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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Dear Hannah: changED (Volume 1) (The Album / Mixtape)


 
Dear Hannah,

Tradition begins and ends with change.

Everything must change - and STAY changED.

I hope the songs below help to show the path.


Love,


Daddy


Derrick Brown & Knowledgebase Present ...
"changED (Volume 1)"

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Number
Title (Click Link For Lyrics)
Notes
Video
1.       
Creating change requires a "real-time" battle plan that can GRASPP, evaluate, and adjust in the middle of a fight.
2.       
You can make a whole new song - that speaks to our present-day plight - out of song & movie titles from albums & CDs that you have "sitting in the crates".
3.       
"Spare me all these details, man ... just tell me what I need to know (about life)."
4.       
Sometimes the cause masks the agenda.

Sometimes the cause masks our issues.
5.       
We have to keep the 7 “mind molding” institutions (religion, medicine, government, arts & entertainment, media, education, and the family) honest, accountable, and true to the game by following the rules of self-control ...
6.       
Power is the ability to work efficiently - that is, via wise and skillful use of resources, interests, communication, and expertise.
7.       
Segments of our society are marginalized because of their knowledge.

They see and say an uncomfortable truth about how we sometimes get in our own way.
8.       
"Culture" and "tradition" are often misnomers for "this is how we do it, and it ain't changing."

Everything must change, though - and STAY changed.
9.       
Equality depends on opportunity AND circumstances.

Work to create both for people ...
10.    
The times, they are a changin' - but the challenges are still the same ...


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Monday, December 18, 2017

Dear Hannah: LEarning (Marketing 2 Point 0)



 
Dear Hannah,

My name is Derrick.

I have one purpose today.

I want to tell people who I am, and what I do, hope, and dream about ...

I am a standup storyteller.

I use spoken word (poetry), rapping, teaching, oration, singing,  writing, producing, and directing to cast hopeful visions of creative, robust solutions to the problems of our existing state.

Let's say that another way.

I want to challenge and change long-standing traditions.

Tradition begins and ends with change.

Everything must change - and STAY changED.

Change begins with me and the renewing of my mind.

It continues through my efforts to disciple – that is, to equip others to equip others.

I renew my mind through conversations - in classrooms, churches, conferences, city council meetings, concert halls, chat rooms, and cyphers.

I am on a journey that will lead me to facilitate a kind of conversation that is inspired by my renewal experiences ...

... one that puts all these conversation venues on the same menu - feel me?

Let me share my journey's progress over the last year ...


Love,

Daddy


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"LEarning (Marketing 2.0)"
By Derrick Brown
10-20-2017

My name is Derrick.

I have one purpose today.

I want to tell people who I am, and what I do, hope, and dream about ...

I am a standup storyteller.

I use spoken word (poetry), rapping, teaching, oration, singing,  writing, producing, and directing to cast hopeful visions of creative, robust solutions to the problems of our existing state.

Let's say that another way.

I want to challenge and change long-standing traditions.

Tradition begins and ends with change.

Everything must change - and STAY changED.

Change begins with me and the renewing of my mind.

It continues through my efforts to disciple – that is, to equip others to equip others.

I renew my mind through conversations - in classrooms, churches, conferences, city council meetings, concert halls, chat rooms, and cyphers.

I am on a journey that will lead me to facilitate a kind of conversation that is inspired by my renewal experiences ...

... one that puts all these conversation venues on the same menu - feel me?

Let me share my journey's progress over the last year ...


About Derrick Brown (Principal Consultant)
 

I am Keisha's husband, and Hannah's father.

My *other* passion is empowering people via methods that balance skill & will, analysis & synthesis, ideas & execution, and activity & achievement.

I am the product of my mentoring relationships, peacemaking (and peacekeeping), and problem-solving ability.

I am a publisher, filmmaker, executive coach & registered mediator with engineering degrees from Clemson and Georgia Tech.

My education began when I finished school.

After school, I enrolled in a lifelong curriculum that includes the following classes ...

  • ministry (serving people)
  • entrepreneurship (developing solutions that serve people)
  • stewardship (taking care of relationships, possessions, talents, body, mind, and time)
  • literacy (reading & writing skills)
  • numeracy (math skills)
  • language (communication skills)
  • self-expression (sharing "who you are")
  • self-identity (knowing "who you are")
  • analysis & synthesis (solving problems & sharing solutions)

KnowledgeBase is a ministry that has evolved from wisdom earned through lessons learned.

I want to share this wisdom to build teams of "triple threat" fellows - mentors, mediators, and problem solvers.

We will collaborate in simple, powerful ways that allow us to help people.

I now know that power is work done efficiently (with wise and skillful use of resources, interests, communication, and expertise).

Copyright © 2017 Derrick  Brown. All Rights Reserved.


Monday, December 11, 2017

Dear Hannah: LEarning (The Messenger (Speak Your Peace))



 
Dear Hannah,

We are all messengers for different audiences.

