Magic in Brooklyn at the Social Venture Circle: Lori

What a super powerful experience I just had at the Social Venture Circle conference last weekend. Two networks have merged. Social Venture Network and Investor's Circle. Valerie Red-Horse Mohl is our new executive director. This was the first conference in our united form. I thought hiring Valerie, the creation of our new name and our new logo were all brilliant moves!

I have been a member of Social Venture Network since 2002 and recently served on the Board of Directors as we were working toward a possible merger. Like many, I have been curious, even a little concerned to see if and how our cultures would begin to merge.

All I can say is - love and respect were in the house!! Of course, not in every solitary moment but love and respect certainly prevailed. I came away heartened by us all, inspired by the long weekend experience and by who we can continue to become together.

I am very proud that Global Round Table Leadership (GRTL) was an active part of the overall design, participation and facilitation. My team members Jac Jodi Clark and Kate McGowan, who facilitate with me in our Shared Leadership Framework team trainings hosted some of the workshops. Our Love Economy team, me with Julie Fahnestock, Sierra Flanigan and Greg Hemmings hosted a dinner and evening experience exploring the inquiry of leading with love in business for 105 of us at the Brownsville Community Culinary Center. It was a tremendous primer for the SVC gathering, with people feeling seen, heard, possibly challenged and opened. One of our guests, when asked why she cared to be there, said that she has been experiencing frameworks of hate succeed in our country, she prefers to participate in a framework of love. A very great warm up indeed!

The Love Economy team also hosted a story telling slam on Friday night, with amazing storytellers, including Duane Peterson, Natasha Lamb and Vince Ferguson talking about how love has shown up within their businesses. Vince's band, Cuzins the Band also took us on a phenomenal ride!

I had the privilege of opening the conference, being on a panel on inter generational well-being, hosted by Tyler Norris in collaboration with Parneet Pal. What a beautiful experience and whole group dialogue.

Because of a flight delay on the plane of the final speakers (all the speakers at this conference were so strong!), I was spontaneously asked to support the close of our gathering. We discussed where we felt hope throughout the conference and what we are remembering to walk away with in both spirit and action.

Both the daytime activities and the evening festivities, including our wonderful Hospitality Sweet, were filled with thoughtfulness, bravery, artistry and play! I was proud of my own natural fluidity with the different ways I was invited to participate.I had more ease with it all than I have had in the past. I was so proud and I have such respect for my teams. What ensembles!!! I'll be resting up for the next week or so. But I feel a light in me that is brighter from being there and it has not dimmed, even ten days out. 

How very grateful I am to be a part of this network. And a huge thank you to Isaac Graves, to Valerie and to whole the staff and board of SVC. I hope this glow is being felt by all. You certainly earned it!


Launching with Love

By Lori Hanau

Throughout my own personal and professional growth, I have heard the whispers of building a community. This past year, spirit has been shouting repeatedly, loud and clear - “NOW!” Okay then. Now it is. The community will be online, so we are not limited by geographic boundaries. My vision is a gathering place and place of practice for those of us who care to build quality relationships, care for each other, share power, work inclusively as equal learning partners, commit to cultivating individual and collective wisdom and build workplace and network cultures of compassionate accountability.  We will source ourselves in shared leadership.

This is a Love Launch because love is what is coursing through me and my team as we launch this idea, bringing it to life. My co-host Jodi Clark and I are so excited to invite you to gather with us. We are creating this space with you in mind and will be in launch mode throughout February. We know life takes a village, and as this is a village we care to build in shared leadership, consider us intentionally “half-cooked”. This way you can add your parts to the mix, bringing us all into the artistry of being alive. Come visit us on, hosted on the Patreon platform: a creator’s community that beautifully weaves the concept of artist patronage with 21st century crowdsourcing. We would love for you to consider being an early adopter.

The potency of love, of doing what I love, what we each love is a true privilege. The courage to express ourselves in ways that connect us to our souls is a force of nature. I believe this force channels through our humanity, inviting each of us to be fully expressed. I want to pour this power into my community, and into your communities, as invited. I am so moved by you, so inspired by your care, that I jump out of bed every day with a courageous heart. 

Moving with Muchness

Moving with Muchness

As I look back and reflect on 2017, I just take in a deep, slow breath. There have been so many deep disturbances. I'm sure, like me, you all have also had great experiences of good and beauty in 2017. Not much seems stable. There is a lot at stake. It all feels so big. Many of us seem to be moving with a whole lot of muchness.

As much of the world enters into the high season for holy days, . . .

Radical Hospitality: Warming Up Our Workplaces

Radical Hospitality: Warming Up Our Workplaces

The fine art of hosting has been on the top of our minds, shaping our own workplace culture and collaboration. In today’s fast paced, sometimes icy cold world where humility, generosity and mutual respect seem to be fast becoming values and acts of the past, this is feeling like an essential point of focus. Just being in discussion as a team about great hospitality is raising our kindness and generosity game. Our question for ourselves has been, “How can we embody radical hospitality in our workplaces everyday?”.