My story starts sometime ago, with an idyllic childhood in a tiny tropical island.
Bliss was interrupted.
And suddenly I found myself as an uprooted 12 year old boy brought by his family to Western Massachusetts. This was how I became a minority, and it was no fun. I didn't like it. Change, and a thirst for justice became my drive at a very early age. I am not one to settle for “things as they are.”
Everyday was about movement. It was about learning, about organizing. Step by step on the steep learning curve of life, I became an activist, an advocate, and even a politician. I had big ideas about freedom, self expression and the need to shape a better future. This became my life.
It was an inspired life. But anger was too prominent. Ours was an adversarial approach. We were “against” too many things.
One day I was able to see the wheel. And I was caught in it. It kept me running around while little change was actually happening.
I saw the wheel and I saw myself in it, and I didn’t like what I saw. I had become an angry person, a self-righteous person, a frustrated person. I was given tools for change, but the tools were obsolete. These realizations led to a breakdown. This breakdown led to an awakening.
It was because of this awakening that I shifted my orientation. I discovered a new depth of love, a force that was no longer a private matter. I discovered the powerful currencies of trust, meaning and connection. I became concerned with changing the way change happens, with changing how we go about change. I discovered the logic of networks.
I became passionately infused with the idea that we can become participants in our own evolution. Transformation is found at the intersection of our desire and our own creative force. Our job is to activate our latent powers.
And it was because of that that I joined the Interaction Institute for Social Change and started working with my mentor, Robert Gass, and the Social Transformation Project.
I took this new found energy, this burst of inspiration, and poured it into seven years of work as a coach, trainer and facilitator to those who stand out as leaders in our effort to craft a better future.
These seven years bring me here, and finally there is The Thrive Workshop. An effort to bring together the most important lessons about the way change happens and to share this knowledge with anyone who is ready to act, to start something.
I learned that there are many people who are driven by a thirst for meaning, autonomy and mastery - these are the doers.
When these people tune in to what they truly desire, when they listen to the ideas that are burning within them, when they take the leap into action, when they actually start – a powerful force seems to align behind them.
Their creative thrust propels them and they take charge for creating the world. This is how change happens, and this is why The Thrive Workshop exists.