A TED Talk Inspired Spiritual Talk Series WALK THE TALK: COMPASSION

Dec05

wtt-compassion-posterThe Vogue | Wednesday, December 14, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS – Walk the Talk: Compassion continues the innovative TED Talk inspired Spiritual Talk series, and will showcase six speakers discussing and sharing personal stories about compassion. The event will also feature live music, confetti, interactive activities and a Motivational Balloon drop, making it an over-the-top show unlike any other speaker series! Walk the Talk: Compassion will be held on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 7:15 p.m.) at The Vogue in Broad Ripple (6259 N. College Avenue).

Tickets are on sale now ($15, plus applicable fees) at the Vogue Box Office, TheVogue.com, and Ticketfly.com. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door on the day of the event.

The six speakers of Walk the Talk: Compassion will inspire, motivate and awaken the mind with messages of how compassion has affected their lives by answering the question: What does compassion mean to you? Speakers will include:

  • Jessica Froelich – Jessica Froelich is on a mission to make the world a more peaceful, loving place, and as a love warrior, has made a lifelong commitment to deepening her connection to the power of unconditional love. A storyteller at heart, she has always enjoyed performance arts and acting on stage and in film. Her authentic, open expression of emotions provides others with a raw, un-edited reminder of the beauty in our human nature, and through the lens of compassion, she will take listeners on a journey, opening their eyes to transformation.
  • Rory Colgan – As a writer who published his first book in 2007, Rory Colgan will share insightful metaphysical concepts applied to topics in self-help, meditation and philosophy. Rory is the founder of the educational platform Inner Health Today, which focuses on aiding others to become healthy, wealthy and influential in the realms of spiritual, mental and emotional development. He graduated from the School of Metaphysics with a Qui Docet Discit and is a certified Dream Coach, helping others to understand their dreams and the relation to each individual’s life.
  • Kunal Vyas – A Zionsville, Indiana native, Kunal Vyas is passionate about his family, connecting with the community and helping others reach their full potential. Growing up amongst a diverse religious community in rural poverty in India, he has become a humble man with compassion toward all humanity. Even as a father of three, a philosopher and a husband with a full-time job and small business, Kunal is dedicated to spending his life making the world a blissful place, serving many hours rebuilding the community, helping people in need and feeding thousands of those left homeless.
  • Kathy Slaughter – Lifelong student Kathy Slaughter currently pursues the craft of psychotherapy, where she specializes in human sexuality, relationships and trauma at her practice in Broad Ripple. Her passion for personal growth and self-development is matched only by her interest in teaching others through one-on-one interactions, workshops and events. Kathy thrives on compassioante conversations that lead others to new realizations about their own lives.
  • Tim Nation – Tim Nation is the cofounder and executive director of Peace Learning Center, an Indianapolis-based educational institution that teaches peace-building and communication skills, and has served 200,000 people since 1997. With a background in management and public relations, Tim previously served as the director of Indiana AmeriCorps, and is a member of the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, Chair of the Indianapolis Race & Cultural Relations Leadership Network and was named a “Distinguished Hoosier” by Indiana Governor Frank O’Bannon.
  • Richard Brendan – Inspiring and passionate, Richard Brendan brings love to life through his speaking, coaching and producing. He hosts a weekly radio program on WICR and has been both a producer and narrator for several TV projects, namely for WFYI and PBS. As founder of JourneysFire International, he produces innovative programs and events using media, arts and education. Richard also takes numerous trips to Haiti, where he provides for the less fortunate by speaking and providing humanitarian aid to assist in the relief efforst for children and families.

Listeners should arrive open to new information and ready to experience the vision of Walk the Talk, with the expectation of receiving key “take-aways” that can be immediately integrated into their daily lives, improving the overall quality and awareness of each person’s life and those close to them.

For more information, please contact steve@walkthetalkseries.com or visit www.walkthetalkseries.com.

November – Volunteer of the Month

Nov21

The Public Defender’s Office is our Volunteer Group of the Month.  Public Defender members spent a full Friday working with youth from a local elementary school.   After being trained in peace education lessons the volunteers mentored students as they went through rotations.   The volunteers were welcoming and friendly.   It was clear that they cared about the  youth and were happy to be spending their time with them.  Many of the volunteers said they couldn’t wait to come back!
To the Public Defender’s Office, thank you for everything you have done for our organization. We are very grateful to have you on our team!

