates…

http://sdama.org/events/2017-cause-conference/

Everybody Says “Purpose is Important to Our Workforce,” but a Linkedin/Imperative study reveals a troubling disconnect between that sentiment and what many companies actually do: 

  • While 79% of CEOs said purpose was important, only 34% of them reported incorporating purpose into their corporate decision making.
  • When companies recruit candidates, whether internally or externally, they need to make sure an individual’s purpose is aligned with the corporate purpose, but only 29% of companies are asking those different types of questions.

Investing more than mouth service is critical to successful employee engagement. At this year’s conference, PwC’s Chief Purpose Officer Shannon Schuyler described how serious her firm is about helping employees identify how they can blend purpose into their work experience. PwC hosts off-site experiences for their employees with the explicit goal of helping them determine their purposeful role within the organization and reflect upon why their work matters.

When given this opportunity, PwC has found employees to be more innovative, engaged, and loyal team members. The ability to bring humanity to a company is what turns a transactional organization into a transformational one; and uniting its people is foundational to this purpose-focused equation, Schuyler said.

How far has your organization gone to embed purpose into the work lives of its employees?

Read on…

What’s Your Business’s Purpose? Please Don’t Say “Doing Good.”: The 5 Levels of Business Consciousness

https://consciouscompanymedia.com/the-new-economy/social-change/whats-your-businesss-purpose-please-dont-say-doing-good/

Nathan Havey •April 25, 2017

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Perhaps the single most popular platitude in the conscious business movement (and in the pages of this magazine) is “using business as a force for good.” But when we use this phrase, we invoke a good/bad duality that is mostly useless when you take into account how subjective it is.

For example: is Ben & Jerry’s “using business as a force for good” because the company uses Fair Trade ingredients, pays nearly twice the minimum wage as a starting salary, and speaks up for racial justice? Or not, because its products involve animal agriculture and extract profits from the obesity epidemic? If I told you that a bank was “using business as a force for good” by investing $70 billion in sustainable energy since 2012, you might applaud its efforts until I revealed that the bank is Wells Fargo, which is also funding the Dakota Access Pipeline and was recently involved in a major fraud scandal.

Or what about the fact that in the 200 years since the Industrial Revolution began, humanity has achieved a far better average quality of life than has ever been possible, largely through innovations and positive social changes brought by good ol’ profit-maximizing business? Isn’t that systemic improvement an example of “business as a force for good” on a grand scale?

You could see it that way; and if you also choose to notice the life-threatening environmental degradation “business as usual” has created, and recognize that a huge portion of humanity is not enjoying that same opportunity for a high standard of living, you’ll also see there is great room for improvement. But we communicate none of this complexity when we use the phrase “business as a force for good.”

“GOOD” ISN’T A GOOD ENOUGH STANDARD

Like greenwashing, goodwashing is all too easy if we don’t have a more rigorous standard to hold each other to than simply the word “good.” The idea that a business seeks to “do good” can be applied so broadly that it’s virtually meaningless. It’s like an entrepreneur pitching investors by saying that their business idea is to sell stuff to people; um … can you be more specific?

If you want to build any kind of business, you need to know how you will solve a specific problem for a specific group of people with a specific product or service. The same is true for “doing good.” A conscious company — one at the most advanced end of the business–purpose spectrum (see below) — has identified a purpose beyond profit that solves a specific problem for a specific group of people. The profit that comes from the sale of products and services becomes the fuel for this larger mission. It becomes the reason the company exists, the reason to make a profit. If “using business as a force for good” is at all meaningful, it can’t just mean “doing some good to promote a business.”

BEYOND “HELPING”

Please note that I use the word “solves,” and not “helps.” The power of any business lies in its sophistication in solving a specific problem for a specific customer; so, too, a conscious business must do more than “give back,” “have a positive impact,” and “do good” in a general way. It must have a specific, focused, and sophisticated strategy to affect the outcome of a complex system in the real world and solve a root problem, not just alleviate a symptom.

Many genuine and noble efforts to “do good” try to alleviate symptoms via interventions that have side effects that frustrate those working to deal with the root issue. The 2014 documentary “Poverty, Inc.” shows, for example, how many celebrity-faced and business-funded efforts to “do good” by providing aid for people in the developing world — while critically important in times of acute need — have had the unfortunate side effect of stunting economies that, if only they could take hold, would render the aid unnecessary.

