Building the Institutions of Tomorrow

I found this fantastic Youtube Channel called SprinkleLab. They interview some great thinkers, visionaries and entrepreneurs. Two videos really caught my eyes considering this blog is all about questioning existing norms and institutions.

In the first video, Institutional Reform by Eric Reis, best known as the author of the Lean Startup, talks about the need for society to need to create a new social contract. The institutions the last generation built are not representative of the world we live in and this generation hasn’t done a good job of reinventing them.  He says the world we live in right now is almost unrecognizable to the world in the ’20s and ’30s. And by looking to the future, we should aim to be creating new types of institutions. It’s in this messy, chaotic nature of building new things from the ground up that should be an incentive to encourage more entrepreneurial behavior, to allow people to take more creative control over their careers and their lives.

In this video, No More Job by the brilliant Seth Godin, he takes the different approach to the same issue–by looking at what us individuals will have to face rather than the structural issues. As technology and global competition cuts out more and more jobs(or as Seth says, in 25 years, any job that can easy be described within a job description will go), the world will be looking to people who share their art(and by art, he means meaningful work that only you can create) and those who can solve interesting problems. The world will look to those who “pick themselves” and step forward and create something.

Want to listen to more? Check out this video by Seth Godin, Create Your Tribe, Inspire Those Around You and Share Your Art.

Do you agree? What are your thoughts about the future of our institutions?

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Educating the Heart- Sir Ken Robinson

Sir Ken Robinson has been on the forefront on the fight to completely revolutionize education and the principles that govern it today. As a part of the Dalai Lama Center’s Educating the Heart Series, with humor and incredible insight, digs deep into the heart of what education is suppose to be about–one educates, not only the mind, but the heart.

Here are some highlights:

  • “We all have tremendous natural talents. Often people don’t know them or recognize them. And to the extent that they don’t know what they talents are, they don’t know what they can do. And to the extent that they don’t know what they can do, they don’t know who they are.”
  • He sites a report that says: “If everybody on earth consumed food, water, fuel at the same rate at the same rate as the average person in Rwandan, the earth could sustain the average population of 15 billion. If everybody on earth consumed food, water, fuel at the same rate at the same rate as the average person in North America, the earth could sustain the average population of 1.2 billion.”
  • “Think about all the billions of people who have walked this earth and procreated and down the line eventually lead to your birth. The Dalai Lama said: The fact that you are even born is a miracle. So what are you going to do with this life?”
  • “We are in a revolution. In the 50 years, our generation will have to face challenges that have never been faced by a previous generation in human history. And to do that, we must think different about ourselves and how we run education, our communities etc”
  • “As we are facing a environmental problems around the world, we are facing issues on a human resources. That many of us have no real idea who we are.”
  • “Education is suppose to the best process by which we engage people in their fullness,  their abilities so that they may know who they are and live a life that means something to them and to the rest of us. And too often it simple doesn’t.”

He goes on to explain how these issues reveal themselves in a symptomatic way, stating very shocking facts for example, the 40% of students drop out in the USA or the fact that 1/3(13%) of the world youth population(631 million) between 15 years old to 25 years old are unemployed.

I’d highly recommend listening to this in full here where he goes on to explain possible solutions and enlightes the audience on the prospects of how education needs to transform itself, such as personalizing rather than standardizing education.

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Hodan

How to Find Fulfillment at Work

Simon Sinek, in this video entitled “How to Find Fullfillment at work” on BIG THINK.  He outlines his vision where  the reported 90% of people, who do not feel fulfilled by their work, can come home from work everyday and feel that they have contributed to something bigger than themselves.

This one idea is a powerful new thought in rethinking the entire concept of why and how people work. It pushes people to rethink the very notion of where and why they spent most of their day and, ultimately, most of their life, working.

Watch below for ways to help you find fulfillment at work and to start loving what you are doing every day. The more people love what they do, the more consciousness is infused into our day to day lives, the more likely things can change.

What do you do? Do you love what you do every day? If not, what insights were you able to gain from Sinek as to how you could contribute what you love, even if its for a few minutes a day?

