Are you a diagrammer?

How does sentence diagramming and looking into the future of vital libraries and civic organizations connect? Before you read what Kitty Florey says below from her book Sister Bernadette’s Barking Dog (all about the flooky practice and history of sentence diagramming and how it affects–or not–our lives today) think about this: Writer’s write. Leaders lead. Visionaries envision.
And diagrammers draw diagrams.
Which of these do you aspire to be? Which is active? Diagramming (analyzing or dissecting) a practice or an organization or a job doesn’t create any energy or vitality in it. It simply dissects it. The spirit is in the doing. Innovation is doing. Consulting, studying, dissecting is, well, consulting , studying and dissecting.
Reading Florey’s book reminds me that dissecting takes away the fluid nature–the very spirit–of language, just like peeling apart the layers of a practice to “make it more innovative” stalls out innovation all together. You can’t create a diagram for innovation. The Ren Gen knows this. Real innovators know this. Diagrammers haven’t caught on to this just yet. Are you diagramming your work, your practices too much? If so, consider being the innovation you’re seeking out instead.

“Among the people I’ve talked to about it, the consensus seems to be that learinng diagramming may have helped us to understand the functions of words, to think more logically about language, and maybe event to write more correclty. But it didn’t help us write well.”

Analyzing doesn’t help us innovate. Doing does.

Renaissance Rising

We’re no longer talking about a revolution contends author and researcher Patricia Martin. And she’s found much research and heart-and-head searching to back up her intuitions. It’s a renaissance that is on the rise and it will transform the way we think, work and interact with one another.
The Renaissance Generation is emerging. Martin calls it the RenGen for short. The RenGen is not about a new breed of Flower Children or a temporal artsy movement. It’s about “an emerging strata of enlightened individuals who are hungry for ideas and ways to express them. These ideas include art, culture, social causes and, yes, even business.
The concept of the RenGen is sweeping the nation and grabbing the attention of those interested in what’s going on in the world as well as those that run some of our major cities. Martin believes that the “average Joe” is smarter and “less average” than he’s been given credit for—especially as the RenGen rises.
What does RenGen mean for your organization, library or city? Get smart and find out. The RenGen is ready to co-create with you, to speak their minds and to exchange information and ideas and allow for a new, friendlier, more creative place to live and prosper.
Are you ready for the RenGen?

Find out more by listening to an interview with Patricia Martin that aired today on the brink of Chicago being named a true “RenGen” City.