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  • 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 6:12 pm on August 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    What’s Your Slogan? 

    It’s amazing, that feeling when you hit on a slogan that is really you.

    For me, it’s this one of Dr Seuss, that sums up my whole life since I left home at eighteen.

    “From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere!”
    ― Dr. Seuss, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

    What slogan says it all for you?’

     
    • themysticmom 5:14 am on August 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Great question! I think I have several. One of my favorites came in an anniversary card from my in- laws: “Everywhere you go becomes a part of you somehow.”. This is so soothing for those of us who like to grow “deep roots,” but are all too often uprooted and transplanted again! 🙂

  • Brigit Law 10:32 pm on May 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Summer Reading Program   

    Summer Reading improves Creative Minds at Scotland Elementary 

    Dr Seuss, Walt Disney and Shakespeare: these are the three protagonists in the new Summer Reading Hand Book 2012 that I created in my new capacity of PTA chairperson for the Summer Reading Program 2012 at Scotland Elementary in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

    Over 400 copies are ready to go out to all students during this week’s Scholastic Book Fair.

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    • themysticmom 1:50 pm on May 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      So proud to know you and all this hard work! You are AMAZING! (Plus, thinking on a grand scale might be another thing we have in common! Remind me to tell you THAT story another time… :))

    • DeniseDenkt 2:50 pm on May 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      What a beautiful and inspiring project is this! We should have that here in Holland too.
      I’m sure that all children will like this!

  • Brigit Law 11:54 pm on February 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Trot, And You’ll Lead! 

    It’s not new when I say that horse riding contains many metaphors for good, creative leadership. You may know many yourselves.

    I started horse riding four years ago at the same time I started my own business. I am not a very demanding and egocentric by nature and – therefore- not natural leader. I neither feel the urge to proof something to my friends or family – a proven help in successful leadership -, so I was well advised by a Swedish friend to take up horse riding to get the hang of good leadership.

    And it pays off, in particular because of my wonderful American instructor Judie.

    Here are a couple of equestrian principles she thought me which I like to share with you as food for thought in business leadership:

    1. Post Bigger when trotting, not smaller. In English riding one is tempted to post smaller in an effort to stop a horse going t0o fast, but the opposite is true. When you want a horse (or organization) to go more slowly and in controlled manner, start posting bigger.

    2. Don’t Focus, just Be Aware. Whilst many management gurus and alpha-male leaders advocate that ‘Focus’ is the key to success in business, equestrian leadership will tell you that ‘Being Aware’ is a better key to good leadership. Putting a strong focus on something particular means that one does not see or sense other important signals (in an organization).

    3. Use Your Space. Horse riding is a mirror to how we cut short our corners if we are not conscious of all the free space around us. Cutting corners short means more difficult turns and more stress. In communications & leadership this is also explained by (not) using ‘white space’ in writing or by getting active in the ‘complexity quadrant’ of Dave Snowden’s  Cynefin. There is much to say for showing leadership where the situation complex, though much less crowded.

    These are my favorite thoughts that help me to keep my leadership skills in form. What are yours?

     
  • Brigit Law 4:46 pm on December 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2012, behavior, , , trends   

    New Trend for 2012: Social: Yes! Media: No! 

    According to new Dutch trend predictions for 2012 anything and everyone media savvy like Foursquare is out of fashion and anonymity is the new ‘cool’.

    Here follows a very telling selection of what is popular in 2012 as listed today in Vrouw, an insert in the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf:

    Quality

    Anonymity

    AZ (as opposed to media savvy Ajax)

    To love each other (rather than getting married)

    Radio (as opposed to TV)

    Serving Leadership build on thrust and achievements

    Simplicity

    Old fashion (made) pictures

    Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (as opposed to self enrichment)

    Say yes to moving

    Saving

    Pure Nature

    Depth (as opposed to superficiality)

    Crowdfunding (as opposed to Good Cause)

    Full sentences (as opposed to abbreviations)

    I love this human skill of true resilience: making whatever economic situation hot and trendy and 2012 it is depression, slump and malaise that will bring us together in a more simple and less pretentious fashion.

    Despite what all marketing agencies say, when I read this list, I conclude that for 2012 there will be more Social but less Media. And that is probably a good thing.

    Happy 2012!

     
  • Brigit Law 3:02 am on December 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Ook fouten maken is perceptie 

    Vandaag sprak ik met een jonge Nederlandse student en goede vriend van mij over het maken van fouten. Nu heb ik het hier niet over het maken van fouten in de wereld van feiten, maar in de wereld van opinie. Tenenkrommend was het voor mij te horen hoe het maken van fouten in het geven van een oordeel hem onzeker en moedeloos maken. En dat in een land als Nederland waar studenten geproduceerd worden die hun mening kunnen en durven  geven. Dat wil dus niet zeggen dat Nederlandse studenten en afgestudeerden ook veel beter tegen kritiek kunnen dan hun minder hard roepende collega’s in de buurlanden. Als het om perceptie gaat, is iedereen even gevoelig. Hierin zit ‘m dan ook de knoop.

    A knot by Brigit Law

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