Minding the Gap

Adrian Cabral – Shifting Perspectives

My name is Adrian, a participant of the BoldLeaders program. I went to South Africa with BoldLeaders in 2013 and it was an experience that an email, or even a in person meeting could not do justice. The South Africa team was actually supposed to go to Kenya. I was a part of a group that was going to be in a rural part of Kenya, where I thought I was going to get the "real Africa experience." After a U.S mandated halt on all travel to the country, our trip to Kenya was cancelled. This was specifically important to me because after a training from Michael about our expectations v. outcomes, I realized that it was

Our Great Endeavor and the Fragile Moments

This references a parable in Luke 18:9-14... Recently I have really appreciated being a city kid and moving to the country because I have be able to learn more about farming and food.  I think it has really helped me appreciate and understand more about what farmers have to deal with. One thing I have come to appreciate is how much of a great endeavor it is. There is this incredible lead up to harvest which is hard to under-appreciate: all kinds of effort, expense, thought, energy and time - all put in for one result.  And so it is clear to see why harvest has such an association with thanksgiving and gratitude. There is so much

By |2016-12-19T17:56:46-06:00November 30th, 2016|Minding the Gap, Relationship, Vulnerability|0 Comments

Dana Mulligan – Discovering the World Within

My exchange history includes a single month in Uganda with BoldLeaders in 2013 and six months in Senegal with YES Abroad in 2015-2016. While I learned a great deal from both programs, I feel I grew far more during my month in Uganda than I did my six months in Senegal due to the BoldLeaders training, intention, and support I received before and during my time in Uganda. Traveling abroad is always a valuable experience, but there are great depths that may never be discovered if you are not actively searching for them. Being overseas can easily be a purely superficial experience. A new country has many fascinating sights, sounds, smells, and so on,

Caroline Meserve – Mind the Gap

London was great because every time I boarded the Tube I was reminded to "mind the gap" - (The motto of BoldLeaders). I minded the gap within the relationships I made there but most importantly I minded that gap between myself and my surroundings. I got to experience so much last year and it would have been a shame if I had not been truly present for it. I intentionally made choices that made me uncomfortable and more aware of these gaps. I know from my BoldLeaders training that there is so much to gain from doing what makes me uncomfortable, which is what led me to choose a year long study abroad program where I

Natalie Walter – Expectations, Upset and Possibility

I traveled to Kenya in 2011 with Bold Leaders when I was 17, and I traveled to Nepal two years later. I called my BoldLeaders coach Michael a little bit before I left; I was nervous to be gone for two and a half months, with much of that time spent with no internet or phone service, no lights or plumbing. Over the phone, Michael guided me to take out a piece of paper and begin to draw. There were two paths in this drawing, starting on the left side of the paper. One started at the word “possibility,” and one started at the word “expectation.” Both paths went through an upset in the center of

Agree/Disagree Versus Alignment

For the last 10 years with BoldLeaders I have been able to chew on, think through, play with and take apart some concepts and conversations that I find really valuable, and the best part has been that I have done this in tandem with thousands of people from around the world, diverse in every way you can name. One such concept has been the difference between Agreeing and Aligning. Think through this with me: it is easy (and we spend a lot of time doing it because it IS easy) to Agree or Disagree with something. We simply do it and our position is NOT dependent or tied to another person’s. It is happening all over the

By |2016-11-30T19:54:48-06:00February 10th, 2016|Listening, Minding the Gap, Possibility|0 Comments