What is your growing edge?
I often ask this question to bring a personal, living focus to the learning process. Some people hearing this question intuitively know what is being asked. If you are not among them, and are perhaps perplexed by the question, let me explain.
Each of us is in some way working to expand our capacities. We may be improving task-related skills, cultivating interpersonal or character strengths, gaining ability in a creative medium for personal fulfillment, increasing our health and fitness, or growing in some other arena.
Typically each of us has a drive to grow in several different areas at once. The question about your growing edge seeks to identify: What is most vibrant or alive for you at this moment?
Once I asked this question of a young teacher who had applied for a job. She initially laughed nervously, unsure about how to impress me — as a potential employer — with her answer. Yet she caught herself in that line of thinking, processed the question a bit more, and suddenly looked directly at me. “That’s a really excellent question,” she said, and went on to talk openly about the challenge of finding a job that not only used her skills but was truly connected with her sense of purpose in life. In identifying her growing edge, our interaction suddenly moved from formal to authentic.
Educational Design Associates is dedicated to that growing edge and authenticity, both in individuals and in organizations.
Like individuals, each nonprofit agency, school, faith organization, or other group has a growing edge. Occasionally this edge is reflected in a strategic plan that is collaboratively generated and actually used to guide action. More often, the edge is less clearly defined and understood. Appropriately managing their growing edge is how healthy organizations transform themselves and move to new levels of capacity. Failure by directors, trustees, and lead administrators to attend to the growing edge can be limiting or even catastrophic.
We hold that each individual is a growing, evolving person, and that each organization is a developing web of human and material resources. Educational Design Associates serves the growing edge in both individuals and groups.
You will find that transformative change is possible through our use of intentionally crafted needs identification, process facilitation, program development, and trainings. Taking your work to the next level is our specialty and our passion!
— Daniel Kirkpatrick, Lead Designer, Educational Design Associates
As a kid, I clearly recall the feelings swirling around the day after an election. My father had a penchant for fighting losing campaigns, which always made the day afterward -- following months of rallies, doorbelling, and meetings -- feel empty and pointless. ...read more
After extensive work canvassing for Washington’s Initiative 1631, the carbon reduction legislation that is now being voted upon, I have retreated to a tiny cabin in the islands to regroup and reconnoiter. It’s Halloween. Originally called Samhain, today is the ancient...read more
Educational Design Associates, LLC is making its first ever election endorsement, in support of Washington State Initiative 1631. EDA is a small business, expressly nonpartisan and mostly nonpolitical. We work with schools, youth programs, faith organizations, Native...read more
In the cool of the late Los Angeles evening, I walked through the core of the city, at one point clocking nearly a half mile without seeing a single tree or other living vegetation. Wow. I was in LA attending a conference of the Climate Reality Project hosted by Al...read more
I spent a half hour this morning in the company of a hummingbird. This is unusual. Mostly I see hummingbirds zipping past on their way somewhere, flitting and probing from one flower to the next, or performing grand sweeping dives, chattering in pursuit of mates. But...read more
The town of Ubud is like ice cream: It is a rich and wonderful place, but take in too much of it, and the pleasure disappears. On Valentine’s Day, I arose early and cruised Ubud seeking flowers and a latte for my sweetheart.read more
The final days of our time teaching English in Samasaman Village were quite enjoyable. We had developed a wonderful rapport with Intan, the resident teacher and a notably curious and bright individual. Having hired dozens of teachers over the years, I know what to...read more
The girl pumping gas into our scooter couldn’t have been more than 10 or 11 years old, but she had a wonderful warm smile. And she actually pumped the gas using a hand-crank pump on a tiny stand that might have been made in the 1940’s. Nonetheless, we bought our two...read more
Note: A change of scenery is often conducive to learning. The next few posts will contain stories and images of the author and his partner Lisa’s sojourn in Indonesia. The trip is largely educational and 're-creational,' though we also hope to contribute, however...read more
We’re well into January now, and most of us are falling into the routines that will characterize life in 2018. (Maybe they’re the exact same as our 2017 routines!) We call this the “New Year,” although for diversity’s sake, it’s worth noting that there are a variety...read more