How can we be unique individuals and also be part of a cosmic interconnected field of energy? Actually, we already have lots of experience at this. For example, we are members of our family and of social groups, communities and nations, each with their own distinct characteristics. Yet we share ideals, views, and emotions that cross any of these boundaries. We all know how heartbreaking it is to lose a loved one, and we can all share that sense of grief. Just as we can feel thrilled at another’s accomplishments in music or sports.
Why does this matter? The more we are able to sense our interconnectedness, the more we understand that others are part of ourselves and so we become less likely to harm them. What helps you feel grounded in yourself and interconnected with others at the same time?
Award-winning author & social change specialist
In 1996, I was the first Canadian appointed by the then Prime Minister Chrétien to represent Canada on the APEC Business Advisory Council, holding the small and medium size enterprise portfolio. My professional work has focused on teaching, speaking, writing, and consulting on service in its broadest sense:
1. Services in economic development: Since 1981, I have developed and taught graduate courses on the management and marketing of international services, consulted with governments on services trade issues & negotiation strategies, trained over 1,500 trade officers & 45 service industry associations to assist service exporters more effectively, and trained over 10,500 small service exporters in 86 countries to export services successfully. I’ve written 8 handbooks for the International Trade Centre UNCTAD/WTO, and developed online tools to assess services export competitiveness.
2. Services to address social issues: In 1972, I began the first BA-granting Women Studies program at City University of New York. Since then I have worked on a range of social issues including gender, homophobia, and labor force development. With Valerie Ward, I co-developed the Employment Readiness Scale™ (www.EmploymentReadiness.info) to help organizations assist their clients to be successful in their work lives.
3. Service as a spiritual practice: In my work on spiritual development, I have written articles focused particularly on feminist spirituality, the importance of language in shaping how we view and understand the world, and the nature of the Will in spiritual practice.
Keynote speaker/ facilitator
Services & economic development
New world of work
I have been a frequent expert guest on radio programs and am available for discussion on the topics listed above. See my most recent interviews on Transformation Talk Radio.