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Grieving & Trusting

I’ve been grieving this week.  I’ve been grieving the loss of  American lives to Covid-19.  One in five hundred Americans have died, yet we are still arguing over masks and vaccines.  I’ve been grieving over the polarization between political parties, and divided communities, and explosive school board meetings across the country.  I’ve been grieving and yet trusting as the vaccine becomes available for children ages 5-11, as the booster arrives for those over age 65 (please get it!), as we continue to respond and adapt to our changing circumstances.

Even as our present context has brought me to my knees in prayer, I am reminded that disruption is often the context for deep change.  And so, my prayer is not shaped by words but surrender.  I find myself seeking to abide in the mystery that I might the emergence of a new way of being.  In my dwelling, I trust even when no immediate resolution to our present circumstances seems to be on the horizon.

My dwelling time has led me to reflect on the crucibles in life.  Those times when I’ve not been able to bypass the fire, but rather are led through it by grace.  As I’ve reflected on my own fiery furnaces, I’ve been reminded of how much I have learned through my failures and how much I’ve grown.   

Often, we are not saved from life’s trials. Rather we are shaped and formed by them.  We live in a culture that has become expert at avoiding pain (or at least attempting it). Yet, deep down we know that trial, temptation, and even failure are often gifts in disguise. 

It should not surprise us therefore, that spiritual growth, essential to change leadership, entails suffering, pain, and struggle.  Our trials and temptations become the means by which barriers come down. The gift and burden of free will means that we must choose to embrace the pain, rather than run from it.  Such is the paradox of this time.

One note of caution: Crucibles alone do not transform us. They can, however, help us loosen our grip, free us trying to control the outcome, and bring us home to ourselves, one another, and this world.

May we dare to embrace the pain of this time as a form of rebirth!

Deborah

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A poet is capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable searching after fact and reason.  The art of negative capability.

JOHN KEATS

STORIES

What stories do you carry around in your head in need of revising?  

Jim Loehr speaks to the importance of leaders knowing their stories: “Stories impose meaning on the chaos; they organize and give context to our sensory experiences, which otherwise might seem like no more than a fairly colorless sequence of fact.  Facts are meaningless until you create a story around them.”  

Stories are essential.  They help us to deal with the complexities of human experience that cannot be understood by the rational mind alone.  They provide the means by which to live with contradiction, compromise, conflict and even crisis.  The challenge is that our narratives need revising; they need a fuller, more challenging, more honest telling.

FALSE STORIES

We cannot make sense of the present chaos, unless we confront the inadequate telling of our stories.  The “facts” are no longer so clear.  Whose land do we really live on?  What makes us good?  Why do we believe our telling of the story is accurate?  To live these questions, we must learn the art of negative capability. We must become “capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable searching after fact and reason.”  It is then that our remembering is opened to engage the whole of our stories. 

The reality is that all of us carry within ourselves false stories.  Unless we take the time to name our false narratives, we will likely impose our biases, blindness, and fears upon others.  “Unhealthy storytelling is characterized by a diet of faulty thinking and, ultimately, long-term negative consequences… hardening of categories, narrowing of the possibilities, calcification of perception (Loehr).”  False stories literally reconfigure our neural pathways: both on an individual and collective level.

LIVING FROM STRENGTH

We cannot live from strength when our beliefs are rooted in a flawed understanding of self and world. Intimacy, generatively, and integrity are all born of claiming the whole of our stories.  Only as we engage the less savory parts, will we come to accept the reality that we carry within us both weakness and strength, good and bad.  It is then that we discover compassion, which opens to a future beyond the present impasse.

This requires an emptying of what we think we know.  The koine Greek word kenosis speaks to the emptying of self as the source of all true power.   With kenosis, we come to understand, how we use power to afflict or set free: the choice remains ours.  Much of how we use power depends upon how well we have emptied ourselves. Kenotic power is not like ego power.  

THE ART

Kenosis leads us beyond a focus on personal survival to an emptying that becomes the means by which healing enters this world.  We come to understand that our integrity is measured by the degree to which we bear wholeness into the lives of others and honor creation.  This is not just words, it is the power to transform.  Now that is a story that I want to be part of!

So, how are you being called to empty yourself for the sake of the world?   Take some time this next week to practice kenosis.  What false narratives are you being called to risk that together we might live?

