Saturday, March 27, 2010

Please put 10.10.10 in your diary - The World Day of Interconnectedness

One of the great events I was involved in last year was the inaugural World Day of Interconnectedness on 090909.

This year the day will be celebrated on 101010.

I am letting you know well in advance that members of differencemakers community and Leaders Cafe 2020 are already busy working on an ebook on leadership, interconnectedness, and collaboration that will be published to coincide with the event (more than 20 authors involved) and we will again be presenting a 24 hour webinar that was a huge success worldwide with people from many countries participating last year.

Recently Marianne Schnall (MS) interviewed three of the Elders on The Huffington Post and asked a question:

MS: What commonalities do you see between people of different cultures, religions, and nationalities?

Desmond Tutu: We are all connected. What unites us is our common humanity. I don't want to oversimplify things - but the suffering of a mother who has lost her child is not dependent on her nationality, ethnicity or religion.

White, black, rich, poor, Christian, Muslim or Jew - pain is pain - joy is joy. In Southern Africa we have a concept called Ubuntu - which is that you can't exist as a human being in isolation. You can't be human all by yourself.

We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas what you do, what I do, affects the whole world. Taking that a step further, when you do good, it spreads that goodness; it is for the whole of humanity. When you suffer or cause suffering, humanity is diminished as a result.

You can read the full interview with Desmond Tutu, Mary Robinson, and Jimmy Carter (3 of my heroes)

I am in no doubt that understanding and appreciating our interconnectedness is a key to peace and harmony in our world.

To find our more about the wonderful world day of interconnectedness please visit here.

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  1. Hi Ian,
    Thanks very much for referring me to this wisdom!
    And deep appreciation for all the good work you are doing.

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