Better Together: Making Friends as We Make “Shift” Happen

“Everybody on the left, give me three strong forward strokes!” the whitewater raft guide shouted. Those on the left dug in, pulling the raft away from a churning vortex. For several hours, they’d learned the importance of listening to the guide’s instructions. His steady voice enabled six people with little rafting experience to work together to plot the safest course down a raging river.

Life has its share of whitewater rapids, doesn’t it? One moment, it’s smooth sailing. Then, in a flash, we’re paddling like mad to avoid suddenly swirling whirlpools. Those tense moments make us keenly aware of our need for a skilled guide and the need to work together to navigate turbulent times. Well, if ever there was a time to bring fresh voices together to navigate turbulent times, it is now.

Sometimes, reaching out and taking someone’s hand is the beginning of a journey. At other times, it is allowing another to take yours.

– Vera Nazarian

Let’s Bring Our Fresh Voices Together

In times of chaos & uncertainty and even in times of peace & tranquility, we’re simply better together —which is why we’ve constructed a 360° Nation virtual friendship bench “for good”. A bench where people are bound together by choice, founded upon a universal good-faith commitment to listen, understand, respect, empathize with, and support one another. A place for giving and receiving without judgment.

Discovering Magic: At The Middle of a Bench

Now, more than ever, it’s time for less talking and more walking. It’s time for us to start rebuilding the world we all want to live in. It’s time for us to understand that what we do and how we do it makes a difference —and to decide what kind of difference we actually want to make. It’s time for rich, adult conversations in search of real action and real solutions. Let’s stop skipping across the pond. Let’s dive deeper. Let’s work towards genuine progress in how we operate and how we cooperate.

Walking the Talk: Time for Shift to Happen?

What’s The Point of it All?

We embrace curiosity, inspire collaboration, and champion deep thinking for real change. It used to be thought that the events that changed the world were things like big bombs, maniac politicians, huge earthquakes, or vast population movements, but it has now been realized that this is a very old-fashioned view held by people totally out of touch with modern thought. The things that change the world, according to Chaos theory, are the tiny things. A butterfly flaps its wings in the Amazonian jungle, and subsequently a storm ravages half of Europe. The time has come for each of us to begin “flapping our wings” to create ripples of change “for good” across the universe.

Won’t you join us?





Dennis Pitocco
Dennis Pitocco
DENNIS is the Founder & Chief ReImaginator of 360° Nation, encompassing a wide range of multimedia enterprises, including BizCatalyst 360° —the award-winning global media digest; 360° Nation Studios —dedicated to reaching across the world in an effort to capture, produce, and deliver positive, uplifting messages via blockbuster global events, and; GoodWorks 360° —a pro-bono consulting foundation focused entirely on providing mission-critical advisory services to nonprofits worldwide. Collaborating with his Chief Inspiration Officer (and wife), Ali, everything they do is "for-good" vs. "for profit". Their mission over the past decade-plus has been to rediscover humanity at its best, influencing and showcasing it every step of the way. Together, they do their very best to figure out what the world is trying to be —then using all their resources to help it to be better every day in every way. They understand and embrace the notion that it’s not about me or you; it’s about caring for the people we serve and more responsibly stewarding the precious resources in our care. And they believe it’s about showing up, being present, and intentionally giving our invaluable gifts of time, talent, and treasure "for good". Dennis is a contributing author to these Best-Selling Books ♦ Chaos to Clarity: Sacred Stories of Transformational ChangeJourney Well, You Are More Than EnoughThe Four-Fold Formula For All Things Wellness: True Stories of the Heart, Spirit, Mind, and Body Voices of Strength Win the Wellness W.A.R. We Are Responsible

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  1. Many of us live our lives almost “by chance” – to live as it happens. While there are many possible paths on which to venture into the unpredictable future, there is one avenue that greatly increases our chances of doing well along the way: traveling with someone we trust. We can try to build a happy life or a successful career on our own, but why should we? “Together is better.”

  2. Fantastic article Dennis. So well said. I love the invitation to the friendship bench. What a fantastic idea. We need a bench like that surrounding the table of kindness!

    I love what you are doing here. How can I more fully join you at the bench?

    • Forgotten indeed, Maria. Somehow we’ve come to equate success with not needing anyone. Many of us are willing to extend a helping hand, but we’re very reluctant to reach out for help when we need it ourselves. It’s as if we’ve divided the world into “those who offer help” and “those who need help.” The truth is that we are both. … Grateful for your comments here, my friend.

  3. Our time is indeed now to bring fresh, heart-driven and human-centric voices together to create better together with and for ALL. Change starts with me. It starts with each one of us being open to new perspectives, to inviting new perspectives so we can learn, gain new insights, and then take intentional, meaningful action to become better, create better and amplify impact TOGETHER.

    I am grateful for your leadership, your commitment to being inclusive and advancing inclusion, and to bringing more humanity to our workplaces, communities, families and our one global human neighborhood.

    • The reality is that without inclusion and genuine human connection, concepts like vision, purpose, aim, objective, target, creativity, critical thinking, strategy, tactics, plan, development, aspiration, ambition, achievement, success, accomplishment, fulfillment, remedy, building, solution, results, education, and science would have no meaning. Thank you for always showing up, stepping up, and speaking up “for good” Brian…

  4. Truly inspiring and magical.
    The human connection is the main attraction of life.
    We are born to be connected. We are born from connection. We are curious upon introduction and learn from the interactions. Once we know we can let down our guards we can find it’s not that hard to be human.
    Thank you for this Dennis! Your connection to me has been a butterfly shutter! And still flapping. I am very grateful to you and so many. It keeps getting better!