The Story

We are All Antarctica is a story about my father George W. Gibbs, Jr’s adventures as the first person of African descent to set foot on the continent of Antarctica. He sailed on the famous ship the USS Bear in 1939 to 1941 on Admiral Byrd’s III expedition to the South Pole. It was the first joint venture with the US military and private exploration. Gibbs went on to serve humanity in countless ways, paving the way for not only people of color in the community of Rochester, MN but for all people to become more human, serve their community and appreciate differences.

Through compassion, tenacity, faith and countless hours in the trenches, Gibbs’ life is a model for community service, equality and fun. As the lowest rank on the ship, he was honored for his contribution at a time when people with dark skin were considered less than human.

This story integrates my experiences with natural healing, the arts, the science of the ice, the metaphysics of the South Pole and the history of the expedition and its mystery.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Complexity, Learning and Change

Global challenges such as population control, climate change, global economics, environmental justice are complex. Complexity requires learning, creativity and collaborative action.  I see a future in which we understand that collaboration is essential to move through local community and global challenges. All stakeholders are inspired to take responsibility in collective outcomes.
  My work aligns with thoughts on complexity. Another great piece by Olivier Oullier and Mark Turrell, Complexity, Leadership and New Policy Making

Thanks to April Rinne for the latter!

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