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Chris  Bashinelli

Chris Bashinelli

Actor-Turned-Activist

Biography

Chris Bashinelli, also known as, “Bash,” was 20 years old when he traveled to Tanzania to film his first documentary. The focus: How can we change the world? The day he returned from Tanzania, his father was diagnosed with terminal cancer. It was in that moment he realized there was nothing he could do to change the world, meaning, there was nothing he could do to control circumstances outside of himself. Ultimately, the only person we ever have control over is ourselves. This realization became the impetus for Chris’s life mission, that when we "Change our mind," we "Change our world." Read More >

As the Executive Producer and Host of Bridge the Gap on PBS and the National Geographic Channel, Chris has taken millions of viewers on meaningful adventures around the world. He has harvested buffalo with Native Americans in Pine Ridge, lived as a nomad in Mongolia and Sumo Wrestled the heaviest Japanese human being in recorded history. Chris’s adventures are a means to inspire viewers to step with courage into the direction of their fears. He is a Moderator for the United Nations, an Eagle Scout, a National Geographic Explorer, and has interviewed some of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People on the Planet.

As an internationally-recognized speaker, Chris has shared the stage with everyone from Stevie Wonder, to United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, to his mentor, Dr. Jane Goodall. He lectures to thousands of people on a yearly basis, everywhere from Fortune 500 companies, to prisons, offering the simple message that when we change internally, our world actually changes around us. 

Chris brings attendees on an inspirational journey, coupled with stunning video footage and thought-provoking exercises. He equips us with the practical tools we need to grow our business, connect with other human beings and contribute to humanity. He will engage your audience and make them think differently about their lives and their relationships and reminds us how important it is to ignore the noise, step outside of our comfort zones and put others first. He is sure to leave audiences in tears of laughter and joy, allowing them to see the world through a new lens. Read Less ^

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Global Citizenship: Change Your Mind, Change Your World

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 ^

Steps from the Stoop: Cultivating Connection

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 ^

Change Your Mind, Change Your World: A Unique Approach to Becoming the Person You Wish to Be

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 ^

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