Photo: Brian Landau, Co-Founder, and CEO at Vennly
We at Glean Network love to learn how people integrate spirituality into their daily lives, which is why we loved meeting Brian Landau, Co-Founder and CEO at Vennly.
Vennly is a platform that brings the wisdom of spiritual leaders from many different traditions together in one place. Available on iOs and Android, this platform makes finding spiritual guidance on tough subjects like relationships, grief, stress, and self-identity easy.
I sat down with Brian to learn more about the origins of this app:
Q: What inspires your work?
A: The inspiration for Vennly comes from a belief that there are millions of people that are searching for guidance on how to contextualize all that is going on around us. Over the past two years, I have been fortunate enough to engage with some of the top spiritual and community leaders across faith traditions and I have learned that one of their best gifts is the ability to help give meaning and dimension to life’s challenges, big and small.
We are certainly living in fraught and complicated times and I believe that our leaders’ guidance, insight and wisdom has never been more needed or urgent. As we adjust to a new normal in the coming weeks and months, I believe that many of us will be searching for spiritual support and without question, playing a small role in facilitating new ways for the best spiritual leaders to communicate and deliver this spiritual care is the most inspiring professional experience of my life.
Q: What gives you hope for the future?
A: I’ve found Vennly’s spiritual leaders to be the most thoughtful, articulate, and empathetic individuals that I’ve ever encountered. They give me hope. Many people are looking for purpose, belonging and spiritual guidance – especially now as we confront this pandemic – and I believe that our spiritual leaders can play a critical role in pointing us forward.
Their Perspectives offer guidance on navigating life’s challenges, big and small, everything from grief/loss to anxiety to parenting to identity. As the Vennly platform grows, I am hopeful that their wisdom will reach new audiences and that we will all benefit from having access to a diverse group of spiritual voices.
I am also inspired by the fact that some of our nation’s most respected and engaging faith leaders across traditions came together so enthusiastically to unite their voices on our platform. It can be easy to watch the news and feel as though our nation has never been more divided but then I engage with our leaders and I feel buoyed by their wisdom and commitment to inclusion and togetherness.
Q: How has Glean impacted your work?
A: While I did not go through the GLEAN program personally, several Vennly contributors are alumni, including Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, Rabbi Josh Stanton, Rabbi Geoffrey Mitelman, and Rev. Dr. Chris Davies. I have leaned on these individuals immensely as I’ve navigated my own entrepreneurial experience.
As I am sure other entrepreneurs have found, starting a company can be an isolating experience, particularly in the beginning but once I found out about Glean, I felt uplifted that there was an entire community of spiritual entrepreneurs that I could connect with. As the faith and spirituality world continues to evolve rapidly, I know there will be a continued effort to innovate and create new modes of engagement and I am so grateful to CLAL and the Glean network for recognizing the importance of this space and the need to support one another.