The great flow insight, from Mihaly Cziksentmihalyi, (Author of Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience), is that we are happiest when we are most productive, and most productive when we are happiest.
In a world in which there are too many people who
feel as if life is meaningless, and too many problems
without enough solutions, FLOW intends to act as
an arbitrageur between people looking for personal
happiness and well-being, on the one hand, and problems
needing to be solved, on the other.
To catalyze the FLOW movement, we are expanding
and focusing the FLOW community, beginning with new
features on our web site, including:
- Five new discussion groups providing opportunities
to engage in dialog and collaboration
- A Member Platform with featured article on FLOW
Vision, Theory, and Action
- Featured Media, Projects, and Organizations
- A growing gallery of articles, resources, and
New Discussion Groups
With this issue of the FLOW newsletter,
we are introducing five themed discussion boards. In
addition to catalyzing dialog and collaborative creativity,
they will provide the foundations for a forthcoming
FLOW wiki themed “An Open Source Business Plan to
Make the World a Better Place.”
Four of the Discussion groups will focus on inter-related
issues, encouraging entrepreneurial solutions to
those address them.
- Opening the world to eliminate global poverty.
- Experiencing flow and building institutions to
help others experience it.
- Empowering the marginalized.
- Ensuring sustainability.
The fifth Discussion
group will allow for a general conversation on
FLOW Vision, Theory, and Practice, initially focused
each month on a specific article, published on
the homepage of our web site. For
our first month, we will be focusing on the Reason
Magazine debate between John Mackey and Milton Friedman
on the social responsibility of business, a fascinating
exchange for those who have not yet read it.
We invite you to participate
in the FLOW Discussions and to begin to help FLOW
to articulate a comprehensive, realistic, yet visionary
array of solutions to all problems by means of
As mentioned above, the first Member Platform will
highlight FLOW co-founder John Mackey, in the context
of a debate with Milton Friedman, published in Reason
magazine early this year. Every month we will publish
a new article written by or featuring a FLOW Member.
We invite and encourage you to submit your papers
Click here for more information
and to submit.
Featured Media, Projects, And Organizations
Since ideas and information are core to FLOW and
to stimulating dialog and creativity, FLOW will regularly
present books, articles, and other media on the home
page, as well as profiles of exemplary projects and
organizations that embody FLOW principles. Given
the various dimensions of FLOW, these will address
theory, action, and the cultivation of personal flow
In keeping with the intention of FLOW to foster
entrepreneurial initiative to address challenges
facing humanity and in the spirit of the holidays,
this month we are featuring GlobalGiving, a web portal
that facilitates charitable contributions to grass-roots
entrepreneurial projects in developing countries
that address social, environmental, and development
issues. You can give directly to a project of your
choice on behalf of your self or as a gift to someone
else, communicate directly with the project leader,
and track its progress.
We invite you to submit books, articles and other
media, as well as information about programs, projects,
and organizations that embody the spirit of FLOW
and that you think FLOW Members and others will appreciate.
And we encourage you to forward this newsletter
to friends and others, and to invite them to join
FLOW, and participate in our collaborative effort
to Liberate the Entrepreneurial Spirit
Please let us know
if you have any questions. I’ll
be active in the discussion groups, and look forward
to exploring and clarifying issues with many of you
On behalf of the FLOW Board and Development Team,
wishing you a happy holiday season and a FLOW-filled
Towards a sustainable peace, prosperity, and happiness
for all of humanity,
Michael Strong, CEO & Chief Visionary Officer
"Vision without action is a dream. Action without vision is simply passing the time. Action with Vision is making a positive difference." ~ Joel Barker
FLOW programs bring ideas to life by engaging people with FLOW-related Ideas, Community and Action.
Would you like to join us in liberating
the entrepreneurial spirit for good®?