“I think in the middle of that storm, in the eye of that storm, is a new emerging consciousness of interconnection, and of a desire to bring hope and healing forward, and people are doing that in a lot of creative and different ways.” – Carla Goldstein

Even with all the polarizing points of view and differences of opinions in the world today, there is an inner connectedness between all of us. Today’s guest on Finding Brave, Carla Goldstein, has made it her mission to help people build a deeper understanding of this idea and experience of connectedness, and to leverage that understanding to lead, manage and communicate differently.

Carla Goldstein, JD, is a pioneer in women’s leadership with 25 years of public policy experience serving as Omega Institute’s chief external affairs officer to help Omega connect its work to change-making efforts around the world. She is also the cofounder of the Omega Women’s Leadership Center, a hub for convening, inspiring, and training women to # DoPowerDifferently. The Omega Institute for Holistic Studies receives more than 500 teachers and 23,000 people annually to attend its workshops, conferences, and retreats in Rhinebeck, New York.

How do we need to shift, and what must we need to address more effectively to connect with our universal humanity and support the deeper connection we need to thrive in today’s world? In this thought-provoking conversation, Carla shares helps us answer these questions and move towards healing, finding a different way to solve our conflicts with each other.

Highlights from this Episode:

  • What Omega has representing for the past 41 years, and what the organization is attempting to do in the world today [2:49]
  • What Carla feels is our deepest calling as a society [4:58]
  • How she is using her work as a healing tool to provide hope for others [8:54]
  • Why the “fundamental domination model” is keeping stuck – but there’s good news too [10:17]
  • The reason our natural instincts, such as “fight or flight”, are no longer serving us [18:51]
  • What changes and trends Carla is seeing in society over the past 5 years and a major lesson she’s learned about people in crisis [20:42]
  • Why there is so much heightened anxiety today and what we have to continue to remind ourselves [28:08]
  • One of the biggest challenges she sees facing leaders today [31:31]

For more information:

https://www.eomega.org/

https://twitter.com/carla_goldstein

https://www.linkedin.com/in/carla-goldstein-455b415

Resources Mentioned:

The Omega Women’s Leadership Intensive, October 2018

January 21, 2018: Sunday Sermon by Dr. Brené Brown at Washington National Cathedral

Also of interest:

Kathy’s Forbes Interview with Carla, How Women In Leadership Are Doing Power Differently, And Why They Must

QUOTES:

“All living things are interconnected. You know, the knee bone is connected to the shin bone. I am connected to you; our hearts are connected (and) we’re connected to The Earth.” [4:11]

“We believe that so much of what plagues us is isolation, and isolation comes from disconnection.” [7:25]

“What makes a brave person, and what kinds of courage do we need to have in order to change the trajectory of the human story?” [16:28]

“The human experience is equalizing; it’s universal.” [22:00]

“We also see a deepening understanding that the problems we’re facing now are not just because of now, that they have a long tail and they have a long history.” [25:01]

“One of the things we are coming to understand about leadership is how contextual it is. Context is constantly changing.” [31:56]

“We need to encourage each other to be brave.” [35:56]


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