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human works design - building meaningful futures - issue #11

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human works design - building meaningful futures

October 9 · Issue #11 · View online

'human works' empowers the game-changers of tomorrow to build meaningful futures. This newsletter is for leaders and change-makers, who want to elevate humanity by living consciously, designing conscious business that have a purpose with sustainable profit, and contributing to better systems for the diverse communities in our society, for future generations and for our planet.
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(You are receiving this newsletter because you were previously subscribed or by invitation of Canay Atalay, co-editor of this newsletter)
Welcome to the rebirth of my “building meaningful futures” newsletter.
People who know me well and who have been following me throughout my journey know I have always been interested in the new and fascinated by what’s coming. I am grateful I have been able to develop my talent to predict the changes coming to society and business and being able to map what really matters.
I started off as a saxophone player in Belgium exploring new waves of musical expression in the eighties, I anticipated the changes into electronic music and the coming of the internet in the nineties, I was at the crossroads of the mobile era in the early days of this century, I participated to a Singularity University program at the start of this decade and have been talking and writing on the impact of exponential technologies on business and society since then.
And now… We’re on the verge of another new influential era in the evolution of humanity.
Anyone with some healthy human sensors left in his body can feel and see this emerging already, it’s happening all around us. People who sense this turn of a new era are already taking responsibility towards building a different and better future, for ourselves, our children and our communities around us.
We just cannot keep doing things the way we used to do, real change starts from within.
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” - Nelson Mandela
For me, it started when I hit a professional wall 2 years ago, when I realised that the way I was doing things was no longer working for me. Since then I’ve been searching for a way out towards a new purpose in life and towards creating more meaning and value for myself and others around me. I’ve been trying out different transformation methods, as I moved forward in my journey. I quit alcohol and sugar, I started exercising again, and become vegan over the summer. 
Becoming vegan provokes a radical change, not only in your body but as well in your whole being, everything becomes so pure. You start seeing and experimenting everything with more clarity and focus. Going vegan is also one of the best lifestyle choices one can make in contributing towards a greener planet. Follow @veganband on Instagram to see the goods we’re cooking and eating and read how to reduce your carbon footprint as a starter.
“The second most important lifestyle change is to eat less meat, with particular emphasis on meals containing beef and lamb. Cows and sheep emit large quantities of methane, a powerful global warming gas. A vegan diet might make as much as a 20% difference to your overall carbon impact but simply cutting out beef will deliver a significant benefit on its own.”
My transformation started by learning to face and release my deepest fears, forgive the ones who have hurt me most and forgive myself, turning negative thought streams into positive ones, clearing decade-old assumptions and addictions, neutralising old beliefs that have been keeping me down or blocked for a very long time.
Looking around, it’s easy to see how many people are struggling with themselves and their environments. Most people prefer to stay focused on work in a task-driven and fact-based world without examining whether the things they do make them truly happy. Going through ones own fears is not an easy thing to do, it takes a lot of courage; the good news is that bliss awaits on the other side.
We live in a world based on fears, so we need to break through those old assumptions, addictions and negative thoughts to build a new world we believe is full of love and focused on creating happiness and prosperity, not creating or contributing to generate more fear everyday on the news or in our social media feeds. The more we watch, hear and indulge ourselves with bad and negative news, the more it influences our own system with bad and negative thoughts. The first thing to do is to break that paradigm.
I took my decision and decided to act by creating positive flows for myself, the people around me and my community.
I hereby introduce my 2 new projects:

human works design
human works design is a new company, I co-founded with Canay Atalay, with a purpose to empower the game changers of tomorrow to build meaningful futures. We assist leaders to grow in designing conscious business and make themselves future proof with innovation & technology trends, philosophy and exponential business models, provided by a selected network of international thought leaders, designers & futurists.
human works design unlocks the change maker within every business leader or entrepreneur and offer international experience, various transformation methods and technological tools to bring the conscious change needed to bring meaningful, innovative, value-driven, sustainable businesses and projects to life. We are working side by side with business leaders, entrepreneurs as well as children to take action on designing a better world.
Read more about the why we do this and what we can offer to you with our value-designed services.
human works design at The House of Beautiful Business in Lisbon
Palacio de Conde de Óbidos Lisboa
Palacio de Conde de Óbidos Lisboa
human works design is pleased to participate again at The House of Beautiful Business, taking place in Lisbon before and during Web Summit. The House of Beautiful Business is a pop-up community for meaningful conversations about technology and humanity. During the week-long event, the House will serve as salon, stage, and sandbox for people who are keen on re-humanising business in a playful and intimate setting.
We are offering a workshop in The Palacio on Saturday, November 4 (15:30 – 17:30) on how to elevate humanity by designing a conscious business.
We have 10 Membership passes available for our readers (value  €450/pass) with access to all programs from November 3 - November 10, 2017 in The Studio and The Palacio. We are distributing 5 passes now and 5 in our next newsletter. Send us your thoughts on conscious business and include a great example of a conscious business in your network. TIP: you can increase your chances to win a pass by liking us on our social media channels :)
Wapaland
The second project we started this summer is Wapaland.
Wapaland is a place where children learn to become the game-changers of tomorrow, where they can design their own future focusing on their own values, and by creating deep human connections through music, art, dance, philosophy and other disciplines. Based on the principles that all starts from within a healthy body, an open mind, and a good heart. A place where they can learn the tools, skill sets and capabilities to become an outstanding game-changer of tomorrow, learning how to be aware of what’s happening around them, how to take responsibility for themselves, preserving our planet, and connecting as human-beings, equally, respecting other cultures.
Join us!
We are currently prototyping our workshops with experts in Istanbul and are planning workshops in different locations across Europe. Anyone interested to learn more, organise a Wapaland workshop, or wants to contribute with coding our platform, please get in touch.
building meaningful futures
With this newsletter we want to contribute by documenting more about our journeys, and by creating more awareness on how we can all contribute to bring the change everyone is longing for. How we can become more responsible in making our business more conscious and by contributing to create a better society. We will do this on a bi-weekly basis by curating content of projects and people who are creating such a better world.
Canay will co-author and edit our bi-weekly newsletter from here on. With her, this newsletter series will be more inclusive, not only by bringing in a voice from a different cultural geography, but also the female archetype - which the world urgently needs - embracing abundance and sharing it openly with care. 
She is an innovation strategist, working with business leaders to unlock purposeful innovation by designing new narratives, exponential business models and customer experiences for their organisations, using a unique blend of design thinking, philosophy, business model design and cultural transformation.
Read her full bio on our website.
You can read her contributions in this week’s newsletter here below.
Enjoy the reading and feel free to send us your feedback on our topics, projects and content.
Reading suggestions
Children First World Design
WHAT are consciousness, conscious business and living?
Future of humanism and sports
As Millennials Demand More Meaning, Older Brands Are Not Aging Well
Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?
Touching Grace – umair haque
How Silicon Valley is erasing your individuality - The Washington Post
How Optimism Could Save Us - A Hundred Years
Commons and 'Commoning': A 'New' Old Narrative to Enrich the Food Sovereignty and Right to Food Claims
Workplace culture and the alternative workforce
Wall Street Firms to Move Trillions to Blockchains in 2018
I used to think social media was a force for good. Now the evidence says I was wrong
Delicious Nutritious Sustainable
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Be kind to yourself and your loved ones.
Have a great week!
Rudy and Canay.
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