Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Chris “Bash” Bashinelli gave up an acting career (The Sopranos, HBO) to exchange with the world. As host of Bridge the Gap on PBS and the National Geographic Channel, Bash takes us on an introspective adventure - walking in the shoes of people halfway around the world and encouraging us to think differently about our lives. He empowers each of us to become GLOBAL CITIZENS, productive members of our organization, our family, and ultimately - the world! Read More >
Finding the Stoop
Speaking Reel 2015
Keynotes: Best of Chris Bashinelli
Keynote: Chris Bashinelli
Global Citizenship means using our everyday work and lives as a vehicle to grow inwardly and thereby, become the best version of ourselves. Becoming a Global Citizen is not about traveling the world, it is about using the challenges within our individual lives to become stronger and more productive members of the world. When we embody the qualities of a Global Citizen - presence, empathy and inspiration - then we can truly inspire those around us. Read More >
With the mindset of the Global Citizen, every challenge in our work and lives - from a disagreement with a coworker, to the loss of someone we love - becomes fuel for us to grow inwardly and reach our potential. Our role is not to “change the world”, but to “change ourselves”. Becoming a Global Citizen begins with realizing we already have everything we need in order to be happy right now.
From the slums of Haiti, to the fields of Uganda, to the Mongolian Steppe, Chris pulls from real life examples to illustrate that the key to productivity, meaning and connection, does not lie in changing our external conditions, but in transforming our current conditions in order to grow. Read Less ^
In order to achieve real diversity and inclusion within our organization we must adopt a world view that equally values all generations, cultures and perspectives. Chris Bashinelli’s all-inclusive approach to relationship building has been cultivated for 30+ years, starting with his “Stoop” in the heart of Brooklyn, where his childhood friends shared a combined total of more than 13 nationalities. In this signature keynote, Chris drives home the ease of relationship building with a personal, yet universal method he’s applied everywhere from farming with mystics in Uganda to living with nomads in Mongolia. Read More >
Audience members will learn the three essential steps from the “Stoop” which serve as the basis for profound personal transformation and deep connection with others - Awareness, Acceptance, and Courage! These steps enable people to strengthen their relationship with themselves, co-workers, family, friends – and even those with whom we have no seeming connection - be it a 600 pound Japanese Sumo Wrestler or our next-door neighbor. When we make that human connection and move people from the category of “them” to “us”, anything is possible.
There’s never been a more important time to richly hone the relationships that transform lives, bridge gaps, connect generations, and empowers our life experience. By opening our world view we are far more powerful than we could ever be on our own - be it the exchange of tribal knowledge between an experienced team member and a social media-savvy young employee, or the shared core values of an Oklahoma farmer and a Mongolian herdsmen.
What's surprising is that our ability to authentically connect with our clients and friends (OR others) has very little to do with them, and almost everything to do with our perspective. (We see the world not as it is, but as we are). The great news is that means we have the power to deepen our relationships with others at any moment, all we have to do is shift our perspective! Building better relationships doesn’t necessarily mean knowing perfectly how to bow, shake hands, or say hello in every culture, it simply means bringing an open and accepting mindset to all of our interactions.
This message hits home for so many who reach back to remember their own beginnings and recognize the foundational wisdom in creating life-long connections. Bring the transformational lessons of the “Stoop” to your next audience. Read Less ^
We each have an area in our life where we are currently at Step A and we’d like to get to Step Z. We often wait for conditions to be perfect before ever taking the first step towards our goal. Our excuses appear to be boundless- no time, no money, no resources- but they usually boil down to the same core belief- a lack of faith in our potential. Bash shows how, with no formal training or credentials he created a unique career as an explorer, TV producer and renowned international storyteller. His method is simple… start from the place you wish to be. Read More >
Courage to Change- We see the world not as it is, but as we are. We often feel that we are inherently limited and incapable, never fully committing to taking the first step towards our goal. The only way we will realize our full potential is if we genuinely believe it is possible to change. Illuminated through the story of his first ever speech for three thousand people in the United Nations, at 23-years-old, Bash shows that with no formal training, but unwavering faith in one’s potential, we can start becoming the person we wish to be- now.
