Many people around the world are choosing, in the face of troubled times, to have faith in that which unites us. They are choosing to be forces for good, insisting on a collective human story that uplifts us all toward a better future.
Join us for a special GoodWorld Journey Salon on the beautiful Greek Isle of Patmos led by creative, engaging and compassionate individuals & couples who are striving to put their beliefs and various faiths (including “spiritual, not religious”) into practice on their own journey, within their relationships and families — and in the wider world.
We are excited to welcome Jessica Jackley & Reza Aslan (see bios below), two shining human spirits who we believe help represent the best of the human family, to join us on Patmos to Co-Steward this Salon with us. Jessica & Reza will also be joined in our conversations by a number of other inspiring changemaking couples & individuals who will serve as Salon discussants.
This Salon is an opportunity to be a part of meaningful, life-affirming conversations in a relaxed and rejuvenating landscape. The dialogues and connections that unfold will help us all to deepen spiritual resilience, better understand faith traditions, and reflect upon positive actions we can take as global citizens & families in our communities and world today.
Patmos is regarded as a place that awakens reverence, where the soul can find grace, connection and a greater sense of depth to help us reset our compass. The island provides a welcoming setting where ancient wisdom is more easily revealed among kindred souls in conversation, providing sanctuary for rebirth and renewal.
There will be ample time to wander & explore the ancient, radiant island landscape, a truly thin place in this world that speaks to our higher selves and serves to restore and renew the soul.
"Every man has within him his Patmos ... An element ofVictor Hugo
the boundless enters into his life, into his conscience, into his virtue, into his philosophy ... He lives in a sort of diffused prayer, and, strange indeed, attaches himself to an indeterminate certainty which he calls God.”
*It is appropriate that this Salon is being hosted on the isle of Patmos, where St. John the Divine, as told in the bible, was banished as a refugee. To put our faith and spiritual life into practice in the world, we will shine a light on the global refugee crisis during the Salon, which will benefit refugee relief efforts in Greece ($200 of each participant fee).
Jessica Jackley — learn more here — is a social entrepreneur and investor who co-founded KIVA, the world’s most successful microlending website empowering poor entrepreneurs. She is the author of CLAY WATER BRICK: Finding Inspiration from Entrepreneurs Who Do the Most with the Least and teaches Social Entrepreneurship at the Marshall School of Business at University of Southern California. Jessica is a partner at SparkLabs Global Ventures, and serves on numerous boards of directors including Habitat for Humanity.
Reza Aslan — learn more here — is an internationally renowned writer, commentator, producer & scholar of religions. He is the author of the brand-new bestseller God: A Human History, and Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, a momentous work of popular scholarship. In addition to his role as a Consulting Producer on the acclaimed HBO series The Leftovers, Aslan is also the host and Executive Producer of two other original television programs: Rough Draft with Reza Aslan (premiered on Ovation), and CNN’s documentary series, Believer, as well as the Emmy-nominated documentary series The Secret Life of Muslims.
Jenny Yancey & Dan Siegel have been designing and leading purpose-driven gatherings, conversation retreats and global travel adventures for over 30 years.
As social entrepreneurs, writers, and experience alchemists, they’ve worked together to advance innovation and impact in the worlds of nonprofits, philanthropy, international development, education & youth leadership. Jenny and Dan lived and worked for eight years in Eastern Europe to support civil society development, co-authoring The Rebirth of Civil Society (commissioned by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund). They have been Associates at the Institute for Policy Studies and the World Policy Institute, received Writing Fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation and the Aspen Institute, and have consulted and advised universities, donors and leading philanthropic foundations.
Jenny and Dan organized their first group journey to the isle of Patmos in 1989, having honeymooned on the island two years earlier. They recently volunteered for several months on the Greek isle of Kos to address the refugee crisis.