In just a few days it will be one year since the Community House Network was officially filed as a NFP. It is hard to believe it. In many ways so much has happened, and still we are struggling to fulfill the vision.
The hardest part is getting others to see what has taken me more than two decades to come into clarity. I am like the conductor of an orchestra where the music hasn't yet been transcribed onto sheets. People are playing old familiar tunes, when what we want is a completely new sound.
There are a few ideas I am toying with to help people realize the vision. Those on the team need to know that it is possible and not just a pipe-dream. First, is the use of established research, books, videos and existing successful models that reflect play-based, discovery based, self-directed learning. Although, I have had extensive training in the scholarship of leadership and learning, it is somewhat unfair for me to assume that others should just naturally know these facts. Most of what I believe is unconventional, and although it is steeped in a depth of both research knowledge and personal experience, how can I expect to transmit this to those who have neither the knowledge or experience to back it up?
Second is to create a clear curriculum for them to follow. If they can see how it is done, and see the results in action, then perhaps they will be able to trust the process.
Trust really is the main thing. Trusting the process. It will start to take form through the action. If we work small, taking little steps into this new arena, people will start to see it happening. This can build faith in the process and then we can build on the momentum.
I so desire at this point to be able to take a little break, but in order to ensure that this train doesn't go off the rails, that might not happen for some time.
I am working on an emergent curriculum, based on our formational documents. I am happy to share it here. Remember it is a work in progress.