ABUNDANCE for WHOM | I have been meditating a bit on the word “abundance” – it still dances with me in its complexity and paradoxes. As you know, the word often suggest “wealth” as in “material wealth,” but, it may not necessarily be so all the time, perhaps its meaning goes further and deeper and it may speak to a profound human yearning of a humanity that manifest itself daily in it most generous and empathic way – another way of being, a higher state of mind; others speak of it as a higher level of consciousness – constant challenges in our lives could also be remarkable inspiring.

  • “I do not understand the mystery of grace – only that it meets us where we are and does not leave us where it found us.” – Anne Lamott

My struggle is my duality, a friend recently told me over lunch – the fact that I have needs & wants, yet, I also know that I have friends, relatives, even neighbours here and beyond our immediate geographical borders that have little, or very limited resources, are confronted by scarcity on a daily basis, and cannot even feed their families properly. I am worried, he continued, about my own “mental walls” metaphorically speaking – and because of it, I feel my empathy for “the other” keeps going down another notch.

  • “I believe empathy is the most essential quality of civilization.” – Roger Ebert 

I can appreciate that of course, abundance does not necessarily has to address every single human concern, but, I ask myself; shouldn’t the basics be covered for everyone – this is humanity’s greatest challenge at this time. As a growing number of us struggle with limited resources; part of the so called “gig economy” – they find themselves often under stress on that proverbial “Camino del Proximo Cheque” – the way to the next paycheque – yet, in their daily rituals, they take a moment to acknowledge “abundance” in a deep vow of gratitude for what is given, received, manifested and accomplished over a period of time. Some words of wisdom here https://youtu.be/XdhG7WX9Fmg – by Mark Pagel, author of The Natural History of Human Cooperation

  • “You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might also pray in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.” – Khalil Gibran

I am sure the word “abundance” has a range of meanings, based who you ask & their particular station in life, their ethno-cultural backgrounds and upbringing. To some it is fullness, not needing anything, complete sustainability as it were. To others it has to do with resilience, strength of convictions, and gratitude for everyday things in their lives. Or some may say sunshine days, the joys of friendships, able to exercise safely, the arts.

To others it means there I always plenty of what life offers naturally, enough for everyone, food, shelter, love, etc., and that we must remove the word scarcity from our mind set. There are those who may speak of transitions from the personal to the collective and vice-versa. Others see the personal experience simply as a singular event, not connected to anything else but his or her own “energy field” – so to speak. Few see it as a blessing, a pure heart and a soul full of grace. Carine Clark explores as much in her inspiring TED Talk © https://youtu.be/h0q5H0Vz5Ow

  • When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” – John Muir

I truly believe – as it has already been demonstrated over 30 plus years through the Gaia Principles https://www.thegaiaprinciples.com/ – that everything including humans is indeed interconnected, and that we are not island of perpetual loneliness. In fact, early societies tended to favour models of cooperation within and without to reach what may have been to them the often elusive balance & equilibrium (healing) we seek in our times.

  • “Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into.” – Wayne Dyer

Is abundance circumstantial leadership and policies? Predetermined by ancestry, family of origin, geography, social standing, or a series of opportunities you may or may not see through, saw coming or felt moving through your field of vision & understandings? I am one of those who are constantly struggling to bridge the personal with the collective; so as I ponder abundance at a personal level, I keep thinking, how do we rise to meet the planetary challenges confronting us all and undoubtedly our political leaders?

Are we capable of truly focus with generosity and a “higher consciousness” on what is the essential question today – how do we as species move forward, how do we go from the “me-to-the-we.” Economist & Social Progress expert Michael Green invites us to imagine https://youtu.be/o08ykAqLOxk what is possible between now and 2050. –

About: Leo Campos A. is a Bilingual Storyteller, Community Organizer|Cultural Worker, Diversity & Inclusion Advocate, Personal Coach, Translator|Interpreter and Conscious Advertising Professional, based in Edmonton (Canada). He is also a part-time advisor & community outreach person with the cloud platform Wayfinders Business Cooperative ©

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TALK > Diversity & Inclusion 01.18.19.

> LITZY BAEZA | Friday January 18, 2019Ethno-Cultural Diversity & Inclusion: What is it? With Litzy Baeza | Location: Orange Room at The Business Link, Suite #500, 10150 – 100 St. | Time: 10:00am to 12:00 noon | Admission: a $10.00 donation is welcomed. | RSVP by January 17, to: leocamposa@gmail.com or 780.474.6058.

About: Litzy Baeza has over 15 years of experience in international education & development. She has worked at various post-secondary institutions in Canada and has lived/worked overseas for a number of years in different capacities. She has extensive experience in the field of intercultural diversity/inclusion & has done consulting for various organizations/institutions helping them increase their practices in intercultural competency. We are pleased to have her illuminate our journey of diversity & inclusion.

> Sponsored by Wayfinders Business Cooperative ©

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GREENING our PLANET | Communities around the world are currently faced with a number of large scale environmental challenges, including dangerous, irreversible climate change. Many of these challenges stem from cities and our resource intensive urban lifestyles. Fortunately, an array of concrete solutions to these challenges are already being developed and implemented in cities around the globe! So, we set off on an inspirational journey to explore the most innovative ideas, technologies and initiatives being used by cities today as they strive to create more livable & sustainable cities. We sought out leading cities that would offer a source of inspiration, common future and with the potential to stimulate wide scale change which sets us on the path towards a one-planet future where humans live in harmony with nature. © WWF Sweden | https://youtu.be/o86Ut6kAEMQ

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ALBERTA | Resilience in a Downturn.

