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Dr. James Doty: The Science of Compassion

James Doty, M.D. is a neurosurgeon and founder of Project Compassion at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University. Project Compassion seeks to work with both the Stanford Institute for Neuro-Innovation and Translational Neuroscience and a variety of...

Peter Bernhardt: Uncovering Systems IQ

Peter Bernhardt is a psychotherapist and organizational consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area. He works in an emerging field of psychology, which is based on a combination of systems thinking, depth psychology, mindfulness and somatic psychology. Born in 1956, he grew up in many of the...

Somik Raha: The Value of Values

Somik Raha, is a dear friend and servant leader of the ecosystem, a PhD in Decision and Risk Analysis from Stanford University, and is now Strategy Consultant at SmartOrg. While talking about this call, this is how he introduced himself and the questions he lives...

Anupam Pathak: Empathy Driven Technology Design

Anupam Pathak, Founder and CEO of Liftlabs, is an inventor and entrepreneur at heart and passionate about creating new technologies for social benefit. He founded Lift Labs with the intent to apply his broad scientific knowledge and engineering skills to improve our quality of life. In his own...

Tom Hurley: Designing for Transformation

Devoted to the understanding and midwifing of transformation, Tom Hurley has spent his life working on the frontier of this personal and collective phenomenon.  He worked for seventeen years as a director at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, the premier center for the study of...

Jay Chodagam: Fulfillment over Achievement

In 1998, while getting his master’s degree in Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, Janardhan (Jay) came to the realization that a life of fulfillment trumps a life of achievement. His search led him to understanding and researching meditation techniques, which had an immediate...

Nina Horne: The Role of Love in Social Justice

As a long-term City Commissioner for the Oakland Fund for Children and Youth, Nina Horne is tuned worked across various sectors that affect public policy.  She's trained in legal, economic and political analysis -- but she's also constantly training herself in compassion. Her...

Janice Marturano: Finding the Space to Lead

Janice Marturano is the Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Mindful Leadership, a non-profit organization dedicated to training and supporting leaders in the exploration of mindfulness and leadership excellence. She founded the Institute for Mindful Leadership in January, 2011,...

Siddharth Sthalekar: From Capital Markets to Compassion Capital

​Siddharth Sthalekar was flying high with a business school degree, a job as an influential banker, and a recurring television spot that allowed him to move markets.  And yet something inside him stirred -- this is not why he was here.  3 years back, after moving on from his work, he...

Nipun Mehta: Where Do We Find Gandhi Today?

Nipun Mehta is the founder of ServiceSpace (formerly CharityFocus).  In 2001, at the age of 25, Nipun quit his job to become a "full time volunteer." Since then, his work has reached millions, he has received many prestigious awards, and has tirelessly addressed hundreds...

Salma Arastu: Inner Rhythm and Outer Art

Salma Arastu describes herself: "Painting has been my need ever since I can remember and it has become a vehicle for me to find the purpose of life.  Over the past thirty years, I have created images with continuous, lyrical line and a variety of...

Sudhakar Ram: New Constructs of the Connected Age

Sudhakar Ram is chairman and managing director of Mastek, a publicly traded IT company.  In 2007, he received CNBC Asia's India Business Leader Award in 2007 for excellence in leadership.  Many NGOs around the world are grateful for his silent philanthropy.  Despite his...

Michelle Long: Local Living Economies

Michelle Long is the executive director of BALLE. Founded in 2002, BALLE is amplifying and accelerating the enormous awakening energy directed toward local economies. Seeing local, independently owned businesses as the key to solving our communities’ toughest challenges and to creating real...

Amit Dungarani: Constant Kindness

Amit Dungarani is many things to many people.  To a valedictorian friend who grew up in his Arizona neighborhood, Amit is "one of the smartest guys I know."  To a six-year-old friend, he is the one who drives 4 hours to make the birthday cake celebration.  To his...

Violaine Hacker: Search for Common Good

Violaine Hacker is a Phd in Law and Public Policies at the Sorbonne, and the founder of the Common Good Forum in Europe. The Common Good Forum represents an initiative to bring together experts and practitioners in various fields to reconsider economics and other areas of human enterprise with...

Randy Yeh: From CEO of Lucent to Serving Seniors

After his PhD in Computer Science, Randy Yeh got a job at Bell Labs in Texas. Years later, he successfully climbed up the ladder to become the CEO of Lucent and President of AT&T Taiwan. "Somehow, I fell in love with money," he says. Along the way, though, he realized that what...

Otto Scharmer: Egosystem to Ecosystem

Growing up on a farm in Germany, Otto Scharmer noticed a lot of unsettling divides in society that ultimately led him to his PhD thesis titled: "Transformation of Capitalism as a Revolution From Within." As he jokes, "No one read it, so I went on another pursuit to make such ideas...

Bob Stains: Rehumanizing Difference Through Dialogue

This Saturday, we will hear from Bob Stains of the Public Conversations Project (PCP) in Watertown, MA. For the past 20 years, Bob has been a leader in PCP's work of creating constructive conversations among opponents in divisive conflicts arising from differences in identities, values and...

