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05-22-18  Radical Transformational Leadership: What does this imply? Guest Speaker: Kirsten Gallo

In the midst of many benefits technology has brought about– increased life-expectancy, higher levels of education, energy in our homes, connections through the internet, access to materials, employment—one out of every six of us in this world live on the very brink of survival. As change agents, how can I plan for what I do, and intentionally design my strategies and actions to change this situation? How can I learn to create the architecture for wellbeing of people and a thriving planet?

I am the unifying architect designing differently to make a difference. Do I choose to be a principled game-changer and change those norms and systems that exploit people and/or the planet? Do I generate worldviews emanating from who I am, what I stand for, and for our oneness? Designing differently to make a difference, tapping into my pattern mind innate in us, and making the link with our everyday life and work, results in breakthroughs. The question no longer is, “Am I a small player or a big player?” The question is “Am I a universal value-based strategic player?” Everyone can learn to design initiatives with the potential to make a significant and enduring change, whether they are small or big. They all matter.

And this applies at home, in our workplace and in society.

Fallacy: If we can identify the problem and its causes, and we have the right technologies, we will be able to solve the problem. We are not solving the problems because we are not investing enough time and money in technical solutions.

New Learning: The complex problems of today are the result of multiple interdependent causes. As we invest in technologies to solve problems, we must simultaneously address the cultural norms and systems that maintain the conditions giving rise to these problems. To address the root factors of these problems, the universal values unpinning our humanity needs to be the foundation of our dynamic and impactful engagement. And we must learn to design differently to make a difference.

Second Episode: Guest in the 2nd segment: Kirsten Gallo

Bio: When Kirsten Gallo was a little girl, she wrote a note to the deer and bunnies in her back yard promising to always take care of them. She loved to skip through the woods and sing to the trees. Decades later, she is taking care of deer, bunnies and so much more as the head of the National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring Division. She held a variety of positions in the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service conducting natural resource monitoring and stewardship of public lands. She holds a doctorate degree in Ecology and has dedicated her career to conserving natural resources and demonstrating interdependence between humans and our environment. Kirsten still loves to hike and sing to the trees.  Email:

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