Let me encourage you to read Blessed Unrest, by Paul Hawken. With each turn of a page, I sense something missing from NorthFork, even with all that is going on. It’s my sense the world doesn’t need another expert, someone who tells them what servant leadership is, and that their life would be so much better if they applied it to their life. For that matter, the world really doesn’t need another example either. We have many servant leaders who inspire us. Maybe it’s just me, but I am beginning to sense what the world really needs is results, and it needs them in a hurry.
For those who have been following along, NorthFork will continue its focus on young people. Obviously. At the same time, it will increase its attention on the Communities that embrace our young people, Communities that continue to help us make the connection between compassion and courage, Communities (armies, if you will) on front lines fighting battles like deforestation, world hunger, clean water, climate change, poverty, conservation, human rights, and peace. As Paul Hawkens points out, these Communities are already out there confronting issues like the destruction of the environment, abuses of free-market fundamentalism, social justice, and the loss of indigenous cultures. What’s missing, it seems, is the sub-structure, the thread weaving through these efforts pulling and organizing disparate actions together to confront salient issues with a force — a gentle force — that is sure to make a difference for centuries to come.
The world needs a serving culture led by men and women with servant hearts. The world needs a collective sense of purpose and a hope that tells them we, together, are moving in the right direction despite the many wrong turns of power, position, privilege, perks, and prestige. The world needs a torch bearer, a light on the hill that says, “We can do it. Keep going.” And the world needs Beacons of hope, love, and service. The world also needs assurance, affirmation, and action. It needs a place for our collective sense of purpose to call home.
NorthFork wants to be that home, a place where the serving nature of leadership provides the only foundation capable of effectively supporting — indeed, strengthening — the organization of the world’s movement of movements, thereby becoming an energy source that can give it form, direction, and magnitude.
The poet Adrienne Rich wrote, “I have cast my lot with those who, age after age, perversely, with no extraordinary power, reconstitute the world.” Imagine how that power becomes extraordinary if those busy reconstituting the world come together. Imagine how much good will come of that. Then, stop imagining, and help!
Become a Beacon for your little corner of our wonderful world.
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