Future of Leadership Forum

Future of Leadership Forum

We are excited to announce the Future of Leadership ForumLTwist Japan pic

May 15 at the Nippon Foundation.

“The job of our time is to hospice the death of old unsustainable systems and structures and to midwife the birth of new sustainable systems and new ways of being.”

– The Soul of Money by Lynne Twist

Immerse yourself in an engaging conversation celebrating innovative communities and the power of connections. Explore forms of leadership that emerge through interaction and relationships. Join a diverse group of young leaders, business professionals, social innovators and cultural creatives united by a shared vision of a sustainable future.

Connect in a discovery of our deepest values and resourcefulness through interactive dialogue, panel discussions and intuitive exercises. Communities and individuals will come together to discuss meaningful questions leading to committed action to address the challenges of our time.

This is a unique opportunity to co-develop new approaches to participatory leadership, at all levels: the individual, community, societal, and global.

Speakers and facilitators include: Lynne Twist, William H. Saito, Eisaku Tsumura and Kai Sawyer.

The Future of Leadership Forum is part of Weaving the Future, Connecting the Dots, Healing the Past. It brings together a consortium of communities promoting Lynne Twist’s inspiring message of sufficiency, resourcefulness and living a life committed to principles.

Lynne Twist is a global visionary, author, speaker, master fundraiser and human rights advocate. She has worked with Mother Theresa, co-created The Hunger Project with Buckminister Fuller and is a co-founder of the Pachimama Alliance.

“What you appreciate, appreciates.” – Lynne Twist


Empowering Women

Empowering Women

We are excited about our partnership with DBA… Partners to support the creation of Empowering Women! This May 13 event will be a high energized evening that brings together inspiring discussions on women’s issues, the Feminine Spirit, and a future that works for everyone. It is part of Weaving the Future, Healing the Past, a grassroots movement coming together to celebrate and promote the message of Lynne Twist.

Lynne Twist has been named the “Woman of Distinction” at the United Nations by the International Health Awareness Network for her work to end hunger. Her life is a shining example of a fulfilled woman in full possession of her personal power. Her dynamism and liveliness, her influence and authority, her ability to motivate and encourage, and her penetrating compassion have gained her the respect and admiration of hundreds of thousands of people around the globe.

A cherished wife, mother and grandmother, Lynne is a graduate of Stanford University , played a key role as Chief Fundraiser with The Hunger Project for 20 years, is Co- Founder of the Pachamama Alliance (NPO), and President and Founder of Soul of Money Institute. Her book Soul of Money is published in eight languages. Lynne Twist is Advisory Board Member of several institutions including Institute of Noetic Sciences, International Museum of Women and the Nobel Women’s Initiative (women Nobel Peace Prize winners). LynneTwist also received the United Nations Woman of Distinction Award.

Throughout her career, Lynne Twist has advocated for the stature of women in all circumstances : women of African tribes particularly around famine in Ethiopia , women of indigenous peoples in the Amazon, women of Bangladesh establishing micro-enterprises, and also business women, women entrepreneurs, women creating NPOs or social profit institutions , women in government, women consultants.

Her work with the Nobel Women’s Initiative supports the movement to end violence against women in the entire world. The presence of Lynne Twist in Japan in May 2014, and her example for women everywhere, is an opportunity to rally, to revive and to encourage all Japanese women to step up to a radiant future together.

Time and Leadership

Thinking about TIME and its relationship to Leadership. How much spaciousness do you have as a leader? How much space do you allow your team?

Other questions we have discussed leading up the April 18 GLC include:

Where do you feel time pressures in your life?

What is the time/culture relationship/impact?

How do you measure the cost of your time? Is time really money?

When do you feel like you are wasting your time?

How can you recover your time?

How does your time perception effect your experience of time?

What is your leadership role model’s relationship to time?

How can you demonstrate respect for your time and for time of others?

Click here to view our Time mind map.



Community Management article

Here is a summary of an article by Tim McDonald, Huffington Post’s Director of Community.

He sheds light on the important role of community managers, the skills of a community manager, and why communities are not networks. Communities require care and thoughtfulness. It’s a relationship that cannot be neglected if a business wants to remain relevant in a social world.

For those of us who do work that matters, we must feel a sense of belonging. Community provides the safety and comfort associated with belonging. Community Managers are entrusted to create the sense of belonging, safety and comfort for the communities they shepard. Though it’s not entirely their responsibility for these community characteristics, it’s up to the Community Manager to model what is important to theand to the brand.

If you want to do work that matters, you need to know how to grow a community of advocates for your business, your team or your cause.

To Quote Tim McDonald

  • “Community Managers are the voice of the brand to the community, and the voice of the community to the brand.”
  • “When growing your community, you always need to look outside your community. You can never grow from just staying within where you’re at.”
  • “You need to start understanding what your community is looking for. What is important to them. Why are they there.”
  • “What you really want to do is you want to start thinking more like a publisher, thinking about what message, what story is going to resonate with my audience, with my community.”

Feminine Leadership, a conversation changer

There is something about putting the words “feminine” and “leadership” together that causes quite such a stir in people of both genders. However, for the 33 people who attended the Nov. 29 GLC to discuss the qualities of feminine leadership, something different happened. There was a depth of conversation that was unpredicted.

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Unlike the contentious conversations of separation, assigning blame, victim and villain roles, filling quotas, etc, new insights on the importance of listening, asserting oneself compassionately, taking care of the whole and seeing the big picture were brought up. I found the issue of time a particular interesting feminine quality theme at our table.

We left inspired. The conversation continued as people left the building. Many felt captivated to make changes in their lives and work place. It is clear the word, “feminine” will never be confused with weakness again with this group of folks!


It will be interesting to see where the Feb. 7, 2014 Freedom to Fail GLC conversation takes us next!