WHEN “THE PLANET” IS ON YOUR TO-DO LIST
Before diving back into energy transitions, ESG, and regenerative finance, let me ask you this: Do you often find yourself overwhelmed by your “to do” list? (Especially when your mission is big? Or very, very big? Like transforming the economy of an entire planet. This planet. In one generation.)
If you’re inclined to systems, check out David Allen’s masterful book, Getting Things Done. Meanwhile, here are a few powerful tips that I’ve found particularly helpful. (These tips speak to the tactical dimension of the work. Something deeper underpins that tactical dimension in my coaching and thought partner work.)
A 2,000 year-old reminder, along these lines
It is not your duty to complete the work, but neither are you free to desist from it.
– Rabbi Tarfon, 1st-2nd century CE
LIVING BETWEEN WORLDS
This month we’ll begin the conversation with “feel-think”—sentipensar—that juicy provocation from many Latin American voices, including Uruguayan novelist Eduardo Galleano and Colombian anthropologist Arturo Escobar. Sentipensar is “thinking-feeling with the Earth”—to think with feeling and feel with thinking. What might that mean? What might that be like? What possibilities might that open?
As Escobar writes:
Recent advances in anthropology have amply demonstrated this: the nature/culture partition which founds modern Western ontology and which has imposed itself everywhere is not the only way of being in the world, even less the ultimate form of civilization. Such a dualism, which separates body and mind, emotion and reason, savage and civilized, actor and researcher, human and other than human, prevents us from experiencing ourselves as part of the world and leads us to destroy it. Therefore, the emancipatory project cannot be limited to “changing the world”. Today is about *changing of worlds*. (from Sentir Penser Avec la Terre)
I hope you’ll register and join us April 19th, and on the third Wednesday of the month in the months to come, as we continue to explore the challenges of “living between worlds—with grace, dignity, and power.” Because people are hungry for meaningful conversations that move worlds; so let’s have some! (If you’d like to explore this month’s themes a bit ahead of the call, try this, or this.)
Meanwhile, as always, thank you for who you are and what you do.