Gratitude for A Community of Learners

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Loaves and Fishes

This is not

the age of information.

This is not

the age of information.

Forget the news,

and the radio,

and the blurred screen.

This is the time

of loaves

and fishes.

People are hungry

and one good word is bread

for a thousand.

— David Whyte

from The House of Belonging

©1996 Many Rivers Press

I have such a beautiful community of learners and change makers. I thought I would dedicate this particular post to those who have nourished my mind over the past year.

  • Michel Bauwens has been dedicating his time and his work to foster the Peer2Peer movement. The Synthetic Overview of the Collaborative Economy played a significant role from the “need to have” toward the “need to share.”
  • Tim Rayner makes ancient philosophy accessible and relevant. The discipline of contentment with on-line shopping interrupting our lives continually has never been more important. That is why once a month I remind myself by reading and re-reading See Like A Stoic An Ancient Technique for Modern Consumers
  • Peter Van Auwera travels around the globe aggregating the most interesting change-makers in #FinTech and organizational behavioral. I’ve been lucky enough to be included in his global scoop and have met the most exhilarating people. Changing systems from within as a catalyst is what perhaps he does best as he reminds us about The End of Leadership.
  • Nadine Hack from the cover of Rolling Stone to the White House has been championing cause based leadership for a lifetime. She has created the #beCause global network scaling great people doing meaningful work. “When I was young, I believed it was a sprint and we would change it all right then. As I grew older, I realized it was a marathon and I had to pace myself to be in it for the long haul And, then as I grew even older, I realized it is a relay race.” ~Nadine Hack
  • David Wilcox is the one who pulled me into the epicenter of social innovation. From charity, to philanthropy to social innovation – there as a conversation between business, NGOs and entrepreneurs and it is something to pay deep attention to How Three Quiet Seismic Shifts Are Changing the Social Enterprise and Social Innovation Landscape
  • “Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it and I shall move the world” says Archimedes. That lever is social media and is being well executed brilliantly by Servane Mouazan founder of Ogunte. Servane is dedicated to the development of women leaders in social businesses across the world.

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  • Ramona Pringle created @Rdigitalife a platform for us to better explore how technology changes our relationships. I learned about Ramona first by reading Sherri Turkle’s Alone Together where she is quoted “I’m done with smart machines. I want a machine that is attentive to my needs. Where are the sensitive machines.” Since then we’ve collaborated and I’ve been lucky enough to be in the series on well being.
  • Otto Schamer has been fostering the power of presence for a very long time. I was on his review team at @BKpub. There has never been a better time than now to shift from Ego-System Economies to Eco-System Economies.
  • “Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”–Anain Nin. Last Thanksgiving I spent with a very special friend Teresa Fritschi who in now on a personal adventure in Croatia. She is an aesthetic who writes about emotion, beauty and philosophy.

To all in my community I thank you for being a part of my circulatory system and helping me carve out who I am.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Blake