Thank you so much for your time this evening and for what will continue at brunch tomorrow.
As we discussed, we (Caren, David and I) would like for you to think about the following questions and continue the discussion here on the Ning, invite others to respond, raise your own questions, etc.
Remember, that in addition to the change dialogue and initiative, the Ning can offer you access to collaboration, networking, resource sharing, crowdsourcing, information on innovation, and a calendar of events of professional development. This is only successful when YOU contribute and encourage others to contribute!
Looking forward to the ongoing conversation!
I too am interested in this question of risk and although I tend to be quite attracted to risk in terms of change I have come to truly understand the fear involved in it. Furthermore, I think that when it comes to traditions we hold dear the reluctance to change and take risks grows even deeper. So in light of this great fear, I wonder what those of us who want to make these changes can do to help others feel more secure with our various proposals? How do we lead people through this fear? we cannot always assure them that what they hold dear will be here in perpetuity, but since we will have to face this part of the population, how do we do it well?
Also I would like to add that change and risks means not always knowing where we are going. I do not mean to imply that we should change something for the sake of change...although there are compelling arguments for this at times...but I am saying that sometimes we need to embark on the road unsure of where it will lead. This is what makes this exciting, we are in a time of dynamic movement and no one has the answer to what our Jewish institutions will be.