How two simple words make a huge difference where we live - and why we should care!
Turn on the TV or radio and it’s highly likely you’ll hear a story about something that has been lost in your area – businesses, jobs, youth, young families, history, elderly residents – and so on and so forth. It can seem really bleak at times. Focusing on these bad things becomes far too […]
Understanding interactional community can help us understand how to leverage resources in our neighborhood.
The internet will sometimes randomly throw something at you which changes your perspective on something forever. A few years ago this video by Drew Dudley, the founder of Day One Leadership, popped into my YouTube feed and has forever changed my perspective on leadership, what it means, and how it is celebrated. Drew talks about … Continue reading Leading with Lollipops
As I was working on the shelves for the tool cabinet I am building today, a situation I found myself in reminded me of a conversation I had earlier in the week with a friend about certain aspects of community development - which I will come back to in a moment. One of the things … Continue reading Against the grain…
How ten days on an island changed my view on community forever!
Of all the books I own (which is quite a few), few have provided as much food for thought than Lost Art Press’ four volume set “The Woodworker: The Charles H. Hayward Years”. Amidst the articles on woodworking trends and techniques are hidden Charles’ outlook on life and work. Despite being written between 1939 and 1967, the concepts are still as relevant today as they were 50+ years ago.
This Lost Art Press blog post, and the following quote in particular, seem particularly relevant to the search for community. Enjoy!
“To see life opening out before us as something rich in possibilities, of developing interests, is to feel a quickening of the spirit, a sense of purpose that will carry us a long way. What we have to forget are the shallow judgments, our own and other people’s, which may have coloured and restricted our youth. If we cling on to them still, then our whole lives may remain enclosed in a narrow groove. We have to be adventurers and explorers, having the initiative and courage to find out our own capabilities, not only in the things that have come easily to use, but in the more difficult things as well.”
Cover of “Woodworker Annual,” The Woodworker Volume 63, Being the Twelve Monthly Copies, January-December, 1959
“We are all apt to cling to youth as if it were the whole of life, the remainder an uncomfortable margin that does not really count. The obvious attractiveness of youth, its bounding health and vigour, its enthusiasms and ambitions, conspire to hide from our eyes the pleasures and discoveries that can come with maturity.
‘Grow old along with me
The best is yet to be
The last of life, for which the first was made’
“wrote Browning in ‘Rabbi Ben Ezra,’ that beautiful poem in which he unfolds the whole panorama of life and experience. It is an inspiring panorama if we accept it in its wholeness, not youth only, that time of raw beginnings, but those later years in which we garner the fruits. Little by little the really experiencing man learns to…
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Anyone who has written a paper for or taken a class from me knows I'm rather passionate about three things: Defining what one means when using the concept of 'community'; Using the Oxford Comma (as in, you must use it); and Citing references (again, as in, don't even think about submitting a paper to me … Continue reading What is community?
Developing community and woodworking have a lot in common... You start with a bunch of raw materials and an idea, trying to figure out what you have and what you can do. You slowly work through the parts, setting aside pieces which won’t work right now and refining the remainder so they fit together in … Continue reading Developing community and woodworking have a lot in common…
I'm a Community Vitality Educator with the University of Nebraska Extension and also the Unit Leader for Thayer and Nuckolls Counties (aka the Southern Plains Extension Unit). I'm a student of and practitioner in community. This blog is my attempt at reframing the conversations many of us have around community, entrepreneurship, and leadership. In my … Continue reading A little about the author…