Seriously, what is this?
It’s an extension of the philosophy that has made Borgess Run Camp the largest camp in America. It’s not dissimilar to the platform that has made Girls on the Run so effective in changing young lives. It’s about reaching out to help others without proselytizing or suggesting there’s one way for people to get healthier, and allowing them to do so on their own terms. It’s about learning from others and growing as we learn.
So, is it for running?
There’s no running or working out during the times that Let’s Learn to Lead participants gather. It’s not aimed exclusively at the running community. We expect runners and walkers will participate, because there is so much leadership now in the running and walking communities.
How, exactly, will this work?
The methodology is not prescribed. We expect individuals, in teams of six, to share their own successes and failures to Welcome, Inform and Nurture others out in the community. They’ll share their ideas with a larger cohort, and those cohorts will contribute to the work of the entire project.
The project has structure, but depends on the freedom and flexibility that comes with being open to learn from one another. Or as John Michael Montgomery puts it: “Life’s a dance. You learn as you go.”
Why not get into the schools where change can REALLY take place?
Schools, youth sports programs and nonprofit organizations have their own important agendas and work programs. Ours is not a program as such. It’s more grassroots – organic if you will – and more ad hoc.
And why not work on the public policy?
Many people address public policy and health issues. That’s not the focus of this project.
How will we know if we’ve succeeded?
People in academe and public health are watching, but we’ve not signed on to a specific measurement process. We succeed when we change individual lives. In turn, we’re a stronger, healthier community.