My point is that solving important social, environmental, and technological problems is incredibly complex and difficult work. So complex, in fact, that leveraging the creative power of business may be the only way to make real progress. Businesses organize effort and coordinate action systems of dizzying complexity. Lasting solutions and further breakthroughs in broad-based prosperity and ever-greater human thriving will be the product of companies that are not content to “give something back” but of those that make such advances their mission. These conscious companies are doing far more than “good,” and if our language lumps them together with traditional businesses, we muddy the waters, which makes it easier for each of us to rest on our laurels rather than acknowledge how high the bar is and strive to reach it.

We should be talking not merely about “business as a force for good,” but about “business for a purpose beyond profit.” Where the former phrase suffers from the limitations that I outlined above, the latter invites the question “what purpose?” The answer to that is the key to getting to the most advanced stages of business consciousness. Let’s make sure that question comes up a lot. The future of business as usual depends on it.

Framework

The 5 Levels of Business Consciousness

As we move beyond the simplistic and over-general language of “doing good” in business, I propose introducing a five-stage continuum to help categorize where on the spectrum of consciousness any given business operates.

This continuum does not intend to belittle the achievements of companies in any stage; instead, it’s a guide to clarify what the next step might be. A company at Stage 1 can make a concerted effort to obey the law and get to Stage 2. A Stage 4 company’s volunteer hours and charitable contributions are wonderful and important in and of themselves, but in sharply focusing those efforts that same company can have a greater impact as it moves toward Stage 5. Companies should aim for whatever stage is next for them.

Stage 1 // Bad Actor

Lie, cheat, and steal to make a profit.

At this stage, a business has an almost total absence of purpose beyond making money, and has a similar lack of ethics and care for others. Of course, no company admits this. Some who are here may not even know it, but the company’s culture will always reveal the truth eventually. Think Enron and Tyco.

Stage 2 // Rule Follower

Obey the letter of the law.

At this stage, a business will ostensibly obey the rules of the game, and also take full advantage of others however it legally can. These companies won’t do something proactive for non-fiduciary stakeholders unless it is legally required, and they will take advantage of every loophole to save and make money. This is the dominant narrative on Wall Street.

Stage 3 // Fair Player

Do no intentional harm, but “business is business.”

At this stage, a business has an ethical core of “do no harm.” Its leaders will not consciously act in a way that takes unfair advantage of or inflicts pain and suffering on people, and they may seek to offset externalities through limited corporate social responsibility efforts and other damage-mitigation strategies. They will simultaneously compete fiercely to maximize shareholder return, which they see as the purpose of their company.

Stage 4 // Good Citizen

Take measures to have a net-positive impact.

At this stage, a company would like to produce a net-positive return for society through its operations. These companies encourage employee volunteerism, contribute toward a wide range of charitable concerns, and usually strive to create an enjoyable workplace culture. These businesses recognize that investing in social capital and goodwill creates important returns.

Stage 5 // Conscious Company

Embody a specific, measurable purpose beyond profit.

At this stage, a company is aware of its power to achieve a specific, important purpose beyond profit, and designs its culture and operations to leverage everything at its disposal to fulfill that mission. Growth and profit remain important, but no longer for their own sake. Now they are a necessary factor of achieving the purpose.

If you are local…

Earn $40 each when you Refer a Friend to Mission Fed

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The sunshine is calling and so are your friends!

Earn $40 each when you Refer a Friend to Mission Fed

Sharing is caring

Be sure to tell all of your friends and family members about this great offer, and have them bring the coupon from our website with them when they visit the branch. There’s no limit to how many people you can refer!

Tell your friends to open an account by September 30, 2017!

Plus, we’re giving back $1 Million to our members in 2017 with Mission Fed Money Match. Are you next?

Hang out for a minute to read through the fine print. The new member, age 18 or older, must be the primary member opening a Mission Federal Credit Union Checking Account and cannot be a signer on a Mission Fed Account within the last 12 months. The new member must meet the minimum opening deposit required for the Checking Account type by 9/30/17. The new member must be eligible for membership and all accounts are subject to approval. The new Checking Account must remain open a minimum of 90 days and receive a minimum Direct Deposit of $250 within the first 90 days of account funding, or have a minimum of ten (10) “qualified transactions” completed and posted to the account prior to the 91st day of account funding. “Qualified transactions” refer to a signature-based Mission Fed Debit Card transaction or a Mission Fed Credit Card transaction. Transactions can be ten (10) of either of these or a total of ten (10) between these two combined. Upon satisfaction of the above requirements, the $40 will be automatically deposited to the new member and referring member accounts by the 110th day of the new member’s account funding. Visit MissionFed.com/Refer-A-Friend for Full Rules. No other promotional offer may be used in conjunction with this special offer. Programs, rates, terms, conditions and services are subject to change without notice. For Mission Fed Money Match, certain restrictions apply; visit MissionFed.com/MoneyMatch for Official Rules.