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– with love, Hodan xx

Pushing the World Forward, at it’s core, a Spiritual Purification Process

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“In order for people to condemn injustice, they must go through four stages. The first stage is that people must ascertain that indeed injustices are being perpetrated. In his case, it was injustices against African Americans. The second stage is to negotiate, that is, to approach the oppressor and demand justice. If the oppressor refuses, King said, that the third stage is self-purification, which starts with the question: “Are we ourselves wrong doers? Are we ourselves oppressors?” The fourth stage, then, is to take action after true self-examination, after removing one’s own wrongs before demanding justice from others.” –Martin Luther King

Top 40 Quotes On How To Change The World

Hey Everyone!

I searched the web for some of the most inspirational, empowering and exciting quotes. I try to avoid the cookie-cutter and meaningless quotes that just sound good that many of us are so use to hearing. tumblr_lwzbi5Qkiw1qj9czvo1_500

1. Let’s go into every country that will let us in [and] ask 1,001 people what they want the [world’s] new goals to be. Jamie Drummond

2. “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Gandhi

3. “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”- Steve Jobs, Apple Computers Ad “Think Different”

4. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” —Margaret Mead

5. Don’t assume that what we currently think is out there is the full story. Go after the dark matter, in whatever field you choose to explore. — Nathan Wolfe

6. “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” -Albert Einstein

7. “They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” — Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol

8. “Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” –George Bernard Shaw

9. “Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” — William Jennings Bryan

10. We get so little news about the developing world that we often forget that there are literally millions of people out there struggling to change things to be fairer, freer, more democratic, less corrupt.  Alex Steffen

11.“If success or failure of this planet and of human beings depended on how I am and what I do, how would I be and what would I do?” Buckminister Fuller

12. “Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.”– Rainer Rilke

13. Making systems work is the great task of my generation of physicians and scientists. But I would go further and say that making systems work — whether in healthcare, education, climate change, making a pathway out of poverty — is the great task of our generation as a whole. Atul Gawande

14. Our biggest threat is not an asteroid about to crash into us, something we can do nothing about. Instead, all the major threats facing us today are problems entirely of our own making. And since we made the problems, we can also solve the problems.”Jared Diamond

15. “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” – Richard Buckminster Fuller

16.  “A tiny change today brings a dramatically different tomorrow.” – Richard Bach, One

17. “One of the great liabilities of history is that all too many people fail to remain awake through great periods of social change. Every society has its protectors of status quo and its fraternities of the indifferent who are notorious for sleeping through revolutions. Today, our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

18. “Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

19. “The likelihood that your acts of resistance cannot stop the injustice does not exempt you from acting in what you sincerely and reflectively hold to be the best interests of your community.” – Susan Sontag, At the Same Time: Essays and Speeches

20. “Change almost never fails because it’s too early. It almost always fails because it’s too late.” – Seth Godin

21. It’s not just enough to survive. We’ve got to make something better than what we’ve got.  Alex Steffen

22.Don’t wait until you make your first million to make a difference in somebody’s life. If you have something to give, give it now. Mark Bezos

23.What I consider to be peace [is] a sustainable peace in which the majority of people on this planet have access to enough resources to live dignified lives.  -Jody Williams

24.  If you really care about starting a movement, have the courage to follow and show others how to follow. And when you find a lone nut doing something great, have the guts to be the first one to stand up and join in.Derek Sivers

25. We have a choice to make during our brief visit to this beautiful blue and green living planet: to hurt it or to help it. Ray Anderson

26. For civilization to make progress, each generation has to do better than the last one.  Hector Ruiz

27. The more you think about and interact with other people, the more you realize that it is untenable to privilege your interests over theirs.Steven Pinker

28. Someone, at some point, came up with this very bad idea that an ordinary individual couldn’t make a difference in the world. I think that’s just a horrible thing. — Jeff Skoll

29.Explore your web — the needs, the beliefs, the emotions that are controlling you … so there’s more of you to give … and so you can appreciate what’s driving other people. It’s the only way our world’s going to change.  Tony Robbins

