The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.
Enough superficial talk, platitudes, and empty rhetoric. Enough short-lived fury over the bylines and the headlines. Now, more than ever, it’s time for less talking and more walking, as presented in In Search of Humanity: Time to To Do More? Well here’s your chance to “do more”. 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 with purpose, striving for progress, not perfection.
Many of us are familiar with the African proverb, “it takes a village to raise a child.” The truth is, it “takes a village” to achieve just about any meaningful change in our world—from fighting disease to uniting for peace. And not simply a village of like-minded people, but a coming together of fresh voices borne of diversity and dissenting opinions –all united by an unwavering quest for the greater good of humanity. New ideas. New approaches. New Solutions. A gathering where the wisdom of experience and open, honest, candid viewpoints is met with respect, tolerance, acceptance, consideration, and understanding. A gathering where the only acceptable bias is one of action.
Looking back over history, our quest resembles that of the “Salons of the Enlightenment” dating back to 18th century France, where networks of social and intellectual exchange were developed to connect Paris, the capital of the Enlightenment, and the City of Light, with the rest of France.
Conversation was the primary activity. These salons played an integral role in the cultural and intellectual development of France. The salons were seen by contemporary writers as a cultural hub, responsible for the dissemination of good manners and sociability. It was not merely manners that the salons supposedly spread but also ideas, as the salons became a center of intellectual and social exchange.
Looking Forward – to Salon 360°
Our Salon will be different by design. Our Salon isn’t elitist or just about conversation. It’s about changing the way we operate and cooperate. One discussion, one solution, one step at a time, however small. In our homes, in our workplaces, in our community, in our country, in our universe. We don’t need magic to change the world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves. We have the power to imagine and reimagine better. Progress is not inevitable. It’s up to us to create it.
It matters not your gender, your ethnic or religious background, your orientation, or your social status. Our struggles in this world are similar, and the lessons to overcome those struggles and to move forward — changing ourselves and the world around us — will apply equally to all.
It’s Time for Shift to Happen
Our doors are not open to everyone. Our doors are open strictly to those who are actually ready to walk the talk; those able to disagree without being disagreeable; those willing to show up, step up, and speak up; those willing to actively listen, probe, understand, learn, compromise —with ego, bias, subjectivity, politics, prejudice, polarized opinions, diatribes and all else negative checked at the door. And we’re not interested in a gathering of like-minded people who already understand and embrace our quest for humanity, but fresh voices bringing new ideas, contrarian opinions, etc. No exceptions. No deviations. No same old circular discussions. No superficiality. No kidding. Period.
Solving difficult problems requires determined effort and honest evaluation. If we want meaningful answers, we have to be willing to ask hard questions – and then we have to be able to face up to the truth no matter how uncomfortable or how unpopular that might make us.
Ready to Join Our Live Worldwide Event?
What hard questions can you ask? How can you challenge the voice of conventional wisdom? Have you the strength of conviction, courage, and genuine commitment to join us? If so, register today to reserve your seat at the Salon. Because the time is now for us all to come together, doing our very best to make (real) shift happen. No Presentations. No Promos. No Sales Pitches. No kidding. Just seriously good people who are serious about change “for good”.
Rich, adult conversations. Thoughtful engagement. Real relationships. Humanity at its very best.