A Mideast Bond, Stitched of Pain and Healing This article is about a Palestinian little girl and an Israeli little boy both recovering from injuries inflicted by their respective enemies. Amazingly beautiful lesson on humanity.
A mindshare mountain for the Uber Alpine Communal Capitalist
See how inclusive altruism blooms as millennials are launching ski towns and this alpine utopia is a poster child for how dreams become things like ski enlightened ski resorts.
Here is what they have to say about themselves:
Summit is building a mountain town around the spirit of innovation in the heart of Utah's Wasatch Mountains. Summit Powder Mountain aims to rethink the great American mountain town around a community focused on innovation, entrepreneurship, arts, and altruism. Tucked on the southern side of Powder Mountain, in the town of Eden, Utah, it’s a new kind of neighborhood, where friends, family, and the change makers of today and tomorrow gather in an environment created to catalyze personal and collective growth.
I consider this idea the anti Yellowstone Club - A former nest of greed, luxury and exclusivity that imploded in the mid 200's and now is a high end private ski resort with a wicked past.
After writing about and going to the Yellowstone Club in Big Sky Montana and visiting, the experience felt more exclusive if you weren't part of their inner circle. Summit? Ok, get me a guitar a maker shack, some telemark skis, a Bernese Mountain Dog, a Jack Russell, a frisbee, a bunch of brainiacs, lots of good California wine, and great Mexican Tequila. Oh and let's not forget the pine cone to table food, the owl's nest to bed handmade luxury and Dwell Magazine design ethos. Most importantly, there better be a climate that behaves. Good snow, environmental stewardship, manners, self expression, diversity and peace and love. And what about a few people with gray hair, the sages and the proven warriors in this "space.?" Bring it on.
Excerpt from New York Times Profile by Andy Isaacson
“What Tesla did to cars,” Elliott Bisnow, a Powder Mountain owner, explained, wide-eyed, to the group visiting in January, “we’re going to do with towns!”
Other than being idealistic and unabashedly earnest, Powder’s young owners are also savvy connectors. In 2008, Mr. Bisnow, then 23 and a founder of a successful real estate industry e-newsletter company (Bisnow Media), gathered 19 entrepreneurs at the Alta Mountain ski area in Utah. A bonding ski trip turned into another company called Summit Series, which has hosted annual conferences in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and Washington. In April 2011, Summit chartered a cruise ship around the Bahamas for 1,500 attendees, while also raising nearly $1 million with the Nature Conservancy to support a marine protected area there. The next winter, the company took over much of the Squaw Valley resort in California for a weekend.
Summit's mission is to build community, catalyze entrepreneurship, address global issues, and support artistic achievement, in an effort to make our world a more joyful place.
On Slow Life has an affinity for the mountain resort. Highlights of the high life will always have a home here. See other articles on winter wonderlands
Where Meaning + Capital Markets Define The New Investor i(x) Investments Might Be In The Sweet Spot To Lead The Way
Impact Investors are surfing, climbing and skiing the planet, connecting the world via technology and personal or philanthropic global adventures and experiential connecting. Everything they do from work to choosing responsibly made clothes or how to invest in their world, is a direct extension of who they are or aspire to be.
A look at Trevor Neilson, Founding Partner from Los Angeles
Trevor Neilson & Howard Warren Buffett, the new faces of natural capitalism, social activism and financial credibility are prioritizing global health: Water, Food, Education, Health, Gender Issues, from the inside out by doing the math and inspiring new investors with creativity, meaning and solutions.
What is rising up and creating a financial platform for companies to have the incentives and the capital to invest and make sustainable returns on solving the world’s problems? Compound impact. Compound impact is the exponential, scaled growth of solutions to global problems, which can happen only when money is invested in a sustained and sustainable way and that = game changer. Trevor Neilson, Howard Warren Buffet, of i(x)Investments, a permanently capitalized holding company for investors that want to create long-term economic growth in combination with social impact are creating a new formula. They are cracking the code where altruism meets the capital markets enabling investors to deliver solutions and make meaningful investments from their abundance and early success.
What does impact investing mean? Impact investments are investments made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. Neilson and Buffett found each other on their quest to help solve the world’s problems via the power of capitalism and creative fund structures attracting scientists, experts and thought leaders and a breed of young investors armed with tech assets and socially impactful ambition. They built a team of like minded partners including J.Todd Morley and Par Lindstrom and created I(x) Investments. To learn more go to their site I(x) Investments .
