youth quiz of world's most important events -JARGON in the future there will be far more livelihoods than jobs- english language including teachers, bankers, professions and leaders havent caught up with this yet- hence we too use word jobs interchangably except in
specific livelihood references like these 1 2? why shouldnt every youth have a youth ali or efounder in china 1 2 ?
welcome to WorldRecordJobs- here are #TheEconomist NormanMacrae end poverty cooperation blog's mapping tags
WomensJack Ma livelihoods.
.Sample of world record jobs profiles and 13 most energetic world trade maps

#BR6 USA, Ca

Elon Musk

Jerry Yang

Bejos & Leonis

Quadirs & BRAC

Berners Lee & MIT


#BR5 W Euro

Prince Charles

Pope Francis


Danny Alexander

BBC nature

#BR4 E Euro



Schwab IR4

#BR3 Russia


#BR2 S Asia

Sir Fazle Abed


CK Prahalad decesased

#BE1 Far East

CEO soiftbank


Moon Jae-In

#BR12 UN+..........................................

Guterres ; Jack Ma ,

Melinda Gates; heads of UNCTAD, UNHABITAT and UNGA; Jim Kim WB

#BR11 Arctic Circle........................


Latin America,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Paulo Freire

#BR9 Africa.........................

#BR8 Med Sea

#BR7 Mid East & Stans................................

Sheikha Moza

Queen Rania

Founding family Dubai Supercity

#BR0 China Xi Jinping , Jin Liquin, Leaders of baidu ten cent (Ma see BR12)

download this map to choose 13 vantage points to play BeltRoadImagineering from and to swap notes on which regions world records jos creators you can linkin.
welcome to world record jobs and the most valuable curricula in the mobile world- for example do you know how to BeltRoadImagineer -start by choosing a continent or an ocean that entrepreneurs depend on to trade worldwide q1 where are the biggest ports and do your smallest and most enterprising peoples have access to them? -raesons for this question over 90% of worldwide gtrade is shipped and thats the greenest and most economical mode - question 2 now that you have a map of ports are railRoads designed for access - example only a few years ago 26 nations on one continent found that their railways did not connect because they used different gauges- the "dryport" was invented- this is designed to maximise efficient unpacking and repacking of containers between 2 different trains. when you think of Roads as overland grips you can ask are cable water and energy pipes also optimally co-loctaed across a contiments Roads 3) wherever neigboring nations join in BRI the most exciting opportunities are "bridging" ones wehgere 2 places havent previously be connected- its smart to invite youth to celebrate every bridging opportunity - to share languages, cultures, foods, often youth will find winj-win trades where one side of the bridge has plenty of one resource but not enough of another- q4 back in sept 2015 the united nations announced 17 most exciting goals ever -ones youth will need to collaborate around if our spceius is to survive let alone thrive- ask whether a neigbouring natiion has some solutions your communities havent tried out- there are so many livelihood education opportunitie and mobile apps - in march 2019 the head of the Un has asked the greatest sustainability education experts he can find to make a report of digital cooperation opportunities- some neighbors are in for special treats for example if you bodre bangladesh girls there have found the most exciting digital banking model to end poverty, they have built the cheapest village health service, and the lowest cost but happiest schooling systems for those up to age 11.. as you swap belt rioad mapping exercise with worldwide e-friends get ready to tell them what commy=unity solutions your place is great at and what solutins you are searching for..
.rsvp .2022-2015 .2015-2008. 2008-2001.. 2001-1994..1994-1987..1987-1980.1980-1973 1973-19661966-19591959-19521952-1945
worldwide.. .sustainability goals unite nations USA and developed nations subprime world devaluing youth opportunities in west 9/11 in wast china enters wto.; worldwide smart mobile to be universal. first access to solar in mobile phones among villagers in third of world with no electricity grids.appearance of www in vision of computers = personal networking.fifth of humans in china start trading worldwide for first time in 110 years after refusing to trade opium with brits 1860 joy to fear: moon landing oil future shocks1966-19591959-19521952-1945
.girl empowering bangladesh, & global partners of edu for youth 1 .first meet between girl's 2 most hopefule networks brac's bkash and Ma's ant finance .tech wizard partners of brac develop girl's and the world's largest cashless bank bkash Yunus Nobeled ...Sir Fazle Knighted.. 2001-1994..1994-1987..1987-1980.... 1973-19661966-19591959-19521952-1945
.china and oriental world trade routes. .100+ national leaders see china as more real host of sustainability goal race than any other single nation .tech wizards prevent china's economic growth being stalled by wall streets attempt to collapse global markets and youth's sustainability livelihoods- digital culture is navigated by xi jinping so that by 2017 china is creating 5 million startups mapped across supercioties- a digital belt road inside china matching his launch of physical Belt Roads wherever nations want long-term win-win trading partnerships and youth sustainability china suddenly decides to let youth linkin 3 internet ecosystems BAT with ecommerce and mobile cash celebrated as greatest millennials innovations .. 2001-1994..1994-1987..1987-1980.... 1973-19661966-19591959-19521952-1945

UN Guterres changing refugees world 1 2 3 4 5

2 views of what happened between 1500 and 1946:

It was good that some people (about a fifth of the human race) found ways to be up to 200 times more productive than ever before

It is tragic that the fifth did this in ways (slavery, colonization, seizing others natural resources) that excluded the four fifths

Common sense as well as natures evolutionary laws Both ways unite round one urgent vision- we must celebrate every way of changing value chains that includes the four fifths

World Record Jobs Researchers feature known way of changing value chains to maximise youth livelihoods and sustainability generation

1 Bangladesh shows us the elast controversial celebration of all – it changes disaster relief, development, ais and charity so the poorest village mothers built their own community services- they did this between 1972 and 1996 with no electricity and solely with trust in girl power; from 1996 tech partners including mobile and solar have helped them design the most extraordinary leapfrog models

celebrate technologists applying big-data-small wizardry to celebrate enterprise sustaining those with the least (or facing the most severe climate or other sustainability crises) – eg alumni circles of jack ma

.help map future of china as world largest friendly nation since 1977 :: join our linkedin survey 100 world record jobs - post-colonial model in which nation's people grow exponentially through win-win trades with other peoples? (special feature muhammad yunus
If you are interested in youth livelihood co-creation help us blog guides to inter-regional world records jobs creators BR0 china BR1 rest far east and asean and pacific south including OZ and NZ BR2 S Asia including Bangladesh BR3 russia BR4 east euro BR5 west euro BR6 north america BR7 stans and middle east and suez or gulf facing BR8 med sea facing BR9 africa BR10 latin america BRUN Uniting Nations BRIC InterCity- InterCommunity (see goal 11 maps especially by UNHabitat's new leader former female mayor of Penang)
Be prepared each couplet is a very different journey - for example BR0-BR2 -almost half the world's people need sustainability from this region which is perhaps 10% of the planet's land and already mixes the most and least advances tech societies on earth. In the middle of mediating this are the world's poorest women as well as hopefully the most heroic technologists - Nilekani? Ma? Abed-Quadir-Gates?
GLOBAL JACK MA: Which of 10 regions beyond China Can Jack Ma learn with most given his urgent worldwide collaborations such as ... MA fall018 survey ma blockchain -china poverty thinktanks and who else rsvp

