: Events :
Light From the North
Prior to our formation as a foundation, we worked under the label of Kigi Life. As such we presented ‘Light from the North’ – a tribute to the progressive culture and effectiveness of the Scandinavian lifestyle/quality of life, in collaboration with United Nations Cultural Consultant Montgomery Taylor.
The event, which was hosted at Scandinavia House on December 19, 2013, showcased the paintings of Danish artist Hanne Støvring, Swedish artist Magdalena Denker, and New York City artist Jason Potvin as well as food and drinks from the farm-to-table restaurant group Smörgås Chef. Guests from various cultural backgrounds enjoyed an evening of art, sustainable cuisine, and personal connection. Smörgås Chef and Blenheim Farm restaurant owner Morten Sohlberg spoke about the farm-to-table movement, while Kigi Love Executive Board Member Jennifer Kissling spoke about trending movements in socially responsible businesses.
The Purpose Economy
A hip crowd of purpose seeking people showed up for an educational event honoring award winning entrepreneur and author Aaron Hurst and his new book “The Purpose Economy”. The underground music venue, Red Door, was the perfect location for an intimate discussion with Aaron about his new book. He joined ProjectArt founder, Adarsh Alphons, onstage for a fireside chat about how the economy is evolving and shifting towards purpose and how this will transform business and society. The crowd interacted in the discussion and many interesting perspectives and ideas were shared.
His book is a guide to help people recognize purpose in their own lives and to help you find your place in this new economy. He debunks some myths and uncovers some truth: “Purpose is a journey – it doesn’t come as a revelation from above, but from living life awake and seeking new experience”. I like this because it encourages people to be present and mindful, put yourself out there, accept change as a constant and have fun when you hit the bumps in the road. Aaron shows that purpose rich careers are still a lot of work but the rewards are greater in overall well-being. When you are empowered and utilize your greatest strengths, you naturally find purpose.
Aaron has recently launched Imperative, a social benefit corporation with a mission to connect people to purpose on a massive scale. They are the first human-centered career platform that enables people to find and manage work that is personally meaningful. Among this, he has also founded the Taproot Foundation, whose mission is to lead, mobilize, and engage professionals in pro bono services that drives social change. Among other accolades, he is a recipient of the LS&A Humanitarian Award and is an all around great guy.
Eight hours of interviewing people we had never met before had simply turned into one of the most inspiring days of the year! 20 20-50 year olds were asked deep and thought provoking questions stimulating conversation about how we can work together to create positive change in the world and strive for human equality. The openness we received from each person created a deep connection between the people there and showed global needs of others.
What we learned from this amazing group was the importance of how we use our freedom. On a global level not everyone is fortunate enough to have the power of choice and therefore it is our duty to help those with no voice. We have the opportunity to empower others around the world through our lifestyle and actions. If we live consciously and make choices that give back, we create opportunity for others. Our gift of freedom is a powerful way to create change because we can do this through everyday choices. We can choose to believe in equality, connection, empowerment, awareness, purpose, free-thinking… we are who we choose to be.