Your success is our bottom line.

 

Together let’s move the needle by working on purpose to make this America’s kindest region, and both learn from and support other communities committed to conscious leadership.

Thanks this week go to Bill W, Danny F, and the AMA SD team for the podcast, Parker P for the content from David H, Nathan H for the Levels of Business Consciousness & Mission Fed for focusing on Social Purpose.

Please Pay it Forward with Purpose!
Love,
Neville

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“The meaning of your life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”- Pablo Picasso

Don’t Widen the Plate!

Happy Soul Food Friday!

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This week:

“Don’t widen the plate.”
Twenty years ago, in Nashville , Tennessee , during the first week of January, 1996, more than 4,000 baseball coaches descended upon the Opryland Hotel for the 52nd annual ABCA’s convention. While I waited in line to register with the hotel staff, I heard other more veteran coaches rumbling about the lineup of speakers scheduled to present during the weekend.  One name, in particular, kept resurfacing, always with the same sentiment — “John Scolinos is here? Oh, man, worth every penny of my airfare.” Who is John Scolinos, I wondered.  No matter; I was just happy to be there. In 1996, Coach Scolinos was 78 years old and five years retired from a college coaching career that began in 1948.  He shuffled to the stage to an impressive standing ovation, wearing dark polyester pants, a light blue shirt, and a string around his neck from which home plate hung — a full-sized, stark-white home plate. Seriously, I wondered, who is this guy?

After speaking for twenty-five minutes, not once mentioning the prop hanging around his neck, Coach Scolinos appeared to notice the snickering among some of the coaches.  Even those who knew Coach Scolinos had to wonder exactly where he was going with this, or if he had simply forgotten about home plate since he’d gotten on stage.  Then, finally … “You’re probably all wondering why I’m wearing home plate around my neck,” he said, his voice growing irascible.  I laughed along with the others, acknowledging the possibility.  “I may be old, but I’m not crazy.  The reason I stand before you today is to share with you baseball people what I’ve learned in my life, what I’ve learned about home plate in my 78 years”   Several hands went up when Scolinos asked how many Little League coaches were in the room.  “Do you know how wide home plate is in Little League?” After a pause, someone offered, “Seventeen inches?”, more of a question than answer.  “That’s right,” he said.  “How about in Babe Ruth’s day?  Any Babe Ruth coaches in the house?” Another long pause. “Seventeen inches?” a guess from another reluctant coach. “That’s right,” said Scolinos.  “Now, how many high school coaches do we have in the room?”  Hundreds of hands shot up, as the pattern began to appear.  “How wide is home plate in high school baseball?”  “Seventeen inches,” they said, sounding more confident. “You’re right!” Scolinos barked.  “And you college coaches, how wide is home plate in college?”  “Seventeen inches!” we said, in unison.

“Any Minor League coaches here?

How wide is home plate in pro ball?”…………“Seventeen inches!”  “RIGHT!  And in the Major Leagues, how wide home plate is in the Major Leagues?  “Seventeen inches!” “SEV-EN-TEEN INCHES!” he confirmed, his voice bellowing off the walls.

“And what do they do with a Big League pitcher who can’t throw the ball over seventeen inches from 60-feet away?”  Pause.

“They send him to Pocatello !” he hollered, drawing raucous laughter.

“What they don’t do is this: they don’t say, ‘Ah, that’s okay, Jimmy.

If you can’t hit a seventeen-inch target?  We’ll make it eighteen inches or nineteen inches.

We’ll make it twenty inches so you have a better chance of hitting it.

If you can’t hit that, let us know so we can make it wider still, say twenty-five inches.’”   Pause.  “Coaches… what do we do when your best player shows up late to practice? or when our team rules forbid facial hair and a guy shows up unshaven?

What if he gets caught drinking?  Do we hold him accountable?

Or do we change the rules to fit him?  Do we widen home plate? ” The chuckles gradually faded as four thousand coaches grew quiet, the fog lifting as the old coach’s message began to unfold.  He turned the plate toward himself and, using a Sharpie, began to draw something.

When he turned it toward the crowd, point up, a house was revealed, complete with a freshly drawn door and two windows.

