Learning from our Community

“If you have knowledge, let others light their candles with it.” –Winston Churchill

This is one of my favorite pictures from last week’s Studio sessions. It was just one small moment that tucked itself into a flurry of other activity, but this visual speaks volumes.

One of the interns in our program, Nate, is conferencing with two writers in our community about their vision and their goals while a local school administrator listens in.

As facilitators of learning communities, how much of visioning work is about designing and sharing our vision with others, and how much of it is about inviting others to create and share their own? Do we ground community in our own image and vision, or do the vision, work, and values of true communities emerge from them?

As leaders, what do we miss out on in our efforts to clarify our vision and share our knowledge with others?

What could we be learning?

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