On Monday 18th March, I ran a youth entrepreneurship workshop at the UN Palais des Nations for @CASTrips with students from The British School - New Delhi
They took on the innovation challenge of cleaning up Delhi's air - the 6th largest polluter on the planet. I was delighted to welcome Lama Sha'sha'a, the Co-Founder of IRA - International Robotics Academy, Jordan to deliver a session; and run the event in partnership with Fiorina Mugione, Chief, Entrepreneurship Section, Division of Investment & Enterprise, UNCTAD.
Incredible students, incredible ideas, already innovating and dreaming big on enterprises to achieve the SDGs.
#wellbeing #ideas #creativity #innovation #entrepreneurship #flowinaction
It’s 20th March 2019. Here’s wishing you a joyful International Day of Happiness!
Do this simplest of happiness practices today…a smile, a wave, an exchange of words with someone. Initiate it and notice when you receive it too. You’re creating what’s called positivity resonance. It fills up your wellbeing credit bank, so you will actually be healthier and happier by the end of the day.
By the way, you’ll also have been more creative as a problem-solver and increased your capacity to take action for positive impact in your work.
It’s so simple, I know that you’re tempted not to believe me, but the science of wellbeing backs it up, so really, get on with being happy today if you’re committed to being a change-maker.
Flow In Action + You > happiness = increase your positive impact for people and planet
You may not know yet that you can design solutions around proven wellbeing practices and measures to increase positive impact. And that is where Flow In Action comes in to help you.
We create the conditions for you – as youth, educators, entrepreneurs, impact investors and change-making organisations – to integrate wellbeing into your work to:
We introduce, explain, signpost, provide practical solutions and strategic business development support integrating well-being solutions into your activities; starting with our scene-setting workshop on why designing around happiness and wellbeing matters.
It’s more than a day!
International Day of Happiness was adopted by the UN in 2013, “its resolution 65/309 entitled “Happiness: towards a holistic approach to development”, conscious that the pursuit of happiness was a fundamental human goal, recognized that the gross domestic product (GDP) indicator was not designed to and did not adequately reflect the happiness and well-being of people.”
The UN recognised that to achieve the sustainable development goals for the good of all, we need to do things differently and integrate wellbeing, not just as a measure but as an approach in policies, strategies and delivery at a local level of the SDGs in every community.
Young people get it!
They may not always have the words but they intuitively feel it and know it – that we are all connected and interdependent. Last Friday, they got themselves out there to march for climate action.
Gen Z is not waiting for your permission. They are demanding the economics of flourishing, where we design education, healthcare, businesses, products and services for the wellbeing of the planet.
They understand, that more than ever the wellbeing of people and people, which are inextricably linked to each other, have become much more than a ‘nice-to-have’; they have become a ‘have-to-have’ - challenging us to be better, ‘fully human’ and dare to be different in the ways that we behave towards each other and as consumers.
So? Do you dare?
All that you need to do is get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how the economics of flourishing can help you and your organisation.
#iamunprecedented #flowinaction #loveismysocialmission #imagination #ideas #creativity #innovation #entrepreneurship #climateaction #noplanetb #designforhappiness #internationalhappinessday
Are you a woman problem-solving for people and planet?
Here are 3 excellent reasons to sign up for the I Am UnPrecedented® wellbeing practice
as your March Adventure, starting 10th March.
Are you hiding your own self-neglect?
Changemaking is hard work. We often hide our own self-neglect behind the compassionate work that we do. When we do, we're undermining our own capacity to make change happen.
It’s time to radically change perspective as women and reconnect with the planet, the ultimate feminine energy, by loving ourselves so that we can protect it better.
It’s time to have love as your social mission, at the centre of your adventures, as the strong foundation building your innovation and entrepreneurship skills.
Oh yes, important to mention! I've not just made this up. It's backed by the science of wellbeing!
March is packed full of UN Observance Days including International Women’s Day, International Day of Happiness, World Poetry Day, International Day of Forests, World Water Day…just to name a few of them.