MA0 Fintech for billion poorest? Fintech for SMEecommerce markets; ecommerce training with chinas major belt road partners – understand regional clusters eg SCO, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, Belt Road summit may 2019

MA1 Road to olympics- celebrating community participation markets that commerce alone cant reach BR1 Japan2020; BRO Beijing2022; BR5 Paris2024; BR1 Korea2018
MA2 By March 2019 UN report for Guterres with Melinda Gates on digital collaboration
MA3 Forming Alibaba global business school includes training big data small coders from developing nations- main scout head of UNCTAD- but how do we help ma scout in countrues head of unctad doesnt know (eg round south asia)
MA4 15 billion dollar investment in worldwide DAMO academy of IR4 technologies including AI- ones most impacting world to 2025 -keeping open rather than us race to patent-scouts include jerry yang- the world economic forum is a key partner in IR4 and its also related to how chinese government analyses lead tech sectors to 2025- ie china maps to be world tech leader by 2025
M4a nb mostofa attend varney summit where elearning was discussed for refugees- china is ahead on edutech in so many ways -eg instead of amazon alexis it is getting teacher assistants into classrooms- as jack says these know facts more than teachers- this is why examining children on facts is retarding them from future
M4b Jack is also on the un eminent committee and on grordon browns’ education commission – while the commission’s 30 national leaders nit officially connected with UN- brown is un envoy for education
MA5 Ying Lowrey also connects many partnerships within Tsinghua main public servant training university- gateway to beoijing startup hib linked with all supercities
MA6 Jack also chairs busininss men club of billionaires who want their market to sustain china- it is posible to go tjrough with yig rfeview every market futures purspoe maximise to poverty aleviation
MA7 Jack has said from olympics on he will focus on taking education as the main challenge- unless we take education outside classroom more than half of youith both unemployable and not aliogned to being the sustainability generation

Jack has many framgmeetd education charities- including those working in Taobao village education – also one of his obscure foundations a sponsor of wise at Beijing
>Most summers jack organizes a summit in Hangzhou where people like jim kim tirn up regulary – 2017 womens empowerment – 2016 philanthopy or social business- in october world bank issue its main 2018 report - chosen theme livelihoods
In 2017 China had 5 million startup- many were associated with the 3 main ecosystems Alibaba , tencent, baidu- all ecosystems expected to brief jinping -usually there is annual meeting at tsinghua where public servants meet tech and other business leaders
Jinping asked jack to host the china G20 hangzhou- jack spent lot of time with relevant citizen group – women youth sme green finance- these get reactivated when g20 host interested – germany wasnt- we assume franciscan argentina this november is; we assume japan is and part of road to Olympics and anyhow japan remains Alibaba founding investor
Canada has been one of the movers of g20 and trudeau has partnered jack a lot – one reason why jack and trudeau demonstrate 3000 person one day training masterclass MAY 2019 deadline update 100 nations collaboration Belt Road 2 -China wished to understand which clusters of nations want to partner on which sustainability goals- jack is a leading scout of this- his big advantage is big data anayusis applied to small enterprise and redesigning value chains- it would seem that ma, gates and brac are all watching for national partners in big data small -one of the lose ends is Nilekani billion person identity- we need help from tech experts to understand what Alibaba owns that can be key – eg in south asia it still owns the most common type of browser uses cheaper mobiles- in china jack’s fintech and ecommerce keeps ahead on g5 or most advance digital infrastructure- bkash is an interesting blend being targeted at mpt3 and 2?- please note we need to understand how the world’s greatest fintech experts at ant finance and bkash interface with all of jack ma’s and brac partners other interests

World Record Book of Jobs Creation - chapter 1 version 7.18

Thank you to the world's greatest job creators Sir Fazle and Jma- and the greatest conflict resolution mapmakers Xi Jinping, Antonio Guterres and Pope Francis
For the quarter of the world's population living in s asia, job creating independence has been a long time coming.

In 1860 , James Wilson's intervention laster less than a year - the founder of the economist dying from lack of oralk reydratiion; gandhi's 40 year attempt 1906-1946 ended with his assassination

Bangladesh' 46 year progress now depends mainly on friends and alumni of Sir Fazle Abed- the greatest livelihood creator for the world's poorest women; fortunately brac's story is an exponential rising game of two halves- to 1996 having no electricity or anything other than person to person community building to 1996; selectively choosing the best digital partners from 1996 as brac became understood as the world's most collaborative ngo provided you really wanted to innovate solutions that integrated the ultra poorest or indeed those at ultra risk from personal or nature's safety

Over the same period China has also seen corresponding exponential development. But with the huge difference- as early as 1972 the chinese diaspora were the 3rd strongest financial network in the world; they were delighted to inward invest by replicating the win-win trading ways they had already proven across superport islands like HK
singapore, taiwan

1966 Bangladesh sort of became a leapfrog pilot test for China which quickly offered order of magnitude m,ore funding to mobile telecoms and mirosolar. But still it wasnt until 2008 that China fully trusted 3 mega internet ecosystems the BAT (story 2008 - story 2018 china and bangla marry their greatest human tech innovators of girl end poverty)

Up to moon landing, opportunities to innovate were unvenly distributed geographically- eg up to half of the world's peoples had no access to electricity grids
Practical Innovators : value train trasnsformation empowering small eneterprises and community Jobs Creation
In 2018 Jack Ma first took 20% share of Sir Fazle's Bkash part of the world's largest NGO BRAC
Sir Fazle Abed had been job creating for the poorest villagers in Bangladesh (without electricity or other grids : roads, water, telecoms) since 1972 redesigning such markets as finance, agricultural produce, health, education, crafts ; from 1996 he had slowly started to attract some of the greatest tech partners bringing digital connectivity through combination of mobile telecoms and micro solarpower. 1999 brought a university and the start of strategic partners in selected nations worldwide rsvp wanted co-editors of the world record book of jobs creators- you should love travel guides

and be curious why jobs creation not in compass of Guiness Book of records -more it helps to have youth's love other peoples nations/cultures/arts = Olympics spirit

these are the most exciting times to be alive.............................

homethe world's most valuable lessonwhy bat isn't fag world record jobs creatorswrjc sir fazle abedaudrey cheng and girls who codewrjc jack mawrjc xi jinpingwrjc pope francisdoes your nation understand belt road mapping



links: WRJC E4 Moza: WISE@ (related E2 Sir Fazle E7 Mahbubani W6 Macron W2 Guterres E10 Pres Ghana)
WRJC E3 MA OPEN: Gateway17; DamoCity HanG20 MaOlymics 1 2 .

