This Rage Is a Face of Compassion

May 30, 2020

A conversation with

<h1>Monica Sharma</h1>

Monica Sharma

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The fierce and wise physician, epidemiologist, author, and leader for sustainable and equitable change Monica Sharma joins Terry to reflect on her years of experience with UN public health initiatives and help us see the current pandemic in a cross-cultural, historical, and more humanizing context. Monica speaks to the challenges and tremendous courage of migrant workers, health professionals, children, and so many living in poverty navigating several crises at once. Ultimately, Monica clarifies that can we stand up with a “strong spine” in principled rage and a “soft belly” in forgiveness and compassion, asserting that we must learn to do both in order to defend those who need us.

Monica worked at the UN for more than 20 years, and she continues to engage worldwide as an international expert and practitioner on leadership development, working with the UN, universities, management institutions, government, business, media and civil society organizations. She’s the Tata Chair Professor at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai and her book Radical Transformational Leadership is a tremendously important and valuable book.

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Guest: Monica Sharma
Monica Sharma trained as a physician and epidemiologist and worked for the United Nations from 1988 to 2010. As director of Leadership and Capacity Development at the United Nations, and in UNDP and UNICEF, she designed programs at scale for whole systems transformation and leadership development world-wide. Currently she is the Tata Chair Professor in the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, India. She works with United Nations, universities, management institutions, governments, non-governmental organisations, business, media, and other organizations as an international practitioner and expert on leadership development for equitable and sustainable change.
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Host: Terry Patten

Terry Patten is a philosopher, teacher, activist, consultant, and social entrepreneur. He is the author of  A New Republic of the Heart – An Ethos for Revolutionaries and the co-author with Ken Wilber and others of Integral Life Practice. Terry is the founder of the nonprofit A New Republic of the Heart and the creator of the State of Emergence podcast .

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