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"Enriching Lives" explores how a National Governing Body’s orientation might help us shape motivational environments within which passionate enthusiasts wish to continue pouring energy into realising their "fields of dreams" - asking about the forms of innovation and emerging trends might we be looking out for (and be keen to nurture) as we inspire others. Throughout, I ask where our priorities might need to lie if we are going to energise a culture of grassroots commitment to realising dreams.
This introduction starts from the notion that it takes a certain magic to turn youngsters into outdoorsy types who stay active in the outdoors for life... and asks:
I highlight the role of the people who made the magic happen - the people who shape the landscape of opportunity in ways which work for our youngsters, noting that in most cases... children's transformative engagement with the outdoors tends to come alongside members of the same household.
This leads to questions of how we inspire the people who sustain the magic.
I envision an National Governing Body with a commitment to magic running right through the middle of it. That's with a commitment to magic based on being curious, on caring and on meeting people where they are.
That's with a commitment to community and to accompanying anyone who has the passion as they create their own “field of dreams.”
The National Governing Body I'm envisioning would be at ease with its enthusiasts, valuing their creativity, passion & pioneering spirit.
I finish with talk of the commitments which this orientation might entail:
I suggest that with these commitments in place, anything is possible – but that making those commitments means committing to a new vision of and for my National Governing Body.
This introduction leads into a series of other pieces - including a blog here on Connected Coaches about Social Artists in Coach Development.
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