Yesterday was lunchtime with Monica Sharma. These luncheons are something I look forward to with great anticipation. Monica is a human dynamo. She is changing the world on a macro level with her unique designs for Leading From Source. Renew your subscription today in order to learn more about how all of us can be change agents by developing our inner wisdom capacities. One of the interesting realizations I had during our time together was how the first consciousness changing pioneers developed skills and practices on an individual level to tap into our Wisdom Self and to go beyond ego. Now pioneering leaders, like Monica, are developing those same principles for groups. In a group age, now being enacted by Occupy movements throughout the world, we need to learn about principled outrage instead of destructive violence. We need to promote oneness rather than polarity with those with whom we disagree. It is the 99% plus the 1%, she says. We all need to learn to be leaders in this great transition—and so much more. I know her lead article, the first in a series, in the next issue will inform and inspire you as it has our team at Kosmos.
Breaking through the limits of Leadership III, servant leadership, Kosmos presents more pioneers of Leadership IV. This means sourcing from wisdom and developing new inner capacities we didn’t even realize that we had. Joseph Jaworski adds an electrifying chapter from his new book, Sourcing, going beyond the work of Otto Scharmer in developing presencing. The upcoming article by Women Moving the Edge begins a series on collective presencing to be featured in future issues of Kosmos.
There is a compelling section on The Commons and OWS and the continuation of a series by James B. Quilligan laying the foundation for a new theory of values for the Commons. David Bollier, James and I among others were fortunate enough to be invited to speak at the OWS teach-in on the Commons and to learn about this thriving and important movement, led by many of our most promising young people. We tell the story through compelling photographs and a narrative by Jay Bender. And David Bollier and Burns Weston share their seminal work on greening governance essential to the ecological commons.
Our Global Citizenship articles include stunning visuals of an orphanage in Kibera, Kenya where Westerners can live and work with the little children in their primitive setting. There is nothing that can compare to learning by direct action. The famed photographer, Phillip Ennis, donated his images to enhance our experiential insight into the lives of these abandoned children and the shocking cultural experience of Westerners living and working beside them in the slums.
There is much, much more to inspire and to learn from in the upcoming issue. We don’t want to forget the intoxicating images of beauty and grace taken by Robert Sturman that create stunning visuals for your reflection. Kosmos is more than a journal. It is an experience involving head and heart and action-oriented contributions from some of the world’s wisest people who offer their gifts to you. Please accept their offerings.