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.


A Birdhouse Intensive

In 4 Salons, a dinner, and an Intensive this Spring, 150 Mexican leaders explored the experience of harmonic vibrancy and the Ecosynomics of agreements.

Towards the Education part of ISC’s charter, Jim Ritchie-Dunham has been working with ISC Fellows in Europe, USA, and Mexico to engage ever broader communities of people in the work of Ecosynomics. The ISC courses now focus at three levels: a 2-hour, experiential overview we call a Salon; introductory courses taught by ISC Fellows; and 3-day, in-depth Intensives with Jim R-D.

The Salons provide a 2-hour, interactive experience of the choice and agreements in the experience of harmonic vibrancy and the abundance-based principles supporting that experience.  The Intensive dives deeply into the Ecosynomics framework and its supporting tools.

Following up on a Salon in Boston in the fall 2012, a series of Salons across Germany in the fall 2012, and an Intensive in Massachusetts in December 2012, we just completed a series in Mexico.

Over three days at the Casa de Aves (Spanish for birdhouse), a beautiful resort in San Miguel de Allende, 3 hours north of Mexico City in Mexico, five students of Ecosynomics dove into the depths of the theory and practice with ISC President Jim Ritchie-Dunham.  In the evenings, they helped facilitate four two-hour Salons and a dinner hosted by the Council of Entrepreneurs of San Miguel de Allende, ISBAN of the Santander Group, and the Argentinian restaurant La Esquina Gaucha.

ISC colleagues at the SC Group, Conrado Garcia, America Rodriguez, and Jaime Martinez, hosted and coordinated the whole event.  The SC Group is now coordinating a series of Intensives and Salons in Mexico for the early fall 2013.

Additional Intensives are being planned for May in Massachusetts and June in North Carolina.  If you are interested in hosting or participating in a Salon or Intensive, please contact Jim R-D.

Ecosynomics at ISBAN, a World-class Bank


I spent the afternoon talking about the Ecosynomics of the experience of harmonic vibrancy with folks at ISBAN, one of the leading practitioners of Ecosynomic principles.  See pictures taken by our host, the SC Group.  ISBAN is the software engineering company of Group Santander, one of the largest banks in the world.