Think Pond Enterprises is a design project that centers on connecting people who want to reimagine their work in a changing world and create their own opportunities for fulfillment and profit. A think pond consists of five to ten people who share a quest to explore, expand, and exercise their capabilities, interests, and aspirations through collaborative projects of their own invention.
This site is for you if you find it hard to foresee what educational credentials, innovations, career moves, projects, and business ventures will secure your future and fulfill your dreams…. If you yearn for work that is meaningful and fulfilling but worry about income…. If you feel the weight of local and global problems but wonder whether you can make a difference…. If you struggle to keep your eyes on tomorrow’s exciting but risky career opportunities while holding on to the security of today’s familiar path.
Many of us are asking those questions in this global, digital, diverse economy. Some are already confronting the dilemmas they pose. Helping each other craft new ways of responding is the mission of Think Pond Enterprises.
The first step is realizing that we all possess four capabilities which underlie everything we accomplish in the world. Regardless of your occupation or age or location or education or wealth, you have been using and developing these four capabilities in your own way, at your own pace. You will continue to do this throughout your life.
These are your four elemental capabilities:
- You can dream. You daydream, make wishes, and experience little flashes of possibility when you encounter an exciting new place or idea, when you are struggling with challenges, or when you are growing weary of the way things are.
- You can learn. Learning is often how you solve problems and adjust to change. It infuses even those things you do for pure enjoyment or relaxation.
- You can create. Sometimes you use your know-how and logic to respond to circumstances, problems, challenges, opportunities, and aspirations. Or maybe you use imagination and artistry to add beauty, joy, and variety to the world.
- You can venture. When it is time to make a change or start something new, you plan and act, making sure all the pieces come together.
If you took the time to consider these four capabilities, you have taken the first step toward the possibilities that await you. The second step is to think about how you have been using these capabilities and how you would like to use them. The third step is asking yourself these questions:
How might I endeavor to use these capabilities with greater passion, intention, and discipline? How might that endeavor become an enterprise that would fulfill me and expand my opportunities–maybe even change my life?
As you reflect, you may begin to see possibilities and envision enterprises that have the potential to secure your future. enrich your life, or give something valuable to the world.
Chances are, those enterprises are as challenging as they are exciting. Thinking about obstacles–the time, the risks, the loss of income, the unknowns, the gaps in your skills–may make them seem beyond your grasp.
One way to extend your reach is to join or start a think pond.
Think ponds are communities in which people merge their diverse ideas, knowledge, skills, and projects to pursue enterprises that otherwise would be lost.
You can start a think pond with a small group of individuals who know and believe in each other. Your think pond can be a sounding board, a testing ground, or a cheering section when you face or seek change. The group can be fluid and flexible, continually reconfiguring itself to serve its members’ purposes. Members may converge and then diverge, each pursuing his or her own project with the knowledge that the creative energies and complementary skills of their think pond are there when they need support at critical points.
At the very least, you will have good conversation about ideas, creative work, career challenges, or community issues. Your passion, intention, and discipline may rise to the next level and beyond.
Eventually–in your own time–you will become poised to carry your ideas and solutions forward into the marketplace for profit, into the public sphere for the good of others and the enrichment of the culture, or just into a wider conversation that could lead to something no one has yet conceived.