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China has 20 neighbors and near neighbors so we map world record jobs creators along its win-win trading happily help educators (or congress) in any place translate maps their communities can explore- hwats a map worth 1

(cities inside) China- : NEWS :NorthEastWestSouth

North 3aPolar Belt & Russia NE; 3b Polar Belt (Mongolia) Russia 3c Polar Belt Nordica 3d Landlocked NW neighbors including SCO members

East 1a-greater bay HK*Cross-straits Taiwan 1b Korea*Japan; China 6a bering st alaska-canada-w.coast usa; 10a Mexico & Central am 10b panama , 6b texas, florida, caribbean 6c other us states 10c other latin america inclding Brazil BRICS

W 7a ws China-pakistan-Gulf suez-9a djibouti-ethiopia=egypt 9b kenya .. 9c more africa-eg s africa brics
8 to med sea 7b landlocked w asia4/5 Europe E/W eg China Express

South 1c AseanLandbridge*Asean Pacific 2a China-India-Brics S2b China-India-east-Bangladesh-Asean S2C China India-West (eg pakistan towards gulf)

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g20 student union ; curricula of 17 goals ; rough links 2 list

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Lee Kuan Yew #BR1 Singapore

Miraculously Japan went from post-war rubble to 2nd largest economy in about 20 years; less well valued is that
the Chinese's Diaspora's superports became the world's 3rd largest financial network by 1975- ready to invest in
China's return to the world stage - in time for human sustainability? thanks to extraordinary foundation of
Singapore place branding and WorldRecordJobs creator Lee Kuan Yew 

. Now that the UN's 17 sustainability goals imagine an age where half of the most valuable ideas needs tio be new to the world every 5 years, old academia's processes and ageist and sexist heirarchoies are neither economic nor social nor sustainable...Instead ..
Why not: linkin as an explorer (SWOT) of something that you are passionate about and feels right, search out its leadership centre of gravity in linking productive and demanding realtsionships of worlers and owners, customers and societies, local and worldwide sustainability goals,  collaboration partners as much as competotors' try and become trusted by alumni of the leadership team provided they still know the relevance of celebrating the founding dna. Singapore shows the advantage of a small nation in this era ...  
The idea of place branding itself was to many a challenge to faith and other cultural drivers when i first published why singa;pore was a benchmark place brand in 1987. There are so many choices that Singapore needed to get right which fortunately can be studied in iterative details in the writings and most tristed counsels of leader (nation builder) Lee Kuan Yew. Again if I get one of these details wrong dont give up, singapore is vaut le voyage to learn everything you can from its thriving people's endeavours to link safe and joyful worls with all they connect.
Start with the fact that this nation didnt want independence from Britain or certainly not the rushed independence firced onto it - of course you know you are safe a a British protectorate one day, of course we (the peopes of britaon) cant afford to protect you the next day.

That was Lee's first chalenge- could Sinagpore (then 3 ?million people) naviigate going independent both of UK and Malaysia at same time? The twin crises of failing as a nation were top of his mind- could leadership keep singpapore safe for all cultures; could leadership create always enough jobs (almost every job specification chnaged as the British disconnecetd).
Across 5 decades unlike any other leader i can find Lee kept this questions top of mind (above any party debate) and designed a constitution and internal collabiration between peoples that never failed to value these questions. The results being that often times Singpoare has also helped held the whole of asean cultures togther whereas other regions of the world got into teriifying cultural messes. And Singapore evolved within 3 generations (grandparent parnet kids) as one of the wealthiest per head of population as well as the most exciting learning isle on the planet.
Now lets celebrate that Singapoae is a valuation benchmark of small nation branding. it is not big in population under 6 million; it is not in top 100 in amount of land. It has no underised land- it cannot expect to grow a population bugger than today's. THese are opposite chalenges to a nation such as eg Russia that has the natural reources of the least crowded place on the pkanet but the most opposite of infrastructure chalenges imaginable to singapore's. Sinagpore could be 100% a gtrading place not a making one as far as indsutrail things go. But it could be the world's most open source knowhow connectoir of life critical info, of smart apps, of education experiments every safe-for-girls community needs.
Neither its small population or its small land base matter provided singpaore can be a most collabirative place in the world for those whose sustainbility it can most help multipoly while truly doing no harm to any other nations. I don't want to push this proposition too far but in 2018 it is noteable that few nations support china's youth's dreams more than singpaore but at the same time its the place donald trump feels comfort in meeting Nirth Korea's leader
Geographically Sinagpore has devleoped a charmed existence - well its worked extremely hard to make that the case. I first viisted singpoare in 1983- that was a decade i did a lot of traveling as a major contributor to a 50 country and 1000 market databse on branding what societioes most valued ; this had started up around express database technolgy created out of harvard and MIT. Singapore was the dirst time i actually enjoyed being at an airport. Later in a small way i helped Sinagpore Airlines celebrate with the BBC (videos of branding the marketing advantage) how Singpaore had changed all airline passneger for the better. Tiny things like the global industry monopoly IATA had regulations for how much meat there should be in a sandwich io economy class. We thought meat sandwiches should taste good if economy passnegers wanted that during 12 hour flights. On ant issues other than safety we tore up IATA's rule book.
As it happened I had half a day off. Back in 1983 it was the first time I had seen an Asian city in the middle of a complete makeover achieved in under a decade. There were gleaming new skyscrapers and air conditioned malls. Ther were arcades of older street shops. On one I was surprised to see a prominent notice on the door. Dear tourist - be advised that this establishment cheated a customer 8 months ago - so sorry. Apparently particularly if you were a small service business and cheated a customer you had to advertise that for the next year. Singapore and tourists wanted to become the worlds favorite shopping hub as well as well as the workd's vaforite airport and shipping suoerport.
Of courseabove all Singapore is where maritime geography matters. As Japan, Korea, all the Chinese Diaspora superports (Taiwan, Hong Kong ...) then the whole of China / East Asia's coastal belt grew shipping's world trade, the whole of that Eastern world has to pass by singpaore to trade with the west. Singapore quite literally depended on multiplying goodwill beteen eastern and western people- if it could earn the trust and help every person thrive who traded freely between east and west why not.
Some would say singapore had a dark side. But if you think executing drug smugglers is uncivilised, you havent really acounted for histiry. Around 1860, one fifth of the world's people living in China closed themsleves to world trade rather than accept the British Empire's ulimatum that opium should be used as a curency in exhcange for the sort after chiense silks and spices. Other extreme local ;aws involved a culture of tidiness- chewing gum is also a banned substance in Singapore- and if a man went tp a a post office and his hair was judged too long he was told to wait at the back of the queue. Much more importantly, Sinapore develoepd the smartest housing policy I have ever seen. Affordable city skyscrapers for all but only assuming you play 2 roles- celebrate ciultural fusion, value the community spaces that all tower blocks depend on to make them family-friendly.
Singapore never let rival political parties interfere with progress the future of its youth as well as theuir health contribution to the whpole of society
Singapore was always asking what would the world miss next if we dont deliver it
Sinagpore is a small nation but potentially a perfect partner with we the peoples of any size of nation
Originally one thing singapore kept wss british commercial law- it didnt do much rewriting of the rules of the game. It may even j\have asked Britsh Queen's Councillors to arbitrate over disputes with global companies etc rarher than run risk of ever more expensive courtroom games
Sinagpore is a benchmark superport- up tp half the world's peoples depend on mapping how their coastal ports and continental roads configure with singapore's hub (yes it is true that probably only panama and places responsible for the suez canal have quite such a geographical uniqueness to value). Maybe American people cannt learn directly ftom singapore or maube they could start asking is the way our 40 plus states and federal investment budgets designed reklevant to a owrld of 4000 time smore communicatyuons technolgies where the virtal and real waves of trade need to be intergated naturally - not so much by a legal constitution wriiten in the stone oif amendments and ruled over by nine of the supreme elders of the nation  