Never forget that emptying is prelude to filling!  

Everyone Lies

Everyone lies… Does it matter?

Everyone lies, he said.  And, it is true.  We all have told those little white lies to avoid hurting  another person’s feelings.  We have skimmed the full truth to make ourselves look better.  In a moment of anxiety, we have even outright lied to hide the shame triggered by an unhealed aspect of childhood.  Everyone lies, and it is true.  

The question is does it matter? Yes, yes it does.  For the care of both the individual soul and the soul of our country, it matters.  But, to address it we must be willing to move beyond shamming one another.  Only then will we be equipped to dig beneath the dysfunctional behaviors to address the root wounds; to understand the triggers and address them.

I remember an intervention years ago, where a cross-section of stakeholders cited twenty-nine incidents of lying.  The board was asked if it mattered.  Their response: Of course, it mattered!  With another intervention, it didn’t.  The “successful” outcome markers mattered more.  One system healed (with the firing of the individual who had lied), the other resulted in a split.   Our integrity matters.  At the same time, I continue to think about the root wounds and fears that drive leaders and systems to lie.  

Before the election, the New Yorker reported some pretty serious tallies: 


The President has survived one impeachment, twenty-six accusations of sexual misconduct, and an estimated four thousand lawsuits.

The New Yorker

Yet, even knowing this, close to half of the country voted for him.

Understanding Moral Foundations

Jonathan Haidt, in his Ted Talk, looks at the moral roots in liberals and conservatives.  His thesis is that humans all have five foundations of morality that drive everything we do:

  • Harm/Care
  • Fairness/Reciprocity
  • In-Group/Loyalty
  • Authority/Respect
  • Purity/Sanctity

Both conservatives and liberals all agree on the first two points.  The split comes on the final three. In Haidt’s words:

Liberals reject three of these foundations. They say “No, let’s celebrate diversity, not common in-group membership.” They say, “Let’s question authority.” And they say, “Keep your laws off my body.”

Liberals have very noble motives for doing this. Traditional authority, traditional morality can be quite repressive, and restrictive to those at the bottom, to women, to people that don’t fit in. So liberals speak for the weak and oppressed. They want change and justice, even at the risk of chaos.

Conservatives, on the other hand, speak for institutions and traditions. They want order, even at some cost to those at the bottom.

So once you see this – once you see that liberals and conservatives both have something to contribute, that they form a balance on change versus stability – then I think the way is open to step outside the moral matrix.

Jonathan Haidt, Ted Talk

So, what next?  

Treat with Dignity

It begins with restoring relationship.  We need to learn anew how to listen to one another, daring to step outside our moral matrix.  And that, begins with treating one another with dignity.

Donna Hicks in her research identifies ten essential elements of dignity:

  • Acceptance of Identity Approach people as neither inferior nor superior to you; give others the freedom to express their authentic selves without fear of being negatively judged; interact without prejudice or bias, accepting how race, religion, gender, class, sexual orientation, age, disability, etc. are at the core of their identities. Assume they have integrity.
  • Recognition Validate others for their talents, hard work, thoughtfulness, and help; be generous with praise; give credit to others for their contributions, ideas and experience.
  • Acknowledgment Give people your full attention by listening, hearing, validating and responding to their concerns and what they have been through.
  • Inclusion Make others feel that they belong at all levels of relationship (family, community, organization, nation).
  • Safety Put people at ease at two levels: physically, where they feel free of bodily harm; and psychologically, where they feel free of concern about being shamed or humiliated, that they feel free to speak without fear of retribution.
  • Fairness Treat people justly, with equality, and in an evenhanded way, according to agreed upon laws and rules.
  • Independence Empower people to act on their own behalf so that they feel in control of their lives and experience a sense of hope and possibility.
  • Understanding Believe that what others think matters; give them the chance to explain their perspectives, express their points of view; actively listen in order to understand them.
  • Benefit of the Doubt Treat people as trustworthy; start with the premise that others have good motives and are acting with integrity.
  • Accountability Take responsibility for your actions; if you have violated the dignity of another, apologize; make a commitment to change hurtful behaviors.

Perhaps a place to start is committing to practice one essential aspect of dignity.

Everyone lies.  And, everyone has a truth to speak.  Are we willing to listen beyond the finger pointing and distaste that we might find wholeness born out of our brokenness?

