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My experience at the Connecting for Change dialogue added to my life in a way that I never thought possible and helped to guide me in making a life altering decisions.  I want to thank the Dalai Lama Center for giving me the opportunity to examine my life's work and personal priorities - I will never forget and will be grateful of this experience for the rest of my life."
— Brenda Baptiste, Aboriginal Health Program Lead, Okanagan Indian Band

Greetings from the Dalai Lama Center,

We are pleased to make available to you the results of a study carried out earlier this year by Terry VanQuickenborne, a volunteer with the Connecting for Change program. Terry completed her research at Pepperdine University as part of her Master of Science in Organization Development. She examined factors and conditions related to generative change, and several Connecting for Change participants were interviewed for her study.

Connecting for Change Dialogue 2009 took place in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, from September 26th to 28th.

Guided by world-renowned authors and change leaders Peter Block, Juanita Brown, Dawna Markova, Peter Senge and Margaret Wheatley, Connecting for Change engaged an invited group of business, social sector, and philanthropic leaders to learn with and from each other about how we can create new and advance existing cross-sector collaborations in service of addressing the most pressing issues of our time.

The Dialogue, which was part of the Vancouver Peace Summit: Nobel Laureates in Dialogue, provided a rare opportunity for this group of invited participants to meet privately with a group of distinguished international leaders and award recipients. Connecting for Change participants also attended several of the public Peace Summit events, which included an unprecedented line-up of highly respected luminaries and leaders from the realms of the arts, entertainment, social change, conservation, politics, education, business and other sectors.

To the Participants - What happens next?

Build on the momentum following Connecting for Change 2009 by bringing the dialogue back to your communities.

1. Host a Dinner Dialogue

Invite a group of people who may not otherwise meet together for an evening of community and dialogue. There are three basic ingredients - Come Hungry, Add in a Recipe for Change, Create a Question - and see what emerges. Find out more.

2. Join the Connecting for Change Group on LinkedIn to:

  • Continue the dialogue
  • Build and broaden connections
  • Showcase opportunities for collaboration
  • Ask questions and share insights
  • Make public your commitments and share your journey
  • Keep updated on Connecting for Change happenings

3. Share Stories

We learn, grow and connect through the collective power of storytelling. Share your stories of what has emerged for you as a result of the Dialogue and the connections that have been made. You can share them through the Linkedin group or on the Reflections page by sending us your photos, stories and insights. Participants are sending us their newsletters and articles, these are being posted on the Resources page.

Participants were asked for reflections on the most memorable moments, the most challenging moments, the gifts they received, the next steps and what changed personally as a result of attending the Dialogue. Here are a few responses.

The most memorable?