2021 has arrived. Time for (inner) cleaning!

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I began my clean(s)ing in October 2019. After living in the Bay Area for 13 years, I sensed I needed a big shift in my life. I decided to relocate to New York.

I was living in Palo Alto in a cozy 1,600 square feet apartment that cost me a fortune to rent. But I was earning decent income so I could afford it. Over the years, I had accumulated a lot of stuff: my house was filled with 2,000+ books and precious artwork collected from all over the world. …

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Since my childhood, I have had severe panic attacks. They affected my studies and my work life. After each episode of anxiety, I would tell myself “Phew, I survived this. Now let’s get back to work.” Indeed, my work became my savior because it kept me mentally busy. Yet, in 2006, when I was 36, I had severe burnout symptoms: I couldn’t sleep, I had lost a lot of weight, my mind was very restless. I saw many western doctors. But none of them could heal me.

Heeding my intuition, I went to a wellness center in California that offered Ayurveda treatments. Ayurveda is the 5,000-year-old traditional Indian medicine that uses a holistic approach to heal and balance your body, mind and soul using natural herbs and oils. I did a two-week intense detox program there. It saved my life. …

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Penn Medicine is a world-renowned academic medical center in Philadelphia. Its hospitals rank among the nation’s top medical institutions. A clinical and research entity of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Medicine has an illustrious 240-year history. Founded in 1751, Pennsylvania Hospital, part of Penn Medicine, is America’s first hospital. The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine, the nation’s first, was opened in 1765. And, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania was founded in 1874 as the country’s first teaching hospital.

The Center for Health Care Innovation (CHCI), set up at Penn Medicine in 2012, is pioneering patient-centric frugal healthcare. CHCI’s multidisciplinary team includes experts with diverse backgrounds: medicine, health policy, behavioral economics, business development, design, IT, biostatistics, communications, marketing, and operations management. CHCI’s mission is to develop new breakthrough strategies “to reimagine health care delivery for dramatically better value, patient outcomes, and experience”. …

Do the POST-VITAM exercise to end 2020 positively.

After a crisis, individuals and organizations do POST-MORTEM to identify the root cause of what went *wrong* so we avoid a similar crisis in future. Sadly, rather than enable introspection & growth, Post-Mortem leads to Victimization and Blame.

Instead, I suggest you practice POST-VITAM.

Identify what you did *right* in 2020 that made you come ALIVE during Covid-19 crisis and reflect on how you can *amplify* these factors in 2021.

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I did my own Post-Vitam and learned a lot about myself. In Q1, all my speaking engagements got cancelled, and my income plummeted. I was scared. But being an Enneagram Type 2 (The Helper), I am wired to help others. …

Remember the boiling frog parable ?

Given the dual socio-ecological urgency we face, the United Nations should boldly rename its 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as… 2021 Agenda for Sustainable Development to compel its member countries to achieve its 17 SDGs as early as 2021.

And the United Nations Global Compact can put similar pressure on its member companies.

These firms can learn from Decathlon, the world’s largest sports retailer, which boldly renamed its Vision 2030 as Vision 2021 so it can engage all its employees and ecosystem partners to co-build inclusive/regenerative communities worldwide starting in 2021 rather than wait till 2030 to co-create a better world. …

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Metanoia is the art of soulful self-transformation

CEOs worry about the shape of recovery in 2021: V, U, W, or L? The V-shaped recovery, while most desirable, is out of question according to the Fed and OECD.

Rather than passively dream about a V-shaped recovery of the whole economy, which is beyond their control, CEOs must proactively lead a Y-shaped transformation of their organization. Such a conscious and deep reinvention will enable their business to achieve sustainable success in the post Covid-19 world.

95% of companies today operate in survival mode. They are investing all their energy to “pivot”, that is they are tactically adapting their traditional business model to pursue new market opportunities in the Covid-19 world. …

Why am I hopeful about the future ?

Because last summer, while I was living in Silicon Valley, I met my friend’s super-super bright daughter, a sophomore at MIT studying for a dual-degree.

She was interning at a Big Tech firm in SV that makes cute but expensive consumer electronics.

I asked her if she intends to go work for this Big Tech firm after graduating from MIT. She said: “I did this internship because I was curious to learn about Big Tech firms. Now, I know what they are like. After graduation, I don’t want to go work for a big tech firm that makes fancy products that only 10% of the world population can afford to buy. …


Navi Radjou

Indian-French-American Scholar in Frugal Innovation + Wise Leadership. TED Speaker. Author of Conscious Society (2021). Visit: NaviRadjou.com

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