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From the Intern

Nov03

I love being at IUPUI because of the extra little somethings, exhibits, and events the campus hosts to promote the never-ending amounts of diversity we have pouring into Indianapolis. Today there was an Allies for Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit, emphasizing the inclusion for those who may be mentally or physically disabled. Though there may be challenges they are still able to do whatever they might set their mind to.

Starbucks also just released and has begun selling their holiday cups as we approach the holiday season. There have already been complaints about the cup not being red or not including Santa or Jesus on the cup. Some tweets have gone as far as to accuse Starbucks of hating Christmas. All of this because of a cup. Howard Schultz spoke up prior to the cup design being released. He expressed that the cup was covered with a vast amount of people and faces all of different origins and diverse appearances to exemplify unity and the act of standing together.

Inclusion is not hard, and we’re all here together, striving for whatever dream we have. Instead of pushing one another down or ignoring someone entirely, in my eyes, building each other up is the only productive way to live with others.

 

Volunteer of the Month – October

Oct19

Angie’s List is our Volunteer Organization of the Month.  Angie’s List members spent a full Friday working with youth from a local elementary school.   After being trained in peace education lessons the volunteers mentored students as they went through rotations.   The volunteers were welcoming and friendly.   It was clear that they cared about the  youth and were happy to be spending their time with them.  Many of the volunteers said they couldn’t wait to come back!

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Angie’s List, thank you for everything you have done for our organization. We are very grateful to have you on our team!

Motivational Monday

Oct17

Birthdays are the one day a year when it is socially acceptable to celebrate yourself.

I think this is a good thing because some people probably need limits, however, I also think we each need to credit ourselves a little more.  I think we deserve more than one day a year to say, “I am actually pretty great.”

It’s not being self-obsessed or narcissistic, it’s acknowledging the single fact: you are a wonderful human being, and you deserve so many good things. Everyone is busy in day to day life, but almost everyone, one day  a year, will allow others to treat them, allow themselves a pat on the back, and really appreciate themselves.

We need to do this more often.  Don’t let yourself become full of hot air by any means, but really appreciate yourself.  Look at you!  Do you realize how much you have accomplished? Do you realize there is nobody out there like you? There is nobody with your gusto, your heart, or your mind.  That alone is something to celebrate.

Don’t compare your accomplishments to the next guy’s either.  His little victories are different than yours. You don’t even need anyone else to think what you choose to celebrate over is  big deal; if it matters to you, congratulations to you! Life is busy, someone will always be worse than you, and someone will always be better than you.  Pay no mind, and celebrate yourself.

From the Intern

Sep27

I’m a college student.  And it’s weird.

Weird might not even be the right word.  It is sincerely overwhelming.  In 2016, everyone knows just about everything, or are aware of it.  Same gender love is alive and well, it’s considered common knowledge to address someone by the gender he/she identify with, and cultures from all over the world are being embraced.  It’s a beautiful time to be alive.

In the midst of it all, it’s almost easier to get lost. There’s hurt and pain while there’s celebration and happiness.  There’s anger and forgiveness.  There’s pressure to know who you are.   There’s pressure to be open-minded and adventurous.  There’s pressure to be on a track for your life and know what you’re going to do forever.  It’s a lot to take in, a lot to decide, and even more to discover.

Everyone says you find yourself in your twenties, yet it’s also the time people want straight answers as to what you want to do with your life.  With the pressure, I think it so important to remember the journey makes the destination worth it. Your journey is what builds your life with experiences and memories, it’s what makes you excited to return somewhere or inspired for your future.

It’s not that I don’t care about giving people answers, but I always try to remember it’s okay if I don’t have my future entirely planned. It’s okay if one month I want to a be Marketing Director, but maybe in the next week I’m interested in Event Planning.  My experiences are shaping me and exposing me to the infinite paths I have in this life.  It is so easy to stress about who I am or what my purpose is in life.  Sometimes it’s harder to remember and push through that stress, but always see yourself for the little observative, learning and experiencing sponge you are.

Continue to grow little sponge, you are ever-changing and ever-learning.

Volunteer of the Month – September

Sep16

peace-mentorsOur “Peace Mentors” are our Volunteers of the Month.  Peace Mentors are committed to helping Peace Learning Center by receiving training to become facilitators for PLC field trips.   Jay Horan, our Director of Engagement has worked closely with the group and said,  “What a beautiful group of people!   They are kind and caring.  They believe in our mission and want nothing more than to have an impact on children.   We are so lucky to have them.” 
Peace Mentors, thank you for everything you have done for our organization. We are very grateful to have you on our team!

