“Our life has to be our message.” — Thích Nhất Hạnh
Thích Nhất Hạnh reminds us that each of us is a writer — with our life’s message as our greatest story.
As a child, I collected Lake Superior agates that I found in an open field behind my home. A pack of us roamed the Central Minnesota fields in the summertime, building forts, dipping our toes in puddles, and shooing the cows away from our mothers’ dinner gardens.
The agates were a special part of those summer afternoons.
The lines were embedded in them to remind us that time…
By Melanie Garson Ph.D. & Shannon Mullen O’Keefe M.A.L.D.
In an episode of the television series Black Mirror human beings risk their lives to seek out the contents of a box in a warehouse. In doing so they encounter security — a robotic dog — which ruthlessly pursues and attempts to kill them.
What was in the box that the humans risked their lives for? (*spoiler alert*)
The humans wanted to retrieve the teddy bears to give them to a dying friend.
If that security guard had been a dad, or a grandpa, or a brother, sister, mother…
By Shannon Mullen O’Keefe M.A.L.D. & Lakshmi Karan Ph.D.
We are again on the cusp of a giant leap forward in possibilities for humanity.
But, consider this.
Now there are people aiming to do a lot more than that in space and those who dominate space will probably hold a great deal of power for years to come.
So, it will matter to future generations of humans…
Efficiency can be beautiful.
It means waste is minimized, energy is maximized, and we achieve things.
Everything has a time and a place, everyone knows where to be, there isn’t extra — there’s just enough.
Things are right-sized.
And things clip along perfectly.
When the Pict woman (pictured above) lived — probably during the late Iron Age — people were excited about advances in efficiency. Back then, it was new iron tools that helped to streamline human life.
As humans, we’re rightfully proud of the gains we’ve made in efficiency, from iron tools to Roomba vacuums.
But, as the saying…
By Melanie Garson Ph.D. and Shannon Mullen O’Keefe M.A.L.D.
Let’s be honest. Anytime we make a choice not for ‘I’ — meaning ourselves, individually — we can disadvantage ourselves.
When we step away from the ‘I,’ in decision-making, we can fall quickly into the classic game theory dilemmas: if I disadvantage myself how do I know that I will not be exploited?
This dilemma happens in decisions we make all day long: our electoral choice, our fishing rights, keeping our place in line at the grocery store, and deciding whether to foreclose on homes. The movie classic It’s a Wonderful…
What do words mean to you? At the recent Great Wave event, the ethical philosopher Françoise Baylis helped call to mind the power in words when she used this example:
“What if we had a different understanding of what it meant to be wealthy?” she asked. “What if ‘wealth,’ were defined by how much you could give away — constantly gifting — rather than keeping?”
If we sit with her questions for a minute, we realize that a different definition of wealth might make a “ripple.” Her question was a pebble tossed into still water.
When “there is no pebble…
Orangutans — the great apes whose babies are cuter than The Mandalorian’s green sidekick — are on the endangered list.
The world wildlife organization reports that ‘a century ago there were probably more than 230,000 orangutans in total, but the Bornean orangutan is now estimated at about 104,700 (endangered) and 7,500 (critically endangered.)’
These orangutans, whose name literally means ‘man of the forest,’ in the Malay language are endangered because their natural forest habitat is threatened.
by Melanie Garson Ph.D. and Shannon Mullen O’Keefe M.A.L.D.
In a world in which everything is growing exponentially around us — faster than we can comprehend — a world in which by next year 20 billion devices could be interconnected globally, where are the leaders that show us a vision to navigate this future?
A leadership thinking that is beyond November 3rd, 2020, or even November 3rd, 2024.
A leadership that offers a vision beyond the tit-for-tat spiral of election rhetoric. Something greater than “I’m not him!”
What do we want from our leadership? …
The House of Beautiful Business — (please visit the Journal of Beautiful Business here) — features “business leaders, founders, technologists, artists, philosophers and scientists who think together . . .with an aim to radically change the language, systems, and practices of business and to shape a more positive vision for technology, business, and humanity.”
The House recently hosted an event entitled ‘The Great Wave,’ which was a ‘practical-fantastical, global event,’ which happened to be virtual too.
For me, this wave, was a welcome ride into ‘what can be,’ and an opportunity to learn from business leaders who think expansively about…
Friday, October 9, 2020
If you don’t have one of Mary Oliver’s books of poetry on your desk I recommend you pick one up. Set it right next to ‘Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass,’ and when you need a pause in your day — in between zooms or socially-distanced-masked meetings — to breathe — pick one of them up and read a poem. . .
“What is there beyond knowing that keeps
calling to me? I can’t
turn in any direction
but it’s there. I don’t mean
the leaves’ grip and shine or even the thrush’s
silk song, but the…