Warning you now, this is going to be a long one so get comfortable. Your undivided attention and action is needed. ☺
It’s coming whether you like it or not. Recently I’ve had some absolutely incredible conversations with some amazing people and they’ve all had one consistent thread running through each of the discussions – change. It’s happening and there seems to be a restlessness just starting to make some noise.
Not sure what exactly is spurring it on, but with my own situation, I simply had enough. Enough of holding back and not letting my true self burn through (no shining from this Babacita). Enough of not making a difference in the world. Enough of not using my connection skills to connect those who are doing good and making a difference. Enough of ignoring my true passions and self.
Something’s happening out there because a lot of other people I’ve been talking with are sensing it as well. The status quo isn’t enough any more. People want more and they’re not sitting around waiting for it to appear – they’re making a choice to change things. Whether it’s in your family, community, region, state, and country or on an international scale it all makes a difference and is well worthwhile.
I also see a great responsibility (kind of like Spiderman but without sticking to walls or the sweet bodysuit). A responsibility for the communicators and connectors of us to bridge these gaps and provide a conduit of this incredible energy of change.
Part 1 – October 11, 2011
Starting off I had some drive time and caught up with a long-time friend and Babacita supporter, Craig Gray (@ronintao) of Ronin Empowerment Group and the PeaceWalker Project. He’s doing some incredibly important work out there through this program of leadership, empowerment and conflict resolution. In today’s day and age, this is ever so critical in every walk of life. Conflict is everywhere, but it’s how we choose to respond to it that makes all the difference. He teaches the necessary methods of cross cultural conflict resolution, non-verbal & verbal communication concepts, leadership skills & life saving tactical movement strategies. And not so long ago, I had the privilege to participate in a 3-day instructor training certification so I can incorporate these techniques into my “Connect” portion of my work.
Through efforts of Craig and like-individuals, he is making a difference and making this world a better place for all of us.
Conflict resolution, critical for a revolution.
Part 2 – October 14, 2011
Last week, Eli Stafanski (@elithechef), from Business Innovation Factory, and I had coffee and talked about systems, blended value and entrepreneurship. Eli and team does this by creating real-world laboratories where organizations can design, prototype and test new models of delivering value. Specifically to enable business model and systems-level innovation in areas of high-social impact including health care, education, energy and entrepreneurship. Pretty fricken cool, huh?
We also talked about blended value and how nothing lately of any significance fits nicely into a box. We’re all complex individuals so how can anyone expect to put a label on us. Through my personal inventory and branding exercise that I recently went through, this became real apparent to me that I am more than a marketing guy. Much more. Never thought of it that way before, but after turning the corner and hitting the gas pedal, I’m now this hybrid evolution, connection and inspiration thing. Doesn’t fit in a box, but I’ve never felt more free or more true to my self.
Thanks Eli and BIF team for making a difference and providing an important part of this revolution that’s emerging.
Part 3 – October 17, 2011 – Let’s Play x 2!
A completely awesome day for me of new conversations and friends. Overwhelmed with inspiration and smiles!
Brynne (@presenceofmagic), is full of life, magic and joy. She’s a writer of the Presence of Magic blog among other things, who, years ago, bravely stepped out of her “perfect” life to follow her heart and true passion. One of the most incredible and courageous people I know. She views the world differently than most and lives her life to the absolute fullest being completely in tune with her true self. An excerpt from her:
“The magic of the Universe didn’t die in me the day I took that leap. It didn’t emerge to help me make a change in my life just to simply return to its hovel of silent oblivion. No, this vibrant, energy-filled quality within each and every one of us, something that begged to once again inhabit its rightful home after so many years in hiding, surprised me yet again. The more I honored it, the clearer it spoke. The more I listened, the more obvious it became that it was a vital part of me, that without it, I was not, could never be, whole. It didn’t exist for one time assists. It wanted season tickets, to become a necessary, everyday part of my whole.”
Beautiful words. Magic isn’t dead Brynne, it’s alive and well, especially with you. And as you said in one of your posts, people need to just tweak their view a bit to see it.
You are making a difference and on the front edge of this revolution. Keep spreading the magic.
Justine (@premakarini) is a writer and blogger of the Premakarini blog, who has an intense focus to empower others to make a difference and the impact the world. That… and listening to a lot of Radiohead. We had an awesome talk about transparency, social evolution through social media, social consciousness, collaboration and feeling uncomfortable – stripped down to only your true self, with no worries or stresses about what society thinks. Removing all of those barriers allows us to really live and strive to reach our true potentials.
Her words sing and inspire. She, like me, isn’t satisfied with the status quo and is doing an incredible job to change that. But that’s not enough… what’s next? How do we get to the next level. We talked about collaboration a lot. There’s a lot of us out there and again, it’s the connectors that are needed here. How do we facilitate a thought process in a systematic way? On my site, I have a section called Idea Incubator. I use this for all of those crazy ideas that just might have merit and will make a difference. A forum, but at this point, not systematic. I gotta think on that….
Justine is also on the cutting edge of this revolution, pushing and tugging, and she isn’t going to stop. She’s just getting started.
So, my challenge to you. What are you doing for the revolution to make a difference in this world through your relationships, connections and work? Let us know and then challenge us back on how we can all help and what you need to help accomplish those goals.
Each of us, are far more powerful than we realize and there are an awful lot of like-minded individuals out there, you are not alone. Stand up, stand out and break the mold that we’ve all been accustomed to. Get uncomfortable, take a stand for your thoughts, opinions and ideas, and let your true self burn through!