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Why we do what we do
“The physical survival of the human race depends on a radical change in the human heart… Small changes at just the right place can have a systemwide impact because these changes share the unbroken wholeness that unites the entire system.
True leadership is about creating a domain in which we continually learn and become more capable of participating in our unfolding future. A true leader thus sets the stage on which predictable miracles, synchronistic in nature, can – and do – occur. The deeper territory of leadership – collectively “listening” to what is wanting to emerge in the world, and then having the courage to do what is required.”— Joseph Jaworski in Synchronicity.
My goal in life (at this point at least) is to fundamentally change the negative trajectory that our world is on. If that sounds audacious if not downright arrogant, it’s meant to.
I think about that negative trajectory from a systems perspective. The challenges we face include our environment, our economy, health and welfare, equity and justice. Every part of the system that sustains life on our planet.
To change the negative trajectory we first must believe that it’s possible, then raise our sights higher than we have previously imagined, and work together in new and more collaborative ways.
For me, this journey began in the 1960s in the wake of protest against the Vietnam War. It was a period of civic engagement that helped shape by own sense of responsibility and possibility.
The 1960s, for more reasons that I can count, were a remarkable time to move from adolescence to adulthood. For all the turmoil and uncertainty of the era, for all its violence and chaos, it was a time of magnificent change. There was electricity in the air that I haven’t felt since. It was a feeling of something I can only call possibility. And it’s stayed with me my entire life.
If we cast aside the details of the 60s, if we peel away the layers of headlines and events, we’re left with a single idea that lies at their heart–the belief that each individual can make a difference and that we all have an obligation to try. Once I came to understand this, there was no turning back.
As much as I was a product of the times, my passion was also a matter of spirit and soul. I knew how it felt to make someone smile, and I knew how I felt not to take the time to try. For me, there was no contest between those two opposing ways of being.
In large part I do what I do because I simply listen to the still small voice inside my heart and following its lead.