Each value is in relation to how we show up for ourselves, our immediate, local and global communities
Humility: The soil/ground upon which we walk. I am a drop in the ocean of time, a piece of the vastness; I learn and align my actions with Nature’s rules that govern this vastness. I come from inquiry, listening, and discovery of what wants to emerge. I am humble with my expectations of what impact I/we may have (if any) on this world. “I did not design this planet; my responsibility is to discover how I can best serve the fabric of life and show up."
Caring: Caring for my own, each other’s and our planet’s overall wellbeing, which includes service, compassion, generosity, patience, kindness. We are all one – love made visible through action.
Conscious Communication: I commit to showing up with self-awareness; hearing and feeling the person I am with; communicate authentically, constructively with clarity, and care; keeping my eyes on the big picture.
Integrated Cooperation: Through caring and conscious communication, I choose to work with diverse group of people with the knowledge of the magic we can co-create when we work together. I appreciate that by cooperating with others, I will deepen my self-awareness; discover and respect each other's feelings, needs, talents, weaknesses, and gifts - our divine spark. Implicit within is the integration of our diversity: age, race, religion, socioeconomic levels, and differing views/perspectives/disciplines.
Co-evolution: Commitment to my own growth and the growth of whomever I am interacting with; revealing my own and each other's Divine creative impulse. An appreciation that the only way we can really re-pattern and grow is in the context of relationships and inter-dependence. Our growth depends on reflecting each other in our daily lives - we need each other. Whoever we are interacting with at any given moment is our Sangha.
Integrity: Integrity is wholeness. The way I do anything is the way I do everything. Commitment to live moment to moment aligned with integrity to all our values. Showing up with these values, consistently, leads to trusting yourself and trusting each other.
I feel deeply – both the joys and pains of life. For most of life however, feeling pain was so excruciating that I lived in my head, suppressing feelings of anxiety, aloneness, inadequacy, and self-hatred that ran me and drove me to try to fix other people’s problems. Yet, I was also driven by a strong sense of justice and truth, fueling my work with social enterprise start-ups, orphanages, sustainability consulting, and impact investing. As I learn how to not be afraid of my feelings and live more from my heart, I experience so many more of life’s colors. I am inspired to bring people together so we can experience and express all that lives inside us, and enjoy an intimate and fulfilling life together – to make the full human experience visible.
Discovering and living my authentic self is my life’s mission. My extensive work as a psychotherapist, corporate consultant and human rights activist has led me to develop a deep appreciation of the complex nature we all share, and the power of our hearts. I help people discover their authentic selves and challenge them to take charge of their lives. At this critical time, where there is so much at stake on every level of human existence, I am now compelled to awaken the message of the heart in the masses.
I struggled for most of my life to “fit in”. As a child, I enjoyed ideas, felt life deeply, was full of energy but for some reason I seemed out of sync with children around me. When I grew older I learned to use my mind to adapt, cope and ultimately rise to the top of my profession as a technologist and Agile transformation coach. And, there was still something missing; I felt empty, sad, alone and confused.
At age 43, I discovered that I am on the Spectrum and everything clicked into place. As we started developing Leap Forward, my wife, Ronit, and I worked systematically to constrain and rewire the neurological and behavioral patterns that underly my Aspergers. It has been a long and painful journey, and gradually I emerged into my whole self, growing more connected to my community, my partner and myself. My journey has shown me that I am not uniquely disturbed, and that the work I did can help others accept and connect to their full selves.
Now I can apply my systems-thinking and technology skills to envision and create new ways to connect us all more deeply to ourselves and each other so we can unite and thrive on this beautiful planet.
Being born into this body and realm, I have plunged into the depths of generational pain and suppression as a black woman. Not knowing how to hold it all, I have often stifled my voice and fallen helpless to the stereotypes and stories that have existed before me. I am now choosing to step into my powers of storyteller, healer, and advocate – to face the deep rooted trauma of injustice. It is my calling to create safe spaces, champion diversity, cultivate empathy, build human connection, and energize culture to generate creative expression and innovation. The fight for love, freedom, and humanity begins IN me!
Living a purposeful life is my mission. My experiences studying ecology, building a social enterprise, and investing money towards social good have compelled me to challenge our inherited operating models that perpetuate siloed, unconscious and ego-centered solutions that are responsible for the existing inequality and environmental destruction. I am dedicated to creating spaces that refine our perceptions of ourselves and tools that enable trust, integrity, and cooperation. I am here to inspire living an authentic life and building a new path toward a caring economy.