These days resonate and intertwine with each other, connecting wellbeing, creativity and innovation together to inspire us, as rebel-girl adventurers - to take action for people and planet.
Yes, you have time to do it
Knowing how busy you are, I am picking your pocket!
Over the 21-days you will receive an email early each morning with the practice as a recorded and PDF version, giving you the wellbeing ‘recipe’ for the day.
It takes less than 3 minutes to read or listen to, and then you will reflect and notice through the day, journaling at night, which can be a shared activity with friends/family if you would like.
Your wellbeing is a have-to-have
With 24+ years of social change expertise, I know from experience that wellbeing is a have-to-have if we are going flourish and be sustained for this journey.
The practice brings that expertise together with science of wellbeing principles that make real, positive impact.
Improving your wellbeing is going to improve your problem-solving creativity and resilience, so that you improve your capacity to innovate for change.
It’s 45chf (less than a cuppa coffee per day) so sign up today
#iamunprecedented #loveismysocialmission #love #lovemore
#iwd2019 #women #wellbeing #creativity #innovation #entrepreneurship #climateaction #innovateforchange
After more than 24 years working in social change, I have a joyful longing which is bubbling over, a need to disrupt the status quo, a burning desire to do as Rumi suggested, “Run from what's comfortable. Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious. I have tried prudent planning long enough. From now on I'll be mad.”
I want to talk about love. Love. Love as a social mission. Loving yourself. Love as the gateway to remembering you are ‘of’ the planet and that it breathes you, so your business solutions must be ‘for’ it too.
If we are going to win hearts and minds on taking action for the planet, we need to radically practice the compassion and collaboration that we preach. I think we are all exhausted by the toxic, non-collaborative environments and behaviours, which get disguised and excused under the urgency of an organisation’s compassionate vision and mission. A review into Amnesty International’s workplace culture published this week isn’t unique by any stretch of the imagination.
An economist I know, with his start-up business of delivering poetic messages of love to people, broke this wide open for me, astonishing me awake, giving voice to the very thing that I think I have always been burning to say, giving me the courage to finally say it out loud.
I want to smash numb hearts open with love and joy and awe and gratitude. Because what happens then is the dam-burst of your unique, incredible, exquisite, problem-solving creativity. Invention. Innovation.
Oh yes, also important to mention. I haven’t made this up, it is all backed by the science of wellbeing, particularly the work of Barbara Fredrickson. Positive emotions deepen your connection to your creativity, your resilience and your resources for taking action. More profoundly, they connect you to a sense of one-ness with the planet and those around you.
I have this crazy idea. It’s a bit like the Footloose moment we all dream of having…(a guilty pleasure, maybe just me then)…this delicious urge to dance into your organisations with their social missions, and start talking about love as a social mission, to see the jaws drop open, the wriggles of discomfort, the down-right irritation. I know when I get those moments of resistance that I have hit the nail on the head and dropped in the pebble of disruption.
With our social missions, we are a huge eco-system – from impact investors to solopreneurs and everything in between. If we really want value-added for people and planet, then love is our answer within our own organisations and partnerships.
In the words of Freddie and Bowie which never get old, “love dares you to care for the people on the edge of the night and love dares you to change our way of caring about ourselves.” © Under Pressure lyrics Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC.
Imagine achieving the Sustainable Development Goals before 2030. Do you want that for real? Do you dare to get there by being notorious? Will you take the risk on love?
If you answer yes, you need me to come dancing into your organisation. If you answer no to any of these questions, you definitely need me to come dancing into your organisation.
With processes and practices we’ll work on developing wellbeing and collaboration for you and your teams, so that you achieve your business goals for people and planet.
Get in touch via email@example.com
#loveasasocialmission #socialchange #innovation #entrepreneurship #impactinvestment #bcorporation #iamunprecedented #creativity #impactentrepreneur #sdgs #climateaction #noplanetb #socent
Can't wait to run this workshop! It's been a while since I've done a kids workshop and I miss their incredible imagination. They are power-houses of creativity when it comes to problem-solving for the planet.
