Those two questions have been our focus for the last 3 years as we’ve traveled the world talking to our fellow humans. They are people of different ages, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. And one thing is clear: The conversation about empowerment, as a whole, is a bit messy. So we’re re-framing how that conversation is managed, and most importantly, re-examining it from its very roots.
You see, most of our conversations, whether among women, or between women and men, stem from the idea that empowerment is something we can give to another person. In fact, much of the world operates as if that’s true. But here’s the problem: Something that can be given can also be taken away. That’s not sustainable, and we can see that it doesn’t work. So we think we’ve figured out a better way.
At The Concordia Project™, we’re shifting the concept of empowerment from a zero-sum game, where one side must take from another, to something we call Self-Directed Empowerment™. With our proprietary methodology, we are building a global conversation and programming fostered around tables both virtual and actual.
When the Roman Senate could not agree, they would go into the Temple of Concordia, built on the Roman Forum, to work out their differences. Concordia is the Roman goddess of harmony and agreement, representing a stable society. She is also the daughter of Mars and Venus. So of course, we find her to be the best possible symbol of what we are trying to achieve in the global discussion of empowerment.