"Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble makers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.
They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo.
You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can't do is ignore them.
Because they change things. They push the human race forward.
And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."
"Again and again in history, some special people in the crowd wake up. They have no ground in the crowd, and they emerge according to much broader laws. They carry strange customs with them, and demand room for bold actions. The future speaks boldly though them. They save the world."
Rainer Maria Rilke
"While we grapple with the world as it is, we must also take time to envision the world as we wish it to be. In doing that, we create a direction for our efforts and a measure for our progress.
"I'm not trying to counsel any of you to do anything really special except to dare to think, and to dare to go with the truth, and to dare to really love completely."
R. Buckminster Fuller
"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go."
T. S. Eliot
"Edges are important because they define a limitation in order to deliver us from it. When we come to an edge we come to a frontier that tells us we are now about to become more than we have been before. As long as one operates in the middle, one can never really know the nature of the medium in which one moves."
William Irwin Thompson
Our mission is to learn by teaching and teach by learning. We strive to understand and develop leadership skills and talent in a way that transcends trends and looks beyond short-term goals. We see our mutual role as supporting individuals and organizations in achieving effective leadership through life affirming and supporting practices. We strive to encourage leaders of any age and status as they embark on new challenges, and we hope to empower those that have not yet stretched their leadership abilities or realized their leadership talents.
When people are supported, given confidence, given freedom, inspired and empowered, they inherently want to help and will find the right path and take the right actions. Our goal is to provide and maintain a leadership circle where we can feel confident, be free, inspire and be inspired, and reach a level of empowerment that allows us to embark successfully on our common and individual leadership journeys.
We are here to build a supporting network of leaders.
To inspire and be inspired; to empower and be empowered. To mutually grow as leaders in our lives, our communities, our businesses; in whatever capacity one may find themselves. To turn the direction from self-preservation to mutual advancement and enlightenment.
We view leadership as service. It is not authority or rank or privilege. It is not position or entitlement. It is service. A leader is anyone who wants to help; anyone who can see a better future and is willing to create change and work towards that future.
We see emerging leaders with the knowledge and desire to bring about change. Leaders whose ideas may be so new that they suffer from the doubts of those around them and even themselves.
EarthAsylum exists to support those willing to lead us to a new way of life, work, and community. A way where people are free to experience themselves and their world more fully, more spiritually and more humanely. A way of purpose, meaning, fulfillment, and love.
Altruism. We support and encourage those willing to serve; those who gain satisfaction through the pursuit of the greater good; those that believe that leading for the benefit of others is right and good. And we support those who do the right thing because it's the right thing to do.
Self-Expression. We admire the creative and pioneering spirit available in all of us. We wish to create an environment that fosters the growth of this spirit and that creates opportunity for this spirit to flourish unfettered.
Love and Kindness. We believe that people thrive on their relationships with others and that we need to build those relationships out of kindness, understanding, and love.
Integrity and Responsibility. We cannot act for the good, we cannot lead, if we are not willing to take responsibility for ourselves and our actions. We will not succeed in leading others if our integrity falters; if we cannot be true to ourselves and to those around us.
Learning and Reflection; Growth and Rebirth. We recognize the necessity of continual learning; of taking time to reflect on our own experiences; in learning from success and from failure. We see personal growth and rebirth as a natural part of life. And we see this as important elements to true leadership.
Many people get a negative connotation from the name “EarthAsylum”, particularly, the word “Asylum”. Most of us associate the word with it’s more recognized pairing of “Insane Asylum” and thus recall history’s bleak reputation of caring for the insane.
In contrast, the term “Asylum” is meant to refer not to a negative historical reputation, but rather to a more positive place of sanctity or sanctuary (what an Insane Asylum was intended to be - a sanctuary for the insane). Think of the alternate uses in our language such as “seeking asylum” - as in looking for safety.
So in choosing the name “EarthAsylum”, I was thinking of the more positive “sanctuary”. EarthAsylum was conceived with the idea and goal of supporting, educating, and inspiring life-affirming leaders. Leaders who understand and preserve the notion that the sanctity of human dignity stands above all else.
EarthAsylum is neither political nor religious in its nature, and its foundation in nature is interconnected to our human tendencies, talents, wants, and needs.
The Asylum I’m speaking of is the sanctuary where leaders want to serve others in the realization of their aspirations and who recognize that the world (and the earth) only gain from that realization.