About twenty of us gathered for what turned out to be some powerful conversations. We were all fairly amazed by the diversity of people in the room, and the wealth of connections. The topics raised are listed here. Any notes shared by participants will be posted here as well, as they show up.
- How would we measure an organization, to know if it was compassionate? How does an organization true itself to its compassionate mission?
- If we built a compassionate organization from scratch, what would it look like?
- What's working (effective) to bring/foster compassion in our organizations?
- What's the language of compassion in the workplace? ...especially corporate organizations?
- How can we bring for-profit and non-profit worlds together in mutuality?
- Building communities through stories and telling
- How is it possible to see the best in myself and others and sincerely forgive myself and others, thus building a humble, positive life with meaning?
- From "humans as machines" to humans as people with joys/pains: compassion and our world/human view
- Negotiating the personal/professional boundary in building compassionate professional relationships
- How do we teach ourselves and others that running a profitable organization is not inconsistent with running a compassionate org?
In our closing circle, we mentioned gratitude, appreciation, inspiration and a desire to do this again. Talking with TedErnst after the closing, I was fishing around for what to call this. We came up with RadicalProfit. I liked the phrase so much I came home and registered the domain name. First thoughts on RadicalProfit. And doing it again.
Our original invitation is posted as CorporateCompassionInvitation and some my own working notes are posted as CenterForCorporateCompassion and OpeningTheHeartOfOrganization.