Catalyst 2017 LIVE Notes // Brene Brown on Braving the Wilderness

I’m live blogging from Catalyst Conference. Catalyst is a next-generation conference that embolden leaders from all over the world. The theme of Catalyst for 2017 is “Of Good Courage.” Brene Brown researcher professor of University of Houston. She is the author of Braving the Wilderness and Rising Strong.

I want to talk about belonging and true belonging. I want to talk about Maya Angelou. I got to experience how she was unsparing about violence, gender, and race.

I read every performance, every book, every interview, but I disagree with one and only thing.

“You only are free when you realize you belong no place — you belong every place — no place at all. The price is high. The reward is great.” – Maya Angelou

Belonging is something I carry in our heart. This is the hard news. The depth of our true belonging can never be greater than our courage to stand alone.

What does it take to get to this place? Braving the wilderness. When you stand alone, it is full of wildness. It is terrifying.

What do people have in common when they do this.

We are lonelier now than we have been ever before. Loneliness is a better predictor of early than than smoking a cigarette pack of day.

This is a spiritual crisis of disconnection. We have a call to courage which is going to be very difficult. Here’s how I define spirituality: Spirituality is recognizing and celebrating that we are all inextricably connected to each other by a power greater than all of us, and that our connection to that power and to one another is grounded in love and compassion.

The Four Practices of True Belonging

  1. People are hard to hate close up. “I love mankind. It’s people that I can’t stand.” What side of humanity are you on? Dehumanization started with words. I had never a questionable relationship with God. I had a tumultuous relationship with the church.
  2. Speak truth to bullshit. Be civil. Lying is being aware of the truth. Bullshit no reverence for the truth at all which makes BS way harder than lying. You need to understand the difference between truth and lying.
    1. Curiosity
    2. Generosity
    3. Civility
  3. Hold hands with strangers. Our goal is to create collective, meaning experiences. Collective pain is a ministry of presence. When you show up to people who have collective people, people know that they are not alone. Sheryl Sandberg
  4. Strong Back. Soft front. Wild heart

  • Kevin Ache

    Thanks for sharing these notes Paul! I loved “It’s not about if you are on the right or the left, it’s about what side of humanity you’re on.”