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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Dear Hannah: LEarning (Shuttleworth Foundation Application Narrative (The Equalizer 2018))



 
Dear Hannah,

Our world is still dominated by forces that equate “equality” to “providing opportunities”.

These forces often provide opportunities that they control.

To the contrary, equality is predicated on both opportunity and circumstance.

Equality is achieved when societies provide opportunities and circumstances that create diverse, inclusive, and sensitive environments.

Those favored most by the status quo are not likely to help change it.

The opportunities and circumstances that create diverse, inclusive, and sensitive environments must be procured and created by the people who desire them most.

This requires the development of leaders with "equalizer" mindsets – those capable of being neutralizing authorities who balance power where deficits exist.

Power is work done efficiently (with wise and skillful use of resources, interests, communication, and expertise).

“Equalizers” who generate power and multiply themselves can create change.

I am an “equalizer”.


Love,

Daddy


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"LEarning (Shuttleworth Foundation Application Narrative)"
By Derrick Brown
4-28-2018

WHO AM I?

My name is "Derrick".

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

I am a “standup storyteller”.

I fuse rap, spoken word (poetry), oration (traditional public speaking), singing, and teaching into messages of hope, healing, and change that I write, direct, and produce to help people who help people.

Everything must change - and stay changED.

Tradition begins and ends with change.

Change begins with me and the renewing of my mind ... then continues through efforts to effect small-group discipleship (equipping others to equip others) with audiences that respect and embrace mentoring, mediation, and problem solving as tools of change.
I am the product of my mentoring relationships, peacemaking (and peacekeeping), and problem-solving ability.

My education began when I finished school.

After school, I enrolled in a lifelong curriculum that includes classes in ministry, entrepreneurship, stewardship, literacy, numeracy, language, self-identity, self-expression, and analysis / synthesis.]

This small-group discipleship approach executes 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 share our stories of hope, healing, and change with the world.

We will then collaborate in simple, powerful ways that allow us to help people who help people – by procuring and providing opportunities and circumstances that create diverse, inclusive, and sensitive environments.


OUR WORLD

Our world is still dominated by forces that equate “equality” to “providing opportunities”.

These forces often provide opportunities that they control.

To the contrary, equality is predicated on both opportunity and circumstance.

Equality is achieved when societies provide opportunities and circumstances that create diverse, inclusive, and sensitive environments.

Those favored most by the status quo are not likely to help change it.

The opportunities and circumstances that create diverse, inclusive, and sensitive environments must be procured and created by the people who desire them most.

This requires the development of leaders with "equalizer" mindsets – those capable of being neutralizing authorities who balance power where deficits exist.

Power is work done efficiently (with wise and skillful use of resources, interests, communication, and expertise).

“Equalizers” who generate power and multiply themselves can create change.

I am an “equalizer”.


WHAT WILL WE DO?

I will spend the fellowship year engaged in active, small-group discipleship with a fellowship cohort chosen through a competitive application and interviewing process.

The fellowship cohort will execute revenue-generating creative and consulting projects that will cover its operating costs.

I want to cover the cohort’s operating expenses (and increase its reach and influence) by …

(1) Hosting, recording, broadcasting (via YouTube) and podcasting (via Blubrry) monthly “Standup Storytelling” events that present 5-7 stories (each lasting 5-10 minutes) spun by brave tellers that align with the evening’s theme.

(2) Marketing our cohort as a consulting team that procures small contracts by marketing to secondary and post-secondary schools, and local state government agencies.



About Derrick Brown (Standup Storyteller)


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

I am a “standup storyteller.”

I fuse rap, spoken word (poetry), oration (traditional public speaking), singing, and teaching into messages of hope, healing, and change that I write, direct, and produce to help people who help people.

Everything must change - and stay changED.

Tradition begins and ends with change.

Change begins with me and the renewing of my mind ... then continues through efforts to effect small-group discipleship (equipping others to equip others) with audiences that respect and embrace mentoring, mediation, and problem solving as tools of change.

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

My education began when I finished school.

After school, I enrolled in a lifelong curriculum that includes classes in ministry, entrepreneurship, stewardship, literacy, numeracy, language, self-identity, self-expression, and analysis / synthesis.

My projects execute 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 who help people.

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

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