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An update from enso.

Give birth again
To the dream.
Women, children, men,
Take it into the palms of your hands.
Mold it into the shape of your most
Private need. Sculpt it into
The image of your most public self.
Give birth again
To the dream.

The words above come alive for us in three ways:

  • First, they are the enduringly epic and profoundly relevant words from Maya Angelou’s poem “On the Pulse of Morning”.
  • They are also, in Maya’s actual voice, the narrative of a film in our latest work with Lyft.
  • And finally, they are, and have always been, in essence, the mission of our creative impact agency, enso. …


Two women transforming the isolating experience of losing a loved one into an expression of community support, candid conversation, and forward movement.

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Now more than ever, it’s time to be part of discussions about where we’ve been, while getting new perspectives on how to move forward. That’s exactly what Carla Fernandez and Lennon Flowers did when they started The Dinner Party — a community of people in their 20s and 30s who’ve experienced significant loss and gather for recurring, potluck style dinners to talk about it and how to live well after. …


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On a mission to create impact at scale

Today, we are facing urgent and complex problems that are exacerbated by a polarized culture. Due to both the atrophy of social capital, and active architects of division, a culture of suspicion and distrust permeates societies. The only way we can create impact at the scale of today’s challenges is to bring a diverse group of people to come together and imagine new ways forward.

At enso we’ve spend the past 6 years developing positive social impact initiatives for large organizations like Google and Starbucks, non-profits like Khan Academy and The Nature Conservancy, and philanthropists like Omidyar Network and Gates Foundation. …


And we want to say thank you to the team that made it possible

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Friends,

We were thrilled to wake up yesterday morning and see #PasstheERA as a finalist on Fast Company’s 2018 World Changing Ideas list — a particularly timely announcement preceding Equal Pay Day. Pay inequity is just one of the many reasons that a Constitutional Equal Rights Amendment is long overdue.

We are not driven by awards, but we are touched by the recognition for this passion project. The budget for this effort has been our collective heart and soul, fueled by a spirit of collaboration to impact the cause. Following the Women’s March, we set out to create an open-source, grassroots campaign that let creators express the issue in their own style — in the tradition of protest signs rather than having a singular, branded, top-down campaign. Part of the approach involved bringing together some of the brightest creative thinkers and technologists to give Americans the necessary assets and tools to stoke their own conversations online and offline, and inspire action around the ERA. …


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Shared Mission Summit, Santa Barbara, California

In the panoply of emotions after November 9th, 2016, many of us questioned what was to be done next. One very present need was to redouble efforts around the climate. So in partnership with Michael Smith and Ponvalley, enso quickly organized a summit in Santa Barbara for leaders from across culture to get together and discuss what a shared mission (or shared missions) could be to change our trajectory on the climate.

What we first imagined might be 20–30 people quickly became 160 diverse minds gathering over two days at the end of November. Opened by Al Gore and General Wesley Clark, the gathering featured leaders from science, religion, military, business, finance, hunting, advocacy and civic action. …


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“It doesn’t even feel like school,” says Jamarria Hall, a senior at Osborn Evergreen Academy of Design and Alternative Energy. “It makes my stomach hurt just walking into the facility, knowing we’re basically getting cheated — really, getting robbed — of education.”

Jamarria is one of the thousands of Detroit Public School students, of whom only 2.2% last year achieved college-ready scores in reading and English. Faced with teacherless classrooms, buildings without heating or cooling, and falling tiles from library ceilings, these students are being deprived of both dignity and opportunity. …


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Junkanoo Drummer, Atlantis, Bahamas

In the fall of 2016, enso met with Howard Karawan — the new and visionary president of Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas — who wanted to relaunch the resort with a new purpose. What came forth as a north star from that conversation would be a first:

Elevate a mega-resort from purely a tourist destination to a positive impact platform for a country, its people, and its environment.

Atlantis has been known worldwide as a place of wonder and awe where you can do amazing things; from swimming in the world’s largest open-marine habitat to sampling celebrity chefs’ cuisine to enjoying the world famous “sun, sand and sea”. What it wasn’t known for was an authentic Bahamian experience. This created a shared challenge and opportunity for Atlantis and the Bahamian people: First, guests were not experiencing authentic local culture, which is increasingly a core driver for today’s traveler. …


We’ve launched a community of mission-driven leaders tackling global issues

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In November of 2016, a pro-life evangelical minister, a tech company CEO, a VR artist, a hunting lobbyist and 97 other leaders in their fields gathered to design solutions around the future of climate protection in the Trump era. With only two weeks of planning following the election and a sense of deep urgency to circle the wagons, enso united this group of unlikely bedfellows to share learnings, prototype new ways of working together, and commit to a collective $30M in funding to support pro-climate ideas. …


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Photo by Stuart Palley, National Geographic

As of Friday afternoon, multiple wildfires are burning through hundreds of thousands of acres across Southern California. More than 212,000 people have been displaced, and sources anticipate the fires won’t be fully contained until the end of the year.

While Angelenos are no strangers to the effects of a dry climate, the extent and timing of these specific wildfires is unprecedented. Why so many, and why so late in the season? What are the areas of greatest need for those affected? How can we help? …


from one ensonian to all ensonians

“I went to bed last night quite dismayed.

But things changed for me this morning — what follows is my process on that — not saying it should be anybody else’s process, but in being authentic and honest, this was mine in case it helps anyone else, and if not — that’s ok too:

When I woke up this morning, I looked next to me. My lovely wife was still there. My dog Stella who lays in bed and stares at me until I open my eyes, was still there, and then licked me furiously. Then I walked to the little veranda off our bedroom that was still there, sat in a chair, closed my eyes, meditated. After a couple minutes I discovered peace was still there. Then I went and woke up my two sons — their wonderful snores and then grumpy dispositions were still there. I was still able to reach down hug them with all the love in the world like I had yesterday and the day before. …

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