April 23 OWL Global Wisdom Circle

April 23 OWL Global Wisdom Circle:
Trish Sewe

A monthly video-circle for sharing wisdom, experience and support among global citizens everywhere.

Empowering Youth & Saving Wildlife in Kenya

In an environment that has been plagued by corruption, tribalism, insecurity, and unemployment, what does it take to inspire young people to dedicate themselves to building a positive future for themselves and their country? And in response to the relentless human slaughter of wildlife, what does it take to build a positive future for endangered animals?

Trish Sewe, who lives in Nairobi, Kenya, is passionate about two things: Kenya’s youth, and Kenya’s wild animals. In 2015 she founded MimiNiChange, which aims to inspire and unite Kenyan youth and young adults — regardless of age, class, education, gender, political affiliation, race, religion, status or tribe — to shun tribalism, speak with one voice, and take charge of their own destinies as empowered leaders.

Trish works as a Communications Manager at WildlifeDirect, a non-profit focused on justice for wildlife, which runs legal, community, education & outreach projects, and a TV program, that aim to change hearts, minds and laws. WildlifeDirect holds a unique role in Kenya’s wildlife conservation efforts, having been widely recognized for its singular successes in engaging the people of Kenya to support the protection of elephants.

Trish holds an M.A. in International Studies, and a B.A. in Communication & Sociology, from the University of Nairobi.

More about Trish at her Facebook and LinkedIn profiles.

Part 1 — Opening check-ins

Part 2 — Trish Sewe: Empowering Youth & Saving Wildlife in Kenya

Part 3 — Trish: Question for reflection

Part 4 — Circle of reflection: Libby Traubman, Bonita Banducci, Wendy Berk, Sue Henken-Haas, Annne Veh, James Offuh, Len Traubman, Bradley Stoll, Steve Karlin, Aryae

Part 5 — Trish: Closing reflections

Part 6 — Closing check-ins

March 19 OWL Global Wisdom Circle

March 19 OWL Circle:
Cam Danielson & Pam Fuhrmann

A monthly video-circle for sharing wisdom, experience and support among global citizens everywhere.

Leadership for the Common Good
At this time of increasing divisions and ​fragmentation, what kind of leadership is needed for bringing people together for the common good? How do we each find and act on this leadership within ourselves?

Camden Danielson and Pamela Fuhrmann are cofounders of Conscious Leadership Institute. They and their team work with leaders, their organizations, and communities around the world, “to kindle their source of energy and passion; build their adaptive capacity; balance the demands of multiple stakeholders, times horizons, and business drivers; foster innovation and drive transformation, [and] contribute to a sustainable future…”

Cam likes to say that his work is to create, build, and support environments for self-exploration. He has worked with thousands of leaders within hundreds of organizations around the world through a variety of roles that include Air Force officer, speechwriter, English teacher, university administrator, executive educator, author, management consultant, and leadership coach.

His research on the effects of meditation practice on leadership has been published as a book entitled: Beyond the Horizon: Glimpses into the Lives of Exceptional Leaders. It is a book of stories, reflections, and insights about living and leading wholeheartedly in an age of rapid transformation. It is told through the lives of an extraordinary group of people who operate at a deep level of being. They have made the work of building a rich inner life—soul work—the means for greater adaptive capacity.

More about Cam at Awakin Calls, where he was a guest last year, and his professional bio.


Pam works with leaders to create greater awareness of what is possible and to translate that awareness into inspired action.

She facilitates development experiences through leadership programs, retreats, and coaching in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

Pam has worked with leaders at the likes of ExxonMobil, Ingersoll-Rand, Kohler Company, Mahindra & Mahindra, Novelis, Philips Lighting, Polaris Software, Schneider Electric Industries, Suez, United Way and other non-profits.

She received her Ph.D. in Mythological Studies and Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2012. She has written on the role of the archetypal feminine in individual development, particularly in the areas of building relationships, managing paradox and ambiguity, and developing an inclusive orientation.

More about Pam at her professional bio.

Please join us for a conversation about bringing forth the leader within each of us that is being called for in today’s world!

Sunday, March 19, 2016, 9:00 – 10:30 AM Pacific Time.
You can find your corresponding local time at Time and Date.
To join us for the videoconference, please RSVP now!
We’ll get back to you with the details.

Feb. 26 OWL Circle

February 26 OWL Circle: Colleen Choi

A combined gathering of
OWL Global Wisdom Circle and
Being American Now

On the Front Lines at Standing Rock
Artist and social activist Colleen Choi spent two months with the indigenous peoples who were defending their water, and their way of life, at Standing Rock. What can we learn from her story about resisting ignorance, fear, greed, and hatred — with light, courage, selfless service, and love — and about American values — at this moment in history?

My time at Standing Rock will be something I remember in my heart for the rest of my life.

…The pattern of violence will continue for greed and power … until we, the people, unite and take a stand. We cannot fight fire with fire. We stand in peace. We stand in love. We stand in prayer. We stand as One.

Someone told me my first day at Standing Rock, “You’ll be surprised at how your body adapts.”

This is true. I’ve been at camp for almost 3 weeks now and I can’t remember the last shower I had, or the last time I brushed my teeth, or washed my hands, or taken off my thermals. I forget the days, the hours, the seconds.

What I remember are the hearts… I remember how abundant I feel because of all of the generous donations of love that are supporting our camp. Almost everything I’m wearing now is because someone gifted it to me….

Our world can be based on love and respect. Our world can be about inclusion instead of exclusion. Our world can run on heart-fuel. I have so much gratitude for the opportunity to be here right now. I thank the [indigenous peoples] for showing us the way.

Part 1 — Colleen Choi: Gandhi Ashram to Standing Rock

Part 2 — Bringing the lessons back into daily life

Part 3 — Additional reflections

Jan. 23. Global Gender Partnership Circle

Jan. 23 Global Gender Partnership Circle

Women and men in global partnership for the empowerment of women

Women Waging Peace
Convener: Bonita Banducci
Speakers: Hamutal Gouri and Riman Barakat

Women Waging Peace leaders Hamutal Gouri and Riman Barakat are scheduled to share their experience of launching and leading this extraordinary movement for peace between Israeli and Palestinian people in challenging circumstances and times.


Here’s a recording of their conversation for J Street, the organization here in the US supporting a two state solution.

I think you will be inspired!

This will also be wonderful opportunity to also share the experience of those of us who are participating in marches in the United States (and some places internationally) Jan 21 supporting progressive causes that are not supported by the new US presidency.

Please join us for a conversation about women’s leadership waging peace in the Middle East!

Monday, January 23, 2016, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Pacific Time.
You can find your corresponding local time at Time and Date.
To join us for the videoconference, please RSVP now!
We’ll get back to you with details.