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  • Brigit Law 11:16 pm on May 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Journalism, , PTA   

    Kids Minds Matter 

    Last week, I started with a new – the second – team of Scottie Chronicle reporters, and this evening I finished their ‘Reporter Survival Pack’ with worksheets, letter to parents, Tips & Tricks in journalism, as well as the necessary candy treats, pens and block notes (see picture below).

    These groups of school kids are one of the best things I have experienced in my time in the US.

    Compared to Europe, the American PTA has amazed me. So much more support from parents seems to be needed here, and so much more can be achieved when parents and teachers work together. Compared to Europe where parental support is often limited to lice control, reading mom/dad or Christmas party, the American PTA opens doors to parents to set up Science Fairs, Book Fairs, National Reflections Art Awards programs, Spelling Bees, and much more.

    Inspired by the American spirit of ‘The Sky Is The Limit’ (as long as you are willing to execute your own ideas), I became the CEO of my own PTA program: The Scottie Chronicle – a school news paper for my kids’ Scotland Elementary school in Chambersburg, PA.

    Working with these kids brought me closer to my quest to understand better the way humans communicate. How much can kids critical minds bring to an organization, a community, a school? And, are we really listening to them? Can we let them lead us in how we should lead them?

    One thing is for sure, not listening to the perceptive minds of kids or watching them grow up with our full attention, will keep us falling behind in social development and economic prosperity.

    In the end it is like horse riding: you can only lead a horse if you let the horse educate you on it’s needs.

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  • Brigit Law 4:59 pm on December 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Crowd funding: Will it break relationships? 

    A good friend of mine, with whom I talk a lot about my work in raising funds for education, art, culture in schools as well as therapeutic horseback riding, pointed out a news headline to me, to which I felt compelled to react: Crowd funding: Will it break relationships?

    When I moved to the US and got bombarded with local fundraisers, the same question came to my mind. I live in a small community where participating in fundraisers is a community building exercise. There is simply no soccer for my son without donations raised by the soccer ‘crowd’. And more importantly, my kids school can not reach decent academic standards without donations raised by the school ‘crowd’. As a European, used to social system, my first questions was: Do I need to support all fundraisers? My second question: Will people like me less if I don’t support ‘their’ fundraisers?

    After some sleepless nights, I think I found some answers.

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  • Brigit Law 4:57 pm on November 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bullying, , ISUBD,   

    Bullying: It’s a world wide challenge! 

    In the lead up to the International Stand-up to Bullying Day (ISUBD), the 5th graders of Mrs Zychal’s class at Scotland Elementary in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, did a great job in identifying the powers one needs to combat bullying. Laser vision, super hearing and transforming were some of them. (More …)

     
  • Brigit Law 12:21 am on September 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    ‘Purpose Gets Personal’: The New Way at Edelman PR 

    The world’s largest PR firm Edelman has launched a new website, focusing on two of my favorite professional themes: [leadership through] complexity and diversity (‘Life In Color’).

    I got completely hooked up to their Purpose Around The World study, resulting in the ‘Purpose Gets Personal’ and ‘Me in We’ outcomes (see image below). These are outcomes I see around me too and I feel completely connected to them as a communications professional and hobbyist. It seems that Edelman employees are spot on with their revamped company strategy and offering of PR solutions.

    However …. , I also see a short coming (More …)

     
  • Brigit Law 11:42 pm on September 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Autism, , Freedom, Horese riding therapy, Paralympics, Special Needs   

    Going for a Ride … to Freedom! 

    Horses, kids and people with special needs are ‘my thing’. It took me a while to find it. In fact it took a whole move from the Low Lands (Europe) to America and 20 years of professional limboing between PR, Advertising, Trade Promotion work and Independent Communications Coaching , but I am glad I found it.

    Finding a golden medalist in the Paralympics somewhere tucked away in the corner of a Dutch newspaper (De Telegraaf) and without picture gives me the absolute creeps. After the ‘normal’ Olympics with Dutch medalists on the front page for days on end, a full page picture of the Paralypics medalist is an absolute must. These people should be respected for their achievements more than anyone.