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Two Competencies

Nurturing the Poet & Prophet

In this election season, I’d like to invite you to explore two leadership competencies that I believe are essential for 21st century change makers: that of poet and prophet.  Now, before you say that you are neither a poet or prophet, I would ask that you hang in there with me.  I’m not asking you to begin writing poetry (although you might surprise yourself).  Nor am I asking you to become a modern-day Elijah (contemporary prophets come in many forms).  Rather, I am asking you to approach your daily tasks from the perspective of both the poet and prophet.

Articulators of Experience

First, some working definitions. Alan Roxburgh describes poets as: 

The articulators of experience and the rememberers of tradition.  They image and symbolize the unarticulated experience of the community, identifying and expressing the soul of the people.  The poet is a listener and an observer, sensing the experience of the body and giving that experience a voice.

Many voices compete for our allegiance.  The poet helps us to remember who we are that we might reclaim the integrity of core identity and character.  Beyond the quick fix, beyond the challenges of our times, the poet helps to draw people into hope for the future.  Through image and story, the poet shapes meaning out of chaos that memories might be shared and new visions emerge.  The poet weaves together the disparate (and often, dissonant) voices into a rich tapestry of story and meaning that neither reduces, nor eliminates creative tensions, but rather nurtures exploration of new collective possibilities.   

The Voice of Truth

But, as Roxburgh points out, “Without the prophetic voice, poetic leadership is little more than adaptation and consolation.”    The prophetic voice is the voice of truth.  As we come to claim the truth about their present state of being – the good, the bad, and the ugly – we are invited into a paradoxical experience of loss and hope.   Nurturing community in the 21st century involves a delicate dance of repentance as we acknowledge real concerns and delight as we yield to the possibilities born of an alternative vision.

Taken Together

Taken together, nurturing the poet and prophet sets us free to invite the larger community into a place compassion can be nurtured for the flourishing of all.  So, to begin, I invite you to reacquaint yourself with poetic and prophetic voices who have shaped your life.  

Deep peace,

Deborah

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Reacquaint yourself with the poet and prophet within!


Please celebrate me home

Please, celebrate me home, Give me a number, 

Please, celebrate me home, Play me one more song, 

That I’ll always remember, And I can recall, 

Whenever I find myself too all alone, I can sing me home.

Kenny Loggins

Those of a particular generation will remember Kenny Loggin’s song, Please Celebrate Me Home. Haunting and filled with yearning, the song speaks of the hunger that is within us all to come home.  Home, such an evocative word that carries with it a powerful mix of emotions.  How many of us yearn for home in this time of Covid-19?

Home and Call

For me, Connecticut holds strong roots. While my husband grew up in Houston and I in New York, Connecticut was our first home together. We met, courted, married, and had our first home in Connecticut.  Our daughter Elizabeth was born in Connecticut.  We never planned to leave, until the journey became our home.

From Connecticut to Pittsburgh, to San Diego, to Amish Country, to Chicago, the journey was our home.  Yet, through it all the tug to return home remained.  In words of the poet:

We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.

TS Eliot

We are now back in Connecticut.  We have arrived where we started.  But we are not the same people who left. Nor is Connecticut the same place.

We are coming to know the place for the first time. To do so, we have had to reclaim parts of ourselves. We have also had to release expectations of what we had once known. It has been for us an invitation to participate anew in the ancient cycle of call toward the flourishing of people and planet.

The Cycle of Call

Marjorie Zoet Bankson in The Call of Soul defines “call as an invitation to wholeness, a spiritual prompting to complete the work of love that we are here to do.”  She invites us to explore call through a sixfold cycle:

