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A Shift to Humility: Andrew Zolli on Resilience and Expanding the Edge of Change
May 17, 2013

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A Shift to Humility: Resilience and Expanding the Edge of Change
with Sylvia Boorstein

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Disruption is around every corner by way of globally connected economies, inevitable superstorms, and technology's endless reinvention. But most of us were born into a culture which aspired to solve all problems. How do we support people and create systems that know how to recover, persist, and even thrive in the face of change? Andrew Zolli introduces "resilience thinking," a new generation's wisdom for a world of constant change.

A Lesson About Heaven and Hell and Other Books Worth Reading
by Trent Gilliss, senior editor (@TrentGilliss)

Dalai Lama with Young Monks
While reading Fred Kofman's book, Conscious Business: How to Build Value Through Values, I came across this absolutely incredible Zen parable. It teaches us about compassion and gratitude, anger and redemption in the face of death. It begins:

A big, tough samurai once went to see a little monk. "Monk," he barked, in a voice accustomed to instant obedience, "teach me about heaven and hell!"

The monk looked up at the mighty warrior and replied with utter disdain, "Teach you about heaven and hell? I couldn't teach you about anything. You're dumb. You're dirty. You're a disgrace, an embarrassment to the samurai class. Get out of my sight. I can't stand you."

I read this and was caught off-guard. Shocked. Completely not what I expected. But the story that follows is one of those lessons, those kernels of wisdom and truth I love to share — first with my wife (often my sounding board) and then with our friends in all of our social spaces.

Read on and share with your family and friends. The parable makes for a great conversation piece.

Krista is in Los Angeles this next week taking a brief vacation after first doing a bit of work:

Thrilled to be delivering the Baccalaureate address @USC this evening - The Art of Living - at the invitation of the admirable Varun Soni.

And a Twitter sighting of our host (@kristatippett):

I am at the Homegirl Cafe in LA. A thrill. Makes me grateful all over again that Fr. Greg Boyle is in the world.

At Homegirl Cafe - the joy, the lightened load, in a space where people have stopped being afraid.

Sun on the Horizon
This past Mother's Day, I published Sylvia Boorstein reciting these lovely lines from Pablo Neruda's gorgeous poem, "Keeping Quiet":

It would be an exotic moment
without rush, without engines;
we would all be together
in a sudden strangeness.

Listen to the entire poem on our blog.

And, finally, from the Twitter desk of Krista Tippett, a recommendation on a spy-thriller-mystery novel:

Why did it take me so long to read Chris Pavone's The Expats? Suspenseful, smart, well written. Perfect for breaking out the hammock.

Funny thing, I never feel richer - more absurdly blessed - than in my hammock in my back yard, with "my" trees, in the short MN summer.

Have a marvelous weekend!

Next Week's Radio Show + Podcast:
UntitledThe Hunger and Challenge for Faith: Christian Wiman on Remembering God
(May 23, 2013)

The poet Christian Wiman is giving voice to the hunger for faith — and the challenges of faith — for people living now. After a Texas upbringing soaked in a history of violence and a charismatic Christian culture, he was agnostic until he became actively religious again in his late 30s. Then he was diagnosed with a rare form of incurable blood cancer. He's bearing witness to something new happening in himself and in the world.



is curator and executive director of PopTech. He's the co-author of Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewZolli.