Are you a Generous Mind?

Are you a Generous Mind? If you are intrigued by the idea, this is a place to explore what it means to you. Our blog focuses on helping you to learn what it means to be generous with what you know. You will find helpful tips and encouraging examples that will inspire you to release your ideas to the world! Find out more at www.generousmind.com.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Inventories Everywhere

A word that seemed to be an old industrial age term is back for a new reason. When many of us think about inventories, we think about counting widgets, tracking clothes at the Walmart or a can of pineapple at Safeway.

Today, we have found the use for the inventory, but we are simply tracking other things. Sure we still inventory physical items around the world (now we do it be tagging them with radio devices to be tracked via satellite), but I want to talk about our idea inventories.

Today we are struggling to get our hands around our intellectual property and also our human resources. So we bring a tried and true idea back to the table. We are now tracking ideas, content and human ability in ways we could have never imagined. Our main helpers of course are the powerful search engines like Yahoo and Google that scower the world for information and catalogue it or put it into inventory. A few blogs ago, I talked about Wikipedia - that is simply an inventory of human knowledge updated by an advocate.

What inventories are you involved with and how have they changed how you work?

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Reflections on a year of Blogging

I took a minute to look back over our archives and realized that we have been blogging on the concept of being a Generous Mind for over a year! That is a big deal. So lets do a little reminiscing about what has come out of this year:
1. We feel like we have a better understanding of the Generous Mind Concept.
2. We are excited to hear from you and to see what others are thinking. We have gotten some great feedback.
3. We are getting a chance to spotlight Generous Minds. I hope that we can do a lot more of that in the future.

What are our hopes for the year to come?
1. We hope that we will be able to connect with and help many more Generous Minds share their ideas.
2. We hope that we will have at least 2 more Generous Mind Conversations this coming year. Our first one on the Avian Flu was a tremendous resource.
3. We hope that we can better articulate the benefits of being generous with our ideas.

Please come along for the ride and help us in these endeavors.

Here's to a good year and to the one about to begin.

Update on Innovation in Missions Book

Just wanted to give our readers and update on our upcoming book - Innovations in Missions. It will be coming out in February and Jim Pluddeman (former president of SIM and a professor at Trinity International University) has done the forward. You can read part of the forward at his blog: http://missionaryimpossible.blogspot.com/2006/04/innovation-and-missions.html

Let us know what you think.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Wiki What?

The world of generous minds is coming to life through a new culture of participation. One of the great tools that shows this is Wikipedia - the free online encyclopedia that anyone can update. It allows a user to define things, correct mistakes and build a body of knowledge that is owned by everyone.

It seems kind of crazy. I mean, why wouldn't we want the neatly edited version that comes out from the major publishing houses? The articles are probably better written and more informative. But that is discounting one thing - this type of participation will attract Generous Minds who are expert in their field. It will not attract idoits just blowing off steam, but people who know this stuff and want to share.

If you look at the entries they are well written and comprehensive. Essentially a project like this proves that we can produce quality work out of generosity and not just out of a business model designed to comoditize data. (Sorry that was a mouthful - you know what I mean.)

Check out www.wikipedia.org and see what you think.