I love playing games, creating systems for solving big problems, and exploring outrageous possibilities. I spent 25 years in startups, venture capital, gambling, traveling, writing, speaking and pursuing ideas to “change the world”. Meanwhile my accomplishments were largely at the expense of my integrity, overshadowed by carelessness and grandiosity, and hurting myself and loved ones. Now I am pausing, learning to see, feel, know and accept myself fully. My current passion is caring for my family, and discovering how to be the change I want to see in the world.
Driven by caring and curiosity, I creatively connect people and ideas. I felt unseen and rejected as a child, and therefore built intuitive muscles to emotionally relate with others. I hunger for adventure and have expressed my talents through education, international affairs, and venture capital. When I tap source, I have a bold, contagious emotional presence. Now I am giving myself space to listen for what wants to emerge—what people and causes call to my deep inner compassion. I am especially moved to empower women, personally, professionally, and systemically.
I love storytelling, science and spirituality. While working at CERN for my physics PhD, I traveled to conferences and retreats to discover connections between my passions, build bridges, and make a difference. Struggling on this path, I realized I had lived in magical thinking, resisted growing up, and avoided uncomfortable feelings. Pausing and learning to live with integrity, I’m discovering my purpose: to explore the microscopic nuances of our immediate experience, help rediscover our innate wholeness, and cooperate to bring our individual and collective light into this beautiful world.
I am an explorer of knowledge. I’ve ventured from biology (body), to neuroscience (mind), and most recently into happiness, creativity, and play (spirit). A few years ago, I began to notice how hard I was working to enjoy my life. Instead of experiencing life, I was living in concepts to distract myself from pain. So after a lifetime of looking outward, I am now exploring inward—learning to listen to my thoughts and feelings, discern what I actually want in my life, and developing a genuine relationship with myself.
I’m a college student committed to integrating neuroscience, physics, philosophy, spirituality, and art into a coherent framework for understanding the nature of human consciousness. I want to find out how we can tap into our divine source, discover the limits of our rational, dualistic framework for understanding the world, and learn how we can deepen our compassion towards ourselves and other people. I’m deeply motivated to seek objective truth: the fundamental source of our Being. If I’m not chasing the sublime, I’m probably chasing a squirrel.
I love generating bold ideas, creating visuals, decks, websites and apps that empower and deepen human connection. Feeling unseen as a Middle Eastern woman, a series of painful and chaotic experiences (bankruptcy, foreclosure, war, and displacement) reinforced generational stories of suppression and feelings of powerlessness. Tapping into my inner creative impulse, I am now reclaiming my power as a creative strategist, designer, and entrepreneur. I am passionate about being a light for others—following my curiosity to listen, empathize and gather insights making invisible experiences into visible stories.
I love discovering what makes us the same. Through living abroad, designing jewelry, and supporting the needs of my employees and clients, I realized we all just want to be seen, understood, and respected. Growing up, I did not feel seen, heard, and respected which led me to feel disempowered and fearful of life. After becoming a mother, it was clear to me that continuing to make choices based on these pain points would not serve my son. Also, the devastating losses of two children birthed my mission of loving myself more boldly, living a life fully according to my authentic truth, and supporting my children and others to do the same.
My deep sense of care lead me from engineering and consulting to non-profit fundraising, coaching and teaching. However, I often got sidetracked in “being in the know” and “looking good”. After both my business and my marriage failed, I inquired more authentically into my being, and discovered that fears, defense mechanisms and egocentricity had driven my life to a large extent.
Today, I bravely co-create care-driven, outrageous social experiments, listening to what wants to emerge in myself and others, in service of manifesting a sustainable and thriving planet for all.
Sebastian von Stauffenberg
I am a Catholic with a deep sense of integrity and a longing for meaning and fulfillment. Life has taken me to the edge and back, through a dozen years of marriage and fatherhood, while building and leading social impact enterprises and even entering the seminary for 6 years to follow the call to the priesthood. Loss, love and grace have humbled me and slowly permitted me to see both my gifts of discernment as well as my shadows of judgement. Now, I embrace both sides of myself, the light and the dark, in service of living the truth. By quietly discerning, connecting to and caring for myself and others, I model a life of purpose and fulfillment.