There is a crisis of meaning and spending that doesn’t fulfill our deeper need to make the world better and that is being echoed by a lot of thought leaders like Neilson in relation to how to evolve and solve critical problems. New investors in different pockets of the country, particularly the Silicon Valley, are conscious of their influence via their capital.“The vast majority of the “things” tech produces does not create meaningful social impact,” Neilson points out. See article What’s Eating Silicon Valley regarding themes that young highly compensated new investors are ruminating on regarding purpose, liquidity and path to helping solve global and local issues.
I(x) investments invest in early-stage and undervalued companies that are working on issues such as clean energy, sustainable agriculture and water scarcity. They are doing things differently and partner with issue experts around the world, which allows i(x) to measure the social impact of their investors with more rigor than any other impact investing firm.
Issue experts in human need and social change advise i(x) and build custom measurement systems into each portfolio along with systems for monitoring and evaluating rates of change. This effort will be led by co-founder Howard W. Buffett and will be based on his “social value investing” framework. A sample of a few areas of interest @ i(x) include solutions from harnessing humidity to create water or feed livestock protein in the form of crickets vs. plundering the earth’s natural resources to feed polluters and a host of other solution based opportunities.
The scientists and the experts in their fields and in the field inspire Neilson more than other players in impact investing. “We help give them momentum,” he states. Momentum and credibility resonate with the new investor looking to contribute and sustain profitability. Impact investing is now in our collective vernacular with roots in philanthropic philosophy, but it’s really conscious investing ramped up for formerly distracted types, hyper productive generators and deeply conscious leaders who want to contribute to solutions on a global scale. They are surfing, climbing and skiing the planet, connecting the world via technology and personal and global adventures. Everything they do from work, the clothes they wear and the investments made are an extension of who they are or aspire to be. There is a new breed of activist entrepreneur looking for the right vehicles. Urgency mixed with stillness and practicing mindfulness, choosing investments with a more honed intuition and wisely learning from the collective is power. There is clear evidence we are living on a very fragile planet and capitalism can solve our biggest problems. Neilson and his partners are keenly aware of all of this and doing something different.
It’s In Their DNA- Who Are These Guys?
Trevor Neilson helped define new philanthropy in the early days of tech philanthropy. He was instrumental in guiding Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as the young tech billionaire was finding his voice on the world stage of giving. A pioneer in working with young technology assets and helping philanthropy morph into something relevant to the culture, Neilson helped shepherd new tech money and it’s impact revealing a new model. He began this journey in the late 90’s.
Neilson’s core values are the hub of the wheel by staying true to his conscience and doing the math with some brilliant minds and partners. He looks inside to thread the themes of the times that we are all in this together, and as the culture becomes more conscious, so too are the investments.
Neilson’s delivery is sincere and clear from his view of the world, a paired down stylish zen like office with the Pacific as the back drop both filled with beauty and challenges. “Profit in this new model will expose dinosaurs, such as fossil fuels ( which are not sustainable), and they will go extinct. More money will be generated by doing good.” A white board with company pitches, formulas, ideas and roadmaps ignite ideas and solutions from this satellite perch on the Pacific just one of the company’s locations on the planet riding the next wave of capitalism and shaping the board with a long view and a profitable lens.
So what is the Not So Big idea? Let's dive into the mind of Sarah Susanka, architect, thought leader and author of "The Not So Big Life" who has pioneered a movement around less is more with regard to home building in her first book, "The Not So Big House," and the feeling of being at home in one's life in her current publication, The Not So Big Life. She was a media darling and early proponent of a more sensible spare approach to buildings, life and environment in the late 90's and soared to the top of minds that matter with profiles in Newsweek, Fast Company etc. etc.
The Not So Big Life reveals that form and function serve not only architectural aims, but life goals as well. Just as we can tear down interior walls to open up space, The Not So Big Life shows us that we can tear down our fears, assumptions and conditionings in a way that opens us up to new possibilities so we can start engaging the things we long to do.
Sarah Susanka -Not So Big Author, photo by Cheryl Muhr
Q: What is a Not So Big Life?
A: A Not So Big Life is one in which you learn to listen to what your heart longs to do, and to integrate these passions into your everyday life. By making time for what you are truly passionate about, and by letting go of old behavior patterns that cause you to keep feeling trapped by life, shifts will occur that allow you to learn more about who you really are and to live each experience as it comes, engaging it completely.
A Not So Big Life begins a process of inner transformation. It happens simply because when you engage what you are truly passionate about, you are automatically present in what you are doing — you are showing up completely in your life and in each moment. Life becomes a natural expression of what you love to do — of your true nature. Through this process, you’ll find more meaningfulness, vitality and that sense of being “at home” in life that so many people are searching for today.
A Not So Big Life gives you more room to breathe and to engage the things you really love rather than living in the past or the future all the time, dreading the next activity and feeling drained because you’re not even sure why you’re doing it. It shows us the way to become “human beings” rather than “human doings.”
