The author of dozens of workshops on P.E.I. believes people have a deep vision for the kind of world they want to see.
Martin Rutte, co-author of the New York Times best-seller “Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work’’, will be launching his latest book “Project Heaven on Earth’’ at Kettle Black in Charlottetown on Sept. 20.
“I think given these hells on earth going on right now we need something positive; something to motivate people – not me telling you what heaven on earth is because I don’t think that would ever work, but me evoking it from you (would),’’ Rutte said.
His book centres around three questions — First, recall a time when you experienced heaven on earth. What was happening? Second, imagine you have a magic wand and with it you can create heaven on earth. What is heaven on earth for you? And finally, what simple, easy, concrete step will you take in the next 24 hours to make heaven on earth real?
Rutte’s background is as a management consultant. He’s spoken four times to Harvard’s business school about vision and he’s addressed executives at Sony Pictures and Apple.
“One day, I thought, ‘I know how to get people to produce results that they want (so) why can’t we do it for our world?’ This idea for heaven on earth was born. I thought, I don’t want this crap going on in the world to continue. I want something useful so that was a genesis of it and I kept talking to people about what’s heaven on earth.’’
Rutte even calls P.E.I. Canada’s first heaven on earth province.
“I think given these hells on earth going on right now we need something positive; something to motivate people – not me telling you what heaven on earth is because I don’t think that would ever work, but me evoking it from you (would).”
His message is starting to spread on P.E.I.
The Kiwanis Club of Charlottetown has a Heaven on Earth Leadership Award for students in public and high schools across the province.
“Last year’s winner worked out of (a seniors’ home) and she saw on Sunday night residents went back into their rooms depressed. She goes back to her school, puts together a bunch of kids and every Sunday night they go in and do art.’’
The P.E.I. Business Women’s Association has held two workshops entitled “A Bold Tomorrow: Co-Creating Heaven on Earth for Yourself, Your Work/Business and P.E.I.
Katherine Burnett of Lady Baker’s Tea even created a Heaven on Earth tea blend, while Kettle Black Café created its own Heaven on Earth coffee blend.
And Nessya’s Gems and Jewels hands out a little card with the three heaven on earth questions with every purchase.
“It has to be something you can consider simple or you’re not going to do it,’’ he said.
The book is a distillation of all the people that he’s spoken to over the years and demonstrates 63 projects going on around the world.