The Answers to the Questions and the Questions from the Answers.

From being dropped off in a a parking lot, hopping in a van—soon to be called the Vertucky Express—, and getting out to see a slice of heaven called Bread Loaf. We soon ended up sitting in a slightly cramped room listening to each others’ stories. We heard of the challenges, tribulations,successes, and learning paths on how each person ended up in Vermont.

I am unsure and sure of a few things. I am sure each individual has a passion for learning, for education, for solving problems, for something that makes them eager enough to travel two to two thousand miles for the part I am unsure about: why we are here. However, I do have a theory. I have speculated that we are here to brainstorm solutions on how to attempt to solve problems in each of our communities and to talk about how we can each become better leaders in our communities and in general. If I am right, I am eager to do so. If I am wrong, I am still eager to do what is in store. But this is not a situation of right and wrong; moreover, this is a situation of that I am eager to do/create/make/innovate something that I learned from. Yes I would like to know the answer to my questions, but very often the unknown is as capturing, or more, as the known. As we continue I know that I will learn the answers to my questions, but will in turn have questions from those answers.

Nick Koenig

2 Responses to “The Answers to the Questions and the Questions from the Answers.

  • Dear Nick,

    You’re probably aware of this, but I’m not quite as smart as you so I found this really inspiring and energizing and just plain cool. Look at how your written phrases show you’re mindset. You wrote…

    I am unsure
    I have a theory
    If I am right
    If I am wrong

    Nick and everyone, Dixie used the phrase “advocacy literacy” in our opening session in that “slightly cramped” (I might have said “jam-packed,” Nick) room at Frothingham, on Wednesday.. How might phrases like these be key to identifying the kinds of thinking that make up “advocacy literacy”?

    If I am right, I will confirm my theory that Nick and many of you are smarter than I am! (You should see — or maybe you shouldn’t –the schlock I was writing in high school.

    What do you all think of those simple phrases? How would you describe the kinds of thinking they show?

    Best,
    Tom

  • Nick,
    Bingo! “we are here to brainstorm solutions on how to attempt to solve problems in each of our communities and to talk about how we can each become better leaders in our communities and in general.”

    You are right on track. We are here to brainstorm solutions, AND….we are here to discover ways to implement them when we get home. I am so excited about all the possibilities that are stemming from your writing, discussion, and application. Keep me in the loop. BTW, I have emailed you my phone number, please hook me up to GroupMe.
    Ceci

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