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Ideas, Young Life

(30 days) of Ideas – Week 2

Let the idea generating, thinking, and discussing continue…

(day 8 ) – On Adventure. (A quote I discovered on one of my very favorite blogs: http://www.sarahrhoads.com/blog/ –> go check it out.)

“Adventure is a path. Real adventure — self-determined, self-motivated, often risky, forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world.  The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it.  Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness.  In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and the bottomless cruelty of humankind — and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both.  This will change you.  Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.”
-Mark Jenkins

(day 9) – A Story of Friendship:  a NY Times article highlighting what it means to experience the world differently than we are taught.

(day 10)The Chicagoland Young Life Core Values

(day 11) Without Them (from Seth Godin’s blog)

“One of the most common things I hear is, “I’d like to do something remarkable like that, but my xyz won’t let me.” Where xyz = my boss, my publisher, my partner, my licensor, my franchisor, etc.

Well, you can fail by going along with that and not doing it, or you can do it, cause a ruckus and work things out later.

In my experience, once it’s clear you’re willing (not just willing, but itching, moving, and yes, implementing) without them, things start to happen. People are rarely willing to step up and stop you, and often just waiting to follow someone crazy enough to actually do something.

I’m going. Come along if you like.

(day 12)The Girl Effect.  A cool project that is coming up with new, creative solutions to solve BIG problems.

(day 13) -Bono’s Top 10 Ideas for the decade.

My favorite quote from the article: “Rarely does majority rule produce something of beauty.”

(day 14) – An excerpt from Scot McKnight’s book The Blue Parakeet.  (It reminds me a lot of the movie, An Education, which you should definitely see.)

“Educators know that teaching begins at the end, with outcomes, with the “so thats” of education.  Outcome-based education means we ask this questions as we prepare and teach: What do we want our students to be and to be able to do at the end of this course, this major and this degree? We no longer ask just what we want students to know – measured normally by exams and papers – but what we want to know is what students are able to do with what they know” (106).


About Samantha Curley

Hi! My name is Samantha Curley. I live in Pasadena, California where I run a non-profit organization called Level Ground (onlevelground.org). I like to ponder, ask questions, and share stories about life, art, and faith.


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