Vulnerability, giving, courage

EMBRACING VULNERABILITY

The What I Be Project
by Ben Renschen
ORIGIN Magazine

How would you complete the sentence: “I am not my…?” Why is it that we so often feel defined by vulnerabilities rather than our strengths? This article provides a glimpse of the beauty and pain that are expressed and exposed through the What I Be Project. Through striking photographs in which people share their pain as a graphic or word on their skin, “…the project serves as ‘a way to create security through insecurity. It’s a way to show vulnerability. A way for people to see you for who you really are without being defined by an insecurity.’”                        

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GIVING OURSELVES

The Charitable-Industrial Complex
by Peter Buffett
The New York Times

Is there more to philanthropy than monetary giving? In this article, Buffett acknowledges the many challenges surrounding the practice of philanthropy and charity. Despite the many critiques, he notes: “I’m really not calling for an end to capitalism; I’m calling for humanism.” It is Still Harbor’s belief that what each of us gives is most powerful when it embraces our shared humanity and interconnectedness, as individuals and as communities. It is with this framework of “humanism” that we will be able to address the systemic and structural issues that fuel the cycles of injustice and inequity in the world.

EMOTIONAL COURAGE 

Why So Many Leadership Programs Ultimately Fail
by Peter Bregman
Harvard Business Review

What defines a strong leader? How is leadership effectively taught, practiced, and learned? Bregman reflects on the significant gap between leadership theory and practice. Over time, he has learned that leadership requires the “emotional courage” to stay true to yourself while also standing in solidarity with others. Such skills are difficult to learn and require us to look to our own interior lives. Bregman’s examples of what he terms emotional courage are one way to imagine showing spiritual strength in a professional setting.                        

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