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Round Two of my post-Idea Camp rodeo (check out part one here)…

As its name implies, The Idea Camp was all about ideas.  However, as Charles Lee says, ideas are a dime a dozen; it’s the execution of the idea that matters. (h/t: @daniwao).  I deeply appreciated that the message throughout the Camp was not about innovation for innovation’s sake but, rather, to take a hard, realistic look at what it means to generate worthy ideas, the hard work of bringing them to life, and then evaluating & reflecting on those ideas.

The Idea Camp provided ordinary people like myself unique access to innovative people & ideas.  It was great to hear some people I had heard of beforehand (including Scott Harrison of charity: water, Eugene Cho, Dave Gibbons, Jeff Shinabarger) as well as many who were previously unknown to me.  The weekend was a great glimpse “behind the curtain” of the creative process.  For me, it was less about cut & pasting someone else’s model of innovation and more about hearing stories and being encouraged to dream and act.

I loved the Idea Competition hosted at the Camp.  To me, WikiChoice (the winner of the competition) embodied the ethos and heart of what The Idea Camp is about.  WikiChoice is a great idea, born out of compassion; essentially, it’s a resource to help consumers make just choices in their purchases).  It leverages technology to promote justice (consumers will be able to find info on products & companies via the web, mobile phones, etc.).  The process of group voting (tech again) and, most importantly, sharing our gifts & talents to bring idea to life captured the spirit of collaborative action.

Even the choice to go green with schedules (the schedule was available via the web, with a few strategically placed paper hard copies at the event) was a great idea put into action.

I’ve been having a hard time writing down some coherent thoughts about The Idea Camp because it was such an incredible experience for me.  I’m still trying to wrap my head and heart around it all.  It’s a bit like herding cats.

In any case, before too much time passed, I wanted to at least begin recording some of my thoughts and impressions.  I’m going to borrow newly-hairstyled Dave Ingland‘s format and break my reflections down into separate posts.

So, here’s the first round of my post-Idea Camp rodeo (each post will be titled in the both/and spirit of The Idea Camp)…

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I loved the ethos of open-source collaboration + participation.

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Just to continue my twitter-ified summaries of my “live” blogging from The Idea Camp, here are some glimpses of the final main session…

David Ruis

Worship session with David Ruis – solo, but brought along tech team of synth, drum machine, trusty Macbook (and I’m guessing sequencers, and other music-y stuff like that).  David did an incredible job of bringing together worship, mystery, tech, and a heart for justice to the evening session.

Eugene Cho

Charles Lee interviewed Eugene Cho.  It was really interesting that, although these two influential leaders had been blog friends for awhile now, this weekend was their first face-to-face interaction!

  • Why do you blog?  Many reasons… pains him to see friends in print business, but shift in how we obtain info, how we learn things, blogging is part of that change
  • Why did you start your anti-poverty organization?
    • Born out of family life, developing compassion
    • His kids, watching poverty on TV, asked him, “Is this real?” Yes. “What are you doing about it?”
  • One Day’s Wages
    • Their family gave up one year’s wages — selling off other assets to give $100,000; encouraging people to give up one day’s wages in fight against global poverty
    • We’re not asking people to do anything we’re not willing to do
    • Over 300,000 in Facebook group — everyone might not give up one day’s wages, but there might be 500,000 hits on their website
    • Exciting because shows how world is connected
    • Your ideas and your perseverance will be tested

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    I’m still a total Twitter newbie (despite my total Twitter avalanche – Twit-alanche? — from The Idea Camp).  And yet, I already find my writing being Twitter-ized… 140 characters or less!  So, here are my bullet-pointed, tweetified notes from the panel discussion on leadership with Eugene Cho, Scott Hodge and Dave Gibbons.

    What is leadership?

    • Dave Gibbons: leadership is servanthood; servanthood is building trust and bearing pain
    • Eugene Cho: simply a leader is someone who leads, but the key question is really how do you lead?

    Can you share what contrarian church leadership looks like?

    • David Gibbons: typically, structure is hierarchical
    • Usually focus on strengths, giftedness, passion – end up with consumeristic perspective on a person
    • Look at what is their weakness and pain instead – listen to metanarratives of a person’s life to find out who they really are
    • Important to search out obedience – so how do you promote obedience?

    What is the Third Culture mindset and will?

    • Dave Gibbons: Third Culture in a word, “Adaptation”; in two words, “painful adaptation”
    • It is a supernatural thing to love someone not like you

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    This morning, started with panel discussion, Engaging Local Poverty, with Mark Horvath, David Ruis, Greg Russinger and Grace Yi.

    I came in a little bit late, but the panelists shared some really important parts of what it means to engage people (not just developing more programs):

    • The church must move from event-driven, sales-quota organization to a compassionate heart.
    • Compassionate = to suffer with.  If you’re going to live as one who is socially involved, must learn reciprocal relationships with others, learn to suffer with them.  Attitude: I’m going to invest in others, rather than swoop in and save them.
    • Attitude of have’s against the have-not’s breeds arrogance.  Mercy, not sacrifice; friendship, not condescension.
    • David Ruis:We don’t really know if we’re helping unless we’re listening
    • Mark Horvath: If every church just helped one homeless person, thousands would be helped in every city
    • Online question: If a church gets the message loud and clear and wants to start a friendship-based outreach — Greg Russinger: Takes time, listening, the monastic disciplines of attentiveness, reverence for another human being
    • Greg Russinger: Welcoming the stranger creates disequilibirum in your life. Of all the things Jesus lists in Matthew 25,welcoming the stranger most reveals your heart, including judgments, biases, etc.
    • Move away from NIMBY (not in my backyard) attitude