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Last week, I joined with nearly one thousand public, private and non-profit professionals who came from all around the world, system leaders who gathered at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) along with an equal number of participants who joined via on-line web streaming technology. At the “Global Presencing Forum,” co-sponsored by the MIT CoLab, the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning, the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development and several others entities, our task over two days was to...
There are numerous definitions of leadership and many books continue to be written on this important subject. In my own experience, leadership starts with awakening to my being to do service in the world by using my innate gifts and talents. It is about alignment with my truth and soul purpose, and leaving a legacy by making a difference in the lives of others. A demonstration of my leadership role is following my calling to be a messenger of peace in my war-torn country and troubled Middle East region. In fact, I recently launched a Facebook...
My name is Christine Haskell and I started People of Pioneer Square (#PeopleofPSQ) to put a face on my neighborhood. Pioneer Square is Seattle's most popular vice district and the heart of the city (historically and architecturally). I believe that vice districts are created due to benign deglect. I want to understand and make my neighborhood more personal for people. I want to know who lives here, what causes the fear we have of one another, and how that develops the space we live in (from both a personal and economic perspective). What...
This is the title of a seminar I will be offering next week at Saybrook’s Residential Conference to launch the spring semester. I’m excited to be offering it in collaboration with my dear friend and colleague Nora Bateson who has produced a profound film about her father — the anthropologist and systems theorist Gregory Bateson. Gregory was a faculty member at Saybrook in the 70s and his work and legacy has been part of Saybrook’s educational fabric since then. “What is the pattern that connects the crab to the...
Dan Pallotta, is a father, activist, and fundraiser who is speaking out against the current way that nonprofits operate. In March, 2013 Pallotta presented a TED Talk that passionately discusses how to change the way we think about a charity. He identifies a double standard—where too many nonprofits are rewarded for how little they spend and not on what they get done.  There are over 1.5 million nonprofit organizations that employ 9.2% of the population in the United States. Considering the significance and impact of the American...

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