May 25, 2011
In our second meeting we began with discussing their artistic Mission. I was skeptical about discussing mission all the way at the end of their training series, as opposed to at the start. But it was a good choice. The artists had synthesized their thoughts and the bar had been raised on their level of professionalism in their ability to talk clearly about the business of their art.
As we explored Mission many of the artists had "Aha!" moments as they stood at the front of the room and diagrammed their Vision and Values. I explained that Mission is the vehicle they choose to pursue their Vision, and Values inform the choices they make in how they operate that vehicle. Many artists or even corporations may have the same Vision - how they ideally see the world - but their Values and Mission are what makes them unique in that pursuit.
As the artists explored their Mission it was a slow and thoughtful process and I took on the role of the facilitator. As they put ideas out on the flip chart I would ask them, "To what end do you make this art? What is your greater intention?" to get them to their Vision. For Mission I would ask, "How do you bring these Values and Vision to the world?" That's when they would have their "Aha!" moment.
It was a beautiful process to foster. Those epiphany moments of clarity are fulfillment of my Mission of helping artists realize their fullest potential towards my Vision of people living their dreams.
May 23, 2011
May 21, 2011
In an Article by JESSE McKINLEY in this week's New York Times state, "OAKLAND, Calif. — If Harold Camping and his followers are correct, Gertrude Stein’s famous comment about Oakland — that there is no there there — may finally be true. If not, some local churchgoers say they will set up encampments outside the headquarters of Mr. Camping, the self-proclaimed biblical soothsayer who has prophesied the end of the world on Saturday, with an eye toward consoling the disappointed."
To celebrate the occasion I am attending an end-of-the-world party tonight, ironically located on a boat - very Noah-like, at which we will eat all of our favorite foods just in case the world is ending.
May 19, 2011
I felt like a trask master, forcing them to tweet and Facebook about the event. This was ironic since I'm usually saying, "get off Facebook and stop texting!" Today I kept saying, "Fan that page, Like that photo, follow us on Twitter and update your posts!"
Our fashion show is on June 18, themed Fashion Line Up, at the SF Design Center. Last year's show was spectacular - I had a blast. Looking forward to another memorable event this year.
May 15, 2011
Diana went up two of the comedians and said, "Hi guys, can you tell me what's so funny about lesbians? All of your acts poked fun at lesbians and I want to understand what makes lesbians funny." The comedians were totally taken off guard and started to back away from their statements made on stage. "I didn't make fun of lesbians" said one of them. "Yes you did" was our response and we recited back his joke about how lesbians were stupid because they were getting artificial insemination to have families instead of adopting. "Well, that's not really how I feel, if I could do an album of my other jokes they wouldn't be about lesbians." Huh? Another comedian said to us, "I hope we weren't offensive." I stepped in and said, "Diana's sincerely interested in your response, she really wants to understand what's so funny about lesbians."One of the comedians offered, "people laugh when they are uncomfortable and sexual topics make for good laughs." Hum, the jokes weren't about sex, they were about family values.
During our drive home Diana and I chatted a long time about the post-show interaction. She thought that maybe instead of asking "tell me what's so funny" she should have been more direct and have said, "that wasn't funny." I disagreed. Asking them to explain was actually a teaching moment. "Yeah, they will probably rethink their jokes before doing them again next time" concluded Diana.
May 14, 2011
May 10, 2011
- Went on a morning walk and a woman stopped me to point out a nest of baby humming birds.
- During the walk my sister called and we coordinated my visit to see the family in June/July.
- On the same walk I passed a woman watering her garden which featured the biggest roses I've ever seen and we momentarily chatted about their size and beauty.
- Returning home from the walk I encountered my favorite neighborhood cat Lowkei who gave me cat kisses.
Looking forward to finding more love this week.