Welcome to the ConnectED/OR Gatherings, bringing together action oriented, socially impactful, empowered connectors! We join together because we are each dynamic change agents with a growth mindset and vision. The ConnectED/OR group is a “portfolio of people” who seek diverse viewpoints and new ideas with the goal of forging important new partnerships and alliances to achieve social, business and global change.
Connecting people privately and safely in frequent, small gatherings promotes an environment of trust, sharing and ongoing interaction that fosters collaboration and idea sharing.
The opportunities that arise from this group of influencers are meaningful in their potential to cross-fertilize ideas and goals among industry, geographic and philosophy borders that otherwise might never intersect. A myriad of opportunities all resides within the four walls of our ConnectEd Gatherings.
This group exists because it is extremely difficult to measure the strength of our relationships, and to balance our desire for bringing people together with the necessity of sustaining our livelihood. We hope to provide a solution to that problem.
Our thesis is this: We only utilize 60% of our connections for our own careers and interests. That means 40% is available to help each other.
While everyone in this group has different styles of community-building, we all want the same thing:
1) To help others and be helped in turn
2) To figure out how to monetize our connections in an ethical and safe way
3) To expand our networks with people we can trust
4) To have our community-building efforts be valued
By bringing these people together, we hope to create a community that can help each other in a variety of ways.
ConnectED/OR Gatherings champion diversity, and works to be representative of the world.
We focus on having white men be the minority in the room, and those that do participate are allies to women. These men must recognize that true impact can only be made when we break out of our echo-chambers.
We are not one community, but a collection of the leaders with the most integrity from multiple communities. These people are super-connectors, influencers, and change-makers.
The group’s integrity is built on several golden rules, which are more important to David than having people join who have success, influence, net worth, or a prominent last name:
*Only people who he (or this community) would trust with his 5-year-old daughter can stay or be invited into the group.
*Honor the chain of connections (if you do, you also build community)
*Be fait and ethical when transations occur from these interactions.
We are building a strength-of-relationship software to track, measure, and securely suggest opportunities for our contacts. These contacts will be blockchain encrypted, and a sophisticated AI will grow with us to deepen our ability to connect.
This strategy includes a collective system to tokenize connecting, and create social impact profiles to show how many vital connections each of us have made to benefit others.
In this community, connectors are valued as those who hold the key to how impact in business and philanthropy is achieved.
As the gatherings grow in size and scope, our technology will allow us to maximize our networks.
We may pool together businesses to benefit the group, or join together and become shareholders to build out a business. Most importantly, we will continue to do what we do best in a “relational value” way—connecting others, not just for individual gain, but to work towards a larger purpose.