Change in a Bottle @leadercamp

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"You can't sail," wrote author Louis L'Amour in Fair Blows the Wind, "on yesterday's wind." Leadership is tough because it often means encouraging others to do that which they don't value or respect. Yet as my father would often say, "Nothing ventured, nothing gained." Yet what happens when it seems you're perfectly willing to make change but no one else is? What if it's all for show, not unlike the schooner in a bottle? Then, it's time to take "disturb your universe!"

Will Rogers always made me laugh when I read this quote, "Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there!"  Although not a nautical quote, it makes perfect sense for folks who are ready to bring about change but can't get going because they're stuck in grid lock.

It's this kind of attitude about staying "fresh," constantly looking out for the future that makes any educational organization successful in the present...constantly engaging the future:

"The computer industry learned the hard way that closed software systems—based on a framework of proprietary knowledge—did not fit the world they themselves had created. The organic world of open software and open systems was the true wave of the future. Higher education must learn from this.We must create open knowledge systems as the new framework for teaching and learning. "In this spirit, MIT has asked itself, in the words of T. S. Eliot, 'Do I dare...Disturb the universe?' "Our answer is yes. We call this project MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW). We see it as opening a new door to the powerful, democratizing, and transforming power of education."
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That's why I was delighted to find out about two events taking place later this summer, one face to face and the other virtual. While I'll share the face to face one as we get closer to the event, the virtual event is LeaderCamp 2010...

Effective educational leaders are the ones who make things happen. LeaderCamp will be a unique opportunity to connect with other leaders who are actively leading change and exploring how the world of school can be different. They collaborate with all levels of leadership and openly foster a culture of innovation in their organizations.
Everyone has something to share and the first ever LeaderCamp will be your opportunity to share your successes and tap into the successes of other leaders. Discuss tools and tactics, and uncover what's worked and what hasn't.

Save the Date! Thursday, June 24, 2010 
  • Is an ad-hoc gathering of educational leaders in an entirely online setting.
  • Is born from the desire for educational leaders to learn and share in an open, collaborative environment. 
  • Is a work in progress so we're not exactly sure how everything is going to work.
  • Is inspired by and
  • Is on Twitter.

via Dangerously Irrelevant and Scott Elias

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