  • Resistance What are the patterns of resistance in your life right now? What do these patterns have to tell you about your person, your relationship with people and planet, and your work (in that order!)?
  • Reclaiming In reclaiming, we seek the form behind our skills, the original seed of call, the DNA of our souls. Reclaiming is not simply a process of reminiscence but of observation and action. What essential part of self are you being called to reclaim?
  • Revelation happens in the cusp between kairos and chronos time.  It brings ambivalence and uncertainty, possibility and potential danger. This is the way new vision is born. What is being revealed to your heart?
  • Crossing Over True revelation demands a response. It demands a crossing over, coupled with a willingness to be changed, healed, and expanded as we confront the barriers between belief and embodiment. To cross over we must confront our fears. To what must you attend, in order to cross over? 
  • Risk Deep within us is planted the seed of new creation, dreams for a better world and the hope that our vision for a new tomorrow can be realized. We need to act to make our dreams real. Risk is the courage to change; it requires that we be willing to fail as well as succeed. How are you being called to risk?
  • Relate Call cannot be fully manifested without community. Community that takes seriously the call to shared purpose. Yet dwelling in community is neither easy nor orderly. To whom do you relate?
  • Release Completing a cycle of soulwork means integration, endings, and release. Release calls for generativity as we give our call away and begin the cycle anew. Release is a stage of rest and listening. It involves learning to let go in order that the future might emerge. What aspect of your present life do you need to release in order to live forward?

Coming Home

There is a tendency to want to return to simpler times. In truth, I don’t believe there ever were simpler times, just different. Each generation must reclaim and risk. Each individual must relate and release. There will always be resistance to letting go. Receiving revelation will always require crossing over to the new. Yet when we dare to be changed, healed, and grown, we come home to ourselves and our world. We come to know our place for the first time. No wonder the thought of home brings such yearning. 

We are not the first to live in challenging times. The question is how will we respond? May we commit to celebrating one another home… for the sake of people and planet!

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Out of the hollow… Joy!

Challenged

Yesterday I was challenged by soul friend Judi Neal to name the joy that is at the center of who I am and what I do.  In this season where death is encountered daily across the globe and chaos ensues, joy must be named with care, so as not to discount the challenging times in which we find ourselves.  At the same time, when we fail to acknowledge joy, we dishonor the paradoxical reality that joy is often best understood in tumultuous times. 

Out of Grief

The joy of which I speak is not a surface emotion, but a deep, abiding reality that shapes and forms us—in season and out.  Desert Father Abba Poeman speaks of the paradoxical nature of joy when he reminds us: The greater the hollow carved out in grief, the more room for joy to dwell therein.  There is much to distract us from joy in this season.  We cannot ignore the deep pain of our present reality.  Yet without joy, our attempts toward transformation risk becoming a brittle facsimile of life.   

Laughter, Exaltation, and Joy

One of my favorite blessings comes from an 11th monastic:

May the Son of God who is already formed in you, grow in you—

so that for you, he will become immeasurable, 

and that in you, he will become laughter, exaltation, and the fullness of joy, 

which no one can take away.

Isaac of Stella

What a wonderful image.  Laughter, exaltation and the fullness of joy!  Whatever our tradition or practice, we do well to connect soul with Source that we might know laughter, exaltation and joy, even (especially!) in the midst of grief.  It is then that we come to accept that life is never a state of either/or, but always both/and.  Shadow and light.  Brokenness and wholeness.  Grief and joy.

Joy, a Practical Necessity

Joy enters our lives in the most unexpected of ways and places.  It is not something to be reserved for the good times, but a way of being woven into the fabric of our lives.   We live in challenging times.  Times that make joy not only a spiritual, but practical necessity.  

How will you practice JOY in this season?

Without joy, our attempts toward transformation risk becoming a brittle facsimile of life.   

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Sometimes healing hurts

The wound is the place where the Light enters you.

― Rumi

Remember

Remember when you were little and you fell and scraped your knee?  All you wanted was to put a Band-Aid on the cut and get back to playing, but instead your mom would insist on washing it and spraying Bactine on it—ouch!  How that stung!  

Then there are the muscle and ligament sprains and strains.  I remember a doctor telling me once that it would have hurt less if I had broken the bone.  While I healed, it took a long time.  Worse yet, was the time my brother dislocated a shoulder and had to have it manipulated by the doctor back into place—it was painful just to watch.  

Last year, I fell on the ice and put off going to the chiropractor.  By the time I made the appointment, I had so over-compensated for the pain of the fall that it hurt to have my body put back into alignment. 

Sometimes healing hurts!

Beyond physical healing…

Beyond physical healing, there is also the pain of healing emotional and spiritual wounds.  Sometimes the wounds are buried so deep, we can’t even remember the source of the wound—it’s simply too painful.  The challenge is that without remembering, the wounds continue to fester and get in the way of  living. 