“This is the problem in our homes today.  With our marriages, with the way we parent our kids.  With our discipline. We don’t teach accountability to our kids, and there is no consequence for failing to meet standards. We just widen the plate!” Pause.  Then, to the point at the top of the house he added a small American flag.

“This is the problem in our schools today.  The quality of our education is going downhill fast and teachers have been stripped of the tools they need to be successful, and to educate and discipline our young people.  We are allowing others to widen home plate!  Where is that getting us?” Silence.  He replaced the flag with a Cross.

“And this is the problem in the Church, where powerful people in positions of authority have taken advantage of young children, only to have such an atrocity swept under the rug for years.  Our church leaders are widening home plate for themselves!  And we allow it.” “And the same is true with our government.  Our so called representatives make rules for us that don’t apply to themselves.  They take bribes from lobbyists and foreign countries.  They no longer serve us.  And we allow them to widen home plate!

We see our country falling into a dark abyss while we just watch.” I was amazed.  At a baseball convention where I expected to learn something about curve balls and bunting and how to run better practices, I had learned something far more valuable.

From an old man with home plate strung around his neck, I had learned something about life, about myself, about my own weaknesses and about my responsibilities as a leader.

I had to hold myself and others accountable to that which I knew to be right, lest our families, our faith, and our society continue down an undesirable path. “If I am lucky,” Coach Scolinos concluded, “you will remember one thing from this old coach today.

It is this: “If we fail to hold ourselves to a higher standard, a standard of what we know to be right; if we fail to hold our spouses and our children to the same standards, if we are unwilling or unable to provide a consequence when they do not meet the standard; and if our schools & churches & our government fail to hold themselves accountable to those they serve, there is but one thing to look forward to …” With that, he held home plate in front of his chest, turned it around, and revealed its dark black backside,
“…We have dark days ahead!.”

Note: Coach Scolinos died in 2009 at the age of 91, but not before touching the lives of hundreds of players and coaches, including mine.  Meeting him at my first ABCA convention kept me returning year after year, looking for similar wisdom and inspiration from other coaches.  He is the best clinic speaker the ABCA has ever known because he was so much more than a baseball coach.

His message was clear: “Coaches, keep your players—no matter how good they are—your own children, your churches, your government, and most of all, keep yourself at seventeen inches.”

And this my friends is what our country has become and what is wrong with it today. Now go out there and fix it!

5 Lessons Most People Learn Way Too Late in Life:
Still working on many of these myself…
http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2BtUW8/:1cPuBbJez:l1EPmHvY/www.inc.com/quora/5-lessons-most-people-learn-way-too-late-in-life.html

American’s are More Willing to go into Debt for Experiences:
Americans are more willing to use debt to buy a vacation than to buy a new sofa, according to a new study…
http://money.cnn.com/2017/07/12/pf/debt-for-experiences/index.html?iid=SF_River

A Thief in Paris planned to Steal some Paintings from the Louvre…

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After careful planning, he got past security, stole the paintings, and made it safely to his van.

However, he was captured only two blocks away when his van ran out of gas. When asked how he could mastermind such a crime and then make such an obvious error, he replied, ‘Monsieur, that is the reason I stole the paintings.’

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I had no Monet

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To buy Degas

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To make the Van Gogh.’

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See if you have De Gaulle to
send this on to someone else….

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I sent it to you because I figured
I had nothing Toulouse.

Thanks this week go to Larry H, Lionel S, Jim C & You for reading this far!
Pay It Forward…
Love,
Neville

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“The meaning of your life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”- Pablo Picasso

7 Wonders of the World You Haven’t Considered Hidden in Plain Sight

This week:

 7 Wonders of the World:

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We Venerate Action but Vilify Reflection
Are we conditioned to miss out on wonder right in front of our very eyes?
https://www.facebook.com/inspiremoreofficial/videos/1247618671996882/

Disconnect To Reconnect Rally This Saturday:

Hi All, Join us this Saturday for our monthly Disconnect to Reconnect rally. The more of us who share in growing the movement, the greater our impact in bettering the way we view and treat one another in the face-to face world. Thanks for all you do, and please keep sharing our petition, we need to get this on the national books. Warmest, Richard

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If you are local 

2017 Cause Conference: Maximizing Your Impact through the Power of Purpose September 8th Early Bird Pricing closes TODAY!
Note:
Conference paid attendees has already doubled past years, so please join us!
http://sdama.org/events/2017-cause-conference/

Thanks this week go to Larry H, Marlaine C and Parenting 2.0 and people living their purpose!

