LEx Blog



This is the place where we at LEx Centre share our stories, thoughts
"We need to call it now - it is an imperative that centrists prevail globally and systemically - within the next 10 years. ...the failure to do so will be an existential failure for humanity, because to fail is to let the extremists define us - where we live, and where we work." As we complete the migration of the LEx membership to the new LEx HUB, and prepare for a series of fundraising and membership development campaigns in the Fall, it has become clear that an important calibration of the LEx narrative needs to be made. For any thoughtful watcher, we have been balancing atop our Tenets, making the case that we were pursuing a politically secular, ...
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Leaders Expedition wants to empower you to become the leader you know you can be The world today feels like a very scary place. Between global political upset and warning us of our impending doom thanks to climate change, it feels that we are all existing in a rudderless environment devoid of people who can lead us through this volatile time. Everyone has the ability and opportunity to be a leader, whether it’s in their communities, families, or jobs. But what is a leader?  It certainly isn’t connected necessarily to job titles, but people who are in leadership roles should have these following characteristics: Compassion Empathy Communication ...
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The Value of Philanthropy

As your business continues to grow and prosper, you find yourself able to give back to your community, or at least in bigger and more creative ways than you could before. Philanthropy on a corporate level is not limited to making financial contributions. Donating your time and even your business name and reputation can make a difference. However, in addition to helping others, your philanthropic efforts can also offer important benefits to your business. While philanthropy can cost the company financially, it also provides far-ranging benefits for the company, community and employees. A philanthropic vision is well reflected in the company's policies ...
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Every morning we all wake up to more bad news. Whether it is an ever-darkening political climate or our own planet and other species on it dying off there seems to be no shortage of bad news. With so many beautifully brilliant minds on this gorgeous planet, you would think these would be becoming problems of the past, but they aren’t. One of the main reasons for that? Our leadership isn’t collectively fighting for the same cause: to use our technological advances to save our planet. So, it comes to question: how do we cultivate the leadership we need to leverage technology in an ethical way to save our planet? Monkey See, Monkey Do If we want to ...
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Today we are proud to announce the launch of the  LEx Museum Project . As we all aspire to become ever more effective leaders - history provides an abundance of people who are exemplars of the   LEx Tenets . Distilling the Mission, Vision, Core Principles, Charter and Membership Pledge (together, the Tenets), we identified 11 leadership attributes that powerfully speak to our community. These attributes are : Personal Mastery & Authenticity ;   Advancing Equality ;   Environmental Stewardship ; Courage & Tenacity ;   Leading by Example ;   Vision Making ;   Service for Others ; Bridging Divides ;   Integrity & Core Values ;   ...
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LEx Strategic Plan 2019-2024

Our Five Year Pathway To The LEx Institute This infographic maps out the intended pathway of the first five years of our ten year expedition to elevate one million of our members into positions of influence, power and impact by 2029: from the classroom, to the boardroom to the legislature - our moonshot goal.  It is best viewed from the outside in towards the centre.  Our principle impact points are the Projects and Missions of our Local and GlobalCircles, as well as the LEx Museum of Leadership and LEx Learning - our online academy.  In turn these are supported by our ...
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On this first day of 2019, we mark not just the beginning of a new year, but the first day of our ten-year expedition to elevate one million of our members into positions of influence, power and impact: from the classroom to the boardroom to the legislature. We’ve been laying the groundwork for some time (almost 600 members in 30+ countries) and are now ready for 2019 to be the year we truly launch the Leaders Expedition (LEx). To mark this important occasion, we commissioned award-winning LEx member and videographer James Sidney to produce a 90-second video to thank, inform and inspire our community - and our family, friends, colleagues and networks. ...
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Happy 2019 LEx Leaders!

