1. Inclusivity

• Concept:

Inclusivity is the recognition that we are inextricably linked to all beings. Greater than the notion of “inclusion” (i.e. connecting with certain politically acceptable groups), inclusivity is the basis of all wisdom teachings.

• Commitment:

While many see “inclusivity” as a “good idea”, we take that one step further, committing to the practice of inclusivity – in our personal and professional lives -- and to the establishment of inclusivity as a global value.

• Practice:

Encouraging all humans to practice inclusivity, we provide the tools, techniques, methodology and the inspiration to actually do so.

2. Collective Responsibility and Empowerment

• Responsibility:

Humans create the problems we experience. While it is easy to blame multi-national corporations, power-mad politicians, racial/ethnic elites, gender politics and other factors (and, indeed, these actors do bear significant responsibility for the shape things are in right now), the bottom line is that “WE”, ordinary people, create this world by:

• Our actions
• Our inactions
• Our acquiescence to the bad leadership of others.

• Empowerment:

Every day, consciously or through default, we shape a society that is in line with our values. Therefore, paradoxically, recognizing and accepting our collective responsibility gives us the collective empowerment to make substantive changes in ourselves and our society.

3. Consciousness -- Theory and Practice

• Consciousness means action:

Our consciousness creates and shapes our world. To create a better world, we must generate greater awareness and higher, clearer modes of thinking – and to practice that consciousness in our human governance institutions.

Consciousness means spirituality:

Spirituality is not about following a certain religious teaching or practice; it means acting with compassion, forgiveness, love, harmony, sacrifice… those transpersonal attributes that make us uniquely human, ones that are greater than our individual egos.

4. Authenticity

• Authentic Values:

Authenticity means that our actions are in alignment with our values. Individually, this means that I clearly know my values, and am consciously aware of my actions (and their consequences).

• Values in Action:

It’s one thing to think about values. It’s another to make our values an integral part of our life.

5. Vision-Driven Action

• While recognizing that there are problems and challenges – in our personal lives, our organizations and in general society -- we are not driven by the problems, but by the vision of a world that works for all.

• Nor are we driven by anger – people who experience overwhelming anger do not experience the power to transform. What we focus on, expands; therefore, dwelling on problems creates more problem while focusing on a better vision creates the positive energy to fundamentally transform our world.

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