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  • Brigit Law 10:09 pm on May 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , media, School newspaper, ,   

    An Elementary School Newspaper Success Story 

    So glad to see that my school newspaper program ‘The Scottie Chronicle’ received local media attention today. It is the first school newspaper in the Chambersburg Elementary School District.

    http://www.publicopiniononline.com/news/ci_23244062/scotland-schools-pupils-apply-english-skills-publish-newspaper

    It is crucial that everyone receives tools to get heard, even the smallest creatures in our community.

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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 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 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 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.

  • Brigit Law 5:49 pm on July 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Change Management, , , Julia Roberts, , Mona Lisa,   

    Change comes … naturally. 

    Just like the equestrian world is talking about natural horsemanship, the managerial world should start talking (more) about natural change management.

    I just watched the film Mona Lisa smile on TV, a film set in 1953 with Julia Roberts as the art teacher Ms Watson who tries to inspire conservative young women in the 1950s to reach beyond their role as housewife, go to university and become leaders in society. Ms Watson, who used art to help her students to think out of the box, was desperate to make a change, but almost failed because of driving it too hard.

    I did not know the film, nor that it would be on TV tonight. So, it felt a real treat that I bumped onto this great movie among the tons of stuff I don’t like on TV.

    The beauty of this film comes at the end. The film follows the great classic storytelling technique with a clear moral and message for society where people (women) can relate to for years to come. People’s ‘wanting’ was trying to overshadow people’s ‘being’ and the ‘conscious & controlled behavior’ tried to win from the ‘subconscious & natural behavior’.

    Fortunately, the latter won. As the film says at the end:

    Don’t try to hard too make a change. Just be true to yourself and change will come …, naturally.

     
  • Brigit Law 5:48 pm on June 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , EquiCoaching, , Stap 1-2-3   

    Step 1-2-3 

    A Dutch friend of mine started her own business in EquiCoaching called ‘Step 1-2-3’. 

    This sounds like a great name to me. It reminds me of the three part-view of a story, a journey, a program or a project: The Beginning, The Middle and The End. A creative adventure to lead change …

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    • Ruth Tearle 6:26 am on June 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Bridget, I like your fresh idea of using a “beginning, middle and end story” with change management.

      It resonates with the whole Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey – which is in the following blog.

      http://www.changedesigns.net/_blog/Change_Designs_Blog/post/Creating_heroes_The_story_behind_cultural_change_management/

      • Brigit Law 5:27 pm on June 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Ruth, Thanks for your reference to Joseph Campbell’s hero story. He is right when he says: “When we ask our employees to ‘change’ we are asking them to forsake the world they know, and to commit to going on a journey…” A journey that does not bring people back to the home they know as most people on a holiday do, but to a new and fresher home based on new personal achievements and insights as real travellers (story hero’s) do. A new home that may be situated in the same old brick walls.

  • 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 10:24 pm on May 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Creative Writing – Why everyone should learn it 

    Actually, it is quite difficult, creative writing. Why? Because the goal of creative writing is to move beyond sharing information and express thoughts, opinions and feelings on a subject. Nevertheless, it is extremely important for anyone to learn to do it as it is one of the best ways to generate new ideas and solutions in our communities.

    True creative writing is the only way to get inspired by and to inspire others with. It’s really is great stuff for advancing in leadership, education, economic growth en social enrichment.

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    • beckony 10:39 pm on May 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      One reason I dislike the emphasis on math and science is because I think they’re useless without an equal emphasis on creative thought. No one ever made a groundbreaking discovery by thinking the same way everyone else did, yet as a society we are so likely to dismiss the artists and the writers because they aren’t “useful.” In reality I think culture is just as important as hard sciences.

  • Brigit Law 2:06 pm on May 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    How to make sense of the second half of once life 

    I was warned about the challenges of moving internationally while being pregnant and the advice was ‘Don’t move if you are pregnant’. But advice is there to be ignored, so I ended up moving internationally with every single pregnancy, which was four times round. However, there is one other challenge beside begin pregnant, which I did not know about and should never be ignored.

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    • theridingwriter 3:35 pm on May 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t think it’s just moving to a new country. I wonder the same things myself. What did I accomplish in the first half of my life. Is that it? What do I do now? I think a lot of us struggle with these same questions. So take comfort in the feeling that you are not alone!

    • themysticmom 4:12 pm on May 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      That’s the spirit, Brigit! You are a talented and amazing woman, with much to show for your hard work. You’ve earned a good night’s sleep and then some! Enjoy it!

    • by Quipa | Maris (@greatID) 5:25 am on May 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Wat een eerlijke blog! Elke keer is het dus weer anders.. Ik merkte zelf dat verhuizen als je jezelf redelijk gevestigd hebt je confronteert met zaken waar je nooit over nadacht. Het impact van (het missen van) je netwerk bijvoorbeeld. Het verhuizen is niet moeilijk, maar het vestigen is de ware kunst.

      • Brigit Law 11:49 am on May 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Je hebt absoluut gelijk. Verhuizen is een ware kunst en een kunde!

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