Dear PresenTense Community,This week to come — and the night before us — is one of the most ancient virtual reality technologies to survive. This ancient tech, the Seder Pesah, is a highly calibrated vehicle with a simple yet complex aim at heart: enabling every individual of the Mixed Multitudes that is the People of Am Israel to relive a common narrative as if it were her own, and, through it, to reaffirm her sense of place and purpose. Too often those who would program for our generation seek the easy and the aesthetic. The seder, which almost all of our peers and peers’ peers will attend tonight, is neither. It is complex, it bears levels of meaning, and to do it right – for one to leave it feeling a sense of accomplishment – one must go deep and slog through hours of active participation. The seder is an amplifier: the more you give to it, the more you get out of it. Over the past years we’ve been trying to incorporate that ancient programming wisdom into our programs in the present, most notably with the fellowships were able to run now around the world. But our understanding of the seder’s secret has just begun, and we have many more days to walk through the wilderness to get to the Promised Land: a world where the collective potential of our People is realized through the engaged action of all of our members. If we link arms and march, we’ll make it through the wilderness, and if we open our ways and teach our methods, we will find our Joshuas to lead us to the next stage of our quest. May you have a glorious virtual reality experience this Pesah eve.
Monthly Archives: April 2011
1. Steering Committee members, who give on average two hours a month for the first six months of the program (from August until the end of January) to build strategy, lead admissions, etc.
2. Coaches who give on average one hour a month for the five months of the fellowship program itself (January through the end of May)
6. Fellows who invest 4 hours a week during the fellowship program to develop a venture for the Jewish PeopleMagazines: Each magazine (three a year) is put together by volunteers which include:
1. Topic Steering Committee members who give approximately two hours per month
2. Writers who give approximately three hours per month
3. Editors who give approximately two hour a month
4. Peer Editors who give approximately two hours per article (approximately 28 articles an issue)
5. Copy Editors who give approximately two hours per article
6. Artists who give approximately two hours per submission …and so on. We'll work on this a bit more, and will let you know what we come to. If you've volunteered for PresenTense, and you think these hours are too little or too much, please tell us in the comments section. And if you have a better way to calculate these – please do tell. One of these days we hope to finally have a metric that can be compared across projects and organizations – so the Jewish People will be able to decide where to invest based on the return on their previous investment. Wouldn't that be amazing?
One of the key features of the PresenTense fellowship curriculum is that it breaks down into three phases: Divergence, Convergence and Emergence – or in Tim Brown’s categories, Inspiration, Ideation and Implementation. The idea behind this comes from the rapid-prototyping approach of IDEO: our entrepreneurs first explore the larger picture around their ventures in inspiration, then zoom in on a business model through ideation, and finally build out their insights during implementation. This week our five fellowships around the world are entering into the last stage, Implementation. Here in the picture, two of our NYC fellows — Josh Nelson and Rabbi Owen Gottlieb — are building their workplan using our favorite tool, post-its.