Often, our wounds trigger reactive responses that are disproportionate to the circumstances.  The challenge is that until we address our wounds, we will continue to experience strain in our relationships and brokenness in community.  Therein, lies the paradox, our wounds are the place for the light to enter in!

A Reframing

What might happen if we reframed our understanding of wounds as the Light seeking to enter into us? Enter those we love (and those we don’t)… our country and across the world… even our environment and planet?  What if we came to understand this present “dark night” as the wound that has the power to lead to oneness?  How might that reshape our response to present times?

Sometimes healing hurts, Never forget “the wound is the place where the Light enters you”!

What might happen if we reframed our understanding of wounds as the Light seeking to enter into us? Enter those we love (and those we don’t)… our country and across the world… our environment and our planet? 

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Beloved community

16 Nations

I once worked with a team of people coming from sixteen different nations.  The food was amazing; the companionship even better; the work we did, extraordinary!  At the time, we had no idea how unique we were.  It was for us a living experiment of what John Lewis called beloved community. We took as our mandate his wisdom: “I discovered that you have to have this sense of faith that what you’re moving toward is already done”; that is, you have to live and behave as if beloved community is already reality. So, that is what we did. Of course, this was all before the angst of our present context.  I look back and wonder if such diversity would even be possible today… and then, I remember John Lewis’ mandate: act as if it is “already done!”

“I discovered that you have to have this sense of faith that what you’re moving toward is already done.”

John Lewis

Challenges

To be sure, there were challenges.  For us, there was a humbling, tender sense that only grace could have made our fellowship possible.  Our practice was to us was to welcome the stranger on a daily basis; not necessarily to make the stranger one of us, but to afford the space where they might find the space to discover what made them alive—fully alive!

We didn’t try to smooth over our differences.  Instead, we focused on what we could agree upon: our shared call to “renew the ruined city” in which we were located.  To the degree that we focused outward, we were united in our desire to restore and renew.

Unity in Diversity?

Anthropologist Arrien Angeles in Working Together reflects on the many names by which diversity is made known: “Pluralism, unity, harmony, tolerance, inclusion, conflict mediation, facilitation, equity, intercultural understanding, anti-bias, multicultural education, equal employment, affirmative action, cultural competence, global competitiveness, social justice, racial understanding and being politically correct.”  Some of the descriptors she notes have become (at least in some circles) “bad words.”  Others feel shallow, reflecting the limits of our language in this time of discontinuous change.  It has been said that, in times of rapid change, what you know can mislead you.  I wonder if this is the case with regard to embracing our unity of diversity in the 21st century.

The Practice of Community

As I read the list, I am given an answer to my question as to why is unity in diversity so hard.  Simply put, living in intentional community is hard—especially in changing times.  Arrien believes that the intentional practice of community requires four very particular practices:

  1. Showing up and choosing to be present.
  2. Paying attention.
  3. Telling the truth.
  4. Surrendering an attachment to a particular outcome.

Peter Block found her practices so compelling that he wrote a book called The Structure of Community.   In it, he suggests that we approach our shared life narratively; that is, that we write “a new story based on restorative community: one of possibility, generosity, (and) accountability.”  As one who is drawn to the power of narrative, I find real invitation in Block’s suggestion.

Celebrate!

How are you being called to celebrate unity in diversity in this disruptive time?

You might want to think about joining us for a Social Action Pilgrimage in Minneapolis on the anniversary of George Floyd’s death (for more information: https://poetsprophets.net/lets-go-on-a-pilgrimage/). Registration opens in Janaury 2021. Or join the folks @LeaderWise for Conversations on Race (https://leaderwise.org/conversations-on-race). Or participate on an online journey with @OkokonUdo on UnMasking (Wednesdays in January from 5-6pm; https://poetsprophets.net).

Is beloved community even possible today? Yes, I believe it is… more so today than ever before, because we are writing the new story, born of the old, old story of possibility, generosity, and accountability.

Is beloved community even possible today? Yes, I believe it is… more so today than ever before, because we are writing the new story, born of the old, old story of possibility, generosity, and accountability.

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Learning to Listen Anew

I believe we can change the world 

if we start listening to one another again.  

Simple, honest, human conversation.  

Not mediation, negotiation, problem-solving, debate, or public meetings. 

Simple, truthful conversation 

where we each have a chance to speak, 

we each feel heard, and 

we each listen well.