We'll be playing with ways to re-invent what we do with wrappers for bonbons, chocolate and crisps,
inspiring every kid as a problem-solver for the planet, using their unique imagination and creativity.
We are going to be dreaming big on how to tackle what we do with all of those individual wrappers so that we leave no trace of trash on the planet! Which means that we're finding solutions to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 12 – Responsible Production & Consumption.
What to do?
Collect all of your wrappers for the week before the workshop.
Bring your wrappers along! Empty and clean.
We’ll explore the challenge, play with ideas, download solutions and build our first prototypes from the wrappers!
#globalcitizen #entrepreneur #kidpreneur #innovation #creativity #ideas #imagination #flowinaction
Honoured and overjoyed and humbled to receive this feedback from one of the rebel-girl adventurers who did the I Am Unprecedented® January Adventure wellbeing practice.
"as for I Am Unprecedented, I have been blown away by the impact it has had on me over the course of the past three weeks. You have helped me reach a deeper understanding of how important love & connection really is. Providing the science behind the theory, resonated with me & helped me to trust the process & quieten my inner critic. The loving kindness practice unfolded in a simple & easy way, slipping into daily life without difficulty. I had dabbled with a Metta meditation before, however it had been clouded with the effort of trying to feel loving kindness rather than just do the practice. I am also aware that the focus on myself was minimal, until taking part in the January Adventure. I am looking forward to repeating the whole process in a few months & seeing how the next adventure unfurls..." Woman Entrepreneur, Switzerland
#iamunprecedented #rebelgirladventurer #loveasasocialmission #love #flowinaction #creativity #entrepreneur #innovation #wellbeing #climateaction #noplanetb
Is the first point
Of remembering to cherish the planet
As you realise that your utterly unique existence
Is inextricably linked to the Earth’s eco-system
That breathes you every day
#iamunprecedented #rebelgirl #climateaction
You are compassionate to everyone else through your work, but how is going on looking after yourself?
I know, we're only mid-January, but February is right around the corner. The month of love. Speaking as a woman changemaker and entrepreneur to the other rebel-girls out there, I want to make February the month of loving yourself first, knowing that if you do, you'll make more positive impact.
Whatever your age, I know that as a rebel girl you feel joy when you are disrupting the status quo to make change happen in ways that are meaningful to you, for people and planet.
You’re not afraid of hard work, in fact, you’re more likely to burn-out before you give up. And that is exactly the problem. As rebel girls, when we take this approach to life, we limit the good that we can do. We end up being stuck and not making a difference, which is the very thing that we’re trying to avoid.
This is your greatest rebel girl adventure!
February is the month of love. If you genuinely want to make more positive impact, then your greatest adventure for this year is to love yourself first. To learn to flourish, instead of burning out. In the words of Anais Nin, "Life shrinks or expands according to one's courage...The day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. Life is a process of becoming..." It's time to celebrate yourself.
This approach is backed up by the work of Barbara L Fredrickson, in her exploration of positive emotions. As you create a deep resonance of positivity around you, you will unfold a path full of joy and connection with others; you will deepen your resources for overcoming challenges; you will create the conditions for new ideas and solutions for positive impact.
As a problem-solver for people and planet, love is in fact at the heart of your social mission, so now it's time to learn to live love as your social mission in the everyday.
It’s not selfish, or woo-woo! We know the courage and persistence it takes to keep showing up to make positive change happen in our work, to start and run businesses.
There has never been anyone like you before, so honour yourself by speaking your truth, celebrate your unique blend of creativity and bring your solutions to life. Make this space for yourself and you'll make it for others too.
It's time to change perspective because where do you want your rebel girl adventures to lead you? If you really want to get there, it is time learn to love yourself first, so that you can open up with joy. Make time to nourish your soul and nurture your spirit to overflow with light into every space. Recognise how to be all of you, head into each day knowing that you can find your way forward.