Pay it forward please
Love,
Neville

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“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born
and the day you find out why.” —Mark Twain

 

Your Soul Food for Friday July 14, 2017: New Paradigms & The World Peace Game

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This week, I had the privilege of attending an “Insight to Impact Colab,” where we collectively engaged and collaboratively focused on redefining personal and corporate giving among thought leaders in the employer-employee connection space around the topic of corporate and individual altruism. In this colab we explored the employee connection thru altruism in the new era of work.

This was a one-day human-centered design workshop developed and facilitated by a former managing partner of IDEO, Tom Stat, now an independent strategic designer along with the talented internationally recognized design team at Intersection; Michele Morris, a design strategist and consultant who serves as the associate director of the Design Lab/UC San Diego, and the team at givn who generously sponsored the day.

Tom shared some of the links below with me which I am sure you will find inspiring!

  • One of the Top 100 Ted Talks of All Time:
    John Hunter puts all the problems of the world in front of 4th Graders and lets them solve them!https://www.ted.com/talks/john_hunter_on_the_world_peace_game?language=en
  •  The World Peace Game:
    This hands-on political simulation gives players the opportunity to explore the connectedness of the global community through the lens of the economic, social, and environmental crises and the imminent threat of war. The goal of the game is to extricate each country from dangerous circumstances and achieve global prosperity with the least amount of military intervention. As “nation teams,” students will gain greater understanding of the critical impact of information and how it is used. http://worldpeacegame.org/

If We Are Local: 

Early Bird Pricing Ends July 21st for the 19th Annual Cause Conference: Maximizing Impact Through the Power of Purpose Sept 8th 2017:

AMA San Diego has been successfully delivering this world-class conference for the past 18 years. This year, they invited SDNA to join them to provide an even greater impact to San Diego’s purpose-driven community. The collaboration of these three purpose-driven organizations brings together San Diego’s leading marketing, conscious businesses, and nonprofit communities.

SDNA’s Mission is to advance the well-being of the San Diego region by connecting, advocating and promoting nonprofits and providers, to amplify awareness and impact for our vibrant Social Sector. So when we were invited to collaborate with AMA San Diego to host a conference that focuses on purpose, collaboration, leadership — it was a resounding “YES!” We knew that leveraging the experience and success of this impactful conference would allow us to provide a more meaningful experience to our SDNA members and friends.

This annual event promises to deliver an exhilarating, educational, and impactful experience for all attendees…to maximize your impact and reach your mission with powerful ideas, tools and new resources.

Date: September 8th, 2017 from 7AM to 6PM

Location: UC San Diego’s Price Center

Early-Bird Price Before 7/21: $129 Nonprofits See registration page for more details 

You might have experienced the Dalai Lama’s Message of World Peace in San Diego. If not, you can still enjoy some of the pictures (check out the link below).

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Thank you for joining UC San Diego faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends who gathered on RIMAC Field to hear His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama share his message of compassion and peace. I am most pleased to provide you with the link below to the event photography memorializing this remarkable moment for our campus and the San Diego community.

https://www.flickr.com/gp/152145708@N03/5dQyw8

Once again, thank you for taking part in this very special day.

With kind regards,

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Pradeep K. Khosla
Chancellor

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Thanks this week go to the givn team, Tom S, Chancellor K and UC San Diego, HHDL and all of us ideating a better tomorrow!

Pay it Forward!
Love,
Neville

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” —Mark Twain

 

Your Soul Food for July 1st Interdependence Day Weekend 2017: “Everything in this universe depends on everything else”

Enjoy Interdependence Day Weekend Friends!

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“Creative people can stimulate creativity in others, by osmosis.”—Alan Watts

This week:

40 Quotes to Quench Your Existential Thirst:

Most often the best advice is just a mere tidbit of insightfulness, another way to understand ourselves and the world around us, a comment of encouragement, or positivity. Below is an accumulation of insightful quotations by British-born American philosopher, Alan Watts who spent his career teaching others to unlearn everything society has taught us, and to recognize the only moment that exists perpetually is the present.
http://highexistence.com/40-alan-watts-quotes-to-quench-your-existential-thirst/

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Thanks this week to all we Stumble Upon, Larry H, and all of us that independently & interdependently quench one another’s existential thirst!

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Love,
Neville

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“Everything in this universe depends on everything else.”Alan Watts