I’m so grateful to spend last week with 80+ inspiring and influential change-makers, edge-walkers, & visionaries at the Hollyhock Summer Gathering. It’s a diverse group of social entrepreneurs, educators, writers, artists, thinkers and healers to explore social transformation. Amazing people who make a real impact.
All are driven to make a difference. To transform despair into positive action. To change the world. (yes, it was a tad intimidating!)
What’s the common denominator? What skills do visionaries use and teach, again and again? What do young people need in order to make a future they can fall in love with?
Creativity and collaboration.
All of us are inherently creative. We all yearn for connection and collaboration. But not all of us give our lives to a cause.
How can you help shape the future, even if you are not a born activist?
1. Follow your Spark. It’ll tell you what needs to come alive, for community, culture & the world to be re-made.
2. Give your time & energy to the young. One afternoon I made friends with the lovely girls in the photo above, and helped them finish their mermaid scupture. Here’s a few tips on working with teens and young adults:
- Lighten up on all things agenda. Be willing to just hang out.
- Ask about their ideas. Listen.
- Be real & authentic, open & curious, wacky & playful.
- Teach them what they want to know. Explore side-by-side.
- Learn from them.
In July, I got to do all that with 6 beautiful young ladies at our first SummerSpark! Day Camp for Girls & Teens. < see photos & video we made.
We’re doing it again next week. Please pass this on or share our Facebook event. Thanks!