Love yourself first this February with I Am Unprecedented® wellbeing practice
Speaking from experience, it's time for loving yourself first to be the starting point for your adventures. The next programme starts 1st February. Knowing how busy you are, the I Am Unprecedented® 21-day programme ‘picks your pocket’ by absorbing activities into your normal routine.
Find out more about the I Am Unprecedented® wellbeing practice for rebel girls and women who move mountains.
#iamunprecedented #loveismysocialmission #rebelgirlsadventures #rebelgirl #disruptive #globalcitizen #entrepreneur #innovation #loveyourselffirst #flowinactio
Here's wishing that adventure is stalking you in 2019!
Be inspired by the story of the Dancing Cow from Mary Poppins. May you move and be blessed with falling stars and dancing feet.
May #love for yourself and for others be at the centre of your adventures.
May #loveasasocialmission guide you forward each day to protect the planet.
And join me for a January Adventure in my I Am Unprecedented practice to set up your #rebelgirladventures for the year ahead.
#iamunprecedented #rebelgirladventures#rebelgirllifestyle#womenwhomovemountains#loveyourselffirst #adventurers #love#creativity #joy #wellbeing #entrepreneur#weareallconnected
Hi Everyone, I hope you've all had a great Christmas and are looking forward to unfolding a new year full of incredible moments.
2018 was a rollercoaster! The Universe came knocking, kicked me out of my comfort zone and demanded that Ioving myself was the starting point of every adventure. So I've been taking the time to revisit my coaching programmes to be absolutely true to what that means in practice.
I'd love it if I could share my I Am Unprecedented® practice with you starting 6th January for 3 weeks at just 45 chf per person, to set you up for the year ahead so that loving yourself first was the starting point for your adventures too.
I know so many of you as rebel girls and women who move mountains, and the courage and persistence it needs to start and run businesses and problem-solve for the planet. Where do you want your rebel girl adventures to lead you this year? Make sure that getting there involves love, joy and connection.
It's super easy to do, you'll receive a guided set of intentions and activities (easily absorbed into your daily routine) each week to complete in your own time.
Let me know if you'd like to join :) on this page or email firstname.lastname@example.org
#rebelgirladventures #iamunprecedented #love #creativity #womenwhomovemountains #flowinaction #lovemore #joy #entrepreneurs #loveasasocialmission
A privilege for me to work as part of the UNCTAD team to present the Start-Ups & Scale-Ups for SDGs event at the Palais des Nations on Thursday 15th November 2018 as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week #GEW2018
I have had the great privilege of working all week with the 12 #start4sdgsyoung entrepreneurs to support them in their preparations for today's @UNCTAD pitching event. You can see them here...and a bit of me...live from the UN Palais des Nations in Geneva #GEW2018 this afternoon.
To wrap up Global Entrepreneurship Week 2018, I'll be running a wellbeing workshop @Soft-Space Geneva for women entrepreneurs 14.00 - 15.30.
I Am Unprecedented® is a wellbeing session for women entrepreneurs, reconnecting you to your creativity, light and energy, so that you are nurtured and rejuvenated for your ‘entrepreneur’s journey.’
With positive practices that centre you on your strengths and give you practical tools for facing the challenges of leading positive change, you will build self-care and self-compassion techniques designed to support you in the day-to-day of living your life purpose.
Come along to network, learn and celebrate as women in business on 17th November. Sign up via https://www.facebook.com/events/2166381723413921/
#GEW2018 #liberezvosidees #entrepreneurship #womeninbusiness #innovation #wellbeing #SDG3
At the start of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2018 come along to this workshop at Soft-Space in Geneva to explore social innovation solutions for engaging migrants and refugees in entrepreneurship.
Sign up here
I'll be there. It's in French and English.
A very handy workshop after the recently published Entrepreneurship Policy Framework on Migrants & Refugees launched by UNCTAD, IOM and UNHCR last week at the World Investment Forum - a fact-based narrative which shows how engaging migrants in entrepreneurship improves the economies of host and home countries alike.
I'm very proud to be part of the @UNCTAD Start-Ups & Scale-Ups for SDGs event again this year.
