Circle Development Coordinator: @David Janzen There are those amongst us who seek to illustrate, challenge and in the process, shape the human narrative. These people are by their nature leaders - in their sharing and provocation willing to risk all and change the world. Are you one of these?
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Host Pro Tem: @Lenna Lou Circle Development Coordinator: @David Janzen Today the wealth of the poorest half of the world's population is equal to that of the richest 62 individuals, down from 388 as recently as 2010. And over 800 million jobs may be lost over the next 12 years to the pervasive adoption of AI and robotics technologies. These sobering realities have proven fertile ground for the rise of populist fortunes around the world.
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Circle Development Coordinator: @David Janzen Be it the censure of best-selling rapper Drakes’ behaviour at NBA games, the NFL’s Colin Kaepernick bending the knee in protest of systemic racism, Alyssa Milano’s popularization of the #MeToo hashtag or Coldplay’s Chris Martin donating 10% of his annual income to charity, the power of celebrity has never been greater or more impactful – for good and for bad.
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Host Pro Tem: @John Keller Circle Development Coordinator: @David Janzen From neighbourhood activists to municipal, regional and federal politicians to the leaders of transnational actors, it is increasingly clear that a new cohort of political leaders needs to be connected, empowered and then mobilized that is powerful enough to define and provide leadership and leadership solutions consistent with the LEx Tenets.
Circle Development Coordinator: @David Janzen Whether the challenge is to make access to healthcare more equitable, to explore options to evidence-based medicine, or to manage the inevitable augmentation of man with machine, there has never been a greater need for enlightened, thoughtful leadership.
Host Pro Tem: @Bob Westrope Circle Development Coordinator: @David Janzen There is a space between faith, culture, ideology and the ubiquitous striving to be ones impossible best that is being defined by exponential advances in science and technology and the new realms they make possible. The very definition of what it means to be Human is now open to question. How then do we make sense of the reality we face today, and the unknown that we know we will face tomorrow?
Host Pro Tem: @Daniel Mollenkamp Circle Development Coordinator: @David Janzen FAKE NEWS! THE REAL ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE! These are phrases that have recently joined the lexicon in too many countries. They reflect in part the diminishing of the contract between the Fifth Estate and the citizenry. In the age in which social media is ascendant, it very clearly has reframed that contract with profound consequences – almost certainly determining the material outcome of elections around the world.
Circle Development Coordinator: @David Janzen Few if any social-impact organizations are focused on addressing the root-cause that creates the context for their need – an insufficiency of leadership that is systemic and global. Imagine the power of harnessing the aggregate potential of these organizations and their leaders to reframe and empower their relationship with lawmakers and other key stakeholders.
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Circle Development Coordinator: @David Janzen On Amazon.com there are today over 60,000 titles on leadership, over 60,000 on self-improvement and over 40,000 on coaching (life, performance, executive etc.) – with something like 4 new additions every hour. It follows that with so many contributions, so many ‘3, 5 and 10 step programs to success, wealth, fame and fortune’ that there is no single answer or approach to finding and realizing our full potential.
Circle Development Coordinator: @David Janzen In this Age of Abundance, exponential advances of technology are today transforming the process and structure of education, while the societies they are empowering are themselves being remade – from preparing youth for a world of ‘fake news’ and MOOCs to preparing workers for the inevitable job losses brought about by the disruptive adoption of AI and robotics.
Circle Development Coordinator: @David Janzen Humanity remains existentially challenged by violence and insecurity – from the threat of nuclear Armageddon to the insidious evil implicit in China’s Social Credit program. And though not existential threats, terrorism, regional conflict and domestic violence combine to provide fertile ground for the mis-use of technologies such as AI, robotics and miniaturization.
Host Pro Tem: @Manny Makia Circle Development Coordinator: @David Janzen“We live in an Age of Abundance”. This is how the first of our Core Values starts. Through the long march of human progress and the evolution of civil society, there has simply not been enough resource – money, food, water, infrastructure – to go around. At the beginning of this century that changed. With new technologies and the unprecedented accumulation of post-war wealth, we can address virtually every want or need. Which means that It is human factors, not scarcity that constrain us. What then, In this new Age of Abundance, is the role of the citizen, the corporation and the charity/non-profit organization?
Host Pro Tem: @Darren Harnett Circle Development Coordinator: @David JanzenRay Kurzweil’s Law of Accelerating Returns posits that exponential advances in science and technology are reshaping the context for human potential in literally unimagined ways, enabling for the first time in human history, solutions to the most intractable of issues – all in the next 20 years. But are we up to the challenge of leveraging these awesome advances for good?
Circle Development Coordinator: @David Janzen There are no existential issues being addressed by humanity that are not powerfully impacted - even determined - by one's faith, be it in a deity or in man. Indeed, technology will continue to push the limits of what it means to be human, inevitably reframing ones relationship to his or her creator.
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