Connecting for Change brings together innovators from the business, social and philanthropic sectors to build connections and understanding about how to work together to create sustained social change, thus a more compassionate and peaceful world.

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You can not begin to imagine, nor do I think you will ever know about, the many, many actions that people will take and changes that will happen as a result of the connections that were begun at the Connecting for Change dialogue. You created an event where trust was built quickly and people engaged in ways that very rarely, if ever, happen at conferences!”
— Odette Basmaji, COO Jacob

Seated in concentric circles and cloaked with white Tibetan scarves of welcome, sixty innovators from the corporate and social sectors joined in dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. It was September 2006, and they met in Vancouver, Canada for two days. They intended to explore the issues of the world and how building connections between the two sectors could better serve the needs of humanity.

The Trustees of the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education wish to thank all who participated in the inaugural Connecting for Change Dialogue. We are thankful for the valuable feedback and are especially pleased to learn that Connecting for Change has generated a number of exciting connections that have led to unanticipated projects and initiatives. 

Many conversations have occurred amongst the organizers of the Connecting for Change dialogue. A question that has been on our minds is: “What is the potential that can come from the dialogue that was begun in Vancouver?” Peter Block, Peter Senge and Peter Koestenbaum each offer some thoughts:

Peter Senge

What we started with the Connecting for Change gathering is important to nurture and continue. I hope that the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education can find ways to stay in touch with the networks that started to form at the event to make connections visible to others. There were many gifted change leaders in the room, and many others who were invited and wanted to be there but could not work out the scheduling. This is an enormous resource for giving shape and reality to the vision behind the Dalai Lama Center. We should not think we have to "make something new happen." There is so much good work already happening and great value in nurturing the networks among these social and business innovators.