Register at the link in the picture above and join us to be inspired by the 12 incredible young entrepreneurs at this pitching event.
What makes this event different? Why is it important?
The 12 young entrepreneurs have demonstrated persistence, perseverance and hashtag#resilience, linking their business solutions to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals hashtag#SDGs. They show how entrepreneurship is a tool for developing economies wherever you are in the world.
#startups #entrepreneurship #Start4SDGs #innovation #socinn
It was amazing seeing The Student Ideas Challenge 2018 come to fruition during the UNCTAD World Investment Forum 2018 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
As part of the Empretec Women In Business Awards it was designed to engage young people ages 8-18 years in exploring entrepreneurship as a key tool in achieving gender equality – Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 5). It was sponsored by impact investor Symbiotics SA.
Having worked in collaboration with UNCTAD to prepare the pack, we distributed it to over 200 schools and it was circulated via The Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network to schools in Commonwealth countries, and via UN Women.
We invited young people, as future innovators and entrepreneurs, to respond to 5 challenges, linked to SDGs 2, 4, 5, 11 and 12; based on an approach for innovation challenges from Flow In Action’s learn to move mountains® workshops for young people and UNCTAD’s Vision youth entrepreneurship training programme
#SDG2 How will you…feed 8.5 billion people by 2030 without doing any damage to the environment?
#SDG4 How will you…create inclusive education for all children using virtual reality?
#SDG5 How will you…use technology to achieve gender equality and end discrimination against women and girls?
#SDG11 How will you…create a sustainable city with no environmental harm to the planet, to revolutionise how 8.5 billion people live together?
#SDG12 How will you…stop clothes going into landfill by reinventing what they are made from?
The submitted posters and short videos from young people with their concepts, were featured in a display in the Pas Perdus in the Palais des Nations, outside the Assembly Hall as part of the World Investment Forum (WIF) 2018 from 22nd to 26th October 2018.
The voices of young people also featured during the Empretec Women In Business Awards ceremony on 25th October 2018, where they shared their ideas, hopes and dreams for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Magda El-Sadek @magdaelsade; Keli Sheng, Nerine Niessen and Mats del Bubba from International School of Geneva @EcolintGeneva; Marta Balañá-Vicente ; Natheir Ahmad Abu Dahab @IRA_Robotics ; Salma Abu Dahab @IRA_Robotics.
Watch the webcast of the ceremony
#innovation #entrepreneurship #flowinaction #pureenergyofcreating #empretec #unctad
I am partnering with UNCTAD, the UN’s Trade and Development section www.unctad.org and I am delighted to invite students from your school, to take part in the UNCTAD Empretec Women in Business Awards 2018 – Student Ideas Challenge.
The Student Ideas Challenge is FREE to participate in and calls on young people from 8-18 years old, as the next generation of innovators, intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs, to share their incredible, innovative ideas by 3rd October 2018 on how to solve five of the Sustainable Development Goals which are specifically linked to gender equality and women’s empowerment.
This easy-to-use pack, sponsored by impact investor Symbiotics SA, complete with lesson plans, challenge questions and research links, is designed for educators to use with students to engage them in the Challenge. It can also be used for self-directed learning by older students.
The pack has three simple steps:
The posters and videos will be displayed at the Women In Business Awards 2018 event, 25th October 2018 in the General Assembly at the UN, Palais des Nations, Geneva. They will act as a call to action from young people to event attendees and a global audience, inspiring action for gender equality through innovation and entrepreneurship.
Find out more about the WBA Awards 2018.
The Schools Pack is designed to be adapted to the time you have available, whether 30 mins or 3 lessons. You can use it as a whole school activity or incorporate it into a specific lesson as service learning, or as part of tutor time or an after-school club.
The pack is designed to develop creative thinking skills and growth mindset, as students explore, take risks on ideas and gain an overview of how learning, practice and effort enables people to achieve their goals.
Get in touch via email email@example.com if you would like a pack. Even if you cannot meet the deadline, you can still use the pack to generate awareness of achieving gender equality through entrepreneurship.