Back in 1976 the new curicula of Entrepreneuria Revolution clarified that major legal constitutions of weestrn organsiation would need mashup:

yes the corpiorate is the only form that scales-(positove income model permiting reinvestment) that does nkot mean that quarterly profit-taking is sustainable or purposeful as a sole audit o leadership
yes if a government has unbiassed back from future staffing may be able to preventy a nation's or a world's people from being traped by vetsed interst monoploies and historically tazes have been how society funds its love for all its peoples driven by empowering youth to improve the human lot- but governments histiorically are not leaders of innovation actual engineering 
yes if a charity lives and elarns with an extremely disadvanatged group it may know more than experts particularly those who eg may have priovilieged infrastructire whuich the duadvantaged dont have- but the ris is to keep funding istelf leaders if the ngo spend time on advicating in top circles not ubderstanding thos at their bottiom 
Big natiosn were mist likely to suffer from failing to adapt to ER as 4000 times more communstaions etchnolgu linked us in. IN small comoact island natiobns people interact naturally- silo-busting is relatiuvely easy as long as the poeple keep celebrating that  

Thursday, September 27, 2018

masa son

4. Masa Son sees more Vision Funds ahead
Softbank chief Masayoshi Son tells Bloomberg Businessweek he plans to raise a fresh $100 billion fund every two to three years and to spend around $50 billion a year.
By way of comparison, the Bloomberg article points out that the entire U.S. venture capital industry invested around $75 billion in 2106, per the National Venture Capital Association.
Other revelations:
  • Son initially was going to pitch the first Vision fund as a $30 billion entity, but decided to up the stakes at the last minute. "Life’s too short to think small,” he told a lieutenant.
  • When Son made his first pitch with the $100 billion figure, the potential client laughed, but Son kept going, raising nearly $100 billion, including $45 billion from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.
Why it matters: Softbank's Vision Fund has already reshaped the tech industry, inspiring other investors to up their aspirations and fueling a wave of ever more cash-hungry startups.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Mahbubani #BR1 Singapore

Mahbubani Past dean of lee yuan school of public service singapore- author of the twin book series - has the west lost it? can asians think?- mentor to the wise summit of education laureates founded by sheikha moza of qatar round the inaugural livelhoods-education laureate sir fazle abed of brac (who revolutionised how asia's poorest nation bangladesh was rebuilt by poor village women)

reference see 1977 survey China and more surveys of The Economist's end poverty editor at on celebrating each others nations
Why should the two thirds of the human race who live in the eastern hemisphere be modest about demanding their children lead collaborations of the sustainability generation? Has the west's media been lying to its youth for decades about purposeful livelihoods and how 4000 fold more communications technology changes the world if education in which everyone needs to value every opportunity in their communities of belng both a lifelong learner and teacher?

National U Singapore Dean   Kishore Mahbubani
We are not aware of a 20th C national leader who relentlessly questioned the future jobs implications of developing a nation with more goodwill than the late great Lee Kuan Yew (father of Singapore as an Independent Nation)
When we  recommend worldwide youth (and parents, educators) to study miracles of post-colonial win-win trade fro the East - we recommend studying a cultural fusion: japan, south korea, the china disapora superports, China mainland and Asean, and Bangladesh and notably the India of Gandhi's dreams
Singapore seems to us to be at the crossroads of 2 great human interest stories- the superports which not only provided the initial inward investment into the Chinese mainland but which are now part of belt road mapping as a curriculum students and teachers should be rehearsing everywhere. When it comes to inter-hemisphere trade. it bridged the far east superports like Taiwan, Hong Kong, then those blossoming on China's East Coast with what has become the UAE's transformation beyond being a mix of desert and oil wells started by Dubai. Of course, the question that 5 million people superports on their own can't answer is what nations with huge lands and from 100 million to one billion people need to do to join new technology's death of distance age.
One of the soft clues we may visibly celebrate a degree of multicultural harmony - prcacticed  wherever Asean spirit has blossomed healthily and naturally. Moreoiver, The medical anthropologists Jim Kim and Paul Farmer have show the franciscan way not only builds last mile healths services for all but lives up to the continent wide debate that Latin America hosted in the 1960s. While North America was racing to the moon, the half of the continent to its south still largely without electricty grids was rehearsing what if new technolgies are preferentially app'd to the poor.  Due to cold war and assasinations of Kennedies, Latin America never widely answered its own beautiful question but miracluously girls across Bangladesh villagsd did. This happy story is discovered when the microeducation systems of Sir Fazle Abed and Muhammad Yunus are truly mapped from the bottom-up –see how the WISE education laureates were founded so that the world’s most trusted first ladies could share this good news woirkdwide
Professors Mahbuban's book on Asean is a treasure in showing how to expolore culture and value goodwill faiths. He clarifies how the Asean club of nations has in many ways sustained more trust across peoples than any regional pact. Frankly speaking the european union looks dismally bossed over compared to what Asean has empowered at its most 
There are also more spoecific lessons from singapore such as:
eg how public housing was deliberately built to mix up diverse cultures and as a community platform taking pride in your building and neigborhood; it would seem that
Singapore's housing policy is one every supercity should understand (where we defeine a supercity as one designed so that all families thrive and are sceure that we are investing in job craeting education
Then again Singapore se4ld=-examines iteself as what can the smartest learning isle be for its people and for everyone it trades with
What is remarkable is the start of Singapore's independence came pretty suddenly. As reports show, the British rather suddenty informed singapore that there was no longer defence budget to support it and in those early years  cultural relations with malaysia were complex as were the extraordinary micro questions of who to build hi-trust trading relatiosnhips with? The answer emerged with the world's firts superairline and superport- become the shopping-torist stopevrt space of the world. Display every kind of future quality and value good. Suddenly Sinagpore was living up to some modern-day Kipling's paradise the way Hangzhou has lived up to Marco Polo's most beacutiful city of markets in the late 1200s.
Today singapore is a strong supporter of every belt road the continent can map -and why wouldnt every hemisphere want to play the mapping game of how belt roads can maximised each youth's entrepreneur inside?
-In particular trying to help china and india see how much their emerguing friendship could add to the region. It also helps that malaysia has commiitted fully to testing with jack ma the EWTP idea that ecommerce can bring free sme world trading. Few people make a stronger case than mahbuban on how natural it can be if china and india retake the position that eixtsted up to 1800 of countries being the largest fair (value chian) traders in line with their population size. Mahbuban makes a wise facilitator of how much the west needs to adjust id peace and millennials sustainAble world trade are to be won for all our children. Singapore as a small and great nation can help make this case that especially to those who somrimes fear china- the sustainabilit generation requires many collaboration ideas that it is best for the world's 21st C centre of gravity open sources with supercities and milennial tech wizards and girl power everywhere (not patented as only invented here)
Mahbubani is very clear how western media and leaders havent prepared their peoples to see the opportunites of the 1000 times more  tech connected woirld (2016 vs 1946) ; and if this is the investment that has chnaged the wprld's possibilities as man designs structures on the same global scale as natuire's we need the most urgent climate leadership to blossom even faster than the superport learning isle model did over the last half century


