The Greater Good Party Austin! It was so good, it was great. Thank you all for attending and welcoming us so warmly!
For those who weren’t there, the inaugural party in Austin went down Saturday night (the first GGP in Texas), the 9th total in the U.S. and the 3rd outside LA and California).
Amanda Russell, dear friend + our brilliant co-host and co-leader, who invited us out to help her create a chapter in Austin, described the GGP absolutely perfectly yesterday:
“In a nutshell, we curated some of the finest people from all industries and walks of life to come together in a 1930’s salon style gathering to put some of the most talented, brilliant and generous minds together for real human connection to see what could happen when you replace the ‘“I” with “we”’ mentality.
From surgeons and scientists, to best-selling authors, performers and top executives at some of the biggest companies on the planet, the GGP has a way of connecting people to cultivate true relationships for the greater good of our lives, and this world. I’ve learned first-hand that the greatest gift we have on this earth are true relationships and those relationships shape, not just our lives, but who we become. Relationships that are not transactional. They are transformational.”
And this is exactly what it’s all about (!), all alongside art, poetry, song and meaningful talk//topics.
In the Spring of 2017, Josh Mandel and I (as with others) felt a reboot of optimistic friends (who weren’t feeling so optimistic) was in order, so we set out to create this experiment called the GGP.
Specifically, we wanted to help more and more people 1) move their purposeful (optimistic) projects off the backburner of their lives to the front burner (an activated person makes for a more fulfilled people) and 2) get their communities together more consistently and in unique ways that push the boundaries of what we think of when we say, “I’m going to a party” and what you do once you get there.
As I said the other day, as Josh and I started traveling to help others plan and curate their own GGPs (NYC, SF and now Austin), what we more deeply started to understand as the value for new co-hosts or founding friends (whether they’ve lived in that city one year or 20) is that it’s helping to connect them to a vibrant *extended* community and to new people from across industries (something most of us don’t even know we desire until we have it and can’t believe we lived so long without it).
In August of 2017, we started the first GGP here in LA as our answer to the above (as well as in response to the question I posed to Josh Mandel: “how can we use the love and mutual respect felt between us for more — for a greater good beyond us?”).
We had created a baby 11.5 years prior, a public grief blog after my baby brother Dino died, helped teach our first college course around the GGP tenets, as well as helping students integrate more of themselves in their next chapter of life — but, now what? What do we focus on as a couple and stick with…as…a…couple (better together is one of the tenets and was also chosen as the theme for the night in Austin)?
The key being to keep with it (whatever that IT is) and remembering that from small things, big things do grow.
Thank you again to Thom Singer who kicked us off inside meaningful storytelling and the topic of compounded generosity and to Alan Stein Jr.. who flew out from D.C. and brilliantly had the room uniquely reflect on potential, as well as around how physical touch raises energy (check out his book Raise Your Game!). Grateful to you both for the energy you brought with you, thank you!
Thank you to our gracious hosts, co-leaders and founding friends, Amanda Russell and Matt Calhoun, beautiful humans, dear friends and powerhouses, as I’ve said before, who put their trust in us and who joined forces with us to pull this off. We love you and love the people you brought together!
Thank you to Ryan Coursey and Ricky for photography and videography to commemorate the evening!
Thank you to Tim Hayden from Brain + Trust Partners for your generosity with the musical talent (true GGP spirit!) and to James Speer and Andrew Crosby (Kana LiVolsi-Crosby) who each helped us fill the room with song.
The 65/70 of us in attendance even closed out the night singing “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey (we passed around lyrics to make sure we got it just right, 🎸 ). ‘Tis a party, after all.
What a room full of talented, warm-hearted people — we are grateful to you all!
Our next stop? A place called Sleep Town. And then a 50 person private GGP here in LA on Wednesday for the Transcendental Meditation organization. We will host another public GGP here in LA likely in April (stay tuned), as well one in Amsterdam that month, too.
Thank you, Josh, for co-creating with me in all the ways that it happens every day, yes with the GGP, but I mean with Nolan and pup Holland in the simplest of ways, which, you know, makes me so happy.
To see all the photos from the greater good party, click HERE!
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