*This news article has been reproduced by kind permission of Global Woman Magazine*

More than 200 women and men from a variety of countries around the world, representing most continents, experienced a weekend of holistic enlightenment and inspiration at the inaugural Global Woman Summit 2016 in London. The event was organised by Mirela Sula, founder of Global Woman Magazine on the theme of ‘A new paradigm for changing the world.’ Each of the attendees joined together for a big conversation about the valuable role that women currently play in many areas of life – in the wider world and in their communities. All speakers and delegates came from across the world to listen and participate in what has become a vital topic for our future.

Renowned scientist, prolific author and founder of the Institute of New Paradigm Research, professor Ervin Laszlo, was the keynote speaker, with his talk: ‘The positive future of humankind is a global woman led future.’ Professor Laszlo stressed the valuable contribution that our womanly, feminine skills of listening, community building, family focus, caring, connection, contribution, care for nature and spirituality can have in changing the world paradigm to a safer, sustainable world where we can live in harmony together, as one big global family.

Jo Franklin, guest speaker at the Global Woman Summit

Another of the key speakers at the Summit was Jo Franklin, a woman that supports and develops many community projects and works closely with Larry Sullivan, founder of COINS Foundation. Jo discussed her experiences in business, explaining how the success of COINS Global (and Larry’s various other ventures) has been used to try to create a better and more sustainable future. With a focus on ‘Enterprise as a force for good,’ a theme that the Foundation is strongly associated with, it was fascinating hear about the transition from a ‘fundraising based’ approach to a structure that boasts longevity with an opportunity for further, increasing rewards. An undeniably successful businesswoman and a proud mother, it was refreshing to see that achieving the perfect balance between your personal life and your career was possible, a topic that came up over the weekend as a challenge for many.

If you’d like to see the full presentation, you can view it here.

Other speakers included Anna Bachia, who spoke about the “unexplored path into the breathing of our life,” and the audience were mesmerised by a talk by Barbara Marx Hubbard, which was streamed live from New York. Barbara focused on using a higher level of consciousness and co-creativity to achieve the new paradigm. BBC Radio 2’s Janey Lee Grace received a warm response following her talk on the power of natural and organic living, as did Mary Ann Thompson-Frenk from Dallas with her message of “becoming a conscious cultural creator.”

On Monday, after the summit, the Global Woman Team and some of the key speakers from the summit were kindly invited to a private meeting with Larry Sullivan and his team. Present in the meeting were; Dr Ervin Laszlo, Mirela Sula, Abigail Deffee, Jo Franklin, Mary Ann Thompson Frenk and her husband Joshua Frenk, Dr Isaura Gonzalez, Dr Ed Berman, Gulrukh Khan, Veronica Sosa, Adam Strong, Tina Allton, Trevor Clarke, Joe St Clair, Ashish Paul Izabella Niew Idadomska etc.

Larry Sullivan is not only the Chairman and Founder of COINS Foundation but also a founder of five software businesses. He has established profitable companies in countries all over the world, including Russia and Poland.

Larry Sullivan presenting to the group.

Larry took us through his journey, introducing us to his approach when creating ventures that embrace both economic and societal values. He also explained the techniques behind building an efficient team for his projects, using Belbin’s team roles to identify any gaps when assigning roles and responsibilities.

What is remarkable about Larry Sullivan is that he has used his success as a force for good by creating various projects and enterprises, ensuring that charities and social causes are the beneficiaries. In 2004, Larry co-founded Stepping Stones, a school for children with mild to moderate disabilities. After starting with just a few students, it has continued to excel as a first class provider of care and education and, in September, will welcome a new upper school in order to cater for the increased demand for places. More recently Larry opened The Cookie Bar, a social enterprise café in Hindhead that offers a safe and forgiving environment for children with disabilities to gain work experience. The Cookie Bar operates as a business with the profits being reinvested back into COINS Foundation, ensuring there is a constant flow of income that can be distributed to other projects. In addition, the children have the opportunity to learn about business, whilst feeling that they are contributing to both the economy and society.

He aims to use this business model to create other enterprises like The Cookie Bar that generates further revenue as well as working in conjunction with schools as The Cookie Bar does with Stepping Stones.

Ervin Laszlo, the twice Nobel Peace Price nominated philosopher and scientist, who was also invited to this private meeting opened up the Q&A by mentioning the importance of being part of the changes that are coming.

We need a new mindset, a more global and larger community, even though the community is more global today, the thinking is still private and national…

Dr Ervin Laszlo

He also continued by saying:

We live in one world, we need to create an authentic vision of the people so that we can live sustainably, can you see how we can contribute to the whole enterprise, which is the humanity cooperative?

Dr Ervin Laszlo
Dr Ervin Laszlo & guests engage in discussion

Larry, being a humble man admitted the question was difficult but important, answering that he often and regularly tells his team to:

Care about the outcome of others. If you care about the outcome of others it will go back to you.

Larry Sullivan

With Stepping Stones in London, a similar school, the Widad Center in Dubai and further projects supported in Uganda, they are hoping to create an opportunity for them to talk to each other to become more globally aware. Larry believes that everything starts with education and tolerance, so by making them interconnected and enabling the children to talk to each other, despite existing in different countries or villages, when conflicts occurs, the children will demand it to stop.

It is important for Larry Sullivan to create trends in the right way. Ervin Laszlo also said that today communication is not solely important, but also the message itself, we need a message that is to everybody’s benefit.

We were voices from different backgrounds in that room that afternoon and we discussed how we could contribute to this world economically and globally and the importance of how becoming a big global community will benefit our development.