Muffadal Saylawala

Lessons that Keep Learning from Experience Institute

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Before joining Experience Institute (Ei), I was already sold on experiential learning. I’d been a nerd in my younger years – always studying books and seeking answers to my many musings – but, learning how to be a better human didn’t happen through studying books, it transpired over seven years of nomadic living. So, when it came to continuing my higher education, I didn’t need convincing that experience was the best way to learn. There’s a few lessons from that year of designing my own graduate degree that continue to…read more

Progress is Practice

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I have been writing a bit. I set a goal of 1,000 words a day on my computer. That was 150 days ago: September 23, 2014. I didn’t hit the goal every day, its undulated considerably. Setting the goal and telling people about it put a flag in the ground. It gave me something to stand for. I’ve gone weeks out of practice. Things come up, I’ve been moving around and manage a schedule that reports to myself. I even went on a real vacation where I didn’t write a…read more

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Step by Step

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I spent three weeks on the edge of the Andes and the Amazon in the Sacred Valley of Peru. I remembered what its like to birth something miraculous, I practiced shamanism and permaculture whilst climbing mountains. It was a mystical, yet practical experience and I’m sure I’ll be downloading the lessons for quite some time. I’ve learned that everything we do must happen one step at a time. One incremental step at a time. The Paititi Institute is an innovative organization that practices holistic healing. One of their ethics I…read more

A Culture of Creativity and Collaboration

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I am working with Leo Burnett this summer on the innovation squad with with Mark, Chief Innovation Officer and Carey, SVP Strategic Partnerships. The project is about exploring creativity and collaboration within a company culture. Leo Burnett is a 78 year-old award winning agency employing 1900 people globally. They are experts at crafting brand stories that connect with people. Leo Burnett is known for campaigns like Earth Hour, Tony the Tiger, Marlboro Man, Coca-Cola etc. As consumer sentiments continue to shift at an increasing rate, company culture is challenged to…read more

The Art of Storytelling

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Storytelling predates written communication. Stories have been shared in every culture that exists. Whether instilling moral values, recounting ancestral heritage or passing down culture through the generations, the entire fabric of our lives and the world is simply series of stories intricately woven together. Storytelling is a key component of our curriculum here at Experience Institute, and I’ve learned a lot about it this year. Sandee Kastrul, our storytelling facilitator, told me I was a talented storyteller during our first Meetup in September. I was a bit surprised by this…read more

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