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Sankalpa is a Sanskrit term referring to an intention formed by the heart and mind – a heartfelt desire, a solemn vow, a determination or a resolve to do something. It is similar to the concept of a resolution, except that it comes from even deeper within and tends to be an affirmation. This term comes from the Sanskrit root san, meaning “a connection with the highest truth,” and kalpa, meaning “vow”. Sankalpa denotes an affirming resolve to do something or achieve something spiritual. An individual uncovers and cultivates their own sankalpa in order to achieve enlightenment.

It is the determination or the will in the mind which precedes all actions. It is considered to be creative in character and superior to ordinary thought because it activates the body; it makes one perform a predetermined act in order to achieve a pre-set goal. Determination does not take root all of a sudden; it is conception of a deep-rooted desire to achieve, to accomplish good intentionally, sincerely and truthfully.

About Sankalpa

My personal interest in the field of consciousness comes from a desire to understand both the scientific and societal implications of this mysterious and complex field. Scientists and philosophers have pondered the fundamental questions of consciousness for centuries. But even now, research into what are the most robust basic theories of consciousness from a neuroscience perspective is still embryonic. The fundamental questions of our existence and their implications for us as a society are the questions that most engage me as a philanthropist. This is particularly so in this moment of global crisis, and on the heels of the exponential growth of technology radically shifting the human experience. I believe understanding consciousness is key to our long-term health as individuals and as a society, to better comprehending our human nature and how we best function together rather than apart, and to facing and solving the most fundamental challenges of our global existence.

I am only beginning what will be a lifelong journey into understanding this field and finding the extraordinary people and projects dedicated to these answers. I do not want to reinvent the wheel, and much prefer to identify opportunities for partnerships. We are after all better together.

Randall Mays

I currently co-manage Mays Family Enterprises (MFE) and run a private investment firm, Running M Capital, which focuses on supporting entrepreneurs with innovative ideas and novel technologies. My personal investment strategy and Running M Capital developed over time. They reflect my interest in coaching and developing talent. This allows me to make diverse investments, as I focus on the drive and vision of the people behind these ideas. This fascination with leaders, innovation, and intelligence also informs my personal philanthropic strategy, which focuses on cutting edge research and development into neuroplasticity, and human consciousness and wellness.

My professional experience was honed over the course of 20+ years at Clear Channel Communications (now iHeartMedia). Throughout this time, I held many positions, including Vice Chairman, President and CFO. During my tenure at Clear Channel, I led the strategic consolidation of the live entertainment industry, which ultimately lead to the creation of Live Nation Entertainment, the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts and Artist Nation Management.