Interested in becoming a Peace Mentor?   Please email Jay Horan for more information at jhoran@peacelearningcenter.org.

From the Intern

Sep15

Recently my lovely, kind-hearted boss married the love of her life.  Even more recently, I looked at the pictures from the celebration of love.

Sitting in my lecture at 9am, I am entirely caught up in the photos of the brides.  I am in awe of their beauty and I am in awe of their love for one another.  It’s evident.  Never mind the wedding dresses, the wedding rings, the wedding bouquets, never mind all of the obvious, and look.  The way they look at each other, the chemistry between the two of them as they hug each other.  It is sincerely something of a dream.

I have been told I am very expressive.  My fifth grade teacher told my parents to help me control my facial expressions because my feelings are often on my face. I am a transparent person in all the right ways, you know?  One of my friends and I matched yesterday, and we took a bunch of pictures and she captioned it, “I need to find someone that looks at me the way Ari looks at me when we match.”

I told my boss I hope I find someone that looks at me the way she and her new wife look at each other.

I know it’s a beautiful experience to see people out and see them so shamelessly involved in one another.  My friends have captured numerous pictures of me looking at them, and it’s obvious.  I am so in love with my friends and the people in my life.  I’m not embarrassed about it.  I care insanely and deeply about the people I have in my life.  People shy away from it, and they’re bashful about being blunt about their feelings.

But why?  Why hide away from some of the most natural human feelings, the feelings that bring us more joy than any?  What if we all showed our love for one another?  What if we all let ourselves openly care for those near and dear to us?  I love loving.  I love caring.  I love the people in my life and I love letting them know.  I’ve been told I say “I love you” more than most people, and that’s someone else’s opinion.  If you’re telling me that, I’m probably telling you.  You are loved. What a good feeling that is!

What’s better than feeling you’re loved and cared for?  It’s my favorite feeling.  I will shamelessly love and I will let those who deserve it know.  I challenge you to join me to love.  Love openly and care deeply, don’t hold it back.

Peace Learning Center and the Ivy Tech New Leaders Academy

Sep14

by John McShane, Community Programs Director

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PLC Community Programs recently started a new partnership with Ivy Tech Community College. We called the initiative, “The Ivy Tech New Leaders Academy.” This half-day learning experience combined the values of the Butler Way with the community leadership and peace building aspects of PLC. The goal of the project was to partner with Ivy Tech and other community leaders in the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of a half day workshop/seminar for a select group of first or second-year students. The Ivy Tech New Leaders Academy provided learning, skill development, networking, and career planning opportunities for participants. Through help and support from PLC and Ivy Tech, the workshop was provided free of charge.

The target population for the workshop included Ivy Tech students from two particular groups. Each group has been identified as facing unique challenges in securing educational and career development opportunities. Workshop participants included:

  • Bowen Scholars: Students in a scholarship fund supporting African-Americans who attend or plan to attend Ivy Tech Community College. Participants must be a U.S. citizen, have completed at least 6 college-level credits at the time of application, and are residents of Marion County.
  • Nina Scholars Program: Students provided a scholarship award to assist with the student’s cost of attendance at Ivy Tech Community College. The Nina Scholars Program provides financial support toward the cost of attendance for up to four years at Ivy Tech including books, fees, and a small living allowance.

Formal and final program design was completed in collaboration with Ivy Tech program manager, Cheri Bush. Program objectives included:

  • Discuss and demonstrate strategies for creating your own values based leadership philosophy. Values discussed include passion, thankfulness, humility, servanthood, accountability, and unity.
  • Write and present to others you own values based personal mission statement.
  • Affirm and implement your own professional networking strategy (Who do you need to meet to help with your plan? What do you want to learn from them?)
  • Discuss and evaluate specific community challenges for new leaders (diversity, income, crime, etc.)

Learning about the students and their academic and career paths led us to reach out to a select group of Indianapolis leaders. Student interest in business, law enforcement, social justice, and philanthropy led us to:

  • Rick Hite, Executive Director, Indiana Civil Rights Commission, Former Chief, IMPD
  • Martha Hoover, Owner, President of Patachou Inc., Founder and President of The Patachou Foundation
  • Marianne Glick, Chairman, Eugene & Marilyn Glick Family Foundation

Speakers were asked to tell their own stories and discuss how their own value constructs had helped them along their own successful ways. Each was also encouraged to take questions from the audience.

