Oh Say Can You See

Many of us look but don’t really see.  Or we look at things in the same way over and over.  It’s time to see something revolutionary (yes, you will have some 4th of July references throughout this blog.)  For example,  watching 4th of July fireworks I took my glasses off.  Instead of seeing individual lights in the fireworks, it looked like a complex cell organism.  OK, I’m blind as a bat without my glasses, but what a cool perspective.  I had never done that before.  Have you either taken your glasses off or put on special glasses?  What type of perspective does that give you?

How else can you “take off the glasses?”  Adam Shames, founder of http://www.kreativity.net has written a participatory musical, the Malaise County Fair.  No longer does the audience sit passively by but they interact with the actors and the sets and become a part of the musical. How cool is that!  Independence for the audience.

Wal-Mart after many years won approval from the Chicago City Council to build Wal Mart Express stores in the city, especially in huge areas of need that aren’t served by enough grocery stores.   What a great idea.  They have first decided to build in the over served north side area, with high profitability flashing in their eyes. Let’s hope they quickly follow that with meeting the needs of the under served, or perhaps a Super MINI Target may want to come in and grab that opportunity.  Time for some bold moves like America’s founding fathers had.

Opportunities are all around us, we just need to either take our glasses off (or put them on) to see them.  Groupon,  Southwest Airlines, and Peapod all filled needs that we didn’t know existed.  Be a visionary and find out what you can see, by the dawn’s early light.


About hprager

Father, husband, brother and son. Delighted to be friends and mentor to so many wonderful people. Passionate about: leadership, learning and development, education, nature and the environment, youth, music, jazz, the tuba, Israeli dancing, networking and helping others, humor, laughter, swimming, hiking, the Cubs, Northwestern athletics, theater, musicals, concerts, traveling and making new friends wherever I go. Helping the world be a better place when I leave it.
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1 Response to Oh Say Can You See

  1. Jean Pudlo says:

    In my work redirecting a failing YWCA in recent years, the best work I did for them was when I wasn’t there. Then, I wasn’t putting out the “fires”, but could step back and begin to see more clearly what was right and what was not with the organization. Only then could I begin to envision some pathways forward and bring other people into the visioning. Because initially, the only thing clear is that the current path would not work. No one could see if there even was a way forward (too much “smoke” I guess).

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