IF - Inspire Forward

Updated: Dec 15, 2020

If Nouveau #0


Blind in the darks of the maze

And burning in the flesh

Of open wounds

If you can exercise

Your free will

And call the White Dragons

For them to help

Throw your fears in the flames

And intervene

For your healing

If you can

Here, now

Forgive and love

And free yourself

And heal

The broken child within

If you can

Far and wide


Your majestuous wings

The right

Devoted to the Light

The left

Devoted to the Rose

And balance both

In harmony

And take off

Fly high into the winds

Above the walls

If you can

Give yourself

The gift of forgiving

And of empowering

All sisters

And brothers

For in the loving them

It is you

You’re loving


And inspire within

If you can

Do nothing

Stay still


And inspire within

And let light

And let grace



And radiate within

And through



Open eyes

open heart

You keep amazed

And resonate

With the beats of beauty

Here, around, within

And the bits of magic

Of Divine creations

If you learn gratitude

Every day say thank you


Bend space

Bend time

And see that all that's right

Is left

And all that's left

Is right

If you can let it flow

You forgave

You can give

It’s time to let abound

Do it


And if you can become

Anew as once you were

Polish your divine gifts

Shine, thrive

Enlighten your powers

And honor Creator


My Child

You will have accomplished

Your first

Of many miracles


New and welcomed to the flock

Bright, powerful White Dragon

In turn, you’ll teach

In turn, you’ll heal


Inspire Forward.


Offered to:

Nick, Chloé, Élie and all children, around and within.

Inspired by:

If, by Rudyard Kipling

Viviane Nyiramana and Jean Pierre Karenzi

Magnolia’s School of White Dragons, by Martin Lefebvre

© Dominique Bel, 2020. All Rights Reserved in all Countries.

Photography © Franck Vogel.


Inspiring Leaders START WITH WHY.

For What's Next, We Ask: SO WHAT?

As we have lived through the first twenty percent of our twenty first century, we are left to ponder a plethora of daunting questions: What’s the way out of extreme polarization? Can we protect democracy? Will we ever revert the climate crisis? Is sustainable development a chimera? How can we reboot our economies anew and for the benefit of many, not just a few? In this anxiogenic context, merchants of hope brought the search for purpose back to the fore.

In 2020, the respected Harvard Business Review published a special issue titled “How to lead with purpose”, the French food and beverages multinational Danone amended its corporate bylaws to broaden its purpose to positive social impact, and in his victory speech, Joe Biden invited all Americans “to defeat despair [and] build a nation of prosperity and purpose”.

Far from being a fad, the search for purpose is foundational to our quest for a better future. In words that sing to our ears like a Chopin melody, French writer, poet, aviation pioneer and author of The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry put it beautifully: “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”

Following a series of encounters and conversations with CEO’s, entrepreneurs, social innovators, advocates, researchers, artists, adventurers, spiritual leaders and sometimes with himself, the author of The Book of So What takes us with wit on an iconoclastic journey beyond purpose to reveal some of our contemporary blind spots: purpose bloating, purpose washing and purpose myopia to name a few. As the stories of transformations and reconciliations he narrates take us from the Loire Valley in France, to both banks of the Saint Laurent River in North America and then to the Jordan Valley in the Middle East, he shares with us a few valuable keys to clear the way forward with courage and explores the liberative powers of the modern jester’s question:

“Inspiring leaders start with WHY. For what’s next, we ask: SO WHAT?”


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Photography © Franck Vogel.

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