Inspiration

Virunga: Of Heroism and Love

A week ago, for the third consecutive evening, I was sitting in the plenary hall of the Davos Congress Center. Prepared for a very special evening. What streamed through the space that night was not Andrea Bocelli’s voice blasting open our hearts with passionate intensity. Nor the forceful compression of an official speech, where the thoughts and emotions of 2000…

Fear. Trust. And Uncertainty.

“Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita, mi ritrovai per una selva oscura, ché la diritta via era smarrita.” Dante Alighieri, La Divina Comedia – Many years ago, at a business conference in Italy, I was stunned to hear a CEO in his forties passionately recite the opening lines of Dante’s Divine Comedy. It seemed so out of place in…

An Epiphany for 2015

The 12 nights of Yule are behind us, calling us to stretch and slowly peek out of the womb-like winter shelter into which our energies had retreated these past few weeks. As we glance through the icy mouth of our cozy cave, we see a new year laying out its potential before our eyes. Its valleys and forests, sparkling pools…

Entering the Darkness

The wheel has turned, the nights have grown longer and today – the mid-point between the fall equinox and the winter solstice – as we consciously enter the coming darkness, leaving the summer light and its harvests behind, we are invited to cross the threshold between worlds and befriend our mortality. On this date, I once found myself in a…

Hope Activism: A Lullaby of Tomorrow

How does one explain the unexplainable when confronted with the candid gaze of a child? Translucent inquisitive eyes, trying to make sense of the world around them and looking to you – their ultimate reference point, the all-knowing infallible adult – for answers. Why? The question is asked. You fumble around in the dark, coming to the realization that it…

The Power of the Word

“Hay palabras que son como una fiesta que cae del asombro de los pájaros.”     Roberto Juarroz – I want to dedicate this post to the ethereal forms without which this blog could not exist. The ones which, once released, remain suspended in the skies and offer their power and beauty to the world. The ones that enable us humans…