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ebbf member Elisa Mallis recently won the opportunity to fly into space, as part of an astronaut training project relating to the XCOR Space Expeditions.
What struck us was how clearly she expressed her values and her way of applying spirituality even in this kind of workplace. You can read below just a few of the phrases she used in a longer interview she gave for the astronaut program.
“I believe that as more leaders take a truly global perspective we will finally be ‘solving for the world’ and we will have a real opportunity to tackle some of the biggest challenges that threaten our planet and our existence.” and “having worked and lived in 16 countries … I explored many cultures, religions and spiritual traditions. What I continuously noticed was that although there are so many differences, the similarities are astounding and in many ways more important … appreciating the many ways to nurture the human spirit in the workplace across all cultures and religions … creating in me a ‘one world’ perspective.
You can read here the full interview introducing you to her current work, her future ambitious and the values that sustain her life.
UnityWorks recently launched a pilot training program with four schools in Yakima, Washington State, US. The program covered issues of race, gender, language, social class, prejudice, stereotyping and other diversity topics. In February, UnityWorks completed its first intensive 40-hour diversity training for staff and students. During the training, the participants put together their “Diversity Action Plans” for the remainder of the academic year.
Founded September 2013, UnityWorks also offers workshop materials, presentations and a curriculum for school children. The Foundation’s current focus is to multiply the programs across US, teaching thousands of teachers and students about unity in diversity.
Nooshin Erfani is the project coordinator of the The Wits Justice Project which won gold at the Making All Voices Count 2015 Global Innovation Competition in Jakarta. Out of 241 global ideas, the Citizen Justice Network was one of five finalists who won gold.
The Citizen Justice Network project aims to activate marginalized communities to fight miscarriages of justice.
It will train eight community activists across the country in basic journalism and the use of technology.
Activists will be sourced from rural areas where platforms for reporting on stories of miscarriages of justice in the criminal justice system are minimal.
The project will enrich community radio and online media. It will provide local activists with an opportunity to expose stories not necessarily covered by mainstream journalists, bridging the gap between community and mainstream media.
Daniele Gotti is Administrator at NUR Internet Marketing. He attended the last two ebbf conferences, in London and in Barcelona.
“It was a unique experience. The meaningful conversations, the relevance of the topics and the personal, professional and geographical diversity of the participants made it a great opportunity for sharing and mutual enrichment.”
About the ebbf values, he says that they are well formulated, effective and clearly explained during the conference, allowing participants to create their ideal model of enterprise.
“I recommend the experience of an ebbf conference to all the people interested in improving their workplace, strenghtening their professional skills with strong values and taking a challenge.”
He thinks that the worshops really help to define actions and to implement them in the workplace. To better do so, moderation is needed. He says that is possible to be more moderated “through and active and dinamic consultation, not only allowing people to express themselves but fostering the participation of people usually feeling uncomfortable of being at the centre of attenion so that is possibleto have different ideas and contributions. This allows to share a projec and a better result in terms of fulfillment of a goal.”
ebbf board member and one of IFRC’s directors Françoise Le Goff recently facilitated one of ebbf’s online events. She offers her notes from that rich exploration, new learning and new possible applications of the value of #justice in our workplaces and economic systems.
“Justice is a virtue that can be learned through education and role models, it is a quality that awakes the conscience and creates a process of transformation of the individual who can then, in turn, influence and transform the environment that surrounds us.
Justice can be use to address a truly wide range of issues; poverty, corruption, violence, exploitation, materialism, desires, injustice, discrimination, in all of these instances the value of Justice can correct, improve and even wipe out some of those detrimental elements ….” Click here to read her more of her notes capturing some of the insights she gathered.
If you wish to enjoy one of these online events, you can view here the list of the UPCOMING EVENTS on ebbf’s website.