Participation

16 03, 2016

Izze Thieme – Creating Awe

By | March 16th, 2016|Alumni, Basic Human Resources, Participation|0 Comments

I was once on a bus with two of my coaches from BoldLeaders, Michael and Charlie. We were in South Africa, finishing up our program there, when Charlie asked us this question: Can we create awe? Can we generate awe? Or is it something that simply happens to us? Throughout our travels, I thought a lot about this idea of awe and similar feelings. I experienced awe many times; as I was walking through Robben Island, as I was speaking to Dennis Goldberg, when we were running around on a beach, happy as crabs, and even when I was simply cooking food with the people I was with. Awe was around me often.  But how did it come about? Did I create it? Or did it happen [...]

16 03, 2016

Jack Bredar – You Cannot Fail

By | March 16th, 2016|Basic Human Resources, Participation, travel|0 Comments

  You may be thinking to yourself "What are these basic human resources? I don't really get it." That is, at least, what I thought when I was first introduced to them. But as I continue to think about basic human resources, I realize I am thinking about who I am and who I want to be in the world just as much as I am thinking about them as independent of myself. That's the thing, you are them and they are you. You just forgot. So, now, you may be thinking "Well, how do I remember? How do I re-adapt to the lack of use of my basic human resources?" I would first suggest you recognize that basic human resources are constantly in play. In this [...]

10 11, 2015

Keeping Things at Arm’s Length

By | November 10th, 2015|Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable, Participation|0 Comments

It is easier, safer and more comfortable to keep things “at arm’s length”. Whether these ‘things’ are relationships, ideas, stories, communities, etc. – it takes effort, time and some measure of thought to engage, involve yourself and participate. What’s more is that participation is not static – it exists on a continuum: on one end I can exhibit mild interest and be considered participatory, while on the other end there is and can be such a high level of engagement that I am actually co-creating something with others. What has people participate and invest at such a level? What would be the impetus that overcomes the desire for ease and safety? At BoldLeaders we have explored this question for the last 15 years: What has people participate [...]

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