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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