Synergistic Emergence In the 21st Century

All is Well from Paradigm Nouveau

October 21st, 2015 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

All Is Well

All’s well that ends well. Thank you all for being on this journey with me.

Last month Paradigm Nouveau attended its final Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in Manhattan, where the theme was the Future of Impact. The perspective gleaned from such a rare 10-year experience cannot be understated. For example, during this last trip I was in a small breakout session with Monsanto’s CEO, Hugh Grant, discussing the future of global food supply. I had a firsthand experience to see and hear directly from a very controversial organization. This is one of many firsthand experiences over these past several years of listening to global leaders at the edge of serious issues and concerns.

At this point I’m satisfied with the conclusions I’ve come to (see below).

Therefore, PNF’s 10-year mission with CGI is now complete.

 

Goodbye New York City.

Audrey is outta here.

The future’s so bright I gotta wear shades …

 

Primary Conclusions from Participating with Clinton Global Initiative for 10 years~

  • The people have the power (John Lennon was right).
  • My main contribution to the planet and its people is to teach meditation and yoga.
  • Meditation and yoga empower people in a way that transcends and transforms their perception of the world, ultimately yielding Self-mastery.
  • Mastery of one’s Self is the only thing that makes a difference.
  • You are your best resource, teacher and hero.
  • The real leading edge is internal.
  • There’s no one out there.
  • All you need is love. (John Lennon was right here too).
  • It’s all an illusion.

Namaste,
Audrey James
Executive Director
Lead Yoga Instructor
Paradigm Nouveau Foundation

PNF Celebrates Its 10 Year Anniversary!

April 10th, 2015 | Uncategorized | 6 Comments »

Dear Paradigm Nouveau Friends and Colleagues ~

In 2005 I launched a new paradigm, a paradigm where leaders follow the people.

Paradigm Nouveau Foundation’s accomplishments over the past 10 years are registered in the following six multi-faceted areas:

I. Global Transformation through Synergistic Projects

  • 2006-2015 ~ 10-year member of the Clinton Global Initiative, which convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

  • 2009 ~ Privileged to be a co-producer of the Presidential Inauguration Conference in Washington, DC for the first African-American president.
  • 2005-2006 ~ Supported the Treasure America Project to provide an alternative economic base (rather than oil production) for native Alaskan residents.
  • 2006-2007 ~ Climate Protection Manual for Cities, a joint project with Natural Capitalism Solutions to create a free resource for communities around the world to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

II. Community-Organized Action

  • 2010-2015 ~ Developed SB2020 – Sustainable Boulder by 2020, a Clinton Global Initiative registered commitment, as the flagship project for PNF’s work. PNF continues to work with CGI to record the progress of this 10-year commitment. A launching event was held in Boulder, CO to include and acknowledge community leaders in sustainability.
  • 2013-2015 ~ Organized and participated in grassroots efforts to assure local air and water quality safety in fracking oil and gas efforts.
  • 2011 ~ Documented and educated the public regarding the Occupy Movement in Boulder, Denver & Chicago.

“It’s Here!”

October 21st, 2013 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

 

Climate Change In Boulder’s Backyard

9/11-12/13 ~ 6 feet of water in my home's basement in over 2 hours. The panda is the only thing that survived. Top photo: Next day, 9/13/13, representing resilience, we went to Boulder Airport and celebrated the heroic 10-day helicopter rescue for trapped flood victims.

At 1 AM, as we watched our children’s panda float up the stairs with water threatening to fill the rest of our home, I said to Rick, “Climate change is here.” This night began a 6-week process, complete with sirens sounding, a run on sand bags, loss of life and devastating damage to every aspect of our community that would need to be recovered and rebuilt.

A year earlier I had begun a business for residential emergency preparedness called Disaster Guyz. Along with valuables documentation, Disaster Guyz offers emergency preparedness services including home supplies and GoBags for the home and car. Little did I know that I would be living out of a GoBag for over a month. Wow!

Not only did we experience climate change right here in Boulder …  I WAS READY FOR IT!

I found myself staring at the face of climate change and seeing my own adaptation in process. It was a hell of a thing.

Read the rest of this entry »

Power of a Stand!

June 23rd, 2013 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

June 18, 2013, on the steps of the Boulder County courthouse. Within 30 minutes we found out that our voices were heard and a miracle happened.

A Miracle Happened

Greetings on this summer solstice, full moon weekend ~

“I saw a miracle happen; I saw the power of the people, young and old, and I saw the power of an unshakable stand.” 

Audrey here checking in to let you know how it’s been going with SB2020 -Sustainable Boulder by 2020.

What I’ve learned so far about working on an impossible project like SB2020 is that one needs to be two headed and needs to be able to dance. The first head develops a strategy to create direction and results, while the other head needs to listen for what the universe is crying out to be heard. The dancing is being able to move between the two with passion, joy and ease. Bottom line is if you can’t dance, you can’t work on uber huge impossible projects.

Consistent with our strategy, we have moved into larger offices, expanded our staff, secured 501(c)3 status as a foundation and developed a for-profit arm to create ventures that support the Foundation’s work in the world. One of our new businesses is a residential emergency preparedness company called Disaster Guyz. Disaster Guyz is designed to empower homeowners in the face of fire, flood and other disasters, assisting citizens to adapt in the face of climate change. The community’s welcoming response validates that this is truly wanted and needed.

Now, onto dancing. Three weeks ago it was brought to my attention that our Boulder County commissioners voted to end a moratorium on fracking (hydraulic fracturing is the process of extracting natural gas from shale rock layers deep within the earth). Instinctively I knew that if fracking were permitted here it would be game over for a sustainable Boulder. It was black and white … fracking was not an option.

Read the rest of this entry »