As humans we are drawn to other humans. We find comfort and strength in bonding together to form close knit groups that keep in mind the interests of the entire group rather than focusing solely on the needs of any one individuals. We call these groups communities and we create them in nearly every aspect of our lives; our neighborhoods are communities, at work we may have another close knit community and via the web, we can have communities based on common interests not bound by geography. With community playing such a key role in our lives, it seems like a natural step to create financial communities. This was the vision that Josh Siegel had in 2003 when he founded StoneCastle Partners which has grown to be one of the largest and most respected firms in Community Banking.
“It’s the purest of banking,” Siegel explained recently in an interview with Deepak Chopra for the series One World on Newswire.fm. “All they do is they collect the local dollars of people like us, they put in together and give it to a person in their community; its very community oriented. Its starting a business, it’s buying their first house. It’s doing something very connected and personal.”
These community banks are not only better in terms of the personal touch that they provide; they also tend to do a better job fiscally as well. “They lose less money, believe it or not, than the money center banks, they earn a better rate of return for their investors and they do more good,” says Siegel. In other words, they do everything that the larger mega banks do but on a manageable scale which allows them to be more successful.
It’s a simple and refreshing model; one that keeps a community’s money in that community and making sure those dollars are working for the people who need them. Josh recounts unusual stories of community banks helping in towns where natural disasters have hit without focusing on how they will recoup profits. Why? Because the banker is a member of that community and has a personal connection to the people with whom he does business. It is the humanization of fiscal responsibility. Banks don’t have to be the huge, profiteering machines that they so often turn into. Banks can and should treat people like people. It’s not just a pipe dream. Josh Siegel has proven that it works.
You can see Josh’s entire interview here.
As a doctor focused on international health, Dr. Iva Fattorini has had the opportunity to observe many patients from around the world and the ways in which they deal with their treatment. She noticed that for many patients once the medical tests are done, so much of their time is spent waiting. They are essentially left to watch the clock because many hospitals do not provide additional stimulation beyond the basics of treatment for their patients. Dr. Fattorini believes that a hospital stay should be able to do more than just treat the body, hospitals should also offer chances for mental and even spiritual growth through the arts.
When a patient is in hospital for a life threatening illness, there is often a moment of self-reflection that is stronger than can be experienced by a person who is not being forced to confront their own mortality. Dr. Fattorini believes that this is a moment in which healthcare providers should be providing something new and beautiful to that patient’s life. While the idea of art and medicine intersecting is not a completely novel idea, it is one that Dr. Fattorini and the staff at the Cleveland Clinic have been able to refine in ways that ensure a patient’s complete being is attended to while they are in the hospital.
Dr. Fattorini is taking the connection between the arts & health to the next level with her newest program. Artocene is focused on ensuring that all patients and their caregivers have access to as many forms of art as possible in healthcare facilities. Her organization, Artocene, works to “activate the latent therapeutic power of art” in a way that not only makes a stay in the hospital more enjoyable but may also have a powerful impact on the healing process.
Often when we think of the practice of medicine we think in very clinical terms; white lab coats, clinical language and hospital beds in very sterile, white rooms. But as Dr. Iva Fattorini explains to Deepak Chopra, the hospital is not just a place that people pass though quickly. “It’s not like an airport, it’s not like a hotel; a hospital becomes their home.” It becomes critical that in treating the body, the mind is not forgotten. Dr. Fattorini’s vision has been “to infuse the hospital environment with the energy and vitality of the arts.” Art has the ability to bring patients to a place where they are mentally prepared to begin the healing process and for that reason Dr. Fattorini believes that art and medicine have a unique and significant connection that should not be overlooked.
You can see the full video on Newswire.fm.
As one of the highest earning hedge fund managers of his generation and the founder of the highly successful Robin Hood Foundation, Paul Tudor Jones is no stranger to success but it is his faith and passion for enhancing the conscious mind that have made him a true maverick. In fact, he attributes much of his success as a businessman and a philanthropist to his spirituality.
As a person of deep faith and spirituality, Jones feels strongly about the connection between the health and wellbeing of the mind and the health of a person as a whole. As a philanthropist, he has a passion for giving back. Paul Tudor Jones and his wife Sonia have been able to combine these two passions by introducing the contemplative sciences more fully to the religious studies department at the University of Virginia.
The model that Paul Tudor Jones has provided at UVA is a great example of the ways in which giving back to the community can and should focus on more than just one aspect of the human experience. As an alumnus of the University of Virginia, Paul Tudor Jones first set out to introduce yoga to the UVA community and ended up creating something much larger.
“We found this enormous thirst, this unquenched thirst for anything that can help people better themselves,” say Jones in his interview with Deepak Chopra. “Not just physically through something like yoga or tai chi but also mentally through meditation and a variety of other mind-body techniques that help people become better individuals mentally, spiritually, emotionally and then tap into the larger collective good.”
Paul Tudor Jones believes that being able to look beyond everyday life to a higher purpose, will lead not only to personal growth but will result in a more peaceful and just society overall. When individuals are given the time for self-reflection, they have the ability to connect more positively with their fellow man and the world around them. He embodies this in his charitable work, like that done by the Robin Hood Foundation. The idea behind the Robin Hood Foundation was to create a successful charitable organization that was enhanced by interaction with the free market. Using sound investment techniques, Paul Tudor Jones has made the Robin Hood Foundation a leader in the fight against poverty in New York City.
The Robin Hood Foundation is an example from Paul Tudor Jones’s own life of how self-reflection and an understanding of the conscious mind can lead to “more collective goodwill” in today’s society.
What is your higher purpose?
You can watch the entire interview with Paul Tudor Jones here.
As the granddaughter of a former President of the United States and the daughter-in-law of American designer Ralph Lauren, Lauren Bush Lauren is no stranger to community involvement and creating brands. But her familial connections are only part of the story. Lauren’s fashion brand FEED is changing the way business and global aid interact. What started as a fundraiser for the UN World Food Program has turned into a thriving business, with the mission of creating well made products that help feed the world.
As student at Princeton University, Lauren grappled with the fact that after having seen so much hunger and poverty during her travels, it seemed an insurmountable problem. She struggled with what she could do to help as well as with what advice she could give to other young people equally interested in making a difference. Rather than feeling defeated she combined her love of design with her passion for ending hunger into FEED Projects. The six year old endeavor has expanded rapidly, and today FEED has provided over 75million meals to children in need.
Lauren sat down with Deepak Chopra as part of our ONE WORLD production to talk about her career, her brand and her aspirations.
Lauren has moved into a new realm in the business world, catering to an ever more mindful consumer who not only wants quality products but also has an interest in making a global impact. Increasingly, the public not only wants to know that the products they buy are made well and responsibly but also precisely what it is their money is going towards. Lauren has created a brand that allows others who have felt as if the problems of the world are insurmountable to make a difference and giving them a tangible explanation of what their money has done to help end hunger.
You can see the full interview now on NEWSWIRE.FM
ONE WORLD is an interview series hosted by Deepak Chopra and produced by NEWSWIRE.FM where Deepak interviews various inspirational leaders such as Martha Stewart, Calvin Klein, Nigel Barker and many, many more. Each Friday we will profile a different guest from the ONE WORLD series to show you how these people are generating their success with mindful practice.