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Future Quest

During July and August 2021 we are offering Pro Bono brainstorming sessions. If there is overwhelming interest, we will extend this offer.

As the pandemic winds down and humanity ponders our relief and wonders what to do, should we just go back to the way we were? Many view the pandemic’s upheaval as an ideal time to reimagine the way our economy works and how we imagine our companies.

Future Quest is for founders and senior organizational leaders and is intended to be a fun adventure. It is not meant to be focused on your existing company. It is intended to provide a clean slate. Part meditation, part fantasy, and part business model canvas, an adventure freeing the participant to be guided into imagining paths untaken.

Your deepest business ideas are brought forward. This is not about your existing reality; it is a time to fantasize about what could be if all the obstacles were removed, and about whatever the mind can see and believe it can achieve. When we understand how our brains work, the time invested can truly be like mining solid gold.

Please contact us with any questions and to schedule your private one-on-one session. If you are within commuting distance this can be an in-person event; otherwise it will be a ZOOM meeting.

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Dog & Catmandu

Feel welcome at our 6-acre compound in the suburbs of Richmond, Virginia. You’ll find a very calming, spiritual experience as envisioned by the owner Jerry Gorde. Built by an architect who was a disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright. Jerry puts a lot of effort and energy into creating the magical atmosphere here. Although it is hard to describe, most who visit feel it deeply.

We host deep conversations! Our salons are inspired by Hemingway’s book Moveable Feast, about his time in the 1920s attending Gertrude Stein’s salons. These were frequented by the time’s leading thinkers, philosophers, and artists. We hope you will be one of the leaders that join us at Dog & Catmandu.

Jerry is retired, and as a means of paying it forward, this is one of his passions. Jerry founded and ran Vatex, an employee-owned production company, for 30 years before retiring and successfully exiting it. He is one of the smartest people that I know, with firmly held principles as demonstrated by many years highly ranked on the Inc 500 list with several publications, being chosen as Virginia’s entrepreneur of the year, and as a runner up as the US entrepreneur of the year which included a presidential audience.

Dog & Catmandu is our home. We are not a conference venue that can be booked for next Thursday. If we like you and are interested in the conversation being contemplated that is your entry.

Hosting the founder of an innovative transportation company for a long weekend to discuss refinancing his turnaround company is one example of recent conversations. Next month, a senior team from a prominent consulting firm will visit for a day to learn about and brainstorm alternatives for employee ownership. In some cases, we are educators, in some cases we are moderators, and in all cases, we are participants.

Interested? Simply contact us and let’s begin a conversation.

Conversations can save the world.

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The New Now

It all got started when my dear friend Stephen and I spent a day cross-country skiing together. The conversation that beautiful day ranged from deeply spiritual to our shared interests in the new multi-stakeholder economy we both envision. It was fun and informative for both of us.

Then the idea came: “what if we did this monthly and invited other interesting people?” That was the genesis of a program that has been running for nearly 30 months, as of 6/21, on a monthly basis. Imagine a room full of entrepreneurs, Buddhist scholars, meditators and yogis, attorneys, financial innovators of alternative energy projects, inventors of an alternative currency, a Quaker, indigenous people, and just ordinary interesting people in deep discussion about important issues facing humanity.

I normally provide a topic as a starting point (ahead of time, if I am organized) and the conversation evolves from there. Everyone participates according to their comfort level. There are few rules, as everyone that has participated so far has been kind and respectful. For many of us, peer-to-peer learning is both educational and fun.

What: A monthly (roughly) 2-hour discussion salon on Zoom.

When: The 4th Thursday of each month 7-9 pm (EST)

How: To be added to the invitation list for the ZOOM Link, contact us.

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