A week of many lessons. Starting with the biggest challenge of my career. A global perspective of connection and powerful debate as we face into long term thinking and accountability. Starting with an international conference of Financing A Resilient and Sustainable Economy.
The weekend starts with a rich Nan Tien East meets West ceremony and valued family time.
The survival of our world will require us all to build bridges between areas of knowledge, differences of opinion, to take time for our family and friends. In summary, take the time to care to what matters .
An amazing start to the week as we brought together the United Nations Environment Programme Financial Initiative with Australian and NZ Banks,Investors, Not For Profits, Insurers and Governments. A solid exploration on how get the capital flows in the financial system supporting the Sustainable Development Goals. It is not about charity but about true shared value. Most of us in business really care about how we invest in long term environmental and social value. We challenge ourselves every day how we can we make a difference.
I started my career as an Occupational Therapist, really thinking about what it takes to help people be aware, adapt and thrive.
In business we need to step back and be aware of how we connect with others and reflect on what we can do to bring the strength of our connections, knowledge and experience.
Nan Tiens Bridge Ceremony is a powerful reminder of what can be achieved. 17 years of building a temple (the largest Buddhist in the Southern Hemisphere) and private funding ensured a bridge built between the temple and Buddhist University. We were reminded it was more than a physical construction it is about broader connection and reminder of tolerance. It was the most inclusive , uplifting ceremony I have ever had the privilege of participating in. Opening with the Aboriginal Smoking Ceremony. Recognising the original owners of the land. Allowing for Hindus , Christians, Muslims, to speak and all sides of politics it was an important reminder of communication, understanding and connection.
Family time with my nephews, nieces, sisters reminds me about family connections and they are the most important connections of all.