One World in a New World: with Donna Nelham

–Cogent, Coherent, Conversational Dive into Creating New Ways of Doing and Thinking

Donna is co-founder of Unstitution – a purposeful coalition, a mindscape, a do-tank, and a robust, modular methodology set that meaningfully brings together people and organizations from across civil society, business, and government sectors.

We enter the Wayback machine again, highlighting the discussions going on in psychology about the need for greater awareness and reflection Donna found early in her career. She mentions, too, that early in life she realized a rather idealist view in that she wanted to do something to make the world a better place. She wanted to feel like what she was doing made a difference, like most Cultural Creatives at the time.

We peered into the early years, as a teen when she first became aware of her empathic listening and giving herself permission just to be herself.

Early beginnings of exploring self, paradoxes, and realizing that the seeming polarities were part of a whole, not something to cause separation.

Donna mentions that who we are at an individual level is always important, though we are connected to something much larger.

Wanting to be valued for the things most valued in self is a point Donna makes and reflects on the need for being clear about what one values, first. Being a pioneer in the field, like many of our guests, she relates that early on there were disconnects in the readiness for acceptance within industry, as well as private and public organizations. Alas, she sees a trending of authentic relationship building through deep listening and more open conversations.

Donna chronicles her transformation from working inside corporations and organizations to exploring a larger scope of working with them from a liminal space, literally. She makes a point that she and many others live in that liminal space and just haven’t found the right platform or space to co-create at larger levels in the world. Ego to Wego, Ego to Eco… the merging in service is trending.

Transitioning from the Industrial Age to the Age of Human, as she defines it, is that trend toward harmonizing the ‘new’ with the benefit for self, others, and Earth. Unstitution was born to begin working in the space between, making sense and making sense common with best practices that bring diverse people together for a common purpose – a better world.

There’s much more in the conversation to discover that offers insight and inspiration with diverse applications across personal and professional relationships and community development.

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Zen Benefiel
Zen Benefiel
Zen says his life has been spiced with personal and professional opportunities that came through his nurturing of faith, love, and trust that dreams do come true. What built that faith, love, and trust began as an orphan told of his adoption just after his 4th birthday. The spice continued with experiences that span the gamut of the paranormal and include off-planet engagements over a lifetime. Can you say outlier? With two Master’s degrees and multiple certifications as well as an interesting professional history ( his passion turned to transformational life coaching just after the turn of the century, having become a rather astute cognitive scientist with extraordinary insight and intuition, he transformed Be The Dream (founded in 1988) from the intention of bridging best business and spiritual practices to a reality that has served hundreds. A decade and a half of writing was filled with cathartic wonders. His gifts are useful for Team Partnering as well, facilitating people, places, and things to build mega-structures with pre-construction teambuilding sessions. Divorced with four children, 9 grandkids, and 2 great-grandsons, he remarried after 30 years. Luba is from St. Petersburg, Russia, and their meeting, both agree, was a cosmic conspiracy of destiny, spiritual compatibility, and future vision of a newly ordered world in harmony with natural order. After 47 years of preparation, and stepping into what feels like fulfilling destiny, he recently became the Executive Director of the Live and Let Live Global Peace Movement that is inspiring the world now.

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