Joseph Tenzin Oliver is a social entrepreneur, from building innovation agencies to advising on megacity development, he has been shaping our world for over a decade.
Joseph has dedicated his life to influence and design new business practices that improve humanitarian and ecological practices.
His work spans various industries covering three continents; Europe, China and USA. He lived in China for six years, where he founded a strategic innovation consultancy that was known for its leading expertise in China’s current and future trends and sustainable lifestyles.
He has also advised on sustainable and smart planning for various cities, including London, and represented the regional and national government of the UK as one of the leading creative innovators of his generation.
He has won numerous awards through consistently pushing the boundaries of professional practice and providing breakthrough experiences. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, the British Council appointed him a Leading Light, the London Sustainable Development Commission awarded him the position of London Leader, and he is an alumni of both the world renowned art college Central Saint Martins and one of the world’s leading business schools, Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. He studied Gross National Happiness for Business Leaders in Bhutan and was a board member for the UK-China Partnership Innovation Challenge Fund and the Green Meetings Industry Council.
In his spare time he teaches meditation, mentors emerging entrepreneurs, and he regularly takes part-time courses as diverse as Theory U at MIT or how to build neural networks and nutrition. As a keen heart-based activist Joseph supports various charities and causes across the world and is an unceasing optimist about the potential for changing ourselves and our external world for the better.
The story of the eagle
This is the story of the Eagle. In ancient American history the Kachina eagle was known as a messenger between the Creator and the people. It was a personification of spirit in form. In the myth the Kachina eagle recognises the presence of life within all aspects of the universe - everything has a life force, and that humans must awaken, interact and respect these forces or they will fail to survive.
Humankind has ignored this message and we are currently facing an entire world in crisis. We are in desperate need of messengers at this time, to remind us of our need to respect nature. Our survival depends on it. We are all facing the same challenges, both internally and externally. The solutions that are needed are readily available; the question is how we can best harness those solutions for positive growth.
In looking inside and changing ourselves for the better, we could gain insight to build for many generations ahead. If we can fly high as the eagle does, see with acute clarity across all terrains and strike specific spots that bring change and innovation which renew the health of our internal and external world.
If we can let go of fear, greed and selfishness, embracing instead our similarities and shared challenges, celebrating our differences and working together, I believe that we will be able to solve many of the pressing endemic problems of this and future generations.
We will usher into existence an age that puts peace, compassion and prosperity at the centre of our value system and realise the dawn of a second enlightenment.
Joseph Tenzin Oliver, London 2017