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The plain fact is…

This is a beautiful sentiment. Mindfulness is becoming the next big corporate thing. It is important that it does and does so in making the world a better place with more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every shape and form. When we measure success with these qualities, rather than making money and the material things we can own, the world becomes a better place. James Hillman suggested we put numbers on things that can only be described incompletely.

Radiating Blossom ~ Flowers & Words

“The plain fact is that the planet does not need more ‘successful’ people.  But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every shape and form.  It needs people who live well in their places.  It needs people of moral courage willing to fight to make the world habitable and humane.  And these needs have little to do with success as our culture has defined it.” ~ David Orr

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About ivonprefontaine

In keeping with bell hooks and Noam Chomsky, I consider myself a public and dissident intellectual. Part of my work is to move beyond (transcend) institutional dogmas that bind me to defend freedom, raising my voice to be heard on behalf of those who seek equity and justice in all their forms. I completed my PhD in Philosophy of Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. My dissertation and research was how teachers experience becoming teachers and their role as leaders. I focus on leading, communicating, and innovating in organizations. This includes mindfuful servant-leadership, World Cafe events, Appreciative Inquiry, and expressing one's self through creativity. I offer retreats, workshops, and presentations that can be tailored to your organzations specific needs. I published peer reviewed articles about schools as learning organizations, currere as an ethical pursuit, and hope as an essential element of adult eductaion. I published three poems and am currently preparing my poetry to publish as an anthology of poetry. I present on mindful leadership, servant leadership, schools as learning organizations, how teachers experience becoming teachers, assessement, and critical thinking. I facilitate mindfulness, hospitality retreats. and World Cafe Events using Appreciative Inquiry. I am writing and researching about various forms of leadership, how teachers inform and form their identity as a particular teacher, schools as learning organizations, hope and its anticipatory relationship with the future, and hope as an essential element in learning.

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  1. David Orr is a professor at Oberlin College and the driving force behind The Oberlin Project, the overriding goal of which is to make the town and college environmentally sustainable and to educate citizens and students at every level and in every discipline (K-12, vo-tech + college) to a sufficient level of “ecological literacy” that they can be informed and effective environmental advocates in the communities in which they live and work. See http://www.oberlinproject.org.

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  2. My sentiment entirely.

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  3. For all humans to become humain is to become whole! To live is to enjoy. To love and be loved should be the goal. Living this life on earth would then be lived by all for it’s real purpose!

    Great post full of mind pushing thoughts!

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  4. Ha! another blog I follow re-blogged this same piece. 🙂

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