Guest post — Ecosynomics Salon at 30 Rock in Manhattan

Guest blog by Carol Gorelick and Mike Puleo

On August 1 Jim Ritchie-Dunham, Carol Gorelick and Mike Puelo co-hosted an Ecosynomics salon in a 41st floor Deloitte boardroom with a beautiful view of Manhattan. 18 interested and interesting people gathered to learn about Ecosynomics.

Individuals introduced themselves as educators, trainers, strategists, academics, consultants and authors. The common thread was experience in cross-functional, cross sector work, curiosity about groups/organizations that outperform others and deep commitment to continuous personal and organizational learning.

The invitation was to a 2-hour salon, or “tasting” to dive into one’s agreements and understanding of how they support the sustainable success of an organization as well as its extended community. Thanks to Leslie Ritchie-Dunham, participants were welcomed into an open, warm space with delicious wholesome food and drink, served with care. Deloitte generously let us use their space for the Salon. People entered the “formal” boardroom already engaged and chatting. When we ended, several people continued the conversation for more than an hour.

Jim described the Ecosynomics framework and harmonic vibrancy survey with its outcomes. The highlight was small group conversations that allowed each person to apply the framework to themselves and groups they believe were or are examples of harmonic vibrancy.

Following the salon we have offered attendees the opportunity to take the survey and the Ecosynomics ecourse. We elicited feedback from the participants. Their words are the best way to share the experience:

“I have already ‘bought’ Jim’s e-book on Ecosynomics…. I also have found a client opportunity to introduce Jim’s work to them, and want them to take the survey as a ‘family group’…and incorporate the feedback / survey results into a 3-day workshop.”

“It was utterly fascinating…and even more fascinating were the incredible group of people who were in attendance…but it was way too little time for the deep discussion we started having, and I have many more questions than answers regarding the presentation, methodology, and potential applications!”

Our intention is to continue to evolve the “Salon,” inviting people from diverse communities. We have been asked and will host another gathering to continue the conversation we began on August 1; perhaps this will be the beginning of a Harmonic Vibrancy NY community of practice.

We would be delighted to help design and facilitate if you are interested in hosting or participating in a salon event.  Please contact us if you are interested.

Carol Gorelick is co-founder and Executive Director of ABC Connects, working in the U.S. and South Africa to develop school-community partnerships that strengthen schools and build communities.  Having worked in large global companies, a consultancy, and at Pace University and the University of Cape Town, Carol bridges the worlds of practice, capacity building, and research.

Michael Puleo is a founding board member of ISC.  He is a Director at Deloitte Consulting LLP.  His passion is yacht racing, campaigning across the eastern seaboard.  He also chairs the board of the Stamford Symphony Orchestra.

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