Stories can inspire, give insight and enhance our understanding of what it means to engage in ways that do no harm in a world in need of healing, reconciliation, and renewal.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]