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  • Are You Looking for Meaningful Work?

    Jeff Young

    In reorganizing my website this past week, I again came across this video poem from Dr. Keith Merron on the Search for Great Leadership.  (http://bit.ly/g3yNle).  As I watched, I was deeply moved by his words saying that we have a need:

    • to be valued for who we really are.
    • to be seen, honored, recognized and respected for our unique gifts,
    • to make a greater difference in the world.

    I couldn’t help noticing that his message could be found reflected in my own words that you will find on these web pages.  They describe exactly what Co-ignite strives to provide – a tribe of peers that not only does work together that is important to its members and to our clients, but to build into the work environment, practices that clarify the value of who we really are, help us to see each other for the unique gifts we bring, and to make our work something that makes a greater difference in the world.

    I hadn’t quite noticed our mission as being so closely aligned with the message that Dr. Keith Merron points out; that for us to truly find these qualities we must clarify and work on these qualities deep within ourselves - through reflection and through our work.  To do this, we are co-creating a workplace that, with personal and collective growth, will in time be made up of the same kind of Great Leaders Keith Merron talks about – collaborating together to make the difference WE want to make in the world.

    So, if you ARE looking for meaningful work.  We agree with Keith that answer can’t be found in other leaders in a job out there for you to find – it can only be found within yourself.  But that doesn’t mean it is found alone.  On this internal journey, we all need the support of a tribe of fellow seekers who are all looking within to clarify their gifts.  Co-ignite is such a tribe.  What makes it special and unique is that we also work together to take action in the world through paid work that utilizes our gifts.  So, you see, we can really only find meaningful work by looking within – together.

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  • Ken Robinson Does it Again!

    Jeff Young

    Ken Robinson does it again.  Here is a delightful video created by RSA that illustrates the shift in paradigm being called for in education.  (Link to the Video)  The video tells a clear story of what has happened that is causing the need for change.   

    We are not so much needing higher standards or a different curriculum as needing to shift from a manufacturing process of education to one of developing the individual capacity of each person.  This requires a different process of learning than the current one of focusing on the subject and lecturing on it; encouraging students to find the one right answer.  Instead, we need to focus on each person as a creative being and giving them a learning environment where they can grow into who they were meant to become.

    This is the central purpose of Infinite Discoveries.  We believe that each person should be looking to find a place where they can be in their own element; where they can thrive and bring forth their unique gifts and contribution to something that is important to them.  We then loosely organize ourselves into collaboratives where we can collectively work on projects that are important to us that are aligned with our gifts. 

    We believe that learning and growth happens in collaborative groups formed from a common purpose; that learning and work are not and should not be separated.  Work gives us the context for expressing our gifts and we need to continually learn how to be more skillful in that expression.

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  • Bring on the Learning Revolution!

    Jeff Young

    I came across the following video yesterday and was deeply moved.  (Link to the Video)  Sir Ken Robinson has once again spoken bringing great clarity to the changes needed in learning and education.  I have been focusing for many years on digging deeply into the gifts and talents of people and helping them develop those gifts to the point of designing a life around the pursuit of mastery of those gifts.  I have long held that we absolutely require a change from the industrial model of learning to one centered on empowering each individual to follow their own path, offer their unique gifts, and organize around actions they care most about. 

    Here is an absolutely wonderful speaker describing this central issue in an impactful and entertaining way.  I am interested in having conversations about how we actually do what Sir Ken Robinson advocates.  How do we create learning centers for people of all ages that is focused on creating the environment that cultivates each individual’s unique spirit and brings us together into communities of common interest in action?  I hope you join us in this conversation and exploration.

  • Do You Know HOW to Become one of the New Generation of Non-Profits?

    Jeff Young

    I was reading the following blog article about the “New Generation of Non-Profits on Stanford’s Social Innovation Review and found it very interesting.  (http://bit.ly/e76moG)  (Written by Rosetta Thurman - @rosettathurman)  The point of the article is that a new generation of non-profit organization as well as leadership is being strongly called for.   It clearly identified the more collaborative and network oriented skills that leaders and organizations now need to be successful.  I agree with the author and with all of skills she identifies.

    Whether we work with for-profit or non-profit organizations, we all need to develop these new organization and leadership skills that reach out and develop relationships with others.  It is critical to our continued success.   In fact, I think our choice really is to learn how to become this new generation of organization or be left behind.  Rosetta Thurman’s blog article and the resources it references point out a good start to get a sense of what is needed.

    While identifying what a new generation organization might look like is useful, it doesn’t yet tell you how to move from today’s reality to that new generation organization.  The people I talk to lead me to believe that we all seem to be working too hard being overwhelmed – doing far more than we really can with continually less and less.  How can we possibly figure out how to learn these new skills on top of our existing work just to keep going?   I am currently focusing on exactly this issue in my own work – how we can successfully build a bridge to this next generation of organization.

    My work has led me to a framework I am using with organizations and individuals that does create this bridge to a new generation of non-profit and teaches them how to cross it over time.  The structure of this framework includes the following principles:

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