What happens when you take 650 people and ask them to step outside of their comfort zone? You ignite creativity within a community.
Last week we had the pleasure of hosting students, for-profit and nonprofit businesses, educators, and community members from across West Texas and Eastern New Mexico at the 2016 Service & Leadership Symposium: Igniting Creativity. Keynote speaker Scott Sherman from the Transformative Action Institute challenged the audience through an interactive session to think outside the box, to discover just how creative every person is capable of being, and to use that creativity to come up with solutions to the problems our communities face.
Half way through Scott's session, one of our United Way Youth Division officers, Zoe, came up to Program Manager Sabine Wohlschlag and me. She was overcome with excitement and told us she just couldn't wait to get started on her idea. Zoe had heard about a campaign in another city which worked with local restaurants to donate meals to the homeless on a daily basis, and she wants to bring the idea to Lubbock. We were able to point Zoe to several of our partner agencies who work with the homeless population, many of whom were at the symposium participating in the Agency Fair and Hands-On Projects. Enthusiasm and creativity started a chain of collaboration right in that moment. It was amazing to see it happen first hand.
At one point, Scott told the crowd, "Part of creativity is that each one of us has genius within us." We believe that is true. You have genius. When you find your purpose and discover ways to act on it, you have the potential to use that genius to transform our community and to transform the world.
If you want to find your purpose and how to act on it, get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (806) 747-0551. We're ready to help you discover the genius within you.