Sacred Activism and Radical Transformational Leadership

08-14-18 Radical Transformational Leadership:
What does this imply? Guest Speaker: Andrew Harvey

Sacred Activism and Radical Transformational Leadership

Andrew Harvey describes sacred activism is a transforming force of compassion-in-action. It is the alchemy of deep spiritual knowledge, courage, love, passion a keen systems mind, with wise radical action in the world. Being a radical transformational leader and the large-scale practice of sacred activism can become an essential force for preserving and healing the planet and its inhabitants- it is the way.

Join us as we share how spirituality that is only private and self-absorbed, one devoid of an authentic political and social consciousness, does little to halt the multiple crises we live in today. On the other hand, an activism that is not purified by profound spiritual and psychological self-awareness and rooted in universal values of dignity, equity, wisdom, and compassion will only perpetuate the problem it is trying to solve, however righteous its intentions. When, however, the deepest and most grounded spiritual vision is anchored universal values and integrated with practical and pragmatic drive to transform all existing political, economic, and social institutions, – the power of wisdom and love in action – is born.

Eighth Episode: Guest in the 2nd segment: Andrew Harvey

Bio: Andrew Harvey is an internationally renowned religious scholar, writer, and teacher, and the author of over 40 books, including the critically acclaimed The Hope, Way of Passion: A Celebration of Rumi, as well as Journey to Ladakh, The Return of the Mother, Son of Man, and The Direct Path: Creating a Journey to the Divine Using the World’s Mystical Traditions. He is also coauthor of the best-selling The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying. His work has been honored with the Benjamin Franklin Award and the Mind Body Spirit Award (both for Mary’s Vineyard: Daily Readings, Meditations, and Revelations, with photographs by Eryk Hanut), and the Christmas Humphries Award for A Journey in Ladakh. Born in south India in 1952, Harvey studied at Oxford University and became the youngest person ever to be awarded a fellowship at All Soul’s College in 1973. As a spiritual teacher and mystical scholar he has devoted much of his life to studying the world’s various mystical traditions, including intensive study of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sufi mysticism, while living in India as well as London, Paris, New York, and San Francisco. Harvey, an acclaimed spiritual teacher and mystical scholar, has taught at Oxford University, Cornell, the California Institute of Integral Studies, and the University of Creation Spirituality.

The Fractal to Take Equity and Sustainability to Scale Guest Speaker: Paola Babos

07-31-18 Radical Transformational Leadership:
What does this imply? Guest Speaker: Paola Babos

The fractal to take equity and sustainability to scale

We will not be able to deliver a more just, peaceful and sustainable world, unless we realize that this requires moving away from technical solutions alone and that we need to constantly assess the values and systems that underpin our world. The human community has created injustice, conflict and unsustainable patterns, hence we have the power and duty to engage deeply to create empowering patterns for peace and prosperity.

Designing our ideas and initiatives on the conscious full –spectrum response (CFSR) creates a new pattern, a new architecture for equitable and sustainable change. CFSR is a fractal that creates large -scale change. A fractal is a pattern that repeats itself. And this pattern can be generated with ensuing results at any level, any sector, at home, at work and in society.

We will explore significant contributions made through using the CSFR fractal in many ways: for example, transforming workplace cultures, supporting youth to revisit and shift disempowering social narratives; creating multi-sectoral, multi-level platforms for decentralization of government services, supporting local leadership to prioritize and finance major services; engaging organisations to work on increase investments in adolescent girls to address patterns of inequality, deprivation and discrimination across generations.

Each and every individual has the resources and the power to make change happen – to shift systems and deliver results. This depends on our capacity to connect to our dreams, our vision, and then to shift our perspective that we are small. We are not. We have the incredible power to make significant changes. It is a matter of our personal responsibility and leadership in life.

Fallacy: Human beings are driven primarily by self-interest.

New Learning: Human beings inherently care about others, it is an integral component of our social intelligence that has enabled us to survive through thousands of years.

Seventh Episode: Guest in the 2nd segment: Paola Babos

Bio: Paola Babos is a development practitioner with over 15 years of policy and programme experience working with International Organisations in both conflict and development settings. She currently serves as Regional Gender Advisor for the UNICEF Office in West and Central Africa Office advancing work on the empowerment of women and girls in health, education and in water and sanitation. She has also worked at country and regional levels on strategic planning, supporting UNICEF offices in designing and monitoring programmes to deliver results for children in complex country settings.

Before joining UNICEF, Paola worked in the UN Secretariat on development policies in the group of Least Developed Countries, and with the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship where she led peer learning seminars and studies on social innovation and inclusive local development in transition economies in Eastern Europe and the Balkans. Paola started her career in field positions in Serbia and Kosovo working on post-conflict dialogue and reconciliation programmes with internally displaced communities.

Paola holds a BSc in Government and Economics from the London School of Economics and an MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago.

Radical Transformational Leadership: What does this imply? Guest Speaker: Nancy Roof

07-17-18 Radical Transformational Leadership: What does this imply?
Guest Speaker: Nancy Roof

Cultural shifts for a world community

You are invited to explore the foundations of a new humanity—the Beauty of Being –Our Universal Heart of Compassion. The human soul is hungry for beauty, truth, and goodness.

