Friday, January 20, 2012

The new mentors talk about change.

To do good things so that good things happen.  To be a better person.  To have an impact on the world. To leave a friendlier footprint for the future.  To forge a future where there is possibility, inspiration and invention. These are words that song writers sing, that poets dream and make the kind hearted weep. These the are words of a new generation of leaders who are at the gates of their time, ready to forge a path not yet broken. 

This generation of singers, songwriters, students, poets and artists are teaching us a new language of responsibility and expressing it with remarkable fluency.  They are the sons and daughters whose parents coveted the board table and supported creators of profitablity.  Many of them have experienced the benefits of economic freedom and prosperity.  They have the confidence to dream and envision, they are compassionate, and they are not afraid of the edge of the ledge.  

Somewhere along this journey of one-size-fits-all educational philosophies, latchkey kids, corporate efficiency initiatives and working parents, a value shift has occurred in the undercurrent of this generation. But the value shift is rising as they prepare to take their place in the world.  These visionaries are not schooled in board room practice, but they understand the elements of business - strategy, risk management  and communication - at the core. 

 Their connection to the environment allows them to see the impact on the environment when we abuse our resources.  Their compassion allows them to recognize the plight of the forgotten and the un-free if we do not change. They fearlessly act, calling out to the mainstream and challenging us to rethink a better future. 

In our little province under the sun, I recently met the young woman who started Fin Free Regina. She is a wildly creative person who has the depth to care, and the courage to dive in and help the ocean from dry land.

A fashion show - Glide: A runway event four our oceans  - will be held in Regina on February 23. Eco - fashion designers from  Seed Sustainable Style and Regina born, Vancouver based designer, Sara Armstrong will be represented. Proceeds will be put toward Shark Fin, an organization that is speaking out against shark finning, a process whereby the fin is harvested on site and the rest of the fish is thrown back into the sea to die. 

Photo taken from Shark Fin's Website
We are on the ledge of a collective value quake that shakes us to the core of how we define ourselves and the future.This inspires me to think about this ledge of our own making and choices that need to be made with the rest of time. The challenge is how to help make this quest for sustainability sustainable and to determine how to make it mainstream so that it can become the way we will be.

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