Start at Step Z- Bash highlights with clarity that the swiftest way to get from where we are to where we want to be is to be their first – on the inside. The best way to get from Step A to Step Z is to Start at Step Z. So long as we are waiting for conditions to be perfect we will never begin walking. Becoming a Global Citizen doesn’t mean we have no fear, it means we feel the fear and continue forward. The path of the Global Citizen begins with an unceasing commitment to one’s own potential.
Greater than “I”- The key to finding the inspiration necessary to overcome obstacles is to have a goal greater than oneself. We usually underestimate the power of our life and our work to positively impact others. Through inspirational stories of Global Citizens from the slums of Haiti, to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, we will see that becoming a Global Citizen has nothing to do with external resources and everything to do with internal drive. We will eventually realize that we are not only interrelated, but interdependent- and will therefore be motivated to serve others. Read Less ^
"Chris Bashinelli has got to be one of the best speakers we’ve ever had on our stage. His energy and inspiration to help people become global citizens and understand what that means, was absolutely phenomenal. Thank-you, Chris!”
"Chris made us laugh. He made us cry. He nailed it! He knew our company better than any other public speaker we’ve ever hired. Of our 2,000 people that attended today, no less than a dozen come up in tears and say the message they heard in terms of connection, the message they heard in terms of empathy and caring, is a message that will resonate with them for the rest of this show and probably for the rest of their lives. He was one of the best, if not the best, public speakers I’ve seen on circuit in my 25-year history in this industry."
"Thought-provoking, Engaging, Inspiring are the words I would use to describe Chris Bashinelli. With people in the audience from around the globe, I was initially concerned if Chris’s message would resonate with our diverse team. I soon realized my concerns were unfounded. Chris has the ability to inspire and enlighten across cultural boundaries. His talk touched all of the participants. As employees of a multi-national company, Chris’s comments about our responsibilities as Global Citizens hit home. His message about finding the opportunities to communicate and share are relevant to business as well as personal life. Chris left the team inspired to do more and be more."
"What I love most about Chris is that he treats everyone exactly the same- be it the United Nations Secretary General or the hotel concierge. He does not distinguish between rich people, poor people, famous people, and everyday people. For Chris, everyone is equal. He has a great deal of respect for the ‘human being’ and this is a rare quality. Chris embodies what we say in Germany, ‘Wir sind alle gleich’, which means, ‘We are all the same.’"
"Chris Bashinelli is a delightful, dynamic surprise to be found on the speaker circuit. Raw, open, authentic and inspiring. Unlike many presenters, he truly did the prep work required to deliver a customized and personalized presentation. His message resonated with a diverse, multigenerational mix of attendees. He engaged the audience from start to finish with his brief, high energy kickoff to our global conference. Chris rocked the stage! He is such an authentic person and it truly resonated with our audience."
"Chris inspires and is inspired in equal measure. Anyone looking for motivation to make a positive change in their lives or realize their full potential should listen to Chris's moving and powerful life story. His vibrant energy reminds us, as entrepreneurs, of the importance of always believing and never giving up, especially when our backs are against the wall. Very few people deliver on this message as Chris did."
"Chris Bashinelli is an inspiration to youth worldwide. He speaks with passion and his message is one of hope, cultural tolerance, and call to action. He knows how to reach young and old alike. Bridge the Gap shares exciting and inspirational stories of daily life from the developing world and encourages us to realize that at the end of the day, we really are all the same and every single one of us makes a difference. We need more people like Chris in the world."
"Chris Bashinelli brings creativity and talent to the cause of intercultural dialogue, which he embraces with enthusiasm. In May 2010, at short notice, he staged for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations the awards ceremony of the Marketplace of Ideas, which recognizes the most innovative civil society initiatives for intercultural dialogue and cooperation. In front of several thousand participants of the Rio de Janeiro Global Forum of the Alliance, he wrapped the award winners and the prize itself with warmth and a justified sense of big, though unconventional, achievement. One year later, he did much of the same with the Alliance in Baku (Azerbaijan). A social innovator himself, through the Bridge the Gap project, he is a powerful advocate of living together in diversity."