I just completed the Caring Economy Advocates Program in Cohort Elephant.
For my project, I had the pleasure to introduce the principles of caring economics to a group of students I have been leading through an intensive program oriented toward business leaders through an organization called OneTaste. I had been a customer and then employee of OneTaste for the past 4 years. I just recently left my position there to put more attention on my coaching practice, but I'm still serving on certain projects as a contractor, and this Business Intensive is one of the projects. OneTaste teaches a practice called Orgasmic Meditation, which combines the power and attention of meditation with the deeply human, deeply felt, and connected experience of orgasm. I like to describe it as mindfulness meets sexuality, or as I put it for my cohort of this PLC, it's a practice that is all about reclaiming the pleasure of your sexuality from a toxic domination model to a more healthy partnership model.
So what does this have to do with economics?! You're not crazy for asking!
When looking at how to spread word of Orgasmic Meditation to as many people as possible, OneTaste chose to do so in the form of a business. And what happens when you run a business from the principles of the feminine? Lots and lots of innovation, new approaches, creativity, etc. In short, they now have a ton of really groundbreaking content to teach others from their own trial and error. It made me think of this quote from Riane:
As long as values considered 'soft' or 'feminine' are dismissed and undervalued, we cannot expect policies that support the work of caring for peopled nature.
At OneTaste, when they speak of "orgasm" it's not just the typical goal-oriented experience we tend to think of in sex, it's a much more integral definition encapsulating mind, body, and soul. It's the merging of the masculine and feminine. Where both are present, but as in nature, the feminine (source of creation) takes the lead and the masculine backs her. These of course are not gender-specific terms, I mean them more in terms of energy and duality. It reminds me of a famous quote by Einstein:
The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.
The curriculum in the OneTaste Business Intensive is all about honoring and amplifying this intuitive mind to it's rightful place, while also honoring the important role of the rational masculine mind. The students found the concepts presented from the Caring Economy work to be very resonant with this mission and it unleashed a wave of new ideas they have about how to introduce more Caring Economy ideas into their own business as well as future clients they may work with on culture and policy design.
What excited me most about this project was the opportunity to integrate two worlds that have a lot of overlap, even if they use slightly different language. This exercise in translation and integration was ver rewarding for me personally as I believe in order to spread great ideas like this, we need to always strike that balance between being able to put things in words that others outside of our immediate sphere can understand, while not compromising on our values or integrity of the concepts.
It's been a pleasure and I look forward to staying connected!