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Malcolm Gladwell

You are not an underdog.

Session two of Catalyst, featuring an opener by Leonce Crump and a session with Malcolm Gladwell, took what you know of the old David & Goliath and turns it upside down. Which means, of course, that what you think about your underdog status might not actually be true.

Crump set the tone with a reminder that when we place our identities in what we do, we will eventually find ourselves to be failures. We mess up, and when that is our identity, we learn a painful lesson. When we place our identities in Christ, we won’t be let down.

Gladwell, who recently released his book, David & Goliath, builds on where we place our identity to the potential power that can be found when it’s in God.

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Andy Stanley

There’s a little Lady Gaga in all of us: we live for the applause.

Catalyst kicked off on a strong start with a challenging session focused on the weight of being known by Chris Seay and Andy Stanley. While Seay reminded us that we still have a fear of being truly, vulnerably known, Stanley pointed out that we all want to be known for something or as somebody.

Need proof of this “appetite for the known?” Take a look at social media; it’s a platform for showcasing your somebody-status and by its nature feeds that appetite without ever satisfying it. We always want more: more followers, more likes, more connections, more recognition.

The same is true of our church leadership. We crave “knownness” through mediums like larger congregations, level of influence in the community, numbers of sermon podcasts downloaded, or speaking engagements booked. We can actually convince ourselves that one of these proofs of being known will satisfy us – but they won’t.

Stanley laid out the “Laws of Applause” – the progression of our hunger for recognition.

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TEDxDesMoines

George Aye
Greater Good Studio

George co-founded Greater Good Studio to increase the impact of his user-centered design practice. He started his career as a designer at IDEO Chicago, later taking these experiences to become the Lead Designer at the Chicago Transit Authority. He is now a tenure-track professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He remains wildly optimistic that we can solve the most entrenched problems of our time, together for the greater good.

  • Designer of the public transportation system in Chicago
  • Designing the way public transportation is used takes an incredible amount of work
  • The CTA is more like FedEx than it is the Four Seasons
  • I forfeit my right to whine if I can make a contribution and I don’t
  • Massive change is made up of tiny little changes along the way
  • If you approach a group as students needing to be taught it changes your entire relationship to a hostile group
  • When we failed to do what we set out to do, we were completely off the hook. No one was looking to us and expecting a thing!
  • Success hides learning
  • When you want help, frame it as a role and not a job
  • It moves the volunteer from task-oriented, to cause-oriented
  • Make positive contributions to the norm
  • Give your team a platform to perform

Jessica Wachter
Artist, Jessica Wachter Art

Jessica Wachter is an artist from Fargo, North Dakota, whose mixed-media work includes oil painting and printmaking. She draws inspiration for her artwork from past experiences and with it expresses a passion for life. Her abstract expressionist style artwork is illuminating and evokes the power of interpretation. Since graduating with degrees in Art and Interior Design, the artist has shown in numerous exhibitions including “Beyond Convention,” Plains Art Museum, ND Museum of Art, ecce Gallery, and “NDSU Juried Student Exhibit,” Memorial Union Art Gallery, for which she received the People’s Choice Award as featured in the NDSU Magazine Spring 2009.

  • Anyone who has the courage to come to the canvas of life and expose his or her gifts
  • It’s not about what you do that makes you an artists. It’s about how and why you do it
  • Creativity takes courage
  • “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” – da Vinci
  • We learn from our failures
  • Risk equals success
  • We are all products of our past experiences and our connections with other people
  • “There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.” – Van Gogh
  • Everyone is an artist