Carter Phipps: Evolutionaries: Bridging Creative Individuality and Cooperative Sociality

Carter Phipps is an author, journalist, and contributor to the emerging “integral” or “evolutionary” cultural movement which combines the insights of Integral Philosophy, evolutionary science, developmental psychology, and the social sciences. For the past decade, as...

Jared Levy: Every Generation Needs A Teacher

Jared Levy sits on the board of Social Venture Network, is an adjunct professor for the University of Colorado advertising program and is founder and CEO of a marketing agency called Guru Media Solutions.  Prior to that, by the age of 25, Jared had his own company with 20 interns and...

Mirabai Bush: Reforming Secular Institutions Through Contemplative Practices

Mirabai Bush has focused her life on the interdependence of social change and individual consciousness, and the potential for reforming secular institutions through practices that once existed only behind monastery walls. She responds to the speed and fear that drives much of American life...

Cam Danielson: Traits of Exceptional Leaders

Cam Danielson is a co-founder and principal at the Conscious Leadership Institute. His work focuses on assisting leaders and management teams to revise future direction and opportunity amid the turbulence of personal, organizational, and societal change. Cam has distinctive competence in delivery...

Bonita Banducci: Harnessing the Talents and Contributions of Women

"Women being fully expressed in the workplace is, for me, an integral part of being well and being whole," says Bonita Banducci.  "Calling out the brilliance of women both for my students and for women at large, men and women, to me is the access to just a higher level of...

Alfred Tolle: Cultivating and Connecting Conscious Leaders

“Wisdom is not about intellectual debate, but magical moments of presence so deeply connected and so pure with people.”  -- Bernd Kolb (Atman Project) Business leader Alfred Tolle has spent his personal and professional lives at the geographic as well as spiritual...

Sandra Waddock: Intellectual Shaman: Healing to Create a Sustainable World

An intellectual shaman is an academic or other professional who takes on the three roles of the traditional indigenous shaman: healer, connector, and sense-maker -- or someone who makes sense of the world in the interest of the greater good. The intellectual shaman takes on this role to mediate...

Anil Sachdev: Cultivating Inspired and Mindful Business Leaders

Anil Sachdev is a businessman who integrates a path of self-knowing and meditation with a successful executive career. His business experience in India and across the world covers areas such as talent management, strategic change and organizational transformation. He has been a senior leader...

Greg Tehven: Business, Local Community, and Love

Thought leader, storyteller, and advocate for the creative class, Greg Tehven is turning the world of conventional economic development on its head, and inviting people to build the communities they want to live in.  After traveling around the world and taking in...

Terry Patten: A New Republic of Heart

Terry Patten is a philosopher, teacher, activist, consultant, social entrepreneur, and author. Over the last fifteen years he has devoted his efforts to the evolution of consciousness by facing, examining, and aiming to heal our global crisis through the marriage of spirit and activism. He...

Kevin Hancock: Straining My Vocal Cords And Strengthening the Voices of Others

“I could see a universal, human story unfolding in the extreme example that was Pine Ridge.”   Kevin Hancock is the CEO of one of America’s oldest companies, Hancock Lumber, a 6th generation family-run lumber company in Maine founded in 1848.  Standing before a rapt...

Mark Stevenson: Rebooting Our World

“The bad news is that everything is broken. The good news is that we can fix it. And the ugly news is that it’s gonna get really messy.” – Mark Stevenson   Mark Stevenson has described himself as a “reluctant futurist” and “pragmatic...

Emma Slade: From Global Banking to Monasticism to Compassion in Action

How does a jet-setting financial analyst from London end up a Buddhist nun in Bhutan? Emma Slade (ordained as Ani Pema Deki) is a yoga and meditation teacher and author who left a successful career in finance in her thirties to find peace and meaning in the mountains of Bhutan.  Unusual...

Simon Hampel: A Quest for Visionary Leaders and Change Agents

How do leaders become wise and compassionate stewards? And how does one go from vision to action? These questions have guided Simon Hempel in his work as a Partner (and former Managing Partner) of Leaders’ Quest, a London-based global organization that trains leaders in business,...

Dimple Parmar: Marrying Into Cancer -- and Finding Love

The founder of Love Heals Cancer based in Delhi, India, Dimple Parmar is a force to be reckoned with. Determined to serve humanity and bring a smile to everyone's face, she is a person who believes in letting the power of love and care engulf one’s life. After losing her loving partner...

Jane Murray: Moving from Headspace to Heartspace and Midwifing the New

Jane Murray, a former commercial lawyer qualified in the UK, Ireland and New York, and now a start-up entrepreneur in the United Kingdom, has shifted both in her life and in her career from inhabiting the head-space to the heart-space. As she's sought connection and belonging in a...

