Friday, May 9, 2008

Free For All Friday: Next Big Challenge

T.G.I.F. everyone! These students and this curriculum have meant an average of four hours of sleep over the past five nights. It's starting to take its toll, so I am committed to knocking out today's entry so I can steal a quick nap.

A few announcements:
  • Today is Cassie's surgery. By the time she reads this it will be over, so... Cassie, I hope you bounce back quickly and I'll be home Saturday afternoon if there's something I can do.
  • Rock the Vote!!! Today is the day we need to gather forces and place a vote for Gwen Beauchamp as America's Favorite Mother. You can vote by going to the Today Show's website. Her name will be listed under Chair of Everything (COE) Mothers.
Today is Free For All Friday - the day when we harness the collective creativity of our readership to solve problems. Boy have I got a goody!

As you know this whole week has culminated in students developing visions about which they are passionate and willing to commit their lives. We instruct them when developing their visions to have a healthy disregard for the impossible.  Great examples exist of leaders who against all odds changed the course of history (or their industry... or their neighborhood/community), because they were willing to focus not on what was but on what could be.  We explain that what so many of these visions have in common is they are vivid, challenging, service directed, expandable, and compelling. Finally... we prepare students that their visions can take years - even decades - to implement and that they must be persistent and patient in its pursuit.

What you don't know is that I too have been developing a vision statement this week... about something for which I am passionate. Why of course...!!!!! Are you ready? I am about to unveil my vivid, challenging, service directed, expandable, compelling, and serious... vision for highlowaha. Then we will use Free For All Friday to generate brilliant ideas about how to make it happen.  The blog can be the primary vehicle or only a portion of the method.  

One, two, three... (drum roll, please)...

My vision is to "Foster creativity in communities around the world"

Ok, that' it. What are your creative, bold, ideas about how that can happen? Think Big. No boundaries. We're just brainstorming. When you brainstorm there are no wrong answers. Be my partners is this endeavor and let's see how big we can think.  

Signing off until tomorrow and sitting on the edge of my seat to see what you come up with...

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