An invitation from the Universe herself.
Because you are extraordinary, unprecedented.
No-one like you before.
Demanding that every part of you shows up. Nothing less. No settling.
Risk it all and fall into the essence of your whole life.
#more #flowinaction #lovemore #joy #love #resilience #happiness #dontbeafraid #disruptive #socinn #unprecedented
Empretec Women In Business Awards 2018
Thursday 25th October 2018, 18.00 – 20.00 CEST, General Assembly, UN, Palais des Nations
The Empretec Women In Business Awards take place on Thursday 25th October, 6-8pm, during the World Investment Forum (WIF) at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
These awards, hosted in the General Assembly, are celebrating the crucial role that women entrepreneurs play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in their communities.
Here are 3 easy ways to get involved using Sustainable Development Goals which all play a significant role in women’s empowerment globally:
Ideas To Change The World Posters: Get your children and youth to draw and describe their innovative solutions to achieve either of these Sustainable Development Goals #4 – Education and #13 – Climate Action. We’ll provide an Ideas Canvas template and instructions to generate the incredible ideas, using Flow In Action’s learn to move mountains® approach. The posters will be used to create a display inside and outside of the General Assembly at the UN, Palais des Nations.
1-minute Films: Get your children and youth to create a 1-min film of their creative interpretation of women’s empowerment through entrepreneurship using spoken word poetry. The films will be shown during the event itself and used as a call to action to policymakers and changemakers following the event.
3-min in-person: There are 2 places for a 3-minute in-person performance by individuals or a group on stage in the General Assembly through singing, dancing, musical performance, drama.
The event is organised by UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade & Development) together with UN Women and the Commonwealth Business Women Forum.
The Empretec Women in Business Award are granted to women-owned businesses that have benefited from the business development services of the Empretec programme – a pioneering UNCTAD programme for the promotion of entrepreneurship that operates in 40 developing countries.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org today to register your interest and to receive an event pack.
Start-Ups for SDGs during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2018
Thursday 15th November 2018, 15.00 – 19.00 CEST, General Assembly, UN, Palais des Nations
The Start-Ups for SDGs is a pitching event organised by UNCTAD, taking place during Global Entrepreneurship Week. Ten candidates from developing countries pitch their enterprises to an Expert Panel of impact investors for feedback, guidance and the opportunity to secure funding.
Here are 3 easy ways to get involved:
1.Ideas To Change The World Posters: Get your children and youth to draw and describe their innovative enterprise solutions to achieve Sustainable Development Goal #13 – Climate Action.
We’ll provide an Ideas Canvas template and instructions to generate the incredible ideas for enterprises, using Flow In Action’s learn to move mountains® approach.
The posters will be used to create a display inside and outside of the event at the UN, Palais des Nations.
2.Flash Mob for SDGs: Come along with your children and youth and take part in the youth-led Flash Mob for SDGs.
Whilst the Expert Panel are evaluating the pitches, the young people in the audience will lead the audience in a ‘flash mob’ singing/dancing activity with the theme of celebrating positive action.
3.Be Part of the Audience: Inspire children and youth by coming along to the event, to hear and see young entrepreneur’s sharing their ideas. Use it as a platform for encouraging them as innovators and entrepreneurs as they view the ‘entrepreneur’s journey’ inside the United Nations.
Email email@example.com to register your interest and receive an event pack.
Delighted with this feedback from James, age 10 yrs, from one of my last workshops run @softspacegeneva inspiring kids as #agentsofchange using #innovation thinking
#kidpreneur #socinn #positiveeducation #creativity #imagination #ideas #flowinaction
The learn to move mountains workshops empower kids to be strengths-based problem-solvers.
One of the things I do, is to get kids to choose a minimum of 3 strengths that they see in themselves from the At My Best strengths cards pack. It is really special to have them recognise their strengths and know that they are using them to imagine amazing solutions.
I love it when they choose lots of cards! It's like watching flowers bloom!
#empower #positiveeducation #characterstrengths #creativity #imagination #innovation