An integral part of Conscious Capitalism since its inception, Jeff Klein passed away in his sleep on the night of the 26th of June 2014, due to an apparent heart attack. He was only 57 years old.
His beautiful heart may have stopped beating but his love and legacy lives on. His sudden passing is a reminder to all of us to enjoy every precious moment and an urgent call to keep working for good and make love visible throughout the world, and honour his memory by deepening and broadening Conscious Capitalism as much as we can, at every opportunity we still have.
My own heart reaches out to his daughter Meryl Fe and his family, to the Conscious Capitalism team and founders, and to everyone who loved him and connected with him.
I discovered Jeff through his TEDx Talk How the power of attention changes everything.
His message was that paying attention is the key to connection, connection with ourselves, connection to others and connection to the possibility of transforming our relationship with the world.
He quoted holocaust survivor, Viktor Frankl saying that “between stimulus and response, there is a space, in this space, lies our freedom and power to choose our response, and in our response lies our growth and freedom”. He saw attention as a powerful force allowing us to recognise what’s going on and what we do with it.
He said that we can recognise that everything is connected to everything else, we can recognise the full effect of our actions, and we can discover effective ways for doing things differently, which includes the way we work together.
He described business as people coming together to do something together to create value for themselves, for others and for each others.
He saw conscious capitalism companies such as The Container Store or SouthWest Airlines as leaders at transforming the way we think about business, as they treat people with trust and care, respect and restore ecosystems, and recognise the interconnectedness of everything.
Jeff described himself as an activator (as one of the founders of Conscious Capitalism, Inc.) an author (of the award-winning book Working for Good: Making a Difference While Making a Living and the newly released It’s Just Good Business: The Emergence of Conscious Capitalism & the Practice of Working for Good), a producer (of Conscious Capitalism events, including an annual Conscious Capitalism CEO Summit, and a process facilitator(designing Conscious Culture development programs and Stakeholder Engagement Marketing™ campaigns).
Jeff has left a big space to fill, and one way to start doing something about it is to decide where do we put our attention now that he has disappeared, how do we want to carry on the work he has started, how do we spread his message, so it touches wider and wider audiences beyond what he would have loved to do himself?
If you’d like to support Jeff’s teenage daughter MerylFe Klein, you can make donations out to “The Meryl Fe Klein Beneficiary Trust” and mailed to:
The Meryl Fe Klein Beneficiary Trust
c/o Keller Kline
731 W Turner Street
Allentown, PA 18102
“When all is said and done, the only change that will make a difference is the transformation of the human heart.” Peter Senge
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