Affectionately known as "America's #1 Success Coach," Jack Canfield is the originator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and a leading authority in the areas of self-esteem, achievement motivation, and peak performance. [www.jackcanfield.com]
Arianna Huffington is the co-founder and Editor in Chief of the Huffington Post and the author of twelve books. [www.huffingtonpost.com]
Seth Godin is a prominent author, blogger and speaker. [www.squidoo.com/linchpin]
Krishna Kaur is the founder of YOGA for Youth, a program that takes yoga, meditation, and stimulating discussions on the philosophy of yoga to urban youth. [www.yogaforyouth.org]
Norman Lear has enjoyed a long career in television and film. He is also a political and social activist and philanthropist. [www.normanlear.com]
Leilani Münter is a professional race car driver and an environmental activist who uses her voice in the number one spectator sport in America as a catalyst for change. [www.leilanimunter.com]
By going undercover to meet slaves and slaveholders, Kevin Bales exposed modern slavery's penetration into the global economy. He co-founded Free the Slaves, which has helped to liberate thousands of slaves. [www.freetheslaves.net]
Sophie Chiche, lifebyme.com founder and curator, enjoys asking deep questions and living a life of meaning. Today she's launching Shape House, an urban sweat lodge, a place to melt away fears and fat. [www.shapehousela.com]
Entrepreneur and writer Mastin Kipp founded TheDailyLove.com, which merges pop culture with inspiration, and co-founded The Love Yourself Company, an apparel company that has started a global self-esteem movement. [www.TheDailyLove.com]
Liz Phair is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. [www.lizphair.com]
Archbishop Desmond Tutu is Chairman of The Elders, a group of world leaders who address some of the world's most pressing problems. He works energetically for human-rights and in his ministry. [www.tutu.org]
Zainab Salbi is the founder and CEO of Women for Women International, a group dedicated to helping women survivors of war rebuild their lives. [www.womenforwomen.org]
Despite his physical challenges, Sean Stephenson has taken a stand for a quality of life that has inspired millions of people around the world. He's a professional speaker, psychotherapist, and author. [www.timetostand.com]
Kia Miller teaches Yoga at Yoga Works in Los Angeles, leads teacher trainings, and runs retreats and workshops on meditation, chakras, pranayam, and mantras, and other practices. [www.kiamiller.com]
Simon Mainwaring is an ex-Nike/Wieden creative, former Worldwide Creative Director at Motorola/Ogilvy, branding/advertising writer, author/speaker/blogger, Australian, idea geek. [www.simonmainwaring.com]
Shannon Bindler is a style editor, life coach, and the co-founder of Get Up Girl, an empowerment company that inspires women to shine. [www.getupgirl.com]
Grammy-nominated art director/designer/photographer Mathieu Bitton has designed over 450 CDs and movie posters. He's a renowned collector of and authority on black films and their soundtracks. [www.candytangerine.com]
Opus Reps founder and agent-producer Jorge Perez travels the world producing photo shoots with great photographers and celebrities. He's also very involved with Meals on Wheels in Los Angeles. www.opusreps.com
one and all
What’s most meaningful for me is finding wholeness where previously there was only brokenness, fragmentation – ultimately to find and feel One Self, One Spirit, One World, with all its variety, diversity, and plurality, but underlain with a seamless Unity.
We live in a Uni-Verse – a mass of things, events, and processes deeply connected at the most fundamental level, so that everything is connected to everything else. The discovery of this Nonduality, the Supreme Identity (the identity of the individual being and the ALL), releases the pain and suffering of separation, fragmentation, partiality.
At no time has the discovery of this Supreme Identity been more urgently needed than in today’s world gone global. We need individuals who can not only think globally but identify globally, feel globally, be globally – that is, awaken from a cramped identity as the isolated organism and find instead an identity with the One and All. Only from that perspective can global problems and issues be fully seen, let alone addressed and solved.
What the world is suffering from most right now is a lack of global perspective which can see systematically from the view of Planet, Inc. – and not just from self or family or state or nation, but from the perspective of the planet as a whole. Until that happens, humanity is fated to repeat the same broken, fractured points of view. Although they may seem to be helping, those perspectives actually make global problems worse, for the simple reason that in not being seen globally, the problems themselves can’t be seen accurately. So the same fragmented “solutions” are repeated over and over again, in numerous different guises, none of them integral (or truly global), and thus none of them truly effective.
What’s most meaningful to me is finding wholeness where previously was found only partialness – seeing the patterns that connect everything on this planet with every other. To feel this wholeness deeply in my own being is to feel meaning penetrate my very soul, vibrating my existence to the core with value and vision and goal. I act on this wholeness in everyday life simply by finding meaning in everyday actions and feeling a profound blessedness in the midst of the madness.
May you find such wholeness in your life, and thus find meaning coursing through your veins with every heartbeat. With that, this planet just might stand a chance.
– Ken Wilber