At last year’s ‘Summer Davos’, the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Dalian, China, I was fortunate to facilitate a workshop on the demographics of ageing populations for a discussion on the future of North East Asia. This is not a topic with which I can claim any expertise and I … More The Legacy Project
In her seminal essay ‘Freedom from Fear’, the prominent pro-democracy activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi, called for a ‘revolution of the spirit’ if we are to bring about meaningful change in our world. A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending a private session with The Lady, as … More Spirituality and Transformative Leadership – a Call to action
Throughout my time of working in China and setting up Hua Dan, I have been privileged to hear the stories of migrant, rural and urban women who have generously shared their experiences of what it means to be a woman in modern China today. Furthermore, as theatre people, stories are our medium of communication, windows through … More Hua Dan Goes to Edinburgh Festival – making our Dumpling Dreams come true!
When she was a little girl, Zhong Na used to collect eggs from the family chicken to give to her grandmother to sell. At the time, the family couldn’t afford to send her to school. But Zhong Na was determined to get herself an education, so she devised a plan….. Zhong Na figured her grandmother … More A story of eggs
I’ve been thinking a lot about grace recently. Grace as a concept of forgiveness, redemption, of righting past wrongs and moving forward At the same time, I have been working to better understand ideas about beauty in relation to this idea of grace. As a creative person and spiritual thinker, I see beauty and grace … More State of grace
At the upcoming Young Global Leaders Annual Summit at the World Economic Forum for East Asia in Myanmar (Burma), I, along with two of my colleagues, Shoukei Matsumoto and Thura Ko, will be running an Impact Journey on Spirituality and Mindful Leadership for our fellow YGLs. I was first inspired to propose a workshop on this … More Spirituality and Mindful Leadership in Myanmar
I had the privilege of attending a talk by the religious historian Karen Armstrong on her Charter for Compassion the other day in Paris. A former nun, Ms Armstrong is best known for her books on the major world religions. In 2008, she received the TED prize and was asked to make one wish that … More The Charter for Compassion
A friend recently related to me a story of how a female colleague of hers, a brilliant and articulate public figure, had been completely overshadowed by the forceful persuasion techniques and aggressive stance of her male interlocuters on a televised debate. She expressed disappointment in this as the seeming evidence of men’s greater power over … More The call for feminine leadership
Well, here I am, on the plane to Chengdu, my first trip back to China in over a year. I’ve missed the Hua Dan team. It’s been a rocky road for all of us, in one way or another, and I’m eager to be together again, after so long. I’m excited to be working with … More Returning Home
I had lunch with a friend today who, when I told him the title of my blog and my interest in love and fear, shared with me that, when he was falling in love with his now-wife, a good friend of his suggested that this relationship might last because she scared him. This fascinated … More Does fear get us closer to love?