(un-sketchnotes) HHDL, Climate, and Youth

I recently had the honor of attending a program featuring His Holiness the Dalai Lama (HHDL) at MIT’s Center for Ethics and Transformative Values. The conversations focused on Change-Makers for a Better World, including 2 panels: Global Systems 3.0: Equitable Solutions for a Changing World with: Deborah Ancona (DA), John Sterman (JS), Rebecca Henderson (RH), Marshall Ganz (MG), and SPARK: Youth… with the stunning Noa Machover, Vivienne Harr, and Jacarrea Garraway.

There was a (slim) chance i would scribe the session. Thank the HEAVENS it did not come to pass (due to safety, set up, and someone else’s great wisdom.) Once the session started, it became clear the stakes and acoustics would have seriously thrown me for a loop.

Here are notes, though – a scrawled, unglamorous record – in the scratch, some nuggets, highlighted in gold. Main take away? Youth has got it going on!

HHDL: “The past cannot change. The future can change, and change now…. Your generation must create a better world, a more compassionate world… The last century was a century of violence. This century should be the century of peace.”


A group of ~35 spirited Indonesian travellers came to MIT’s Sloan School of Management, to explore what is required for deep systems change through a variety of frameworks and hands-on learning, including Presencing and Theory U. The group is the 5th cohort of IDEAS Indonesia (Innovative Dynamic Education and Action for Sustainability) a year long program designed “to engage leaders across sectors to jointly step forward and take on Indonesia’s complex challenges of conservation, education and business/social enterprise by going through a profound learning process.”

I have scribed for the program at various points over the years, and each time am brought to tears by the sincerity of heart in the room, the opening of minds, and the will to take new tangible action steps back home. I witness a blooming of individuals and of the collective, and am never left unmoved or unchanged by the experience.

Here are some images from the session. If shared, please make sure to include the speaker’s name in any crediting. Thanks!

How to Tell Your Story

An example of scribing in action…. from the Inc. 500|5000 Conference, October 10-12, 2013. Gary Vaynerchuk, interviewed by Eric Schurenberg. Production by Blue Pixel Media for Ink from Chase.