The rumblings inside

Hello world!

Welcome to the inside of my head, where things are constantly whirring, colliding and synthesizing in unexpected ways.

I think a lot about our culture, what makes people tick, and how to inspire change that benefits people, business and planet.

It’s become perfectly clear to me that change starts at the individual level, so in order to change our world, we must first change ourselves. And that means knowing ourselves, our strengths, weaknesses, potential and biases. What motivates us, what we’re afraid of, and how we make decisions. It means taking a look at ourselves in the light of full reality, not our rosy preconceived notions.

Once we understand ourselves, we can then seek to understand others with more empathy, compassion and wisdom than before. In today’s increasingly fragmented world, this is more important than ever as we face collective threats to our future like climate disruption. But we lack the tools to bridge the gap in mindsets and worldviews, to move cohesively toward a common goal that unifies rather than divides us.

We’re going to spend a lot of time talking about this journey, bringing together science, psychology, economics, politics and other disciplines. We’re going to aim for nothing short of moving our own consciousness to a higher level, where the human mind and psyche can begin to make sense of the complex world we’ve created and move it in a more positive direction. As the noted contemporary philosopher Ashok Gangadean says, “The most important thing we can do is to evolve our consciousness.”

Welcome to step one.

Happy to have you along for the ride.


About Karen Barnes

To change the world we live in, we first must change ourselves. Insightful cultural commentary and innovative approaches to behavior change all in service to a more sustainable, equitable, peaceful world.
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5 Responses to The rumblings inside

  1. sims bulluck says:

    Love your new blog Karen! Have you read Karen Armstrong’s 12 steps to a compassionate life? If not, I think you would absolutely love it!

  2. I love it Karen! I’m officially climbing aboard the Karen train & buckling myself in for the ride. Already looking forward to your next thought provoking post!

  3. Kate says:

    I’ve just asked Siri if I should buckle my seatbelt?!

  4. Kristin says:

    Way to go Karen! One person at a time — we can make a difference! Love your energy — also HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!

  5. john says:

    You are a great writer Karen with a knack for articulating brilliant simplicity. I can’t wait to read more! Keep it up. And thanks.

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