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I hope you’re enjoying summer! For me, I’m looking forward to a couple more camping trips in the redwoods. 🙂 And good news on the OWL web site: the scanner and firewall we’ve installed seem to be working fine, so we’re back in business!
I’m excited about a new circle we’re launching next month together with ServiceSpace: the Interfaith Wisdom Circle. Co-convener is Rev. Canon Charles Gibbs, Founding Executive Director of URI (United Religions Initiative), and Honorary Canon of Grace Cathedral. Our intent: people of diverse faiths around the world deepening our relationship with the All through opening ourselves to the universal wisdom present in each others’ traditions.
I’m also excited about our August OWL Global Wisdom Circle with Prasad Kaipa. Prasad began life in India as a Brahmin priest in training, and today is an author and leadership consultant well-known in Silicon Valley, and in leading academic institutions in the U.S. and India. He’ll be launching our conversation on achievement, wisdom and life.
We’ve also got an update from Kay Sandberg from Chennai, India on the IDDS Aarogyam (“good health”) project there. And this Saturday I’ll be interviewing author and journalist Carter Phipps on the global Awakin Call.
Please check out the stories, and sign up if you like to attend our circles, below. And if you have any questions, news, updates or events that you’d like to share with the OWL community, please let me know.
Evolutionaries: Bridging Individually Creative With Cooperatively Social
Co-Founder: Institute for Cultural Evolution
Carter Phipps is an author, journalist, and contributor to the emerging “integral” or “evolutionary” cultural movement which combines the insights of Integral Philosophy, evolutionary science, developmental psychology, and the social sciences. For the past decade, as executive editor of EnlightenNext magazine, he has been at the forefront of contemporary cultural discourse, and his writings have played a key role in making important new thinking accessible to a wider audience. Phipps is an unapologetic generalist and his areas of interest and expertise range from business and politics to philosophy and mysticism to science and technology. He is the co-founder of the Institute for Cultural Evolution, a non-profit social policy institute, whose mission is to bring new insights on the evolution of culture to the arena of politics and social policy.
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Pacific Time
Complete information and sign-up form are at Awakin Call with Carter Phipps.
Achievement, Wisdom and Life
CEO, Kaipa Group
Author, Academic, Executive Coach,
Business & Technology Strategist
In Prasad’s words:
“Sage on the Stage”
“Guide on the Side”
“Monk in the Cave”
“Father, Husband, Friend”
Prasad is CEO of the Kaipa Group in California and a frequent speaker in conferences and retreats and co-author of critically acclaimed book From Smart to Wise: Acting and Leading with Wisdom published by Jossey Bass in 2013. He works with companies and senior executives in the areas of innovation, leadership development and coaching. He has been a visiting professor at Indian School of Business (ISB) since 2003 and was the founding Executive Director of the Center for Leadership, Innovation and Change (CLIC) and raised multi-million dollar funding to initiate two research cells–SBI Cell for Public Leadership and Biocon Cell for Innovation Management in CLIC. He was a Smith Richardson Visiting Fellow at Center for Creative Leadership between 2010-2011 and was an advisor to Business FAC of Fetzer Institute (2011-2013). Prasad taught executive education programs organized by INSEAD, LBS, USC, Dartmouth and IIM Bangalore in addition to ISB.
Prasad grew up in a Brahmin family in India and was raised to prepare for a spiritual life in the Brahmin priesthood. Today, with a Ph.D. in Physics and a lifetime of success in the world of global business and technology, he is still anchored in his spiritual inheritance. You can see this in the Kaipa Group logo:
More about Prasad at Prasad Kaipa, Ph.D..
“Six Ways to Be a Wise Leader,” adapted from Prasad’s book Smart to Wise, at Daily Good.
Please sign up to join us! At 9:00 AM Pacific Time on Sunday, August 9. Agenda, video link, and sign-up form are at August 9 OWL Global Wisdom Circle.
Opening to the Universal Wisdom in Each Others’ Faith Traditions
|Reverend Canon Charles Giibbs
Founding Executive Director, URI (United Religions Initiative)
Founder, One World Lights
It started after a Wednesday Awakin Circle, when Nipun invited Aryae to suggest an Awakin reading from his book Holy Beggars. As it turns out, the passage didn’t fit the secular Awakin Circle format, but this gave Nipun another idea.
A couple of weeks later they were on a conference call with Reverend Canon Charles Gibbs in Maryland. Aryae was blown away by Nipun’s choice of collaborator. Charles is an Episcopal priest who is an Honorary Canon at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, and Founding Executive Director of URI, whose mission is to promote “enduring interfaith cooperation … to create cultures of peace, justice and healing for the Earth and all living beings.” Charles was enthusiastic about launching this circle, and the three agreed on a plan for getting started.
Matthew Fox coined the phrase “deep ecumenism.” It’s about each of us deepening our relationship with the All through opening ourselves to the universal wisdom present in each others’ traditions. The way his friend and colleague, and Aryae’s teacher, Reb Zalman used to say this: “The only way to get it together, is together!” For us this expresses the purpose of this circle.
The idea: a monthly global video-conference circle of people from different cultures who practice different faiths and aspire to “deep ecumenism,” with each circle anchored by a spiritual leader from a different faith tradition.
The August 23 and September 20 circles are a pilot to get started and see what we learn. The times for both are 9:00 – 10:30 AM, Pacific Time. Charles will anchor on Aug. 23rd, with Aryae as moderator. To get started we’re seeking a circle of about 20 participants from diverse backgrounds, from the OWL and ServiceSpace communities. If you’re interested in participating, please sign our Interested List, and we’ll get back to you with details.
Hope you are having a wonderful summer so far! I appreciate the emails from some of you, and just wanted to send a quick personal update before we start traveling again.
It’s busy busy busy here, w/ lots of great development projects shaping up to meet the needs of underserved rural and semi-urban villages. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the blog I’ve been keeping on behalf of our global health summit, here is the link again. The most recent one, post #29 is about the tribal community where my project team is working. We return to the field tomorrow for several more days. our project is about monitoring and maintaining normal temperatures in newborns where there is extremely limited access to medical care and where the population is nonliterate. It turns out that digital thermometers, for example, don’t work (aren’t reliable) for long in tropical climates like this.
The third picture is of a health auxiliary (village health worker, especially for maternal & newborn health) drawing a mother and baby, something she had never done before! She then began to draw intricate patterns like the ones they use white rice flower and other materials to adorn the dirt at the entrance to their homes. She is a 44 year old grandmother who was so welcoming to her home and served us tea and mangos.
To follow the blog and read the latest ones: iddsaarogyam.wordpress.com.
With love and blessings from Chennai (southern India),