When 2017 came ringing in, we knew the world was in for big changes. How those changes work out globally, we won’t know for a while. But we are excited to announce some big ones here at Leadership Zen, starting with the formal introduction of the #CauseChange Foundation, which should go fully live sometime next week. My technical skills aren’t what they should be, so I will pass on the website when it is actually up and running. My goal is 1 February.
Starting Leadership Zen, I always expected it to be a life focus for me and others who would like to change the world in some meaningful way. I am fortunate enough to be able to take some time and make it a formal focus, which includes incorporating the new Foundation as a 501(c)(3) non-profit (which is in the works as we speak) with four very specific missions:
- Fight cancer
- Provide educational scholarships to empower
- Incubate innovate, progressive business models
- Promote environmental, economic, and social sustainability
I am very proud of this new move, because it is the true realization of an very small ten year-old idea that could really make a difference. It also makes this whole thing real because while Leadership Zen, LLC has been incorporated since 2014, we had some decisions to make relative to the non-profit thing with #CauseChange. Because we run a traditional business model like Google.org, our incubation model has to be re-invested in our causes, which in a circular way includes re-incubating in innovative ideas. Leadership Zen is a for-profit enterprise, but the #CauseChange Foundation should remain a not for profit model, and that’s why we proceeded in this direction.
In other news our free book will be out to present a primer on Leadership Zen as a philosophy and a practice. It is called The Six and it is an introduction to what we’re trying to do here. In February we should release Causing Change: Meditations on Leadership Zen, which should kickstart our efforts on this side of the business.
The realization of the #CauseChange Foundation is the gem of our 2017 effort though. Look for more to come in the coming weeks, but when I think of actually changing the world, this is where it starts for me.