  • 4 years ago
Astronaut Ron Garan poses massive collaboration challenge ( more ) at Yunus Centre  

Over 45 years ago in The Economist, we srarted hosting 20 years of debates on why the west needed to prepare for a 21ts C learning economy in which all people thrive. By failing to map this,
we risk losing sustainabiliity of our species, as well as missing the opportunity of the best of times: whenever a girl or boy is born she has a fair chance at living a brilliaint life. As a pure population numbers game, this means that all parents and educators should have been helping kids celebrate:

Mahbubani not only makes this case but explains why all asean peoples should now be mediating positive relationships between chinese and india youth especially on :

1 economies built round goirls education,
2 media that celebrates tech wizards of big data small and borderless sme-markets world (see how Jack Ma faciliated this at China G20 in 2016) - 
which summits going
forward 2018-9 can help the world unite
around these valuation logics howver much they take away the western poltician's power to boss. 

he Great Convergence: Asia, the West, and the ... - Foreign Affairs
In this eloquent and searching portrait of today's transforming global order, Mahbubani argues that the world is only a few steps away from a global governance system that will unite regions, civilizations, and great powers.

'The Great Convergence: Asia, the West, and the Logic of One World ...
Feb 22, 2013 - Kishore Mahbubani argues globalization makes war unthinkiable. Is this a great illusion?

Kishore Mahbubani on The Great Convergence - Brookings Institution
Feb 6, 2014 - “The Good, the Bad, and the Solution”. Brookings India hosted Professor Mahbubani to discuss his book, “The Great Convergence”. The Good News. Professor Mahbubani, a prevailing optimist, began with the declaration that “War, after centuries of being a scourge for humanity, is now becoming a sunset ... ........................................................

trudeau saviour of english and french speaking race

as you may know the french and english were the main colonisers of africa and asia and slave traders - from 1500 they destroyed sustainable community trades all over the world with mercantile colonialism until north america declared freedom  of entrepreunrship from colonisation in 1776 - immigrants did pretty good job of global free trade up to moon landing (though not internal community buolding in which buses were still segr\egated to mid 1960s and blood was spilt over 2 kennedies and one king)l sadly late 20th c mass media embedded fear across the nation, vietnam proved one war of generosity too many, oil shocks started to muddle why wars were being fought- and congress toitally failed to celebrate the fall io the berlin wall welcoming the people of russia into a fre world

this left it to canada- to wait to ask is the world of mobile millennials sans fromtieres really being run for the big brother club of 7 nations or 20 nations or for 195 nations

the first chance came in 2008 when america and its EU G7 buddies destroyed youths futures yet again with the most monsttrous of banking frauds (subprime)- and a total absence of judges able to do anything about it- heck knows what a supreme court full of geriatrics is for -

 so canada  helped celebrate the g7 being replaced by the g20, and agendas being set by the homework of citizens group  -none with more gusto that the year 2015-2016 first of the sustainability gpoals era- each time a g7 baton hosted the g20 it didnt understand the process at all all until trump finally declared the g7 itself worthless in 2018 leaving the g20 with a heck of a lot of space to open- meanwhile for this not in the G20 China has opened up G195 meetings which start by asking are the world's ports inclusively mapped given that 90% of world trade is shipped -and particularly given the old world's crises with landlocked nations- have Roads (of rail and cable and green energy) been designed so that no community is left out of 21st c connectivity -more at

toronto is overwhelming favorite as all america favorite youth city -its got some wats to go in living up to blockchain by a great source of mentoring in the Tapscots; it responded to jack ma's offer to help create a million jobs with extraordinary gusto as you can see at - well done Justin Trudeau- youth democracy in the west hasnt sustained such goodwill leadership for 500 years- the next trick is for canada to lead the way in 8 arctic circle nation empowerment of the sustainability generation - probably mother nature will be the judge of success or failure across #BR11 Acrtic Belt Road

Tuesday, September 18, 2018


 #BR1 East Asia #BR6 N America  Yoko Ono's Imagine & space for peoples huge leap forward -fashion entrepreneur Maezawa-san preps for space & Elon Musk -& japan sleeping cinderella of nation may wake up just in time to: save koreas win 7 no trumps

Yusaku Maezawa

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neville williams self

#BR2 S Asia, #BR6 N America further ref 13 Jobs Belt Roads Mapmaking School
three cheers isnt quite enough for neville wllliams team including bob freling at - back in the day when american politicians loved their peoples including under 30s americans, President Jimmy Carter wanted a future clean energy vision so neville was hired as america's first green energy czar- from which starting line he became the western world's number 1 advocate of microsolar - he personally educated dr muhammad yunus on how to do this in 1996 resulting in grameen shakti - the first bank anywhere outside of china to install a million solar units (an important time as yunus and the quadirs mobile phones for the poorest women needed juice) while bob's wife who spoke chinese showed micro soar to some west of china communities

see books of williams like chasing the sun
or while its not the most scaled of solar networks start at
see also nancy wimmer solar a billion and development lab mit
power africa usaid value chain partners
prince charles sarah butler sloss and bbc michael palin and paul rose ay royal geo society and british council youth climate champions ted turners daughter's green education foundation

Monday, September 17, 2018

#BR2 S Asia,  #BR6 N America
jeff skoll was perhaps the first of those who made a billion or more from internet  (he was ceo to omidyar's ebay) and "retired" to do something completely more social with his money-
he started skoll foundation which attempted to segment drayton's social entrepreneurs at ashoka by those who scale openly efficiently and effectively

in days before youtube was mainstream, he talked ashoka into being sponsored to produce 16 global social entrepreneurs video dvds set with 2 hours of interviews per GSE- precondition was that the series must feature the two poverty-alleviating world impacting entrepreneurs ashoka had never scouted out - bangladesh's fazle abed and muhammad yunus

ashoka chose the other four which quite frankly were weird choices - while its true that aimed to be part of a globalisation dialogue their entrepreneurial use of making the most for the bottom up remains questionable namely

tepper-marlin whom drayton believed had solutions to factory workers livelihoods

olaf grajew who was thought to be changing brazil's ability to value corporate social responsibility as well as claimed to be co-founder of world social forum

the former world bank executive who founded transparency international- whilst a worthy dialogue space its never been clear to me that it keeps the poorest out of harms way in any particular transparency crisis -also at end of day TI is bureaucratic or legalistic not run by entrepreneurial and empowering spirits from the bottom-up, (in eg india the hunger project (particular during its first decades led by the gutsy lynne twist whose later books on monetaary flows are far mo0re detailed and diversified than a wall street banked would deign to imagine) has for decades led the practice of trasparency accumukated around poorest (women) being ellected locally to bring knowledge to ho ti end poverty in teior vilages

