5 Takeaways from Idea Camp Human Care
Idea Camp #8 is in the books, but the conversation continues… (until next time?)
Over this past weekend, a few hundred people gathered in Austin to engage the idea of human care. It was weekend filled with new friendships, challenging paradigms, waves of raw emotions, and multiple moments where we were reminded of why we do what we do in human care. It was deeply encouraging to see what started as a simple idea in 2009 (i.e., to convene practitioners doing good in order to curate meaningful conversations) has evolved into collaborative impact for the good of our world. Simply amazing.
We ended this Idea Camp with a comma. I think it would be important for the Idea Camp “tribe’ to reflect on this past weekend and consider what this may mean for conversations moving forward (whether or not it takes the shape of what has gone before through our events). If you were at the camp, we’d love to hear your thoughts on not only what you experienced, but what this means for future conversations (if any).
Here are some of my initial takeaways from this past weekend at Idea Camp:
- Human care doesn’t have to come at the price of taking care one’s soul while doing the work. This is not a lofty dream, but an essential foundation to build if we want last health and impact.
- Differences in vision and methodology should bring us together rather than push us apart. Our differences can spark creativity, refinement, and unexpected opportunities for collaboration.
- It’s far easier to be upfront about what we don’t know than it is to fake it in hopes that no one else finds out. Help starts with a willingness to be transparent and humble. Ego is one of the greatest obstacles to our work. The mission will always be greater than any one influencer, organization, or campaign. Collaboration is not an option. We need each other.
- The bottom-line is important, but it’s not everything. May we never allow it to derail us from our purpose. Nevertheless, may we never ignore it by over-spiritualizing wishful provision and excuse ourselves from the hard work we need to do. Wisdom is found in the middle.
- Cultural or institutionalized discrimination against women is one of the greatest hindrances for organizations and companies reaching their potential. Change is essential. I’m just not sure if this initial conversation taking place in the church about women is framed for both men and women to participate. I think there’s more here to developed that our gathering did not or could not provide adequate space for. Love to see more men involved in this conversation at a level beyond verbal or distant affirmation.
Last but not least, I’d like to thank Mike Rusch and the leadership over this camp (Chris, Sarah, Lindsey, and so many others…) for bringing the Idea Camp back. Your hard work is deeply appreciated friends. Thanks for letting our team at Ideation play a small role in your work. Humbled that you would choose this platform to do so much good.
What’s next? Well, I suppose it really depends on how the Idea Camp tribe speaks… Look forward to hearing your thoughts.