Fractal Friends

Fractal Friends

“Living in Flow” with Sky Nelson-Isaacs
Nov 07, 2019 32:02

“Living in Flow” with Sky Nelson-Isaacs

Sky Isaacs-Nelson (https://skynelson.com) is a musician, author and physics educator who is building a foundation for a scientific understanding of synchronicity in our modern world.  He recently wrote a book called Living in Flow: The Science of Synchronicity and How Your Choices Shape Your World (https://skynelson.com/book). In this conversation, Sky and I talk about the distinction between making the world the way we want by force of intention, vs. making a clear intention and then letting the universe take care of the work. We discuss how the experiences in our life are a reflection of our choices. We explore the question about whether the universe is inherently friendly or unfriendly, whether it is uncaring or if it is responsive to our intentions. And given the nature of the content, we talk about the tricky dance between scientifically explaining the trippy world of quantum physics and making it personally relevant without slipping into new-age "woo" language. This conversation gets pretty nerdy and far out, and we talk about some mind-bending stuff. That said this episode is full of useful and interesting information, that you're sure to get a lot out of. Living in Flow Online Courses: https://skynelson.com/course Go to fractalfriends.us for more resources.
“Increasing Our Transformative Potential” with Gregory Kennedy
Oct 25, 2019 41:02

“Increasing Our Transformative Potential” with Gregory Kennedy

Gregory Kennedy is the Director of Operations at W(e)IRD World (Wild Idea Research & Development at wierdworld.xyz). They support global charitable initiatives focused on some of society’s most urgent challenges such as food insecurity, sustainable development, and climate change. Gregory and WIRD work with people who want to do good for themselves, for their communities and around the world.  For the past 15 years he has been developing and producing media, technology and education projects utilizing mindfulness-based solutions to social and environmental issues. Gregory sees his role as a Mentor and mentee who finds ways to include all the people together to serve their best roles in what he calls a Mosaic of people. He believes that Kindness is a superior business model that, within set parameters, can scale better than competitiveness, frustration, pettiness, regret, revenge, merit (whatever that means) or apathy. In this conversation we talk about being a model of the world we want to live in. We unpack race relations and overcoming prejudice by being exposed to one another. We discuss blockchain as a way of creating trust when there isn't  trust. We reflect on how the philosophy and proliferation of nonviolence has changed the world. We also bond about the perspective that's gained by living abroad and seeing how other people live, and then being able to look back at the United States and current political trends from an outside perspective. And get really deep into sports as an analogy for politics. The take home is: Don’t get overconfident, don’t think that any win is an absolute win, and always try to play a better game.
“Revealing our Hidden Humanity” with Ashanti Branch
Sep 25, 2019 28:40

“Revealing our Hidden Humanity” with Ashanti Branch

Ashanti Branch is the Founder and Executive Director of The Ever Forward Club - Siempre Adelante and creator of the Taking Off The Mask workshop. The Ever Forward Club is a mentoring program for young men in grades 6-12. As an organization Ever Forward Serves all genders through their Taking Off The Mask Workshops and the #100kMasks Challenge. The Ever Forward Club has helped 100% of its members graduate high school and 93% of them have gone on to attend college, military or trade school. In this conversation, we talk about the importance of working with young men to help them navigate the complex and confusing messages from adults in their life telling them to be a "good man" at times and "to be a real man" at others. We discuss the challenges that young people face when they face the pressure needing to be “cool.” And we reflect on how as adults we also have a similar version of this concept that prevents us from showing up with our authentic self in relationships, in the workplace, and in life. Ashanti is famous for creating a workshop called “The Taking Off the Mask.” It asks participants to create a mask and write down on the front what they show the world, and, on the back, what they hide from the world. The workshop has helped ten of thousands of youth and adults to engage in honest conversations and vulnerable experiences that give them a deeper understanding of themselves and just how much we have in common. The Ever Forward Club has launched a campaign called 100 Thousand Masks (#100kMasks) which makes the workshop available for educators and facilitators to use all over the world. You can get your masks and find out more information at 100kmasks.com.
"The Emergence of Wise Democracy" with Tom Atlee
Sep 13, 2019 22:59

"The Emergence of Wise Democracy" with Tom Atlee

In this episode, I talk with Tom Atlee. Tom is a founder of The Co-Intelligence Institute. Co-Intelligence Institute (CII) is a non-profit promoting awareness of co-intelligence and of the many existing tools and ideas that can be used to increase it. The goal of the CII is the conscious evolution of culture in harmony with nature and with the highest human potentials. Tom has recently released a pattern language deck for Wise Democracy. The deck is a collection of 96 wise democracy “patterns.” These patterns are based on dynamic factors and design principles which can make an activity, organization or community more wisely self-governing. In this conversation we talk about: #1. The Nature of democracy, the importance of participation, and wise decision making #2: We unpack one of my favorite quotes, "If you're not part of the problem you can't be part of the solution." And fortunately/unfortunately we're all part of the system and we all care, and that means we all get to improve it together. We talk about How Getting people to talk to each other in any system can be an emergent form or governance #3: we talk about various tools to have meaningful and productive dialogue and deliberation. In this time when politics feel frustrating and our differences feel almost totally irreconcilable, This conversation offers an exciting vision of how we can do democracy far better. This isn't something that just can hope for, The tools and wisdom are already available to participate more consciously and wisely, and it's up to us, all of us, each of us to make it happen. Because we are already are the ones making it happen.
"Discovering Authentic Presence" with Ash Adamson
Aug 29, 2019 48:39