We need to shift from individual only to collective action; from separation to interdependency. How could we shift our worldview from materialism to consciousness as ultimate reality, based on new science; and from duality to non-duality?

We will reflect on moving from polarization to oneness and transcend the ‘stuckness’ of political and social polarization today, and share our own learning using examples.

Sixth Episode: Guest in the 2nd segment:
Nancy Roof

Bio: Nancy Roof, Ph.D. is the founder of the award-winning Kosmos Journal: Global Transformation in Harmony with all Life, based on evolving interior development and cultural values as they impact globalization and world community. Kosmos Associates, Inc. is also actively involved in the founding of the Global Commons movement with James Quilligan of the Global Commons Trust.

Nancy won the 2009 Images and Voices of Hope award for journalism as a tool to inform, inspire and engage individual and collective participation in a global shift to higher-level thinking. In 2004, Kosmos was nominated by Utne for excellence. Her testimony on the human dimension of the United Nations was distributed to the US President and Congress.

As a founder of Transpersonal Psychology (late 70s), she served as a spiritual guide to individuals for 20 years. In the late 80s, she began to define the field of global transformation at the United Nations, where she successfully lobbied for elevated global standards in international treaties and co-founded the Values Caucus (1994) and the Spiritual Caucus (2000).

Working with 78 international organizations in war zones for over two years, she recognized the traumatic effect of war, not only on military personnel, but on their families, communities and service providers. She then designed the first global training programs and workbook on secondary traumatic stress, implemented initially during the Balkan wars and now used internationally.

She is a founding member of the Global Commons Initiative, World Wisdom Council, Creating the New Civilization Initiative, 2020 Climate Leadership Campaign, WorldShift 2012 (Ervin Laszlo), Global Alliance for Transformational Entertainment, a Board member of Integral Review, a member of the Research Advisory Board of Ethical Markets and Living Earth TV, and a speaker at Mikhail Gorbachev’s World Political Forum.

Radical Transformational Leadership: What does this imply? Guest Speaker: Sudarshan Rodriguez

07-02-18 Radical Transformational Leadership: What does this imply?
Guest Speaker: Sudarshan Rodriguez

Demystifying complexity for wide-spread informed participation

Everyday leadership is anchored in universal values, the ability to shift unworkable systems as well as norms and mindful implementation. This requires us to learning-in-action programs in order to foster leadership of others. In these learning-in-action platforms, we individually develop our agency; and then we learn to journey together in resonance with others, generating synergistic results. These platforms are spaces for enhancing shared leadership– the ability to both lead transformation and to support others to lead transformation.

The tools and templates related to the conscious full spectrum approach are simple, universally applicable and accessible, enabling ordinary people make extraordinary contributions. Demystifying science, technology, planning methodologies and the manner in which knowledge is presented by experts—are all essential for informed participation of people.

We must stand alone, but not ‘go it alone’. This may seem like a paradox, but it is not. ‘Stand-alone’ means to stand in the power of my being, my agency, anchoring it in what I deeply care about, BEING the change I want to see. Not to ‘go it alone’ is about collective action and partnerships that generate results. As we journey through life, we bring our unique gifts for humanity, and sometimes, we must be able to ‘stand-alone’. Let’s explore what this means to us as we work together.

Rabindranath Tagore’s song in Bengali “Ekla Cholo Re” scripted over a century ago during India’s freedom movement, is inspiring.
If they answer not to your call, walk alone;
If they are afraid and cower mutely facing the wall,
Open your mind and speak out alone.

Fifth Episode: Guest in the 2nd segment: Sudarshan Rodriguez

Bio: Sudarshan Rodriguez is a professional of multi-disciplinary backgrounds in disaster management, environment sciences, environmental economics, policy and environmental law. He started his career in 1998 with UNDP-India, New Delhi as a Programme Development Specialist on their Environment & GEF Programme. He has since then worked in several locations with a range of civil society groups on inter-disciplinary aspects of natural resources and disaster management. He also engaged in advocacy related activities and networking with various stakeholders on the coast consisting of conservation, environment and fish worker groups involved with coastal-marine conservation/management, rights and livelihood issues.

Since 2010, he has been a Senior Programme Coordinator at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in the director’s office handling innovative and trans disciplinary projects-TISS-LAHDC Ladakh Project, the Socio and Ecological Stewardship Programme TISS Andaman Nicobar Initiative, National Water Mission -TISS Project , Mahatma Gandhi Academy for Human Development, Nagaland and the TISS Fellowship Programme, where as a practitioner coach he fosters and mentors young development professionals on leadership, project design and management for whole systems transformation and cultural shifts.

He is passionate about demystifying knowledge, science and technology and making it work for planetary and people’s well being and always stretches to engage with issues from multiple perspectives and a holistic frame that is ethical and just for both people and planet. He is practitioner coach trained under Dr. Monica Sharma since 2011 in the Conscious Full-Spectrum Response Approach, a transformational leadership approach based on universal values and ethic developed & created by her based on extensive experience in the application of various methods for tangible results for people’s development worldwide.