After some necessary prodding from the delightfully persistent Mike G, I am finally posting some reactions I had to Creating Change through Family Philanthropy. This is partly me calling myself out — one step towards being accountable to myself and others. But I digress. That’s not the place to start…
What's your 20/20 vision?
Creating Change through Family Philanthropy was my first formal exposure to RG, and it was a huge eye-opener. I knew that I would learn, and expected to be challenged in some ways. What I did not foresee was the sense of empowerment that I would walk away with.
The retreat was structured around creating a ten year vision, but of course the first step to long-term planning is to see the present with clarity and perception.
What I saw when I looked outwards — at those leading discussions, organizing the retreat, participating in the discussions — was energy, commitment, and passion. This enthusiasm was infectious, enhanced by an atmosphere of openness and trust. This energy was tempered – and strengthened – by the experiences that others shared of embracing their own humility, facing and overcoming a variety of challenges. The personal stories, and the sense of resolve that accompanied these, was a source of true inspiration.
But as with any opportunity for serious reflection on personal values, the retreat was perhaps most revealing in terms of what I saw when I looked inwards, reflecting on my own attitudes and actions. What did I see? (more…)