Connections With Soul

For a long time I’ve skirted the topic of soul-full youth engagement work. Today I’m liveblogging from Generation WakingUp, a soul-oriented youth action training program that’s operating internationally, and this weekend in Seattle. I connected with Generation WakingUp through Joshua Gorman, who has connected with me a few times over the years as he participated in developing this program. It’s my honor to be here with him and the crew putting this together.

I’ve skirted this area because for a long time- more than a decade- I was resistant to making the connection inherent between soul and social change. However, being a student of Kingian philosophy and Gandhian practice, I’m well aware of the spiritual roots of all successful social change leaders throughout time. In the last several months I’ve become increasingly attuned to the soulside of this work, which today I openly acknowledge is my soulwork.

I’m excited, and a little nervous, for this weekend, and I’m looking forward to sharing it with you through the blog. I’m dedicating this weekend as a gift to myself as I continue my journey into myself for the first time. I also carry the deep impact of the people who’ve spiritually influenced me over the years, including Helen, Edu, Jamie, Jim, and more recently, Heather, Victoria, Abby, Tanya, and Teddy. Hannah is always at the middle of my heart. My mom, dad, and sisters stay with me, too.

Stay tuned for more!

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For almost two decades, Adam F. C. Fletcher has led international outreach focused on engaging people successfully. Working with thousands of youth-serving nonprofits, K-12 schools, government agencies, international NGOs and other organizations around the world, his work spans the fields of education, public health, economic development and social services, and includes professional development, public speaking, publishing, social media and more. He founded the Freechild Institute for Youth Engagement, SoundOut and CommonAction, as well as writing more than 50 publications and 500 articles. He has also established 150-plus community empowerment projects.

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