Cooperatives 2018ALBERTA > RESILIENCE in a DOWNTURN | Co-ops have a long and distinguished history in Canada and around the world (see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cooperative) …, and, in turbulent/changing times, they could also be one of the policy options to explore by wise & forward-locking societies, government agencies & economic development institutions.

BANKING | Look at banking cooperatives – in the past few years, these have grown, have kept credit available to small/medium sized enterprises, remaining reasonably stable across the country, other regions of the world, even creating jobs. Perhaps it is their unique blend of member ownership, member control, benefits and communities of trust that is at the heart of their resilience? – could it be that such approaches provide the edge over other models?

A CHANGING WORLD | We may be entering another “austerity period” – perhaps another cyclical crisis of our times. Maybe the time has come to take a closer look at the cooperative model, its values, performance and contribution today and what it can do for the future. To me, the resilience of the cooperative model of enterprise, resides in its values, and effectiveness in offering member-owners benefits and opportunities by creating a playing field for everyone to thrive.

WAYFINDERS BUSINESS COOPERATIVE | Is fairly new, known as a platform cooperative https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Platform_cooperative – an entity owned by its members, a democratically governed social enterprise operating in the clouds using a website (or) sites, mobile apps and protocols to facilitate the sale of goods and services. It aims to serve as a newer tool for democratic & economic participation that rest upon the free participation of equal partners, engaged in the production of common resources, be they good or services, and any combination thereof.

CORE VALUES | Generally speaking co-operatives aim at developing decent & fair paid work, address issues of economic disparities/social justice, economic inclusion, empowering their members to their own “agency” as full participants contributing broadly to the betterment of their communities. We should pay closer attention, and see how cooperatives can be one of the economic development tools to transform & diversify Alberta’s economy. –

About the Author: Leo Campos A. (LCA) is a HRP & Community Organizer & Animator, a Diversity & Inclusion Advisor; a Translator & Interpreter + Bilingual Social Marketing & Conscious Advertising Professional, based in Edmonton, AB (Canada). He is also a part-time advisor and community outreach & relationship builder for Wayfinders Business Cooperative © | https://www.wayfindersbusinesscooperative.ca/

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EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE | by James Cox © | Benjamin Franklin said, “Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame.” But what is the antonym of that quote? Whatever is begun in happiness, ends in pride? Greatness? Honour? Doesn’t sound right, does it? He’s not just talking about your temper; that quote is about conjuring the correct emotions to impact the end result of any situation. The more you understand emotional intelligence, the stronger the social connections in your life will become. Being able to recognise your own emotions and those of your clients and colleagues can offer opportunities for you to connect on a deeper level, establishing a higher level of trust and rapport.

Absolute trust is ultimately the most significant connection people can have with their colleague, managers and business owners in the workplace. This also applies to your customers and clients in sales and customer service. Keeping your emotions in line with the bigger picture can help immensely with your personal attitude and demeanor and showing empathy and awareness for a client’s state of mind shows that you actually care. Above all else, both of these factors attribute to the motivations of your own self and anyone interested in buying from you. Your attitude impacts your behavior and that of people you deal with.

Developing these skills will allow you to manage your own state of mind and trigger your brain to look for a silver lining in every situation eventually helping you to stay positive in the long run. Sure, you can be pissed off, but being rational in your decision making is the point here. You will also learn to pick yourself up when you’re down and learn from your mistakes with more clarity. In sales, your job is to identify the issue or problem your client is trying to resolve. Emotional intelligence will provide you with a greater understanding of how to connect the dots of the emotional and rational stages of buying. Take the time to read facial expressions, don’t shut people down if they’re misinformed and listen to the tone of voice people use. You will pick up more from people’s emotions than you will from their language. –

Source: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/emotional-intelligence-many-faces-sales-customer-service-james-cox/ … | “When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures of emotion.” – Dale Carnegie

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BUILDING a BETTER CANADA | Co-operatives & Mutuals Organizations.

BUILDING a BETTER CANADA | Co-operatives & Mutuals Canada is a member-driven association that supports, promotes/unites co-operative & mutual organisations. It strives to advance the co-operative economy by organizing co-op development, advocating with government and conducting research to improve public policy. CMC serves as a common table for co-operatives/mutuals in Canada. Our strength comes from working together through the diversity of CMC’s membership. By working together we can develop & create an association whose work and collective reflection of its membership will ultimately build a better Canada. By furthering co-operatives and mutuals, we work to improve the lives of Canadians. Consider health care co-ops, Indigenous co-ops, agricultural co-ops, housing co-ops, food co-ops, funeral co-ops and co-ops in low-income communities – these and many others enable people to set up services they need, to access education, shelter, and a better standard of living. Cooperatives & Mutuals Canada © | http://canada.coop/en

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Cooperatives 2018IN THE NEWS | KING’S UNIVERSITY > FACULTY of BUSINESS | You will be pleased to know that soon, we (Wayfinders Business Cooperative) will be involved with King’s University Faculty of Business and their Community Engaged Research Program https://www.kingsu.ca/programs/additional-academics/cer (CER). This program builds upon the research capacities of community partners by supporting important initiatives – in this case, Wayfinders Business Cooperative. Through CER + 3 students assigned to us, we’ll be exploring key areas, such as sustainability of cooperatives; best practices of cooperatives, best practices of emerging platform cooperatives (such as ourselves) and our constantly evolving business model/plan. This initiative starts in early 2019; of course, we’ll be sharing findings as it goes along. We thank our friend and colleague David Long, faculty at King’s University for his interest & support; the CER Program which he leads & the kind people at Faculty of Business. – LCA

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