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Must we continue as we are? If you think it’s time for a new leadership narrative – for a new “1%’ to step forward – then here’s your chance to help make sure that happens.

For over 20 years, hundreds of accomplished individuals from around the world – business people, teachers/academics, artist/performers, NPO/NGO leaders and more – have gathered to discuss how to leverage our expertise and resources for the making of a better planet. We have done so with the shared conviction that exponential advances in technology will continue to profoundly reshape the human condition in all arenas – social, economic, political, environmental, spiritual and security.

Out of this chaos of disruption, an age of abundance is within our grasp. Such an age promises to liberate humanity so that we might seize the fullest potential of the human spirit and intellect.

But it threatens too.

It gives life to forces of ignorance and reaction that too often find comfort in simplistic solutions. We believe we are facing a pivot point in history – one path leading to enlightened possibilities, the other to dystopian certainty.

The tools to render a bountiful world for the benefit of all exist today. What prevents its realization is a systemic lack of leadership. However, we believe that a global cohort of leaders does exist who by virtue of the works that they have created are exemplars, and that if made a community, together have the power and potential to ensure that the destiny of enlightened possibilities is the path humanity elects to take.

We call them Renaissance Leaders.

 A Renaissance Leader is…

  • A high integrity individual with sensitive self-awareness and a passion for advancing their enterprise, their community and the world.
  • A creator with a sense of history and the capacity to see the world holistically, to practice systems thinking, to inject a global and a future perspective into present challenges, to honour diversity, and to draw on ideas and best practices from diverse disciplines and economic sectors.
  • A leader who demonstrate the ability to take input from these various disciplines, synthesize it and integrate it for application to a specific situation.
  • An exemplar who demonstrates grace under pressure, and inspires others to have the courage to collaborate and innovate in order to dramatically improve enterprise or community performance.

 The Renaissance Expedition is…

A movement which is committed to identify, connect, mentor and promote the efforts of a diverse community of change leaders with similar values and strategic intentions whose purpose is improving individual, organizational, community and global performance.

The Objective of the Renaissance Expedition (REX)…

To create a movement that identifies, engages and mobilizes the global cohort of leader/creators who share a common value system and sense of shared destiny – the new “1%’ of those uniquely positioned to change the leadership narrative.  A group committed to start impacting systemic global change in just three years.  We will do so by recruiting, supporting and promoting the elevation of no fewer than 20,000 REx members by 2018, and 100,000 by 2020, to positions of domain influence and power – to insert and nurture a new ‘renaissance’ leadership gene into the global DNA from class-room to boardroom to legislature.

 Our Charter…

We believe in a world of abundance where we are each held to be responsible for, and accountable to, ourselves. Thus empowered, we are obligated to conduct ourselves so as to better enable a future where;

  • Discrimination, prejudice and violence are no longer tolerated. 
  • In spirit and practice all are equal before the law.

  • In spirit and practice all citizens enjoy the same voting rights. 
  • In spirit and practice all enjoy the same right to privacy. 
  • All citizens are free to express themselves as they wish, without threat, harm or repercussion. 
  • All have the right to, and enjoyment of, personal security and property protection.

  • All have access to such education as is necessary to realize one’s wants, needs and desires. 
  • All have access to nutritious food, clean water and clean air – in harmony with nature. 
  • All have access to healthcare that provides for a long and well-lived life.

  • All can pursue a livelihood that provides for, a productive, accomplished and rewarding life, lived with dignity.

  • For those who cannot provide for themselves, access to such means as allows for a life that is as productive, accomplished and rewarding as their debility allows for, lived with dignity.

  • We ALL endeavour to lead by example.

First Principles
  • In an age of abundance, self-interest and societal interest need no longer be in conflict. While enlightened self-interest lies at the heart of discovery, innovation and creation, its application is best nurtured and rewarded within a healthy, vibrant, affluent community.
  • We must lead by example. The REX community must attract, empower and mobilize members who understand the dynamics of collective strength and actions.
  • Its members are all ‘leader creators’ – those who are distinguished for having created and/or run private, public or not-for-profit enterprises, or those who are viewed as accomplished contributors to the arts, sciences, humanities and/or social discourse.
  • REX is a self-sustaining movement, an evolving eco-system that will define the objectives and determine the outcomes – from the bottom-up, not the top-down.
  • Accordingly, REX will provide the ‘North Star’ of the movement – our Charter – the aspirational scaffolding needed to empower the community we recruit. Our strength is in the constant pursuit of the promise and potential of the Charter by the network we build and mobilize.
  • REX must strive to be as philosophically agnostic/secular as possible – an impactful centrist movement that rejects and is a counter-force to the deceptively seductive alternatives offered by ideologues and extremists on either side of the political spectrum.
  • Recognizing that the need for leadership is systemic, it is thus global, multi-sectoral and especially, multi-generational.
  • A foundational value of REX is that its members commit to help each other to achieve professional success and thus secure positions of influence and power within their domain – to be remarkable human beings and thus be makers and enablers of exceptional communities/societies through peer networking, coaching and purposeful collaboration, regardless of background or skill set.

