November 27, 2020

Cornelia Walther on POZE: Pause, Observe, Zoom in, and Experience

Cornelia Walther has spent most of her professional career with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Program (WFP). She was the head of communications in large-scale emergencies in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. She earned her PhD in Law and is a certified yoga instructor and her current work is a remarkable amalgam of her studies and her life’s journey.

In recent years, she developed POZE as a way of exploring the world to help uncover deeper levels of happiness. (POZE is an opening spiral that can stand for, among a few things, to Pause for a moment, Observe what’s going on around you, Zoom in on yourself, and Experience what is going on in the world.) These are wise and weighty thoughts and we thoroughly enjoyed our conversation with her.

We also discussed how we are all interconnected – that your world and my world may be very different, yet we share connections if we only give ourselves the chance to experience them. The hope is that we recognize this connectedness – both at a personal level and at a larger global level – and bring greater meaning and happiness to our lives through this connectedness.

One of our favorite lines from our discussion with Cornelia was this: “So driven was I by the craving for some thing or another, that I omitted to savor the beauty of now.”  We all need to take a moment, pause, and savor the beauty of now.

© 2020 Behavioral Grooves



Cornelia Walther:


Gary Latham, PhD, Episode 147:

Creole Language:

Brad Shuck, PhD, Episode 91:

Development, Humanitarian Aid and Social Welfare. Social Change from the Inside Out (May 2020):

Humanitarian Work, Social Change, and Human behavior. Compassion for Change (June 2020):

Development and Connection in times of Covid. Corona’s Call for Conscious Choices (October 2020):

Social Change from the Inside Out. From Fixation to Foundation. From Competition to Change:

From Individual wellbeing to collective welfare:

Musical Links

Pink “So What”:

Verdi, “Aida”:

Dvorak, “Symphony of the New World”:  

Beatles, “Don’t Let Me Down”:

Depeche Mode, “People Are People”:

Mariza, “Quem Me Dera”:

Ayub Ogada, “Kothbiro”:

Giberto Gil:

Fabiano do Nascimento, “Nana”:

Tim Sparks, “Klezmer Medley”:


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