Jay Coen Gilbert: Business for Social Good

Perhaps you’ve seen the “Certified B Corporation” symbol on your Kleen Kanteen water bottle or on a pint of Ben and Jerry’s vegan chocolate caramel cluster ice cream.  Can a capitalist model which has earned a reputation for endless consumption really...

Lee Mun Wah: The Color of Fear

It took two months for Lee Mun Wah’s parents to find his name, but on the day he was born, his parents wrote “Gary.” When people laugh at this, Lee Mun Wah explains that he hates the name, “Gary.” Not because it is not a beautiful name, but for what it represents....

Wendy Palmer: Leadership as Embodied Spiritual Practice: Aikido and Mindfulness

Wendy Palmer is a teacher and leadership coach who shares the wisdom she has gained from her many years of experience in studying both mindfulness and the non-violent Japanese martial art of Aikido. She teaches with compassion and humor about body intelligence and how to become more connected...

Joel Solomon: The Clean Money Revolution: Financial Wealth and the Inner Life

“Why not have money be more life-giving? Let’s use our money to create conditions for more hope, inspiration, and love, because beneath it all, love is the true nutrient.” – Joel Solomon Joel Solomon is founding partner of Renewal Funds, Canada’s largest mission...

Mandar Apte: Beyond Reducing Violence: Creating Conditions for Sustainable Peace

Mandar Apte is a former corporate leader and chemical engineer who is bringing the tool of meditation to promote nonviolence in the world.  Over the past decade, Mandar has taught meditation to thousands of people including police officers, victims of violence, returning veterans, inner city...

Milo Runkle: Mercy for Animals

Milo (Nathan) Runkle is an author, activist, investor and non-profit leader.  He is the founder of Mercy for Animals (MFA), the world’s largest farm animal protection and vegan advocacy organization. MFA, which Runkle founded when he was age 15, focuses on protecting animals...

Bruce Friedrich: The Call to Impact and Compassion for all God's Creatures

Bruce Friedrich is co-founder and Executive Director of The Good Food Institute (GFI), an international nonprofit that is fostering a sustainable, healthy, and just agricultural system through food innovation. With branches in the United States, India, Israel, Brazil, Europe, and the Asia...

Krish Raval: Faith in Leadership

Krish (Kumar) Raval is the director of Faith in Leadership, a U.K.-based organization founded in 2007 to create an inclusive community of public and private leaders working together on initiatives for the benefit of all people. Faith in Leadership is based on the recognition of “the immense...

Narendra Kini: Heartfulness and the Quest for an Integrated Life

On the outside, Narendra Kini (Naren) is a successful Silicon Valley-based entrepreneur, executive, and technologist. On the inside, he is an artist, poet, and heartful seeker of spirituality, peace, inner beauty, and truth. Naren has co-founded or managed thriving companies and startups...

Shelly Ehler: Swimming With the Sharks and A New Look at Failure

Shelly Ehler may be best known for her appearance on Shark Tank, but her lesser-known story of inner transformation that followed its airing is deeply enriching. On the surface, Shelly is an inspiring entrepreneur who took a simple idea, believed it with all her heart, and brought it to life. If...

Pavithra Sundareshan: Bringing Dignity to the Differently Abled

Pavithra Sundareshan was 22 years old when, together with her husband and business partner, she started Vindhya, a business process outsourcing organization in Bangalore, India, which may be the first and only for-profit enterprise in which the majority of employees are people with disabilities...

Home Nguyen: What Seems to Matter Doesn't Really Matter

Dr. Home Nguyen is a professor of leadership, and an advisor and coach to leaders, entrepreneurs, and educators. He has over 20 years' experience in personal leadership, mind-body practices, and executive coaching. His mission is to develop mindful, influential and compassionate leaders and...

Rob Lippincott: A Lifelong Learner and Friend: Quaker Values in Business and Governance

Rob Lippincott is birthright member of the Religious Society of Friends, striving to bring Quaker values to the world of business and the process of learning. He is a lifelong learner and entrepreneur in digital, spiritual and actual worlds. He has devoted his career to leading learning...

Jim Ritchie-Dunham: From Scarcity to Abundance: Rethinking Money and Other Human Agreements

James L. Ritchie-Dunham is a student of human agreements, exploring how we make them, why we don’t see most of them, and how to change them. His work blends esoteric wisdom traditions, rigorous science, organizational and management frameworks, and sacred practice across a diverse set of...

Carol Sanford: Regenerative Life & Regenerative Business

Carol Sanford is a thought leader working with business and new economy executives in designing and leading systemic business change. A Senior Fellow for Social Innovation at Babson College, she works with leaders who see the possibility to transform the nature of work through developing...

Chip Conley: The Making of a Modern Elder: From Attaining to Attuning

Chip Conley is an iconic boutique hotelier and entrepreneur who helped Airbnb's founders turn their fast-growing tech start-up into a global hospitality brand.  After selling the hospitality company he had started at age 26 as a rebel entrepreneur, Chip wasn't sure what was next. He...

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