 and its also rather germanic - which isnt a problem except germans having no border with the med sea cerstainly have helped lead the eu when it comes to  policy making all round eu borders or indeed comabtting subprime with the opposite of austerity-its as if german economists havent fread keynes 101- but then we cant expect won-win world trade rules from anyone in charge of wielding the euro as currency to make germwn indsutry ver more competitive at expense of all others

and himself bill drayton= previously in oersonal correspondence bill had said that he would not specifically advise on which of the 2000 social entreprenurs in his roster had most scaleable solutions for 2 reasons- he did not like being asked to value one social entrepreneur againat another , and anyway most of ashoka's entr[pfreneurs are elected by their own national committees

skoll went on to bhoist the world championships for social entrepreneurs at oxford annually - while some scaling heroes have energed- really not that much in pivotal spaces like china- in part because oxford buisness school exceutives havent untl recently shown mjuch a=interest in china- 

the hunt for world social entrepreneurs also influenced schwab of world economic forum - who set up his onw stable of laureates - initiially these were scouted by people like triple bottom line's john elkingtin but in our view schwad's who's who of scaling enegtreprurial revolutuiin is most inteersting when it links into particlual places that wef has given most unique voice to - middle east from 1970s and china over the decade or so that as summer davos on ne chsn;piions has been hosted out of china

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Billimoria India Steret Children Origin Financial Literacy Curriculum

#BR2 Aflatoun started in Mumbai, India, in 1991 as an action research project by Jeroo Billimoria who at that time was working at the Tata School of Social Studies. She began a project with schools to bring rich and poor children together to learn about each other’s lives.
In 1993 the programme was given new urgency and a broader moral imperative when inter-ethnic riots shook Mumbai. The programme responded by focusing on combating prejudice and discrimination through rights education. Expansion out of the city and into rural areas led to another key influence. The most entrepreneurial children were leaving the countryside and becoming street children and child labourers in Mumbai. To harness their energy and creativity at home, savings groups were incorporated and have remained a defining programme feature since 2001.

The global era began in 2005 when Aflatoun (Child Savings International) incorporated in Amsterdam. Jeroo Billimoria, now a globally recognised social entrepreneur, used her Skoll Foundation Award to bring social and financial education to the world. To test whether the programme would work outside India, organisations in ten countries launched the programme. Once the Aflatoun programme model was developed, a campaign for Social and Financial Education was launched in March 2008 by the then Princess Maxima of the Netherlands. The campaign’s ambitious goals were to reach one million children in 75 countries within three years and these targets were exceeded.

In 2011, Aflatoun broadened its curricula by providing a programme for young people called Aflateen and, a year later later, for toddlers called Aflatot. In 2016 Aflatoun International also announced that its new strategic targets would be 20 million children and young people reached by 2020, ensuring that the next generation gets along and gets ahead in life.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

#BR2 #BR6

Lynne Twist was at origin of new yorks hunger project- the only scaled bottom up womens empowerment ngo located in usa today she's doing stuff like this
We get to meet a lot of amazing, powerful leaders in our work here at Conscious Company — and yet some people stand out even more from that rarified group. Lynne Twist is one of those standouts. She’s a rare combination of driven and playful; flexible, yet clear. She brings a laser-sharp focus to living her values. She’s relentless in her pursuit of changing the dream of modern society, and it’s not all talk — she’s authentic about living it day to day. She sees the core worth of every person she’s with, whether they’re a billionaire or a poor orphan (and she’s spent plenty of time with each). If you’re with her, she’s with you, and she wants to know you.
“I’ve never looked up to any leader as much as I do Lynne,” says Conscious Company co-founder Meghan French Dunbar, who recently spent 10 days traveling with her on a Pachamama Alliance trip to the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador. There was a moment on that journey, after the group had just landed in indigenous territory, when it looked as though they might end up stuck without food or potable water for at least 24 hours. “Lynne’s way of handling it,” says French Dunbar, “was to get people together, be transparent, and tell us what was happening with no fear in her voice. Her energy and careful words turned a situation in which 99.9 percent of people would have freaked out into a fun adventure.” In the end, the trip went smoothly, but that moment encapsulated Twist’s powerful leadership style.
We could tell you more about her background, but we’ll leave that up to her; what follows are condensed remarks from two recorded conversations with Twist, including one on stage at the 2017 Conscious Company Leaders Forum. Enjoy.

Give us a little context about who you are, what you care most about in this life, and how that has shaped your professional journey.

Lynne Twist: I call myself a proactivist. By that I mean an activist for, not against. I’m drawn by a vision.
I like to call myself a person who’s living a committed life, a life where my commitments have shaped me — commitments that I could never accomplish in my lifetime, ways of being and living that move us all forward. When you’re living a committed life, your own small desires start becoming petty. They move to the background and your commitment wakes you up in the morning and tells you what to wear, who to meet with, why to go here or there.
It has given me the most amazing journey. I’ve worked at the feet of Mother Teresa. I was at Nelson Mandela’s inauguration. I was in South Africa the last day of Apartheid. I couldn’t have planned the stuff that’s happened to me. And I’m now working with the Nobel Peace Prize laureates who are women, and I’m the co-founder of the Pachamama Alliance, and I am president of the Soul of Money Instituteand I do all kinds of stuff, like all of you.
Most of all, I’m grateful to have commitments that are bigger than my little life starring me, and that has given me a path that has been a great gift.

Can you tell us more about what those commitments are?

LT: [In the late 1970s,] I got involved The Hunger Project. I became completely and totally dedicated — you could say obsessed — with ending world hunger. That was a huge change in my life: from being a mom and a substitute teacher and supporting my husband Bill and having three little kids to being someone who really took on ending world hunger.
That was the first big commitment that shaped and governed my actions, my life, my way of being, and in order to be worthy of that kind of a commitment, I had to become somebody I didn’t know I could ever become.
The more recent commitment is the Pachamama Alliance. We have a beautiful statement, part of our mission, that I consider my commitment now: to bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just human presence on this planet.
My other central commitment is to constantly do everything I can to facilitate the reallocation of the world’s financial resources away from fear and towards love.
For a chance to meet Lynne Twist in person, join us at our World-Changing Women’s Summit, February 20–22. Click to learn more.

Talk to us about the process of how you came to one of these commitments, and the first steps you took once you realized the commitment you were going to make.

