Standing on the shoulders of giants – at the end of 2005 a former banker decided to begin exploring far beyond the four walls of the large investment banks he was used to working in.
Looking back to that time, perhaps it was sparked by a combination of a second experience of job redundancy and a “mid-life crisis” a few months shy of his 40th birthday, because it (re)awakened a powerful curiosity to explore what might be possible, and of meaningful value to do, in the next chapters of his life.
A trip to the United States three months later to meet a team of entrepreneurial creatives launching a new online TV channel was a blast, and he participated in a promotional event with them in Las Vegas three months after that first meeting. Even though the follow-on rounds of investment sadly didn’t happen, it was an eye-opener and a great learning experience with a terrific group of people.
Fast forward to 2009 – after completing a five-month personal development programme in London, UK, with a diverse and interesting group of about 100 people, it got him thinking more about the enormous collective potential of groups of people, and ultimately the whole of humanity, currently largely untapped. During this time, he also read “Flow: the Psychology of Optimal Experience” about the nature of those times in our lives when we have felt “in the zone”, which “…tend to occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something that is difficult or worthwhile.”
At that time the word “rapt” came to mind (i.e. “completely fascinated or absorbed by what one is seeing or hearing”), and realised that adding three letters “ure” moves the word into the realms of joy. It was then that seven words came into his consciousness to form an acronym for “rapture”: Realising Authentic Potential Together Unlocks Riches Everywhere.
This seeded the next phase of exploration, onward to the remarkable work and people he has been fortunate enough to encounter during an extended period of research, to the edges of the mainstream and beyond, into what it would take for enabling large-scale systemic change and unlocking the collective genius needed for such collaborative work in these fast-changing and turbulent times – sometimes referred to as “VUCA” (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous).
Limitless Group is a collaborative effort to weave together various enabling elements that can contribute to realising such “rapture”…