Paul Hawken, Findhorn Foundation and your business

Yesterday I was giving a tour round the Findhorn Foundation, Scotland, and just before I set off, Richard in the Visitors Centre handed me a copy of Paul Hawken’s commencement address to the Class of 2009 at the University of Portland, Oregon.

“Read it”, he said, “it’s incredible, really inspiring!”

“Is it the same Paul Hawken who visited Findhorn in the seventies and wrote The Magic of Findhorn?” I said.

And indeed it is.  That book is out of print, but at the time it was famous for telling the world about the enormous vegetables being grown at Findhorn at the time, which led to the huge community expansion that happened in those years.  Paul has since then written 6 other books, the latest being Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came Into Being and Why No-one Saw It Coming. But what has all this to do with RichThinkers and your business or project?

Read the commencement address and you will see that this is the current context out of which we are all operating our businesses or projects, charities or non-profits, whatever is your passion.

Paul expresses it beautifully; starkly yes, but with immense grace, as he speaks to young people about to make their way in the world.   Which is what you reading this site are doing too.  Making your way, contributing from your heart and soul, caring about people and our planet, wanting to run your business in an ethical way that gives back to the planet, not just taking.

Here’s a quote:

“Forget that this task of planet-saving is not possible in the time required. Don’t be put off by people who know what is not possible. Do what needs to be done, and check to see if it was impossible only after you are done”.

Wow.  This is such a great example of rich thinking. Here’s another:

“At present we are stealing the future, selling it in the present, and calling it gross domestic product. We can just as easily have an economy that is based on healing the future instead of stealing it. We can either create assets for the future or take the assets of the future. One is called restoration and the other exploitation. And whenever we exploit the earth, we exploit people and cause untold suffering. Working for the earth is not a way to get rich, it is a way to be rich”.

And Rich Thinking is just that – being rich right now, in this instant, in your heart; and radiating that to others through your daily acitivities, your services, your organisation or however you channel your particular passion.  Read the address and answer his two questions at the end – let your inner riches be known to you, and spill them out into the world.

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