30. “The most important thing in all human relationships is conversation, but people don’t talk anymore, they don’t sit down to talk and listen. They go to the theater, the cinema, watch television, listen to the radio, read books, but they almost never talk. If we want to change the world, we have to go back to a time when warriors would gather around a fire and tell stories.” —Paulo Coelho

31. “One of the huge mistakes people make is that they try to force an interest on themselves. You don’t choose your passions; your passions choose you.”
– Jeff Bezos

32. “Social entrepreneurs are not content just to give a fish or teach how to fish. They will not rest until they have revolutionized the fishing industry.”
 Bill Drayton, Leading Social Entrepreneurs Changing the World

33. “Without question, the balance of power on the planet today lies in the hands of business. Corporations rival governments in wealth, influence, and power. Indeed, business all too often pulls the strings of government. Competing institutions-religion, the press, even the military-play subordinate roles in much of the world today. If a values-driven approach to business can begin to redirect this vast power toward more constructive ends than the simple accumulation of wealth, the human race and Planet Earth will have a fighting chance.”
― Ben Cohen, Values-Driven Business: How to Change the World, Make Money, and Have Fun

34. Our generation does not want its epitaph to read, ‘We kept charity overhead low.’ We want it to read that we changed the world. —Dan Pallotta: The way we think about charity is dead wrong

35. “Everyone must leave something behind when he dies . . . Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die . . . It doesn’t matter what you do, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away.” ― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

36. “Since that day there is nothing anyone could ever say to convince me that one person cannot change a nation. One person can do unbelievable things. All it takes is that one person who’s willing to risk everything to make it happen.”
― Sam Childers, Another Man’s War: The True Story of One Man’s Battle to Save Children in the Sudan

37. “The only people who can change the world are people who want to. And not everybody does.”
― Hugh MacLeod

38. “But I do know this: no quest, no matter how easy or hard, is ever accomplished without first the will to see it done. So, you have the will, and where there is a will, there is a way.”
― C.S. Einfeld, Neverdark

39. “Status quos are made to be broken.” ― Ray Davis

40. “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke

Let me know which one was your favorite! Any that I may have missed?

Leave a comment and let me know. 🙂

-with love, Hodan X

The Planet Doesn’t Need More Successful People

Success, for me, has always been a relative term.

I wrote about Rethinking Success and redefining misconstrued phrases in personal development. Click here to read more. I’ve come to the conclusion that success is what Earl Nightingale had said:

“Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.”

A worthy ideal is one that is focused on serving humanity and others. Not in the pursue of wealth for the sake of possessions or fame for the sake of vanity but one that uplifts and helps others.

“The planet does not need more ‘successful people.’ The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds. It needs people to live well in their places. It needs people with moral courage willing to join the struggle to make the world habitable and humane and these qualities have little to do with success as our culture is the set.”

― David Orr, Ecological Literacy, Ecological Literacy: Education and the Transition to a Postmodern World:

Jamie Oliver TED Talk- The Food Revolution

Jamie Oliver, in his brilliant TED talk, brings our attention to the current realities of food. How they are harming us, and inevitably the next generation will face as a result. He points to the two leading causes of death being directly related to what we eat(or as he says “a diet related disease”).

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With the impact modern food production and consumption
has, not on just our bodies, but our environment, our mental and spiritual capabilities, it seems like there is a war going on as close to home as our dinner plate.

There is an interesting clip where he tests a classroom full of young children on different types of healthy foods(vegetables, fruits etc) and judging by the responses, it’s quite clear that children are NOT being taught about food.

Informative, witty, interesting. It really puts into perspective what we think we know and what we are actually taught and how to go about challenging the dangers of modern food products. He provides an impassioned plea as to how we can push the world forward in terms of the health and well being for the next generation and overall food consumption.

Check out this video and let me know what you think. If you have kids,
how are you teaching them about foods. If you don’t, how do you plan
to introduce a healthier lifestyle?

Zen Habits: What is wrong with the world? Not a damn thing.

Contrary to my last posts, here’s another interesting perspective. Leo Babauta, from the incredible minimalist blog, Zen Habits, presents a compassionate worldview where it is better to accept reality as it is, to love the world and others as it is.

