Tribal Alliance: The Antidote To Adversity

At the 2009 Vancouver Peace Summit, the Dalai Lama predicted that Western women will save the world. At the time, I believed that he was speaking about the impressive panel of female attendees, including three Nobel peace laureates, the Irish president, humanitarians, filmmakers -- acclaimed peacemakers. But through my work with Threads Worldwide and Emerging Women, our women Artisan Partners in developing countries, our Fair Trade Partners in the US, and the countless trailblazing women I have met on my journey, I have come to realize that the possibility he was talking about was me. He was talking about them. He was talking about you.

So I invite you to join me in this world-changing movement. I urge you to enlist in the tribe of empowered women who are making a difference, one dollar at a time, one necklace at time, one kneecap-to-kneecap conversation at time. Join us in creating a world that is fair, that is founded in compassion, that sees beyond gender, race, religion, and the depths of one's pocket.

Our vision has the power to equalize, and is built upon the notion that a seven-year-old Cambodian girl, sold into the sex trade, has the same amount to offer as a Fortune 500 CEO. She is equally worthy of love and joy and belonging. She is equally deserving of the opportunity to contribute to her family, her community, and to help create a better world. That is her universal right. And it belongs to all of us.

This past weekend, surrounded by revolutionary women at our Threads Worldwide annual conference, I felt a gap close that had been welling over the past few months, blackened by mass shootings, suicide bombers, venomous political posts and mean-spirited debate.

I felt hope. HOPE!

I understood, down to my core, that there is a way out. A new way of being, of working together, of lifting one another up. As women, we are inherently collaborative, compassionate, intuitive, and empathetic. We lead with our heart and envision ourselves as part of the whole. These values -- that I believe will save the world -- have been undermined and devalued over the course of history. For our entire history, women across the globe have been told that our superpowers have no place in business, no place in politics -- or any position of power.

Well, I say enough! THIS is our time. Our time to come together. Our time to live from a mindset of abundance rather than scarcity. Our time to walk our talk. Our time to lend a hand to someone who is struggling. Our time to fight injustice, to transcend senseless violence, greed, war, and the "us versus them" mentality that is pervasive and toxic.

There IS a way out. But it starts with you and me recognizing that we are all in this together. And, in light of recent events that serve to drive us apart, I am afraid that our time is running out. Let's bring our tribes together with the understanding that our vision is only the beginning -- that it is our alliance that will bring about change, much more effectively than our independent efforts.

We can do this. We really can. Let's save the world. Are you in?

At the 2009 Vancouver Peace Summit, the Dalai Lama predicted that Western women will save the world. At the time, I believed that he was speaking about the impressive panel of female attendees, including three Nobel peace laureates, the Irish president, humanitarians, filmmakers -- acclaimed peacemakers. But through my work with Threads Worldwide and Emerging Women, our women Artisan Partners in developing countries, our Fair Trade Partners in the US, and the countless trailblazing women I have met on my journey, I have come to realize that the possibility he was talking about was me. He was talking about them. He was talking about you.

So I invite you to join me in this world-changing movement. I urge you to enlist in the tribe of empowered women who are making a difference, one dollar at a time, one necklace at time, one kneecap-to-kneecap conversation at time. Join us in creating a world that is fair, that is founded in compassion, that sees beyond gender, race, religion, and the depths of one's pocket.

Our vision has the power to equalize, and is built upon the notion that a seven-year-old Cambodian girl, sold into the sex trade, has the same amount to offer as a Fortune 500 CEO. She is equally worthy of love and joy and belonging. She is equally deserving of the opportunity to contribute to her family, her community, and to help create a better world. That is her universal right. And it belongs to all of us.

This past weekend, surrounded by revolutionary women at our Threads Worldwide annual conference, I felt a gap close that had been welling over the past few months, blackened by mass shootings, suicide bombers, venomous political posts, and mean-spirited debate.

I felt hope. HOPE!

I understood, down to my core, that there is a way out. A new way of being, of working together, of lifting one another up. As women, we are inherently collaborative, compassionate, intuitive, and empathetic. We lead with ours heart and envision ourselves as part of the whole. These values -- that I believe will save the world -- have been undermined and devalued over the course of history. For our entire history, women across the globe have been told that our superpowers have no place in business, no place in politics -- or any position of power.

Well, I say enough! THIS is our time. Our time to come together. Our time to live from a mindset of abundance rather than scarcity. Our time to walk our talk. Our time to lend a hand to someone who is struggling. Our time to fight injustice, to transcend senseless violence, greed, war, and the "us versus them" mentality that is pervasive and toxic.

There IS a way out. But it starts with you and me recognizing that we are all in this together. And, in light of recent events that serve to drive us apart, I am afraid that our time is running out. Let's bring our tribes together with the understanding that our vision is only the beginning--that it is our alliance that will bring about change, much more effectively than our independent efforts.

We can do this. We really can. Let's save the world. Are you in?