Innovation in the Manger

Innovation in the Manger

Sixty-three years ago, a woman whom others would consider only a maid changed her seat on a bus and therefore changed the world. Rosa Parks’ simple act not only began a process that redefined policy but also challenged the way we think of people and power. We are all...
Let The Worshippers Arise

Let The Worshippers Arise

Delivered by Floyd Thompkins on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at an interfaith vigil held in Tiburon’s Kol Shofar in response to the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA. When you are born into a group of people who have been scapegoated and used...
Me Too Is Us Too

Me Too Is Us Too

The problem with silent voices is that you can’t hear them until they start speaking. When they do speak we all too often implicitly believe that it is a commentary on us, our actions or inactions. We instinctively become suspicious about their decision to break...
Wisdom and Ethics in the Workforce

Wisdom and Ethics in the Workforce

From the desk of Floyd Thompkins, Director of the Applied Wisdom Institute: My education was almost all in very traditional environments. I attended a parochial high school, a liberal arts college and a reformed seminary. I went on to become a dean at two elite...
Guarding the Light of Your Ideas

Guarding the Light of Your Ideas

From the desk of Floyd Thompkins, Director of the Applied Wisdom Institute The one thing that people forget to tell you about being a pioneer, a dreamer or an innovator is that it is a singular and often lonely experience. Before there is adoption and integration...