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Wendy Wood PhD and Thais Mazur PhD - The Karuna Center

By three methods we may learn wisdom:

first, by reflection, which is the noblest;

second, by imitation, which is easiest; and

third by experience, which is the bitterest.


Ayla Schlosser Resonate

Ayla Schlosser first became familiar with the Storytelling for Leadership framework in 2010, when she discovered the difference between standing up for an idea and having the confidence to stand up for herself. Ayla searched for opportunities to use storytelling to break down leadership and confidence barriers for women internationally but was unable to find the approach being used in this way. She reflected on one of her favorite quotes: “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? If not now, when?” – Rabbi Hillel Deciding to take action, Ayla founded Resonate and moved to Rwanda in 2013 to pilot the use of Storytelling for Leadership for women’s [...]

By |October 23rd, 2018|

Lily Yeh Barefoot Artists

Barefoot Artists brings the transformative power of art to the most impoverished communities in the world through participatory and multifaceted projects that foster community empowerment, improve the physical environment, promote economic development, and preserve and support indigenous art and culture. “When I see brokenness, poverty and crime in inner cities, I also see the enormous potential and readiness for transformation and rebirth.  We are creating an art form that comes from the heart and reflects the pain and sorrow of people’s lives," says Yeh. "Art expresses joy, beauty and love.  This process lays the foundation of building a genuine community in which people are reconnected with their families, sustained by meaningful work, nurtured by the care of each other and [...]

By |October 23rd, 2018|

Ibu Robin Lim BirthKeeper

Ibu Robin Lim is an advocate for parental rights and birth without violence. Trained as a midwife, she has gone into devastated areas with limited medical supplies to deliver babies. Lim is a proponent of gentle birth and has been referred to as a guerilla midwife for her work in delivering babies in environmental disaster zones and war zones. She shares her insights into human resiliency and the importance of hope and love in creating a more peaceful and compassionate world. “ Compassion is simply necessary if one is to be a BirthKeeper. Because I attend birth in disaster zones, any thought of my own suffering pales, disappears, and is forgotten. When I am with people who have barely [...]

By |October 23rd, 2018|

Antonio Wuttke The Intersection Between Place & Society

On a 160 acre cattle ranch on the Big Island of Hawaii, Antonio Wuttke is establishing patterns and systems for a permaculture food forest farm. The project merges integrative health, environmental responsibility, and social change inspiring community members to become active participants in the stewardship of the land while building the capacity to understand land restoration, sustainability, and the intersection of place and society. Antonio explains “Our present era of raised consciousness is yielding to natural principles, surrendering to the wisdom of the earth. The wide-ranging interactions with land, soil, and vegetation have consistently confirmed that the best designs interpret and echo nature and local preexisting conditions, rather than aim at control. The most beautiful environments are 'sustainable' by being solidly [...]

By |October 21st, 2018|

What is Required of Us to Do No Harm?

We are living in a profoundly beautiful, yet complicated world. Within some, but not all of our reach, are new advances in science, technology and medicine. Access to education and new technology have become available in ways that we could not have imagined even ten years ago. We are offered a wide array of food and housing options. Biting into an apple, we no longer must hesitate in fear of finding a worm. Where once our reach was limited, we can travel the globe with comfort and ease, enriching our lives with the cultures and values of our global friends and colleagues. More people are working for the good of the planet than ever before. At the same time, [...]

By |October 20th, 2018|

Linked by Stories: How Wendy Saved my Mother’s Life

As we write in our book “Stories are rich and complex. Those we know and those we have never met pass stories down through the ages, creating an ancestral thread to the past and casting a line into the future of what is yet to come.” This proves to be true for Wendy Wood and I. When we met each other in 2010, little did we know that we shared a common story, a story that goes back almost 50 years. My mother loved driving to see her brother in New Mexico – her salvation from the daily life of raising three girls and working around the clock to make ends meet. In the early morning hours long before dawn, [...]

By |March 10th, 2016|

Responsibility and Interconnectedness

A Child's View As Thaïs and I began thinking about this concept of Do No Harm, responsibility, and how it effects the way we live and work, it became clear to me how important my early childhood experiences would play a critical part in what would end up being this beautiful book, Do No Harm: Mindful Engagement for a World in Crisis. While she was raised in the lush Santa Clara Valley in California, I was raised in the Mojave Desert that weaves its way from Death Valley to the southeast along the Colorado River. My little town of 4,000 people was rich with interesting characters, good schools, a stable railroad and tourist economy, a sense of place, a connection [...]

By |March 4th, 2016|

Witnessing Thoughtless Acts

When Wendy and I spoke about sharing how we each came to write our book, Do No Harm: Mindful Engagement for a World in Crisis, I was reminded of my childhood growing up in the Santa Clara Valley in California in the early 1960's surrounded by Mexican farm working communities. There were vast orchards of plum, apricot, almond and walnut trees that gave us an endless supply of food and afternoons of climbing and flying off limbs to chase jack rabbits and raid bee hives. As farm machinery manufacturers realized more money could be made making military machinery and more middle class families moved to the valley, it began to change and so did I. It was the beginning of me [...]

By |February 25th, 2016|

Do No Harm

By three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by reflection, which is the noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest     Confucius What is required to work in ways that Do No Harm? Answering this question can be a challenging if not daunting task, especially as we engage in more complex and difficult circumstances. Most of us are familiar with the term, Do No Harm, which comes from the basis of the Hippocratic oath, primum non-nocere, or first do no harm. This fundamental global idea requires that we minimize the harm that is inadvertently caused by our actions and asks that we be aware of how the consequences of our actions may [...]

By |February 24th, 2016|
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