Sometimes your message will not find its audience ...

... until you learn how to speak your peace.

Say what you have to say ...

... but tell your truth with grace.


Love,



Daddy


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"LEarning (Messenger (Speak Your Peace))"
By Derrick Brown
11-9-2017
[begin intro]

we are all messengers
for different audiences.

sometimes your message
will not find its audience

until you learn how
to speak your peace ...

i'm sayin' ... say
what you have to say

but tell your
truth with grace

... listen ...


[VERSE 1]

got a hair trigger
i ain't hard to figure

ready to deliver
verbal judo shiver

but my voice is
one of my choices

issa thin line
I think I de-fine

as "gotta share, but ..."
"can't make nobody care ..."

no viral headlines
video_rewinds

reposted_reminds
controlling_designs

'yet and still it's true
world is waiting 2

what u gon do boo boo?
do what u gotta do

exit the phone booth
go head and tell your truth

do your super sleuth
with a l'il couth

some will hear with fear
and may not understand

some will tune you out
"ain't tryin 2 hear this, man"

some will blow you off
call you a crazy man

they cannot see you
indivisible man

some will hear the call
then wanna hear the plan

now to those folks ...

[Chorus / Hook]
... you are The Messenger
... now tell 'em ...


[VERSE 2]

that the race ain't won
till the race is run

by my daughter's son
each generation

gotta lose the blame
get past the shame

ignore the fame
ignore acclaim

respect your name
avoid the lame

improve your aim
ignite your flame

build your frame
work your game

stake your claim
expect the same

from minds that meet
move their feet

hit the street
remove the sheet

separate
chaff from wheat

ideas concrete
plans discreet

then compete
rinse and repeat

snow or sleet
rain or heat

conquer conceit
conquer defeat

don't win - don't cheat
don't work - don't eat

[Chorus / Hook]
... that message was
for the home team

... now we gotta take
this show on the road ...


[VERSE 3]

(beat changes ...)

In the last year, I have ventured
beyond my comfort zone - and have
been reintroduced to myself ...

I have harnessed and cultivated
talents that I have always had,
and have learned to use them in
new, creative, powerful ways.

Lots of folks know little about
my hopes and dreams, or my REAL
talents.

I often feel trapped in the
temple of their familiar.

They see me how they see me ...
and how they see me ain't none
of my business.

So my next message has to
reintroduce myself to each
who has ears to hear ...
and call us to greater levels
of relationship, LEarning,
thinking, leadership,
and direct, strategic
action ...

... then I'll tell 'em ...


[VERSE 4]

(back to original beat ...)

freedom of speech
means come correct

be quick to listen
and respect

cast your vote
but then elect

a manner that
is circumspect

know your foe
self-protect

communicate
outside your sect

crack the code
then detect

investigate
and inspect

redeem the time
then collect

initiate
then select

participate
and interject

ideas produced
from intellect

analyses
that dissect

consider cause
and effect

influence
and affect

grow, consider
and reflect

'cause The Messenger
has to listen to LEarn.

[PROLOGUE]

I'm on a mission
to pursue change
through wisdom earned
from lessons learned ...

... and through relationships
built by tough conversations
where my job is both
to share my truth
and my peace ...

... to help me learn
how to get
out of my own way ...

... then get better
at helping somebody
to help somebody.

This journey has taught me
that these conversations
will accomplish nothing
if they don't change me

... by moving me to greater
depths of
acceptance
and affirmation ...

... and greater heights of
accountability
and authority.

Selah.

About Derrick Brown (Principal Consultant)
 

I am Keisha's husband, and Hannah's father.

My *other* passion is empowering people via methods that balance skill & will, analysis & synthesis, ideas & execution, and activity & achievement.

I am the product of my mentoring relationships, peacemaking (and peacekeeping), and problem-solving ability.

I am a publisher, filmmaker, executive coach & registered mediator with engineering degrees from Clemson and Georgia Tech.

My education began when I finished school.

After school, I enrolled in a lifelong curriculum that includes the following classes ...

  • ministry (serving people)
  • entrepreneurship (developing solutions that serve people)
  • stewardship (taking care of relationships, possessions, talents, body, mind, and time)
  • literacy (reading & writing skills)
  • numeracy (math skills)
  • language (communication skills)
  • self-expression (sharing "who you are")
  • self-identity (knowing "who you are")
  • analysis & synthesis (solving problems & sharing solutions)

KnowledgeBase is a ministry that has evolved from wisdom earned through lessons learned.

I want to share this wisdom to build teams of "triple threat" fellows - mentors, mediators, and problem solvers.

We will collaborate in simple, powerful ways that allow us to help people.

I now know that power is work done efficiently (with wise and skillful use of resources, interests, communication, and expertise).

Copyright © 2017 Derrick  Brown. All Rights Reserved.


Copyright © 2017 Derrick Brown and KnowledgeBase, Inc. All Rights Reserved.