"Discovering Authentic Presence" with Ash Adamson

Ash Adamson is a Senior Product Designer, serial entrepreneur, and transformational life coach. She is a brilliant and thoughtful being, who applies her wisdom and life experience to help us all reflect on how we each get to design our own lives. You can find out more information about Ash on her website ashadamson.com although she is beginning her online presence. She recommends you following her on Instagram @ashtronaut09, where she is more present. Ash and I met last summer serendipitously at Lightning in a Bottle and, as you will hear in this episode, we quickly got our life stories bound up with one another's. In this episode, we talk about the value of continually uprooting our assumptions about life and who we are, and instead focusing on being in the present moment so we can open to the world unfolding around us. We talk about how our sense of "self" is only an idea, and how we can continually assess and revise the idea of who we are. We talk about her journey of transitioning through genders, identities, and her own sense of self; and about the nuances of the current trans inclusion movement and the importance of not replicating experiences of exclusion as we craft a world for all of us.
"Transforming Workplace Cultures" with Alla Weinberg
Aug 01, 2019 28:48

"Transforming Workplace Cultures" with Alla Weinberg

Alla Weinberg is an Executive Leadership Coach at a large tech company here in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her life passion is to fundamentally change how we work by shifting the organizational focus from "getting things done at any cost" to cultures that nurture collaborative relationships between people who are showing up with their passions, fears and delightful complexity. In this episode we talk about the problems of status quo business culture and leadership strategies, creating safe containers for conversation, organizations as complex systems and a vision for the future of work. Alla is also a colleague of mine and we are partnering on a project to transform workplace cultures into safe places for humans. Together we call our business Spoke and Wheel. We do leadership coaching, team training and consultation for workplace culture transformation. Find out more about Alla's and my work as Spoke and Wheel here: www.spokeandwheel.co.
"World Peace, One Family at a Time" with Katharina Dress
May 24, 2019 23:44

"World Peace, One Family at a Time" with Katharina Dress

Meet Katharina Dress. She is a mediator, facilitator, coach and trainer. Her business is Aging in Harmony. Katharina specializes in supporting families that are struggling with issues related to aging parents. In this episode we talk about the power of compassionate communication and the wisdom she’s gained while working with families and aging family members. She shares her experiences growing up in Cold War Germany, her work in California during the Peace Movement and her journey to discovering mediation. Katharina shares her insights on the vital importance of having important and sometimes difficult conversations with ourselves and our families. In this episode we talk about the transformative of Mediate Your Life (John Kinyon).
"Transforming Political Engagement" with J Manuel Herrera
May 15, 2019 40:30

"Transforming Political Engagement" with J Manuel Herrera

J. Manuel Herrera is an elected official in San Jose/Silicon Valley who envisions the transformation of the public square in our communities and emerging 21st Century politics that is whole, generative, and personally transformative. In this episode we talk about his experiences and observations from being involved in politics throughout his life. J. Manuel shares strategies for effective political advocacy based in viability mutual regard and respect developing a web of relationship through transacting with others. Finally we examine the value of inner work to humbly face the mystery and paradox of life. This episode is a master class for effective political activism for anyone who wants to make real change in this world.
"Transforming the World with an Open Heart" with Abdul Mujeeb Khan
Apr 16, 2019 08:13

"Transforming the World with an Open Heart" with Abdul Mujeeb Khan

Meet Abdul Mujeeb Khan, who I know as Abdullah. He is a facilitator and consultant working in India. Abdullah's mission and life’s work is to transform the world through the transformation of human heart and opening to love as a guiding force in the world. In our conversation he shares the fundamental importance of becoming who you really are and living your best self. In this episode we also talk about letting go of the hope that we'll succeed and the fear that we won't. Abdullah shares about the resistance and feedback that Islam is getting from the world as parts are pulled into extremism. And we talk about the profound beauty of Islam as it invites people into a personal relationship with creation. Abdullah is a friend, and I personally find this and every conversation with him to be a healing balm on my heart and soul.
"The Urgency of Citizen Participation" with Ashok Panikkar
Mar 30, 2019 23:00

"The Urgency of Citizen Participation" with Ashok Panikkar

Meet Ashok Panikkar. He is founder of Meta-Culture and a diversity and conflict management consultant - who also teaches Critical and Creative Thinking. Today most of his energies are focused on strengthening our democracies by working with communities to help build a culture of democracy. This episode hard and realistic. We take a serious look at the current state of politics, the challenges we are currently facing in the world, and we have more questions than answers.