He makes a few good points that helped reevaluate my worldview. Essentially  there is no “out there”, the only real control you have is what is in front of you.

My disagreement? This type of thinking might make you complacent. The world isn’t going to heal itself. It needs to be healed by active effort. And for one to put forth effort, you must have a vision or an ideal.

Take a look, and let me know your thoughts! Do you prefer this way of thinking?
Is this your worldview? If not, feel free to share yours below in the comments.
Love to hear from you!

-with love, Hodan

“Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.” -Eric Fromm

It struck me recently that a lot of people think they know what’s wrong with this world, and it also struck me that they’re all wrong.

Seriously — almost every political and religious group, every opinionated person, every publication with an opinion, has said at one time or another what they think is wrong with this world.

Conservatives think that we’ve become a welfare state (giving too many handouts to the poor), while many liberals think we’ve allowed too much corporate welfare (and I tend to agree with this more — we give billions to corporations and much less to the poor and sick). Others think that abortion is the problem, others think it’s declining morals, others think it’s infidels, and others say it’s infidelity. Other things that are wrong with this world, depending on the group: the media, young people, environmentalists, McDonald’s, criminals, gays, black people, white people, foreigners overrunning our country, bigots, radicals, the Establishment, poor people, corporations, lazy people, evil people, Fox News, the Internet … the list could go on and on, obviously.

So what’s really wrong with the world, in my opinion?

Not a thing.

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Marianne Williamson on What’s Wrong with the World

Marianne Williamson, the author of the Return to Love, was on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday. This has become my most favorite video to date. So beautiful and powerful that it took my breath away. I find myself coming back all the time to watch it.

Although I only knew her by her now famous quote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond all measure.” Now, will be doing reviews of her work and contributing to helping put forth enlightened ideas that can help push the world forward.

In this video, talking about where humanity is headed, she says,

“We are like the Titanic headed for the iceberg. The iceberg could be weather catastrophe or a nuclear catastrophe but at the same time there is this burgeoning spiritual understanding. Enlightenment has become a mainstream impulse. But what has to happen to turn the Titanic around? Because we do need to turn the Titantic around and we need to turn it around quickly. We need to shift from a probability vector(of what will befall us) to possibility vector(the possible positive outcomes that can come from facing dire crisis).

It’s important to note that not everyone is going to do something. Nor can we wait on the majority of people to understand. She says,

The majority of people didn’t wake up one day and say “let’s free the slaves” and say “let’s give women the right to vote”. It’s a small group of people. Usually considered outrageous radicals by the status quo of their day have a better idea. That’s how evolution works.

Another idea that struck me was the role of females in helping bring balance and equilibrium to the world. Some of the consequences of being a modern women is that we sometimes interpret power to being a masculine type rather than recognizing the inherent power in the feminine. And it’s not a surprise that many women end up emulating men in a bid to become more ‘powerful’, since for centuries men have taken that role.

It’s  women who have traditionally been caretakers of their own children but have a responsibility to become caretakers of the earth and the children of the world. In the “evolution of consciousness of the female, we are here to take care of our children, it’s just that every child in the world is our child as well” .And to bring that “that will not be happening in my home” mentality to the world as it’s so diligently followed in one’s private home.

She goes on to mention how important it is for those involved in spiritual studies and practices to be involved in the great political, economic and social debates of our time.

“If you know what changes a heart, you know what changes the world”.

What do you think of the video? Any thoughts? I’d love to hear what you have to say!

-with love, Hodan

Welcome to Push The World Forward!

Hey Everyone!

This is Hodan! And Welcome to Push the World Forward!

I am in the business of breaking things, breaking systems; anything that doesn’t serve humanity, I want to creatively destroy it.

Detailing my thoughts through everything that is to learn about social innovation and multidisciplinary approaches to solving some of the world’s biggest problems to help pushing the world forward.

This blog is for you.

I would love you to help me make this space a tribe for social entrepreneurs, social innovators, creative disruptors and big thinkers those who give a general damn about creating sustainable change in the world through entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity.

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Until the next post,

Hodanx