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TBDThriveAbility – What Do We Need to Do to Transform?

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TBDThriveAbility – What Do We Need to Do to Transform?

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This guest blog post was written by Robin Lincoln Wood. Dr Wood is a renowned strategist, futurist, communicator and agent of transformation. He has spent 3 decades working at board level with the world’s leading organizations in 35 countries on 4 continents. He is deeply skilled in designing & catalyzing major shifts in large scale systems, & in inspiring & empowering the teams that deliver them. This post is an excerpt of a paper that will be published in the Integral Leadership Review in October 2015.

Earth’s 7.3 billion citizens are currently consuming 1.6 planet’s worth of resources, thereby guaranteeing runaway global warming, climate change and suffering for billions in the next few decades. Such a wicked problem needs a whole new kind of leadership, capable of thinking and acting on a planetary scale while maintaining local viability. New kinds of leadership are emerging in response, capable of working from perspectives that access the highest leverage points in human, social, natural and technical systems, while integrating multiple disciplines, methods and tools for beneficial change and transformation. This post is a primer for the book “A Leader’s Guide to ThriveAbility”, details where we are (a degenerative, exclusive economy); where we need to be (a regenerative inclusive economy); the integral framework undergirding the ThriveAbility Journey, which explains how we get from here to there; and the role and kinds of leadership needed to assure a beneficial transition.

Toward a Regenerative, Inclusive Economy

Imagine a world powered by renewable energy, where all human beings thrive in resilient habitats; where businesses operate in a circular economy that regenerates natural capital, without a particle of waste, and are led by enlightened leaders whose goal is to maximize the ThriveAbility of all their stakeholders; where each individual is empowered to pursue their passion and make a living in service to others; where governance systems are transparent, effective and wise in the ways in which they deliver their services to their communities and populations; and where intercultural appreciation and insight enriches the exchanges between the diverse worldviews and cultures embraced by humankind.

Does that sound like an impossible dream, or pie in the sky? The co-creators of ThriveAbility would point out that every single one of these “pockets of the future” is currently observable in the present, right here and right now, somewhere in the world. It is just that the future is distributed unevenly, and sometimes hard to see when one is up to one’s neck in alligators and trying to drain the swamp.

We can begin by describing in very big picture terms what a desirable future scenario of a thriving human civilization on a thriving planet might look like.

The Six Desiderata of ThriveAbility

Based on the pioneering work being done by hundreds of thought and practice leaders around the world[1], we have framed six desiderata by which we can measure the endpoint of the ThriveAbility Journey toward a regenerative, inclusive economy:

1. A Circular, regenerative economy
a. Natural and man-made materials and ecosystems are regenerated through circular economic processes
b. All impacts are managed proportionately to the carrying capacities of the multiple capitals

2. Long term resource planning for intergenerational equity
a.Technologies, Products, Services and Businesses designed for durability to continue serving future generations
b.Innovations are inspired by natural systems by engineers, designers, entrepreneurs and others working with the grain of nature.

​3. A Transparent and Level global playing field that delivers True Value
a.Apply true accounting principles that measure true costs including externalities, and calculate true returns with full transparency
b.Level the playing field towards renewable and regenerative industries through true taxation and incentives

​4. Strategic Decision-Making to Scale-Up to ThriveAble Sectors
a.Nurture multi-stakeholder collaboration to amplify and scale up positive impacts
b.Investment decisions based on the ThriveAbility Index

​5. Holistic Education to Develop Complex Systems Thinking & Leadership
a.New open business models for education that integrate physical wellbeing, mental depth, emotional maturity and spiritual development.
b.Developmental pathways based on co-working and co-creation between disciplines and sectors that are aspirational and compelling for future generations

6. Governance Systems Aligned to Inclusive Stakeholder Wellbeing
a.Radically inclusive and transparent governance structures that serve the different priorities and needs of different developmental levels
b.Innovative structures for and approaches to interworking between governments, NGO’s, businesses and academia that focus on Stakeholder ThriveAbility.

We believe that starting from this “end of the telescope”, what is required for regenerative, inclusive business becomes obvious fairly quickly to key decision makers and stakeholders. In this sense the ThriveAbility Approach and Index act as a powerful catalyst and producer of the aspirations and the cognitive dissonance required to make transformative changes a reality.

To put it bluntly, we have no choice whether we should move from a degenerative, exclusive economic system to a regenerative, inclusive one that can ensure the thriving of our biosphere and ourselves.

[1] In the course of researching and writing “A Leader’s Guide to ThriveAbility” we met with and/or interviewed 83 global thought leaders, executives and investors shaping the future of business, sustainability and human flourishing during late 2014 and early 2015. Since then we have engaged with a further few hundred such leaders via ThriveAbility live gatherings, ThriveAbility Think Tanks hosted by Convetit, and videoconferencing.

October News with Cynthia Brian

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October News with Cynthia Brian

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“Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future. People who soar, are those who refuse to sit back and wish things would change.”

