connections About This Workshop


With the belief that Hawaii’s future will be shaped by the ability of its leaders to meet the increasingly complex challenges facing our state, we recognize the integral role of Hawaii’s independent changemakers, individuals who are passionately committed to creating a better Hawaii and work mostly outside large organizations.

We decided to convene this workshop to try to understand this way of making change and to help uncover some collective wisdom around how to support this important work. We asked Rebecca Petzel and Eugene Eric Kim of Groupaya to design and facilitate the workshop so that we could listen to and learn from others while also reflecting on our own roles as changemakers.

circleOn December 14, 2012, we were blessed to spend the day with nine incredible, independent changemakers at the New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel in Waikiki, where we explored the following questions:

  • How is Hawaii’s network of independent changemakers making a powerful impact on the world?
  • What’s working, and what’s not?
  • How might this network work more effectively together to make a bigger impact?

We created this website to share the stories, the wisdom, and the questions that emerged from that day. We don’t know yet what will emerge from this workshop, but we do know that when you bring great, passionate people together, something good will. We hope that you, the reader, will be similarly inspired by the conversations that happened here. Please enjoy these stories and share them widely. We’re looking forward to hearing your stories as well.

Mike Mohr
Hawaii Leadership Forum