LT: The one that’s easiest to talk about is the Pachamama Alliance. It began 22 years ago. I was deeply engaged in ending world hunger. My energy was focused on sub-Saharan Africa, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka — places like that. I wasn’t thinking about the Amazon rainforest or environmental issues at all.
In 1994, I did a favor for my friend John Perkins and took a little leave from my Hunger Project work in Africa and Asia to go to Guatemala and train the development director for an organization there. We ended up in a shamanic ceremony together, my first ever.
In this ceremony, we were asked to lay down around a fire. The shaman didn’t use any medicine. He told us to close our eyes, listen to his voice, and to journey. I thought that meant take a nice long nap.
But no: the chanting, the drumming, the night air, the crackling fire … I started to feel in an altered state. I started to feel my right arm shake and turn into something that soon became a gigantic wing. Then my left arm. Then I felt this beak-like thing grow on my face, and I absolutely had to fly.
I started to lift myself up with these gigantic wings, and I began to fly into the night sky towards the stars. There was no stopping me from flying. I couldn’t not do it. Then it turned into dawn and I looked down and I was flying in slow motion over a vast unending forest of green. Then these disembodied faces of men with orange geometric face paint and yellow, red, and black feather crowns on their heads started floating up, calling to the bird in a strange tongue, and disappearing back down into the forest. This went on and on and on.
I remember being startled by a loud drumbeat and sitting up and realizing that I was not a bird, I’m a human being, and looking around, and the fire now had gone down to embers. I was completely disoriented. We went around the circle and shared our experiences, and every person — there were 12 of us — had become an animal, except for one woman who fell asleep and dreamed of her grandchildren. It was bizarre and weird and wonderful.
When it was my turn I told the story I’ve just told you, and then it went around to John, and he shared a story almost exactly the same as mine. The shaman then completed the ritual, dismissed everybody else, and sat John and me down. He told us that we were being communicated to, that it wasn’t a normal journey, that someone was reaching out to us and that we needed to go to them.
I had taken leave from ending world hunger. I did not have time for this idea. But John Perkins was totally into it. He said, “Lynne, I know who they are. I know where they are. I was just with the Shuar people in the south-central Amazon of Ecuador. An Achuar warring party came in; they told the Shuar, ‘We’re ready for contact. We’re going to start seeking it.’ These are dream cultures, Lynne, this is how they communicate. It’s the Achuar, I recognize the facial paint, I recognize the headdresses. We have to go.”
And I said, “You are completely nuts. I am not doing that. I have a meeting in Ghana. I’m all about Africa.” So he said, “You’ll see. They will not leave you alone until you go.” I thought, “You know, he’s a nice guy and everything, but he’s a little weird.”
So I went on to Ghana. I’m with my Hunger Project colleagues, sitting around a table, five men and three women. I’m not leading the meeting, thank God. At a certain point, the men, just the men, start having orange geometric face paint appear on their blue-black faces. It just starts to show up. And everyone kept talking as if this was not happening. I thought, “Oh, my God. I’ve gone nuts.”
I excuse myself, go to the ladies’ room, get my act together, and come back. Everybody’s normal. They’re still talking. Then maybe ten minutes later it happens again and I just burst into tears. I thought I had lost it. I told everybody, “I’m feeling very ill. I need to go back to the US. Too many time zones, too much travel, I’m so sorry. I can’t stay, I’m going to go home.”
I got a plane, and the whole way, the faces just kept coming. I was a wreck when I got home. I told my husband, but not the way I’m telling you because I didn’t think it was real. He just said, “You need a break,” which I did, actually.
But it didn’t stop. Then it was constant, happened every day. I was driving through Marin County and I pulled over and just started sobbing. I thought, “I don’t know what to do,” and I tried to reach John Perkins, but he was back in the Amazon. He finally came home to I can’t tell you how many faxes. He called me and said, “They’re waiting for us. It’s the Achuar, we have to go to them.”
They asked John and me through this dream to bring them 12 people including ourselves — people with global voice, with open hearts, people who know the rainforest is critical to the future of life, people who know that indigenous people have wisdom that’s vital for sustainability of the human family, people who would respect the ways of the shaman.
We picked 10 other people including my husband Bill and we went down to Quito and flew in small planes into Achuar territory, landed on a dirt strip near a river. Once we were all there, [the actual Achuar people] came out of the forest with their orange geometric face paint; they were all wearing black feather crowns and had spears. That was the beginning of an encounter that changed my life, obviously, and became the Pachamama Alliance.
I’ll say one more thing about it. In that first encounter, they said in their way, “If you’ve come to help us, even though we invited you here, don’t waste your time. But if you know your liberation is bound up with ours, then let’s work together.”
Pachamama Alliance
Achuar boys in Ecuador
Photo by Andy Isaacson

Once you felt this call, how did you actually create the Pachamama Alliance? What is it, and what were some of the tangible first steps once you heard the call to commit? What should one do next?

LT: I like the word “call” because this is really a calling, and it was a call from the forest, from the Achuar people. What they wanted to know was how to navigate the outside world. They knew contact was inevitable, so they initiated it on their terms and in their territory.
We agreed to support them for a while. They were forming a political federation so they could relate to what they were learning was the government of the country they were in, which didn’t mean much to them at the beginning; “What’s Ecuador? We live in the rainforest.”
But in order to preserve their land, territory, and culture, not only for themselves but for the future of life, they needed to know they lived in Ecuador. They needed to know about this strange stuff called money, which has the modern world completely by the throat. They didn’t even know there was such a thing — they used to say to us, “You can’t hunt for it, you can’t eat it, why does anybody want it?”
We were basically going to finance their nascent political federation for a year, maybe two. It required, for example, getting a phone line in the town on the edge of the forest, which cost money. We created a little fund called “Friends of the Achuar Nation.” Bill, my husband, said he would open a bank account for them and educate them about simple accounting. He took the money down every three months and had a meeting with them about how to be intelligent with this stuff called money.
The more we worked with the power of the Amazon rainforest — this magnificent, incredible treasure — the more we realized that this call that we thought came from the Achuar actually came through the Achuar from the forest, from the spirit of life. Once we felt that that was what was calling us, I knew this was the next chapter of both of our lives. Bill was a business guy. He had three companies. He was very involved in yacht racing. I was running 50 countries for The Hunger Project. We had kids. We had no time to do this. But once it became clear that it was coming from this spirit of life, we couldn’t not do it.
Extracting myself from The Hunger Project was so hard; it was my life’s work. What saved me is I got malaria. I don’t recommend it, but I was an unstoppable person. I was so committed to the stuff I was doing, I was like a maniac. But I had two strains at the same time and I was really, really sick. I had to stop — like really stop. It was nine months of being sick.
I stopped for long enough that I got it. I saw that this was the future of life we were talking about here. It wasn’t a little tribe in a small region in the Amazon rainforest, it was something much bigger than that, something much more fundamental.
They told us, “The most important work you can do to save the Amazon and to support us is to change the dream of the modern world; the dream of consumption, of acquisition. People can’t change their everyday actions without changing what they’re dreaming for. You actually need to change the dream.”
I got that this wasn’t our plan for ourselves. We knew nothing about the environment. We hadn’t even been thinking about the Amazon. This wasn’t our plan, but it was so clearly our destiny. And we surrendered to it.
It’s now become clear that this region where we were called is the sacred headwaters of the entire Amazonian system. It’s the beating heart of the climate system, and it’s absolutely the most bio-diverse ecosystem on earth. It’s roadless and pristine to this day, and it absolutely must not be touched. Now that we realize we’re not in the middle of nowhere, that we’re at the heart of everywhere, we have totally surrendered to this work and we proliferate the messages that we’ve learned from the indigenous people in 82 countries.
We work in southern Ecuador and northern Peru with the Achuar, the Shuar, the Shiwiar, the Sápara, the Kichwa. We take [outsiders] into the Amazon. We have a program called “Awakening the Dreamer” that we take into businesses to awaken people [to the notion that business] can be environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just. And now we have the Game Changer Intensive [a donation-based 8-week online course.]

