As I have mentioned in previous posts, I am currently completing course work on Connected Coaching. Our recent conversations have been around building trust in online spaces and a colleague shared an interesting TED video by Amanda Palmer on The Art of Asking. While her talk is framed in the context of her work as a musician, one theme in particular stuck with me that seems very relevant in education circles, taking risks and trust.
In the TED video, Amanda notes that what some consider risks on her part, she views as acts of trust. As I thought about this point in the context of education, risk taking and trust work in parallel. There is the trust that we must have in others in our community. I am sure we have all experienced environments in our lives where our willingness to step beyond our comfort zone was made much easier because of a high level of trust in that setting. There is also the experience in which one could be a part of a highly functioning community and not engage in any risk taking at all. It seems then, that risk taking is also rooted in the act of trusting in one’s self.
Can our schools and communities benefit from thinking of risk taking as acts of trust? I have only begun to scratch the surface, so I am left wondering:
- In schools, what would it take to shift our perspective of risking taking to acts of trust?
- How can this shift allow us to create deeper relationships and more creative, inclusive, and energizing learning/teaching spaces?
- What do our schools look, sound and feel like when we there is a high degree of trust and risk taking?
What do you think? I would love to hear your thoughts and stories.