Member Engagement

The leader-creators among us are successful because they have ideas, are passionate about achievement and care about our world. REX membership will give them a voice, both globally and locally.

Here’s how.

The viral growth and ultimate success of REX will be determined by the effectiveness of theme-specific ‘Missions’ launched and hosted on the REX community platform (renaissance-expedition.org) and local ‘Salons’ that will establish a physical footprint for REX wherever a critical mass of members is established. Both channels will be volunteer run, with self-service support provided by REX through the community platform. Both channels will encourage members to discuss, elevate and pursue actions consistent with the Charter. Over time, as membership grows, these channels will become the means by which programs will be developed to foster, support, fund and otherwise advance REX initiatives through purpose-specific charitable foundations.

Note that a key differentiator is the role of self-interest. It is held to be a truism that viral growth can only be achieved by addressing the ‘what’s in it for me’ challenge. We believe that enlightened self-interest MUST be reconciled with the adoption of the REX Charter. Accordingly, both channels provide opportunities for members to do business with (and/or otherwise support) one another consistent with the Charter with the view that doing so is ultimately to the advantage of all.

 Missions 

The impact of REX will be manifested in the ‘Missions’ that it launches and presents to its membership and the world. The name is used in the diplomatic/political sense, and describes horizontal streams that cut across Salon membership, creating global communities of interest, expertise and commitment – led by recognized thought leaders.

The Missions of the Renaissance Expedition will each serve to frame the community’s objectives, initiatives and requisite outcomes with the purpose of provoking a demonstrable shift in the global leadership narrative by 2020, consistent with the spirit and substance of the Charter. They will ultimately do so in the following theatres;

  • Arts & Culture
  • Coaching, Mentoring & Facilitating
  • Education
  • Governance
  • Health & Wellness
  • Human Capital
  • Justice & Law
  • Media
  • Philanthropy & Social Responsibility
  • Science & Technology
  • Security
  • Spirituality
  • Sports & Entertainment
  • Sustainability & The Environment
  • Wealth Making & Distribution

The Missions’ objectives are to;

  • Create a global cohort of exemplars that by their growing numbers and achievements and subject matter interest attracts qualified membership to the REX Community
  • Provide a professional networking opportunity for Members.
  • Provide theatre-specific thought leadership consistent with the Charter.
  • Lead the setting of Mission objectives, and the design and execution of initiatives and programs to secure said objectives consistent with the Charter.
  • Qualified initiatives and programs would include (but would not be limited too);
    • Projects that directly recognize, encourage and support the development of Renaissance Leadership.
    • Projects that by their impact and example promote the values of Renaissance Leadership.
    • Projects that otherwise bias for success efforts to build the world envisioned in the Charter
    • Liaise and interact with Salons if, when and as appropriate.
      • For example, having the ‘Education’ Mission work with Salon sponsored local scholarship/mentoring initiatives.

It is important to note that all REX members will be automatically enrolled in the Coaching, Mentoring and Facilitating Mission, given it’s importance.  Accordingly, each member will be expected to provide and profit from, at least 2 hours of cross-mentoring each month with a relevant dyad partner.

 Salons

The Salons of the Renaissance Expedition will each serve to frame the community’s objectives, initiatives and desired outcomes with the purpose of provoking a demonstrable shift in the local, geographically-focused leadership narrative by 2020, consistent with the spirit and substance of the Charter. The objectives are to;

  • Create and engage a local cohort of exemplars that by their growing numbers and achievements attracts qualified membership to the REX Community
  • Provide a socialization and professional networking opportunity for Members
  • Lead the setting of Salon objectives, and the design and execution of initiatives and programs to secure said objectives.
  • Qualified initiatives and programs include (but are not limited too);
    • Projects that directly recognize, encourage and support the development of Renaissance Leadership.
    • Projects that by their impact and example promote the values of Renaissance Leadership.
    • Projects that otherwise bias for success efforts to build the world envisioned in the Charter.
    • Liaise and interact with other Salons and/or Missions if, when and as, appropriate.

Salons will be self-forming wherever a critical mass of members exist, supported and administered by self-service tools on the REX community platform. Utilizing a proven formula, the principle member engagement event will be a monthly meeting of up to 30 participants. The agenda for a Salon would look like the following:

  • Private dining room secured for monthly meetings at restaurant
  • Same day/time/venue each month – 6:00pm to 9:30pm
  • Drinks, introductions
  • Member presentation – member presents their enterprise/interest – networking opportunity
  • Main event – Dinner presentation and Discussion
    • Host selected speaker speaks to a REX theme/Salon project
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