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Flow with whatever may happen

July 13, 2012  ·  Category: Buddhism, Eckhart Tolle, FLOW, Meditation, Mindfulness

Thanks to Michael Strong of FLOW for bringing this lovely graphic to my attention. He writes: "Although this is Buddhist, it is similar to the Taoist usage of 'Flow,' which was one of our original inspirations."

Care about the poor? Fight for their economic freedom.

July 4, 2011  ·  Category: Current Events, FLOW, Politics

An outstanding video for anyone who truly cares about the quality of life of poor individuals from around the world. Or, for that matter, about their own quality of life.

Michael Strong’s “Be the Solution”: Show us what your vision of beauty and nobility looks like

June 18, 2011  ·  Category: FLOW, Intellectual

Readers of Mudita Journal may well enjoy Michael Strong's new book Be the Solution. I seldom order books while I'm overseas, wanting to keep my suitcases light, but I've just ordered a copy of this book -- which is ironic, because Michael sent me a copy when it was published, and I was still in the U.S., but for personal reasons I was doing much less reading at the time. Some of you may recognize Strong as the CEO of FLOW, whose activities I have covered from time to time on Mudita Journal. Strong has some new projects that interest me a ...

John Mackey on Conscious Capitalism

December 8, 2009  ·  Category: Current Events, FLOW, Individualism

John does an excellent job, here, of explaining the theme he's been promoting in recent years. I particularly like what he conveys in the first few minutes. I'm more ambivalent about the idea of businesses having "responsibilities" to the community, since it seems one-sided to me; it is not clear to me that businesses have any more obligation to the community than communities have to businesses. So why emphasize one over the other? At the same time, I do think that if I owned a business such as Whole Foods, I would be looking for ways to use our massive influence to ...

Entrepreneurial potential in Senegal

May 29, 2009  ·  Category: FLOW

Below is the May 2009 newsletter I received from Flow's Michael Strong. I haven't quite put my finger on why, but I enjoy Michael's storytelling so much. Perhaps it has to do with his ability to integrate such wide cultural perspectives into something that honors human nature at such a deep level. I bow to you, Michael. "Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it." --Rumi Shuffling through the ankle deep sand of the narrow paths that pass for streets in a traditional Senegalese neighborhood ...

Mudita Forum is now at Google Groups

Check out the new Mudita Forum, if you think you might be interested. The purpose of Mudita Forum is to provide a stimulating, thoughtful environment for discussing Eastern consciousness-raising practices — such as meditation, mindfulness, and the cultivation of presence — while using Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism as a basic philosophical frame-of-reference. The old group got lost when I was changing servers a couple years ago, but recently I've been contacted by new people wishing to join. My hope for the new group is that it will be much like the old one: low-volume, high-quality, and stimulating on many levels. I sent invites ...

Akawelle: Also Known as ‘Love’

August 1, 2008  ·  Category: FLOW

A 2003 photo from the coverage of Liberia's civil war: From this month's FLOW newsletter: Akawelle means "also known as love" in Liberia. 15-year-old former Liberian civil war refugee Lovetta Conto created the Akawelle necklace from the casting of bullets spent in the Liberian civil war, as a symbol of the life that come from devastation, with the right attitude, real support, and a liberated entrepreneurial spirit. FLOW is working with the Strongheart Group, who provided Lovetta with a fellowship and a new place to call home in Liberia to advance her work of inspiring other young Liberians to make a new ...

FLOW: Markets in happiness and well-being

July 7, 2008  ·  Category: FLOW, Intellectual, Politics

I've been greatly enjoying my monthly newsletters from FLOW, because these guys are genuinely committed to exploring the reconciliation between liberal values (of personal development, generosity, community, and peace) and free markets. Below is their latest, from CEO Michael Strong. Other than perhaps his analysis of Mac vs. PC ;-) I find this to be a very stimulating and incisive discussion of the relevant topics. Dear FLOW Members, One of our most powerful instincts is that those who contribute the most to a community should be rewarded the most. From this perspective, it has always been a source of great consternation ...

Profits are like happiness: If you aim for it directly, you’re more likely to miss

June 29, 2008  ·  Category: FLOW, Intellectual, Objectivism

I've become very intrigued lately by Whole Foods CEO John Mackey's concept of "conscious capitalism" (link to PDF essay). A few days ago, Justin Fox from Time Magazine published a lengthy interview with Mackey and his college housemate Kip Tindell -- who, as it happens, is the CEO of the Container Store, which is similarly prosperous and also run by a very similar business philosophy. Year after year, Fortune magazine consistently rates their two companies as among the best companies in the world for which to work. Here's a good quote from Mackey, from the Time interview, that sort of sums up Mackey's ...

Michael Strong: Give charter schools a chance

May 1, 2008  ·  Category: Current Events, FLOW, Individualism, Politics

I've been talking some lately with Flow CEO Michael Strong, who (together with Whole Foods CEO John Mackey) is doing some excellent work with explaining free market principles to folks with liberal-ish ideals. Today I noticed an article he published recently at Cato Unbound, wherein he makes some excellent points about charter schools in the United States -- and why they haven't (really) been given a fair trial yet, when it comes to helping American students overcome their rotten performance scores. I liked this point: After the fall of communism, even the most recalcitrant academics acknowledged that Hayek had been correct ...