    Can you imagine a person in a wheelchair, giving it 200% to stand up and get on a horse to enjoy riding like you and me? I can. A very special student I am helping at the therapeutic riding lessons does it.

    With a bit of help of all of us, children, people with special needs and others around us who need a little extra support, can do what we do.

    I say, that is the REAL ride to freedom. And it is the ONLY ride to democracy!

     
  • Brigit Law 11:31 pm on August 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Cultuurverschillen, , Down Town Chambersburg, , Fundraising, Vrijwilligers   

    American Fundraising: surprisingly different 

    Today I strolled down the streets of Down Town Chambersburg searching for donations for a live and silent auction benefiting therapeutic horseback riding in my local community.

    It was hot and I felt like an ice cream melting away on the pavement every time I had to stop for a ‘don’t walk’, which was at least six times in one hour for the three blocks I was doing.

    While I was going from shop to shop gaining my new American experience, the nuisance of professional media got to me again. Expat life does this to me every time I see that the reality of life in a certain country is always better portrayed in the media.

    So, allow me to set something right in our believes about fundraising in America.

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    • themysticmom 2:21 pm on August 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Wow! Having not yet traveled outside the US it was very interesting –and refreshing–to see the US through your eyes! I will be sharing this!! Always love your perspective on things, Brigit!!!

    • Lizzie's Words 10:46 pm on October 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Love the blog Brigit!

    • Gro 10:21 pm on November 25, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Very interesting to read, I appreciate the way you describe the challenges of being an european expat in the us

  • Brigit Law 9:57 pm on August 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , observer, relocation, , storyteller   

    Meet Me, Meet The Observer 

    What would you be if you had moved home and country every three years for the last 20 years? When you lived longer abroad than home? You would be like me:  a community Observer.

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  • Brigit Law 4:00 pm on August 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: autisme, Franklin County, huifbed, mensen met beperkingen, therapeutisch paardrijden, Waynesboro,   

    Paardrijden voor mensen met beperkingen wordt in Nederland te zwak ingekopt. 

    “Newsmaker Q&A: Stephanie Corum, Program Director for Franklin County 4-H Therapeutic Riding Center”

    Zo kopt de lokale krant in mijn tijdelijke thuisland Amerika met een mooie profielschets van een drijvende kracht achter paardrijden voor mensen met beperkingen in Franklin County, Pennsylvania.

    Waarom zie ik dit toch zo weinig in Nederland dat volgens Wikipedia nota bene de uitvinder van het huifbed is? Lees verder …

    Stepanie Ruff Corum

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  • Brigit Law 4:30 pm on August 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Architecture, , Erol Han Havaceken,   

    Communicating The True Colors of Society 

    Beautifully displayed, these true colors of society in name and paint!

    Photo by Erol Han Havaceken, currently featured by Art & Architecture on Facebook.

     
  • Brigit Law 5:46 pm on August 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Leadership: In three or four steps? 

    As an Storyteller & Leadership enthausiast, I like to work with script writing structures in my communication work, in particular the three-step approach: Beginning , Middle, and End.  

    As an Equestrian & Leadership enthausiast, however, I have recently started to work with the four-step approach: Request, Pressure, Response, and Reward.

    Why?

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    • Ashkuff 3:44 pm on August 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I totally feel people’s complaints that the gov’t “did not inform well enough.” During the 2004 Atlantic Hurricane Season, my disabled grandmother wasn’t able to evacuate very well, so my mother and I trailed behind with her.

      A State Representative I spoke with in 2011 scoffed at our behavior, and told me that the Red Cross could’ve outfitted my grandmother with a free wheelchair.

      Although that’s a pretty cool rescource, we weren’t informed about it until seven years after we needed it. Lolz.

      — Ashkuff | http://www.ashkuff.com | Bored with reading about others’ adventures? Burning to venture out yourself? Let this applied anthropologist remind you how.

    • Brigit Law 6:18 pm on August 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Unfortunately, crisis management is something people don’t want to communicate about until it is (too) late. A compulsary download of a Red Cross App would be no luxery in today’s world.

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