Tolu Talks

This year we are grateful for the many opportunities to reach out to a wide variety of audiences to talk about Cleaning as Practice and our on-going evolution here at Zenith. Every time we are asked to come speak at an event or to share our story, we get to meet and connect with many amazing people doing amazing things. These are a few of the opportunities we have had to share about Cleaning in 2014. Together with Becca Stevens,...

Featured Friends: Deb Nelson

Deb is the Executive Director of Social Venture Network, the world’s leading community of entrepreneurs and visionaries who are pioneers and leaders of social enterprise and conscious business. At an SVN conference in April 2012 Tolu decided to talk to Deb about an idea that had been cooking in his mind and heart for a while – inviting C-level executives to a transformational experience where they become cleaners for 3 days. Tolu said (and we believe him) that he only...

Transformation = Not-knowing + Bearing Witness + Taking Action

Bernie Glassman, founder of Greyston Bakery spoke these words at the Social Venture Network conference in Connecticut late last month. They are the guiding principles of Greyston bakery but they are also principles for transformation. Cleaning, an apt metaphor for transformation, is an opportunity to radically practice these principles. Not-Knowing When you go into a space to clean, you will need to set aside what you know and prepare to be surprised. You may have cleaned the space many times before but...