The picture above is me speaking at a couple of weeks ago at a Design Summit for a new Grand Challenge. It was a true honor. I am humbled by the people who gather to take on a Grand Challenge, which is a socially intractable problem that matters. In this instance, there were over 30 organizations present including individual thought leaders who had done extensive research. The Design Summit is a format I developed for kicking off a Grand Challenge, drawing on the collective wisdom of the people present to create a high energy event that engages the participants in co-designing the way forward. Read this for more on Grand Challenges and Design Summits.
I share this not to promote Grand Challenges or Design Summits, but to share a moment when I was at my best, in service to a noble purpose. When experts and organizations c0me together to tackle a socially relevant issue, I am inspired and my passion is activated. I can tell by the quality of my participation including my own engagement in the work at hand.
Where are you at your best? What do you love to do that is valued by others? How will you position yourself in the week ahead to provide the unique treasure that you have to offer? Your contribution matters, and when you are at your best, the world profits.
“The influence of a vital person vitalizes, there’s no doubt about it. The world without spirit is wasteland. People have the notion of saving the world by shifting things around, changing the rules, and who’s on top, and so forth. No, no! Any world is a valid world if it’s alive. The thing to do is to bring life to it, and the only way to do that is to find in your own case where the life is and become alive yourself.” – Joseph Campbell