Words Create Worlds ® – April 2012 Newsletter

This month has flown by.  Last month we mentioned that we are going to the World AI Conference to present an important project –  a large scale inquiry (over 4000 people)  with an K-12 system in the US. We leave in two days as put this newsletter to bed!

We are feeling the warmth of spring urging us to go outside an experience the goodness, that feeling you get when everything seems new. Change we love.  Before long it will be summer – in the desert. Change we might not love so much and some not at all.

The angst of change is all around of. More than a decade ago I recall an employee telling me, “I don’t want any more change”!  I think we all feel that at times.

Jim Pulliam, who is a retired college president reflecting upon his leadership role, told me that so often the conversation centered around “things, buildings, material, resources. But, not much about what was most important – the collective WE. That is what he identified as the importance of an Inquiry – it is not necessarily about the outcomes, but about providing  VOICE”.   What do you want more of?    Tell me a story?   It is about us, all of us.” Our presentation focus  is Bibb County Schools and they are experiencing the positive and the negative of change.  They are getting quite a bit of press lately and we see this as a time to look at the larger picture of education in the U.S. and in the world – the urgency, the complexity and how out of balance we in our ability to collaborate and dialogue. What narrative do we want to be part of and to leave as our legacy?  We encourage you to read the short articles

“There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.” ~ Niccolo Machiavelli


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