Is it possible to reinvent organizations, to devise a new model that makes work productive, fulfilling, and meaningful?
Life exists far beyond what we know here on Earth. And it is beautiful and will continue well after the last human and even Earth itself.
The opposite of addiction is not sobriety, it’s connection.
We must accept that the present moment, and how we show up in it, is largely outside of control, pre-destined by what came before it. And we must also accept that there is always a gap between reality and potential.
This RSA Animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA’s Benjamin Franklin award.
The only way to achieve a society where individuals are truly allowed to be seen for themselves is to finally fully acknowledge just how deeply our existing mental models and institutions fail in this regard.
Tom Szaky, CEO and Founder of TerraCycle explains the circular economy using a toothbrush and how the power to shape the future of disposability lies in the hands of consumers.
That night was the first time I truly came upon the little boy that lives inside me, that still carries all the insecurities and awkwardnesses of my childhood, that still has no idea how to operate in the world, that still finds a way to influence my thoughts and behaviors today without me realizing it.
Is it possible that the most effective way to bring about the respectful and caring behavior we so want is to tolerate behaviors that we find deeply intolerant and intolerable?
Let us first and foremost be open to possibility. Because the future we want and need is one that has not yet been fully imagined.
What depths of wisdom, peace, and purpose can I activate simply by becoming more aware of who I already am, understanding my core essence, and living it as deeply as I can every day?
Power. It was intoxicating and somehow deeply familiar, as if it had been waiting dormant inside of me.
The higher wisdom is in discerning what is needed for a given moment and being flexible enough to offer the moment what it needs, whether it be radical compassion, tough love, or better yet, both.
Coexist! Is the best we can strive for? Is this really such an inspiring rally cry for progressives around the world? Is the best we can do simply to tolerate one another?
What if our minds continue to evolve and expand throughout our lives, allowing us to see and manage ever-increasing levels of complexity?
Young people, you have more power than you think. Please keep dreaming up a world that makes older generations afraid, nervous, and confused. Please keep dreaming up a world that most of us don’t believe is possible.
By simply being more willing and able to be honest with myself, to let myself be my own teacher, to absorb and embrace the truths that are already within me, but which are inconvenient – doorways are opening up left and right.
When you go slow, you go far.
In a solemn moment of honesty with yourself, do you feel that you are in right relationship with yourself, your family, your community, your planet, the universe? For me, there is no real goodness apart from our own honest answers to ourselves.
I will never resolve this sense of dread by accomplishing anything in the external world. I can only resolve it by reckoning within myself, by consciously rewriting the rules I’ve taken on unconsciously.
Perhaps sometimes the most productive thing we can do is to make chaos from order, to tear apart at the worn, outdated fabric of modern life, so that we might weave a new, more beautiful tapestry from the loose thread.
I am beginning to realize, trying to be original is the least original thing I can do. It is doing what nearly everyone does, tie themselves up in knots over me, me, me; obsess over how I can be revered, remembered, seen.
If we wanted, we could imagine the noblest good as expanding our “sphere of concern” to the widest, most far-reaching good we can conceive. We could choose to identify primarily not with ourselves as individuals, but rather as humanity itself, as life itself.
Where we most do not want to go is where we can most activate our highest selves and most contribute to those around us.
How do we take care of ourselves such that we are most able to take care of others? How do serve our communities in such a way that feeds our souls and fills us up to the brim?