Q: How will you know you’re living a Not So Big Life?
A: You’ll find your life will morph from being too big, too fast and too frustrating, to a vastly more manageable pace and clarity. Time will no longer be a foe to do battle with, but will start to flow and open in unexpected places that allow you to fully engage what’s in front of you, as well as in the things you care about.
The unexpected revelation of The Not So Big Life is that it is entirely within everyone’s reach. It requires no extraordinary measures to attain, other than to pay attention to what is actually happening, to look at things a little differently, and to use each
Page 1 of 4 experience to help you see who and what you really are. It is a life in which every moment and every experience becomes your teacher; and the result is a life that is rich, and full, and extraordinarily satisfying.
Q: Why should people read The Not So Big Life?
A: I really believe we’re at crisis point. We find ourselves more and more taxed by daily circumstances, and less and less able to understand what is moving us. We’re over- stimulated, racing through our lives on fast forward and running on automatic, all of which deprive us of the very nourishment we need to thrive.
This book provides an important key to resolving these frustrations and will give readers a method to tackle their everyday lives in a new way. The Not So Big Life puts the tools for transformation into your own hands, so that you’ll have the ability to recognize what’s missing from your life and understand what’s needed to remedy the situation.
I think we will find the book’s audience enormous and extremely varied in its characteristics — from a top executive in a Fortune 500 company to a working mother and everything in between.
Q: How does Not So Big relate to house design?
A: “Not So Big” encapsulates an attitude about life and house design. My previous books have attracted an audience of people who care deeply about the quality of their lives, rather than sheer quantity of what they own.
A Not So Big house focuses on quality of space rather than quantity. It inspires its inhabitants everyday, serving as both a personal expression and a reflection of the homeowners. It’s about feeling comfortable and inspired, rather than impressing the neighbors. In terms of size, it’s typically about one third smaller than you thought you needed, but just as expensive — with dollars reapportioned out of square footage and into character and tailoring for the way we really live.
Q: Is there a common message in your house design books and The Not So Big Life? If so, what is it?
A: It’s this: We are all searching for a sense of home, but we are searching with the wrong tool.
The messages in all my books are very similar in nature, but in The Not So Big Life the medium is life instead of house and the dimension being reconsidered is Time instead of Space.
In house design, we’re searching with square footage, when in fact the sense of home has almost nothing to do with size. To be at home in our lives we have to feel a sense of meaningfulness that derives from being completely engaged in and delighted by our daily activities. And that comes from the quality of our experience in those engagements, not the quantity of things done or goods accumulated. So the parallel message in The Not So Big Life is that we’re searching with constant activity, when in fact the sense of being at home in our lives has nothing to do with WHAT we do. Instead it has to do with HOW we do everything. We have to actually show up in what we are doing — to really be there; which requires that we learn some new behavior patterns.
Q: Why did you write The Not So Big Life? How have you made the transition from house design to life design?
A: As an architect, it’s natural for me to recognize the order that underlies what we see on the surface of things. Architects have a unique ability to perceive the underlying order of things — whether that’s the structure of a building or the dynamics of a conversation. This underlying order is what I see and understand in house design. Now, I’m exploring the underlying order in life design.
Through observing, studying and personally living a Not So Big Life, I’ve been able to understand and articulate the lessons I’ve been learning. I’ve learned that life is the true teacher of how to live more fully and when you learn how to pay attention, its lessons are delivered to your doorstep daily.
For example, in The Not So Big Life, I describe an epiphany when I realized that if I didn’t make the time to write, I’d never have the opportunity to pursue my primary passion and my true heart’s desire. Without knowing how it would work, or how my work as an architect would get done, I simply started to write. By giving myself permission to take the time to write, I allowed myself to start living what I now call a Not So Big Life — a life that is attuned to revealing ever more of one’s true potential. Once you make the commitment to yourself, everything else works out — not in a way that you can imagine ahead of time, but in a way that perfectly supports who you are becoming by following your heart’s desire.
Q: How have your house design books been embraced by readers?
A: It’s extraordinary to experience just how powerfully these books have affected readers.
Although the series has been ostensibly about architecture, many readers relate to these books as guides for how to live a life well. I hear from thousands of readers each year about how much richer their lives have become as a result of my books. It has been truly life changing for many.
The Not So Big House quickly climbed to number one on Amazon.com in all categories shortly after its release in 1998. NotSoBigHouse.com has an average of 40,000 individual hits per month and an engaged audience from around the world. It is an important tool that allows readers to find the resources and support to make their own home “Not So Big.” I often describe the books as the seeds of the idea, and the Web site as the tree. Although the Web site is perhaps less visible, it plays an important role in the success of the “Not So Big” movement.