Pachamama AllianceTo pivot a little, let’s talk about how you’ve been able to become such a leader. First of all, what does conscious leadership mean to you?

LT: I think we’re all trying to figure out what that is. It’s a question as well as an answer.
One way I deal with it is: if you’re a leader, you’re leading even when you don’t want to. Much of leadership is the way you live, the way you speak, the way you think, the way you behave, the way you are. To be a conscious leader is to have integrity with all aspects of your life. When you’re having a bad day and you don’t feel like leading, you’re leading others to have a bad day and not feel like leading. You can’t not lead when you’re a leader. You’re modeling all the time.
I don’t consider that I have what you might call a private space to be grumpy or ornery. I don’t think I have that right, and I love that about being a conscious or committed leader. I love that the scope of my leadership encompasses my personal life.
Now some people wouldn’t agree with that. They would say, “You really need your private time.” And I have that too, but even there, I feel I don’t have the right, really, to be small and petty and inappropriate, because that’s inconsistent with what I’m standing for. So the constant challenge of a conscious leader is to be internally and externally consistent with the stand you’ve taken, internally and externally authentic, and constantly expressing yourself in a way that continues to develop not only your leadership skills, but your skills to be an ever more effective human being.
I think a conscious leader is also someone who’s committed to something way larger than their own life, way larger than their own company, committed to some stand or vision greater than they can accomplish in their lifetime so their identity isn’t based in it. Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nelson Mandela and Jane Goodall and the people we truly admire are up to something larger than their own life, and their life is a contribution to that continuum rather than their identity.
That gives you a reason to develop yourself other than just wanting to be better. You’re honing your life because you know it’s a gift you’ve been given so you can give it away.

You say there’s no room for being small or petty. That idea sounds so appealing, yet in practice so far from reality for most of us. How did you get to that point? How do you stay in that integrity all the time in practice?

LT: It’s not that I don’t get petty or grumpy or small. What I said is not that I’m never like that, but that I know I don’t have the right to be that way. I’m not entitled. We all have the opportunity, the privilege, the responsibility to give our best to life. Someone who’s committed to an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet can’t indulge themselves in taking things personally.
When that shows up, it’s much easier for me to let go of that kind of feeling because I’m standing in a place that’s so much bigger than my own personality, identity, wants, or desires. It’s so unproductive. It’s unproductive for anyone, but if you have a big commitment, it’s super unproductive. How are you going to end world hunger or preserve the Amazon rainforest or bring forth a new kind of human presence on this planet when you’re stuck about being angry with your colleague? It’s not that I don’t have those moments. I just get over them pretty fast — faster and faster the older I get.
I work with women who’ve won the Nobel Peace Prize, and you don’t win the Nobel Prize unless you’re extraordinary. One time, I was working with Shirin Ebadi, who won in 2003. She was the number two person in the supreme court in Iran, and she fought for the revolution. She thought the Shah was totally corrupt. And then when the revolution came, they took all women off the supreme court. She was stripped of all her power. She couldn’t even be a judge any longer. She left Iran, her office was burned down. Many women lawyers were killed or sent to jail.
[At this meeting,] she had been to something like 11 countries in 16 days. I said, “Aren’t you just exhausted?” She scolded me, you might say, for indulging in wanting her to say how exhausted she was, which I was doing. I was trying to get her to say, “Oh, I’m exhausted.” It was like she found that inappropriate. It shocked me, because I was “trying to be supportive.” But what I was doing was I was trying to enroll her in being tired.
She just said, “Don’t indulge me in that conversation. I’m working for the liberation of women in prison, women who are being tortured, women who can’t even leave their homes. I have to keep myself in good enough shape to do my work, but I don’t want anyone feeling sorry for me because I’ve been to too many countries in too short a time. I’m fine and I’m going to be resting this afternoon.” Something about that conversation shifted my whole sense of myself.

I’m noticing a fear come up in myself around that idea — a fear of burnout or a fear that that attitude could, misused, perhaps lead to joylessness.

LT: Burnout, in my view, is being disconnected from Source. I don’t think it’s as related as we think to working too long or too hard or eating pizza and Coke instead of veggies and water. All those things play into it — I don’t recommend working yourself to death or anything. But true burnout is being disconnected from Source. That’s really where it happens. We all know times when we were soaring: we were working 24/7 and we wanted to work 24/7, and what we were producing was so exciting that we couldn’t stop. That’s one example of being connected to Source in a way that your body will go with you.
At the same time, I do think it’s important to take care of one’s capacity to serve. That’s the other thing I feel responsible to take care of: to nourish my own capacity to serve, and that comes from Source. That comes from meditation. That comes from being in nature. That comes from being in touch with the love I have for my husband and my children and my family. My love for God. My love for the spirit world. My love for the shamans. When I’m in touch with that, I can do anything. And then that’s a source of enormous joy.
We once had a conference in Ireland with the Nobel laureates. We sponsored women to come from war zones all over the world. This conference was very confronting.
At one point on the second day, I was having lunch with colleagues from Iran, four lawyers who worked with Shirin Ebadi. A group of six women arrived in a van. My colleagues saw the van pulling up and they ran across this green lawn crying with joy. They were all lawyers who had worked together for years before they got arrested. As the women got out of the van, women who had been in prison for years and tortured, they all ran towards each other and they hugged and they rolled around on the grass and they cried and they danced. It’s making me cry thinking about it.
Then that night we had a party, the most joyous, raucous, wild, wonderful party of all women dancing with each other that I’d ever seen in my life; women from the Congo, women from Ethiopia, women from Honduras, all of whom had been through hell — the kind of things they’ve been through, you can’t even talk about.
My assertion from that enormous experience, and I’ve had many experiences like that, is that the pain and the joy are one. It’s all connected. And often the deeper people have allowed themselves to go into the pain, the greater capacity they have for joy.
I’ve seen that particularly with African women, with their incredible burdens in many cases. But when they celebrate — which they find a way to do every day, through singing, through dancing, through feeding each other — the joy is just breathtaking. I’ve been in Rwanda after the genocide and found the joy there in those people. I’ve been in Ethiopia after the famine. The capacity for human joy is probably unlimited.
I find it in myself. I find that my capacity for joy is enhanced by my capacity to face the suffering world and engage with it. My capacity for joy and lightheartedness and fun and release is strengthened by my capacity to face the darkness. And my capacity to face the darkness is strengthened by my capacity to celebrate joy. The harder I work, the more I love.
Also as a leader, it’s my job to create possibility in every situation. Not just positive thinking, not a Pollyanna hug, smoothing over things that aren’t working. Generate possibility. See possibility. Find the goal. Find the teaching. Find the love. Find the joy in everything.