Think Ponds are intentional communities where individuals help each other in cultivating and nurturing their ideas, skills, and passion projects.
Think Ponds respond to accelerating changes in work, learning, technology, media, and community. They can foster the intellectual growth, imagination, creativity, collaborative spirit, and entrepreneurial vitality that may be the best hope in what some are calling a “jobless recovery.” They can create a convergence of creative energies and complementary skills that brings promising ideas out of the shadows and into the marketplace. They can be a sounding board, testing ground, or cheering section for those who are facing or seeking a change.
Four essential lifelong enterprises provide the framework for Think Pond conversations and collaborations:
- Dream chasing. Exploring possibilities and envisioning your desired future. Inventing the job and career that will both fulfill you and make a positive difference. Seeking ways to share and maximize your assets and talents.
- Life-embedded learning. Taking advantage of the numerous learning opportunities surrounding you. Continually investigating what you know and what you think you know. Consciously developing and applying new skills. Deepening the meaning and significance of your encounters with people, environments, and projects.
- Solution crafting. Looking at experiences, images, and cultural expressions from different perspectives. Bringing an artistic sensibility and design thinking into whatever you do. Thinking creatively and collaboratively about how to respond to circumstances, problems, challenges, opportunities, and aspirations.
- Entrepreneurial experimentation.Thinking about and testing ways to carry your ideas and solutions forward into the marketplace for your profit, into the public sphere for the good of others and the enrichment of the culture, or just into a wider conversation for their continued development and enrichment.
Think Ponds bring those individual enterprises into a common space. Members explore the possibilities that lie in connecting diverse ideas, knowledge, skills, and projects and sometimes create interdependent relationships that allow ideas and projects to go forward.