My first exposure to the students was joyful. Several came in early while I was preparing the room and every one of them introduced themselves. Most asked if I needed a hand with anything. I had several helpers setting up the refreshment tables, passing out handouts, and happily greeting fellow students and alumni. Something about this group felt special; there was a buzz in the room, a positive vibe.

I facilitated an open conversation on the meanings of unity, passion, humility, servanthood, thankfulness, and accountability. I asked the participants to find clues of those values in what the guest speakers would be saying. After each guest presentation, students were asked to identify where the speakers had touched on or referred to the values posted around the room. In each case, students were able to see where speakers had referred to humility, passion, and all the other values. A sophisticated level of dialogue and questions followed. The students were truly engaged.

Rick Hite spoke passionately about our community and the challenges we face. “You can’t arrest your way out of a problem,” he shared. His key point was one of our shared responsibilities for social change. It’s not just the police responsible for crime. It is, he said, “mothers and fathers, pastors and neighbors, teachers and bank tellers. It’s all of us.” He asked each student what was most important to us in our lives and students gave responses like faith, family, friends, justice, etc. He then asked us all what it would feel like to have any one or more of those things taken away from us. Rick then explained that this is how some of our fellow citizens feel – like they have no control over things they love being taken away from them, a sense of social helplessness.  Empathy emerged.

Martha Hoover talked about being a young lawyer and following her passion into a new career. She discussed the struggles as a young woman in a predominantly male business environment and how her own values drove her success. She then told the story of how, after extraordinary business success, she created the Patachou Foundation, a non-profit organization providing healthy meals to hundreds of Indianapolis children each week. She talked about unity, passion, and servanthood. She demands accountability in her staffs. She answered questions afterward and offered to have lunch with interested culinary career minded students at one of her restaurants.

Marianne Glick put the students to work! In a card sort exercise, the students had to organize their top three personal values. She then walked them through a process in which they created a mission and vision statement based on those values. A mission statement, Marianne told us, “should be no longer than a single sentence, is easily understood by a 12-year-old, and can be recited by memory at any time.” Each student created and shared their own value statements with their peers.

The workshop ended with a short summary of what we had learned. I shared the story and a quote from Robert Kennedy’s April 4, 1968, Indianapolis speech. This was the day Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. It is one of my favorites. Rick had alluded to the speech and its importance earlier in the day. It closes:

“Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.”

The participants inspired me and continue to do so. They have overcome many challenges and are working hard to move forward in their academic work towards their future endeavors. I wanted to create something that might help them along in their journeys. I wanted to make a difference in some way. Turns out, we made a difference together!

The work continues. As a result of the success of the New Leaders Academy. PLC has contracted to continue working with the Bowen and Nina scholars. We will be facilitating hour long leadership development mini-workshops monthly throughout the 2016/2017 school year. We have already started planning for our schedule through the 2017/2018 school year! The participants are already helping to create goals and objectives for their future work. They are owning their own learning!

We all owe a huge debt of thanks to Marianne Glick, Martha Hoover, and Rich Hite. Their passion and care for our community were both inspiring and contagious. The students are talking about you still! And lastly, a big thanks to Cheri Bush. She has become a mentor, a colleague, and a friend as we have worked together. The Bowen and Nina scholars are in kind and caring hands.

PLC can create a custom leadership experience for you and your community or organization. Just give me a call at 317-327-7144 or e-mail me at jmcshane@peacelearningcenter.org. We can collaborate to create something fun and meaningful for your team. I am looking forward to it! The work continues.

Motivational Monday

Sep12

Think of the last time you communicated with someone.  What do you think of? A conversation with words, a phone call, or text?

Communicating can be anything from a greeting to a wave, to simply listening. The tone of your voice can say more than your words.  When solving a conflict, it’s important to keep your tone and your words kind.  Conflicts can easily be frustrating, but the way one goes about it can determine the outcome.  When discussing a problem, focus on the end goal.  What can be done to get there?  It is not about blaming one party or the other.  It is about coming to a resolution.

Listening is such a vital part of communication.  It’s often forgotten about amidst the words in conversation.  When you listen, you are receiving information.  When you listen, it gives you time to process what is being said.  When you listen, you take the time to decide the best way to respond.  It is not just about who can talk the longest or who has the most to say, but it’s about being active on either side of the conversation.

Sometimes people don’t need a response from the listener at all.  Sometimes we just need someone to listen, and sometimes we just need to talk.  One way or another, it’s important to be present when in conversation.

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