About Us

Laureen Golden

Maria Burr

Tania Bertolone

Kimberlee Belcher-Badal & Mohammed Badal


Developing HOW

At HOW we have intentionally remained an “officially unorganized” organization.  We have done this because we believe that HOW as an organization, should reflect the wisdom and practices of the communities it serves.  Therefore, we believe that it is not ours alone to develop, but all of ours as a community to develop together. We seek to find a visionary way for this organization to grow and develop and we recognize that we do not have the capacity to do this with our minds alone.  

If you are interested in becoming a part of this process or you want to share your ideas to further develop HOW, Click Here.  We look forward to your hearing your insights.

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Who We Are

Although the work we focused on was different, the challenges we bumped up against were very similar. Through connection and conversations, we came to see that change makers everywhere are struggling to navigate similar obstacles. In January 2017, we began imagining together what might be created to support the global network of change makers as we all work to create a better world for all.

 Therefore, we are calling together thought leaders to help us imagine how we might rewire power, embed equity and harmony in our structure, and nourish interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships in ways that create whole and healthy human beings working in a whole and healthy organization. We hope that you are inspired to join us and help us in Healing Our World. 

It all started as a stirring...a deep yearning for a more compassionate world. Each of us was working in our own separate spheres of influence to create change. Although the work we focused on was different, our hunger for impact was identical. As we started to talk, we began to see that the challenges we were bumping up against were very similar Each of us saw incredible opportunities but, alone, we were unable to create the level of change for which we yearned. So in January 2017, we began to meet regularly to imagine

“What’s possible together that none of us could do alone?" 

We were unclear of what we might do together, but we knew with certainty what we wanted to play a part in creating: a more compassionate world that benefits all. Committed to creating a space where the whole of this world might start to form, we chose an organizing process that is slow, mindful, and unconstrained by notions of “organization”. We’ve spent time together playfully experimenting with how it might work if we imagined ourselves to be a like-hearted, diverse-minded “flock” in which the role of leader/follower alternates based on terrain navigated, and the sense-making capacity of the group conjures the level and type of structure used. 

With a shared vision of healing our world, trust in the core principles of our diverse frameworks, and “joyful engagement” as our shared metric, we’ve discovered this way of organizing ourselves cultivated deep feelings of kinship for one another and care for the whole; an increased capacity for and enjoyment in our individual and collective projects; overall wellness improving in our personal and professional relationships; and glimpses of unforseen possibilities and synergies that feel almost sacred.

Sensing we have reached a point where there is finally enough focus to be compelling while still stewarding a level of ambiguity to preserve its full potentiality, the Core Group is beginning to invite other like-hearted, diverse-minded individuals questing towards a-world-that-works-for-all to imagine how we might flock together using a shared vision of healing our world, trust in the core similarities of our diverse frameworks, and “joyful engagement” as our shared metric. We invite you to learn more by...

It’s common to say that trees come from seeds. But how could a tiny seed create a huge tree? Seeds do not contain the resources needed to grow a tree. These must come from the medium or environment within which the tree grows. But the seed does provide something that is crucial: a place where the whole of the tree starts to form. As resources such as water and nutrients are drawn in, the seed organizes the process that generates growth. In a sense, the seed is a gateway through which the future possibility of the living tree emerges.
— from the book Presence