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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

By Dawna Markova , Ph.d., CEO of Professional Thinking Partners LLC

“Stories are our nearest and dearest way of understanding our lives and finding our way onward.” --Ursula LeGuin

I’ve been told that as it is about to shed its skin, its eyes turn milky white, leaving it temporarily blind. The creature then withdraws into the familiar darkness of its burrow to wait. It begins the shedding process by rubbing its nose against rocks or other hard objects to start the separation of the old layer from its lips, then opens its mouth very wide, as if to scream. The snake literally crawls out of the old skin that was restricting its growth.

By Margaret Wheatley, Co-founder and President Emerita of the Berkana Institute © 2008

Hope and fear have been in the news and in our experience a great deal of late.  President Obama’s election was heralded everywhere as the triumph of hope over fear.  We had watched for years as the future disappeared under disabling clouds of fear.  And then suddenly, we again could see the sky, bright with hope and the possibility of change.  But since that glowing dawn of last November, the world’s dilemmas and terrors have cast their long shadows.

If the world were 100 people, what would it look like?

"In preparation for our dialogue in Vancouver, the 100 People Foundation invites you to view this unique perspective of our planet and the people with whom we share it.  As you will see from this work—it is the children of the world who are introducing us to the people of the world.   Join cinematographer Carolyn Jones’ fascinating look at the planet through the eyes of our children—to promote empathy and peace globally." - Brad Davis, Ambassador, 100 People Foundation