Charles R. Swindoll


Message from Founder, Cynthia Brian

Of all the forces that make for a better world, none is so powerful as hope. Hope keeps dreams alive. Hope is everything. Recently I received a letter from an incarcerated individual who had read my book, Be the Star You Are!® 99 Gifts for Living, Loving, Laughing, and Learning to Make a Difference.  Because of the true stories of portrayed in the book, he said he was filled with hope for a better tomorrow when he is released.  “But sadly”.  he wrote, “many of the other young people in prison with me are hopeless and helpless as we have no library of encouraging books. I would like to start one. Would you please consider sending copies of Be the Star You Are!® 99 Gifts for Living, Loving, Laughing, and Learning to Make a Difference?”

After I read his heart-felt letter I thought it wise to consult our volunteers to see how Be the Star You Are!® could respond. Our mission is to empower women, families, and youth through improved literacy, increased positive media, and sustainable tools for living. Unanimously the volunteers agreed that we would create a new outreach program to address this lack of empowerment and life skill books in places of incarceration. The program has been aptly named “Possibilities for Prisoners Project”. Our goal is to raise a start-up fund of $10,000 to collect, organize, and ship appropriate resources to decrease despair, increase hope, and encourage positive transformation. Following St. Francis of Assisi guidelines, we will offer light in the darkness and joy from the sadness.


We hope you will support this important campaign to give hope and strength to those who seek a life without crime. All donations are tax deductible. It’s harvest time and the crop that will yield everlasting fruit is HOPE.

Help us give the gift of hope.

“Remember, Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things. And no good thing ever dies.” From the movie “The Shawshank Redemption”


Our Trick or Treat for Literacy Campaign Starts October 1. Thanks for contributing to a harvest of hope,  Read the newsletter

P.S. The holidays are around the corner. For a complete list of Outreach Programs you may wish to support.

Ideas on how to HELP. To purchase copies of Be the Star You Are!® or Be the Star You Are!® for TEENS for yourself or for gifts, go to our STORE. Case prices available.


Author & Book Spotlight: Roland Allnach Prism

Described as a ‘star on the rise’ by Foreword Clarion, Roland Allnach, after working twenty years on the night shift in a hospital, has witnessed life from a slightly different angle. Prism’ presents the best of Roland Allnach’s newest stories together with his most acclaimed published short fiction, fracturing the reader’s perceptions among a dazzling array of genres and styles to illuminate the mysterious aspects of the human experience.

Tune in to a LIVE interview with Roland coming up on Wednesday, October 8, between 4-5pm PT on Starstyle® Be the Star You Are!® Radio. Read a review of his newest book, Prism at Amazon Barnes and Noble

Pear & Wine Festival Success 


On September 27, volunteers of Be the Star You Are!® including teen writers, radio reporters, concert directors, and videographers provided activities for the community to enhance creativity. People of all ages participated in the Once Upon a Time…story while children made bookmarks at the Pear and Wine Festival.

Lots of freebies were offered to the festival attendees and a great time was enjoyed by all. Thanks to our Pear and Wine Festival sponsors The Lamorinda Weekly andNapa Valley Wealth Management.

Read the Story on our Creative Writing Page.

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Everyone loves a discount so here are a few you will enjoy using. UBER: New riders ride FREE! Value $30.00. Use code: cynthias34on UBER app

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Want to start a CLUB BTSYA at your school?

Lots of opportunity for outreach programs including Book Reviews, Letters for Literacy, Possibilities for Prisoners, Radio Involvement, and events.

Contact CLUB BTSYA President, Caiseen Kelley via info@BetheStarYouAre.org

Make a difference with CLUB BTSYA.


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Logo Store is Open

Volunteer and designer, Ryan Anderson, has been busy launching the Be the StarYou Are!® online Logo Store. His creative cuff bracelets, license plate holders, aprons, backpacks, totes, flags, and more are ready to be shipped! All sales are tax deductible.

You can also buy Read, Lead, Succeed T-Shirts and find out about other specials and discounts. Visit http://btsya.rylees.net


Check our Events Calendar for More Details on the events below:

1. Trick or Treat for Literacy Campaign starts October 1-31.Download a flyer and help us raise awareness.

2. 11th Annual National Essay Contest Coming October 15th. For Sponsorship, contactinfo@BetheStarYouAre.org

Be a Sponsor of our Events!

3Halloween Pop Up Concert organized by Concert Director, Andrew Wang. October 31, Rheem Shopping Center.

4. Wrap Party organized by Event Coordinator, Jennifer Lee at Barnes and Noble. TBA

In the News

Our volunteers are talented. They live our creed of “To be a leader, you must be a reader! Read, Lead, Succeed!” Check out their reviews and published articles.

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Tune in every Tuesday at NOON PT on the Voice America Kids Network to listen to our talented teens interview awesome guests from around the world.

Links, stories, photos and archives. Twenty seven volunteers have now been trained as hosts and reporters.

Live every Wednesday LIVE from 4-5pm on the Empowerment Channel of Voice America, hosts Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany bring you uplifting talk with T42, Health Matters, and interviews with authors and experts. Links, stories, photos, and archives.

With a donation to Be the Star You Are!®, you may become a guest on our radio programs. Find out how by emailing Cynthia@BetheStarYouAre.org Get inspired, motivated, amused, and informed. Check us out!


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