'Possibilitarians' immerse and engage at Harwood Summit

'Possibilitarians' immerse and engage at Harwood Summit

Posted on August 14, 2012 by Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation

This past weekend, I was fortunate to be invited to participate in the Harwood Summit, a gathering hosted by Rich Harwood, founder and CEO of the Harwood Institute. The Patterson Foundation is exploring how our values align for engagement both locally and beyond.

This time was slated for personal renewal, but how can 40-plus Possibilitarians from 17 states gather and not think beyond self? Indeed the conversations were rich with stories, theories and questions. Since I live to build connective tissue to create new realities, I found myself gathering tweets. Over those two days, I crafted more tweets than fitting to share in any one blog, so this is the first of three blogs where I will share my takeaways summarized in less than 100 letters each.

The three blogs are segmented:

  1. It starts with me: personal reminders for new realities to emerge
  2. Turn outward: the change we seek emerges with aspirations in public life
  3. Democracy: our forefathers provided context, now is our opportunity

As you read this first blog of tweets, I hope you reflect and“cut, paste and re-tweet” those that resonate.  I know these are keepers for me. (@RichHarwood @HarwoodInst #turnoutward)

It starts with me: personal reminders for new realities to emerge

Make time to pause, reflect, embrace being, rather than always in decision-making mode

The way you can know yourself is to listen to others

"Mild Uncertainty" (balance of mind willingness and risk) must be present for learning to happen

People have tapes in their minds that are triggered to play by a word or circumstance

Change is antithetical to safety

"Relax and be vulnerable" leads to learning

Authentic hospitality goes beyond good food, pleasant venue & ambiance--each person & perspective is valued

When we worry about what we will lose, we take away the potential to win, gain, grow and love

To create new realities, we must create conditions encourage tolerance for ambiguity


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