—Margaret Wheatley

With these words as my charge, I have spent the last year loving, listening, and learning.  Having served in broken and decaying systems, it has been profound to step outside of the institution and simply be present.  On the ground.  With no title or office, simply listening to friends and colleagues and strangers across disciplines reflect on their journey.

The Common Thread

The common thread throughout the conversations has been a hunger to make a difference.  To step beyond any attempts to fix what is broken to building the new, an entirely different task.  To be sure, there is a sense of dislocation and displacement that comes with stepping outside our bounded set realities.  But, there is also invitation.

The Invitation

Invitation to take seriously our responsibility to attend to a triple bottom line of environment, economies and equity.  Invitation to claim the reality that mental acuity, emotional health and physical fitness are not enough.  We cannot build the new apart from connecting soul with Source for the flourishing of our communities.  As environmentalist John Milton reminds us: Most great inventions and breakthroughs have arisen through deep communion with Source.

The Hunger

The hunger to connect to that place of deeper knowing is palpable.  The yearning for wholeness not just of body, mind, and spirit, not just for humanity, but also for planet, is core.  Our inter-dependence on both a local and global level reflects the realty that individual wholeness is impossible apart from communal wholeness.  The challenge remains, how?  

The Leadership Challenge

For starters, we need a new language.  As philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein observed over a 100 years ago: “The limits of language mean the limits of my world.”  Soul and Source: words ordinarily located in the lexicon of faith.  Global community: the people and nations of the world, inextricably tied together economically, socially, and politically.  Triple Bottom Line, an accounting framework, that evaluates performance through three measures: social, environment, and financial.   Words ordinarily located in the context of business.  Taken together, these words represent the core leadership challenge of the 21st century.   How are we going to intentionally form communities committed to the flourishing of all?  This calls for the development of a new kind of community, one that nurtures spiritual maturity in leaders, while also addressing 21stcentury leadership challenges.

The Call: The formation of a new kind of community, that nurtures spiritual maturity in leaders, while also addressing 21stcentury leadership challenges.

The Power of Unreasonable People

Being unreasonable is not just a state of mind.  It is also a process by which older, outdated forms of reasoning are jettisoned, and new ones conceived and evolved.  

The Power of Unreasonable People 

Power can be used to do great good or wreck havoc and destruction. Each one of us is responsible for what we do with the power entrusted to us.  To be sure, there has been widespread abuse of power in the church.  There has also been the failure to rightly use power in response to evil.  But there remains potential for great good.  Gifts and strengths come with a responsibility to make a difference, to breath new life into people and communities.  The Power of Unreasonable People shares stories of social and environmental entrepreneurs who have provided the catalytic energy and vision to make transformation real.

What sets these entrepreneurs apart from their counterparts is their unreasonableness.  What makes them unreasonable includes:

  • Their desire to change the system: “They spot dysfunction in the current system, and unlike reasonable people who accommodate themselves to the status quo, they try to work out how to transition the system’s equilibrium to a different and more functional state”;
  • They are insanely ambitious, but not for themselves, for the greater goal;
  • They are propelled by emotion and use the energy born of emotion to accomplish what others believe to be impossible;
  • They think they know the future: “They know the best way to predict the future is to create it and the best way to build momentum—and attract funding and other resources—is to develop and communicate a clear vision of how things might be different;
  • The seek profit in unprofitable pursuits (example: the Grameeen Bank who has helped seven million people; 97% of whom are women).

Their focus is on investment, not charity.  This is an important lesson for the church as charity gets in the way of empowerment.  Investment, by contrast, seeks to create the context whereby individuals are equipped and empowered to grow and take responsibility for their contribution to the whole.    For this reason, these entrepreneurs seek to measure the un-measurable, demanding return on s triple bottom line as they seek a deep social return on investment.  They do so through three models in particular: leveraged non-profit, hybrid non-profit, and social business.  

Many would say that these entrepreneurs are unqualified for the work they do; they would argue that this is precisely their strength.  They know they can’t do it alone and depend upon the full giftedness of the community.  Hope comes alive when the power of unreasonable people is unleashed.  Strengths, a commitment to lifelong learning, risk taking combine to make possible a future.  Being unreasonable is at the heart of the call to be Poets & Prophets.

May we all dare to be just a little bit unreasonable for the sake of people and planet!