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Chris  Bashinelli

Chris Bashinelli

Actor-Turned-Activist

Biography

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 >

Bash has spoken around the world, from the United Nations General Assembly Hall, to Fortune 500 Companies like the BMW Group, to entrepreneur organizations in Saudi Arabia. He’s shared the stage with people like Stevie Wonder, Dr. Jane Goodall and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Bash 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 increase productivity, connect with others and contribute to humanity.

Bash’s keynotes have been developed over his one-decade as a social entrepreneur, explorer and television host. He shares the formula he has used to moderate major events for the United Nations with no formal training…to executive producing a TV Show for PBS at 23 years old…to leading a National Geographic Expedition in Mongolia - where he lived as a nomad. His unique life path has brought him to nearly 40 countries, building bridges across cultures and gaining unprecedented insight into the universal human experience. Bash invites you to “Step Outside Your World” and embrace a unifying perspective!

Bash’s unique approach to “Global Citizenship” empowers attendees re-structure the way they view the world- beginning with themselves. Being a Global Citizen begins with believing in our own potential. By creating a strong foundation within ourselves, with our co-workers and on our stoop, we will then be able to create lasting change in the greater world. Bash encourages each of us to realize our full potential- thereby becoming inspired members of our families, our organizations and ultimately our world. 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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