The year starts with a lot of anticipation and excitement for us at LEx Centre! January 1st, 2019 marks the beginning of our 10-year expedition to elevate one million members to positions of influence, power and impact. An expedition to transform leadership narratives around the globe and steer humankind towards a better and brighter future. We are reflecting on the potential of humanity, on all the great things we can accomplish, and where our main obstacle is: an insufficiency of leadership. In one of our   community discussions   this month, we debated how society seems to have left the idea of "utopia" behind.   “Because the ideologies of the ...
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Hi there.  My name is Bob Westrope.  I’m the founder and Executive Director of Leaders Expedition (LEx), a global not-for-profit enterprise based in Toronto Canada. I’ve had the privilege of wearing many hats in many places and I’ve witnessed how advances in technology are driving profound disruption in our societies, providing, for the first time, utopian possibilities. But I’m witnessing something else too – the potential for a starker, crueler world – one where too little is shared by too many, and too much by too few.  Where futures are sought in the false comfort of closed societies versus the dynamism of an open world that celebrates diversity ...
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Named one of eleven Young Leaders Against Sexual Violence at One Young World Summit in the Hague Austin, TX, USA: The Young Leaders Against Sexual Violence initiative launched at the prestigious One Young World  summit today will establish a proactive task force with the mission to combat sexual and gender-based violence. Two of intimate health nonprofit The Unmentionables ’ most senior staff members are playing integral roles in the development and execution of this program; CEO and Co-founder Kaleigh Heard is the program director and Managing Director Genevieve Westrope is one of the eleven young leaders selected to take part ...
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Daisy Intelligence Secures $5 Million Funding From Espresso Capital LEx founding member Gary Saarenvirta's company - Daisy Intelligence - just won first place in the ElevateR pitch competition held this week in Toronto, beating 15 other companies before a panel of industry judges to win $5 million. As someone who has gotten to know Gary over the years, I have nothing but admiration and great pride for his win. Gary displays the essence of a LEx Leader - his vision is to use the power of AI to transform the world in a manner consistent with out Tenets. Gary was one of the attendees at the first LEx Congress in 2016. PRESS RELEASE PR Newswire ...
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By Bob Westrope LEx "an exponential solution to an exponential problem" I recently had the opportunity to have a video call with Edmonton Alberta-based David Janzen, Host of Edmonton's first LEx LocalCircle AND of the city's first LEx Meetup. Over the course of the 55 minute LEx Member Spotlight (our first in a new series) we get a glimpse of what a fascinating and accomplished (and humble) young man David is. I assure you that it is time well spent to watch or listen to this video - to appreciate the power of so many accomplished people such as David in our midst. The following quote gives you a sense (and a teaser) of David... What do you see ...
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Who are you? I’m Rose, I’m 28 years old, come from Manchester, and live in London. I studied languages at the University of Cambridge, spent a year in Italy, and travelled around South America. I started my career at a small charity supporting disadvantaged young people to reach their potential. I then taught English in South Korea, and travelled around Asia. After a spell in financial research, I realised that I needed to do something with more positive impact. I joined thirdbridge – a social enterprise that helps companies do good. We provide an impact reporting tool, and a free network for cross-sector partnerships. What is your life passion? ...
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Questing For Economic Utopia

From Chris Kutarna, Thought-Leader-in-Residence, LEx GlobalCircle for Business and Social Economy This year is the 500th anniversary of Thomas More’s Utopia , a book that, in the midst of the political, social and technological upheavals of the first Renaissance, imagined a radically different society. “Utopia” literally means “no-place”, and over time the word has come to mean a fantasy land where all our problems have been solved. I have argued elsewhere that the 21st century can be humanity’s best. This can be the century when we solve poverty and disease, and flip the human condition from scarcity to abundance—for ...
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Who are you? I’m a Ukrainian-Canadian in the purest sense of the word – I was born in Ukraine, but moved to Canada at a young age, so I emotionally associate both Canada and Ukraine with “home”. I’m a scientist, and believe in the power of reason and logic. I’m a metalhead to the bone (SLAYER!!), an avid gamer (playing as Parthia in my current Rome 2: Total War campaign), and an amateur swordsman. What is your life passion? I am a graduate student in astrophysics, studying magnetars – the most powerful magnets in the universe. When I’m not doing research, I’m working on volunteer initiatives in Ukraine (helping build a battery recycling network, ...
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We are most fortunate to have David Price OBE join LEx as our second Thought-Leader-in-Residence, in this instance for the LEx GlobalCircle for Learning and Education. David is the author of OPEN: How We'll Work, Live and Learn in the Future. "OPEN is a revelation. With an engaging wit and a clear mind Dave Price cast a penetrating light on how the new dynamics of digital culture are transforming not only how we work and play but how we think, feel and learn. He writes with a sharp sense of social history and theory. But he argues too from deep practical experience as an artist, parent and noted leader in educational change. From every perspective 'Open' ...
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Mundus Novus

From Chris Kutarna, Thought-Leader-in-Residence, Global Circle Business & Social Economy A common narrative nowadays is that we are flooded—overwhelmed—with data and information. But this narrative is misleading. Our main challenge does not lie in being bombarded with too much information (our brain is always flooded with more sensory data than it can process). Overwhelm occurs only because we lack an apt framework to make the flood meaningful . That little insight leads me to define what “failure” and “success” looks like for me—for my next book, and for my letter-writing. If I only add to the flood, that’s failure. ...
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By Bob Westrope This week two articles on China caught my eye. The first, seen in Wired UK, reports on the Chinese governments plans to launch a 'Social Credit System' by 2020, that will rate - and reward - the trustworthiness of it's 1.3 billion citizens. Want high speed internet, the best interest rate on a car loan or access to the front of the line for theatre tickets - or a good doctor to treat your cancer - then you'd better have a great Social Credit rating. See Big data meets Big Brother as China moves to rate its citizens . The most worrying part is the gordian entanglement of state and private actors like Alibaba in enabling this near ...
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By Bob Westrope “It might be a bit of a mind-bender to some, but what we believe is changing most is how humans navigate and make sense of complexity in the context of continuous change.  For some of us, sensemaking is the revolution within the changemaking revolution” G.K. VanPatter, co-founder Humantific. In IBM’s 2010 survey of over 1,500 global CEO’s ( Capitalizing on Complexity ), the landmark study found that with 8 out of 10 CEO’s expecting greater uncertainty and complexity over the next five years, more than half “seriously doubt their ability to cope” with the anticipated changes. It gets one to thinking. Where to look for ...
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