Radical Thinkers

Last week I had the opportunity to attend a conference hosted at UCLA entitled “Women, Wealth, and Wisdom.”  Over the course of the day, eight remarkable women in the fields of journalism, psychology, economics, health, science, and women’s rights talked about the work they are doing in their fields and how they, or their organizations, are impacting our global community.  I’m sharing the names of the women and some of the ideas and facts I jotted down during the seminar in the event you’re interested in exploring any of them further.   I have purposely not affiliated the statements with their speaker so that you can focus on the message, not the source, and notice how almost all of them transcend disciplines and are applicable to all areas of life.   Even though many of them aren’t novel, they are still radical ideas in our mainstream society, and hence, good reminders of the work that has yet to be done.

  • Question the status quo, otherwise, we’ll never develop new ideas
  •  Change the environment in order to change behavior
  •  Identify the conditions so that we can focus on the cause (and not rely so much on finding a cure)
  • What environment most closely models the outside environment?  The womb.
  • 2/3rds of the world’s labor is done by women yet even in the U.S., women earn just .77 cents to the dollar compared to men.
  • Domesticated dogs and humans are the only beings that suffer from breast cancer.
  • The U.S. is the only industrialized nation and one of 7 nations worldwide who has not ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
  • Whatever you do not resolve, you will repeat (and pass along to others).
  • Relieve tension, connect to your vulnerability, and surrender.

Kavita N. Ramdas, Senior Advisor of Global Fund for Women

Dr. Susan Love, President of the Dr. Susan Love Foundation  *

Seane Corn, yoga teacher and co-founder of Off The Mat, Into the World  

*If you know anyone with breast cancer, I’d highly recommend looking into Dr. Love’s work and reading up on the research she has conducted on breast cancer.  I wouldn’t be surprised if I learned more in her 45 minute chat than what many doctors do (or don’t) share with their patients.  

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~ by maureenmoore on June 28, 2011.

4 Responses to “Radical Thinkers”

  1. I love your title for this post!!!

    In short, I have encountered the most radical thinking (and transforming; otherwise why bother?!), radical loving, radical cures (yeah, goes beyond cause 🙂 ), radical devotion to, support and rightful elevation of women, source for change in a NEW HEART to effect behavior, and on and on it goes . . . in Christ!

    Just want to share the short cut to it all. Not keeping it to myself; this is radical good news when one hears it in truth, a “resolution” ( bullet point #8 above–contrast non-resolution!) worthy and desirable to lovingly pass along!

  2. Some interesting statements that have purpose to stay in the forefront of our thoughts. Strong women (radical thinkers!) should not be a threat to anyone! Love the picture. ~jm

  3. I love these insights Maureen! It feels like content-wise its one big eco-system…

  4. WOW! Lots to think about! Thank you Maureen! Your new entries are always received with excitement and gratitude!!!!

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