Please help me to find this wonderful person or people to be a part of Matter.
Her or his qualities:
Please be a unique, inspiring, and intelligent individual who has skills different than mine while also having a heart and making decisions with that heart (not solely focused on large growth and profit). Skills and attributes such as being a financial maistro, an equity partner, and well connected to help Matter wisely & sustainably grow. Also, this person would be passionate about Matter’s mission to significantly create positive impact for our world’s most pressing problems and dedicated to triple bottom line business - Business for good.
I would also love to find a unique, lovely, and whip-smart person to thoughtfully and skillfully run Matter along in the day to day of the business. Most often this would include: Replying to emails, shipping orders, ordering and researching materials, and managing the books, all with care and thoughtfulness to details pretty please.
These two people would create such significant positive change for Matter and would also allow me to do what I do best most frequently, the creative thinking, research, and concept development. This would also allow me to be able to grow the consulting side of Matter, which would be a wonderful thing. I'd love for us to all to feel inspired, gratified, and enjoy working on Matter Projects.
Thank you for your help dear universe, I’m grateful for all that you have shared with me thus far, and I appreciate you.
With all my best and biggest thanks, Tippy Tippens, Chief Eternal Optimist, Matter Inc.
Yesterday I bicycled over to UNO with dear friends to hear the Dalai Lama speak. Points discussed were: Compassion, connection, equality, fairness, gratitude, peace, hope, unpretentiousness, appreciation, enjoyment, & laughing. I wish that the Dalai Lama could be global president.
He spoke often of dealing with things in life with a calm center, his analogy was like the sea - the waves on the top can be turbulent, but down below there is always calm. Also of not creating expectations, which lead to disappointment. I have tried to eliminate expectations over the years and have found to be so much happier without them.
One of the questions from citizens of New Orleans at the end of the talk asked, 'Do you have doubt and how do you deal with it?' His reply involved looking at problems from many perspectives, preparing yourself mentally for problems that will arise, and keeping your calm center. If your mind is at peace you can best consider varied perspectives.
He also laughed frequently during the talk, filled with such true joy and appreciation. So humble and wishing to be treated like a human, as we all are together he reinstated multiple times, we are people. Everyone one of us around the world is born from a mother and will one day die, no one is better than another. And that this should extend to all parts of the world, animals and the earth treated with respect.
Another great question from New Orleans was, "In a world with so many troubles, how do you remain an optimist?' He replied, 'There is no other choice.'
Thank you Dalai Lama for a wonderful gift, I hope that all of our world leaders will be more like you.
Excited for travels coming up next week! First I will be traveling to give talks to students in design & entrepreneurship at Syracuse University! So excited to visit & meet these students Oct. 3,4. And also for an added bonus of getting a little peek of fall!
Directly following that will be heading to my old/always hood NYC for a few days to attend the Feast for Social Innovation Week. And I am so honored for Matter's Goods to be for sale at the Pavilion on October 5, 6! Come on by, be so glad to see you!
Also** October 5, host a dinner for Social Good around the world, be a part of the Feast wherever you are! Details here.
These posts will be dedicated to formulating the Batter which makes up MATTER, haha the rhyming is ridiculous and I like it.
MATTER's mission is to develop a sustainable and personal way of doing business. Once something becomes too large, the bottom line becomes the dollar - instead of the people involved and the matters at hand. In MATTER's products and business development - the people, the environment, and the needs at hand are the bottom line.
Do ideals and business really have to be separated? The search for happiness is not a new thing and highlighted in recent years - bankers turning to baking, people treasuring their homes and seeking lifestyles that merge with the environment, and finding the importance of making connections with people and nature in one's life.
I have started MATTER L3C in seeing the need for products that are designed to develop and fit with sustainable lifestyles as well as specifically for social needs at hand. I am also a complete information hog and love to find inspiration from all lines of topics, I will post these thoughts and findings here and would love to hear from you!
Two of my favorite and guiding principles in life, which I believe should be more frequent in business:
+ Einstein's definition of insanity:
Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results
+ Mahatma Gandhi - Be the change that you wish to see in the world. [We can do it!]
* photo by jefferyw on flickr
** your thoughts & feedback are welcomed here whether you agree or disagree!