Agenda and Summary

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Around the CampFire - Taking Risk/Initiative

Intro: I've been asked to talk to you about Taking Risks. What does Taking Risks mean to you? What prevents you from taking risk?

Fear? Fear of failing? Fear is a passenger. Just a passenger.

From a song: "I'm not afraid to fail; it means I climbed up high. To fall is not to fail; you fail when you don't try."

   Mozilla example:          

At one point, Mozilla was the poster child for failure. Building a consumer product with open principles was known to be impossible. If you listen to Mitchell Baker’s history of Mozilla she talks about the enormous risks. Jobs were on the line.

What happens if AOL pulls the plug? What happens if we're all fired tomorrow? What kept going? There was a shared sense of mission, of purpose.

"An open internet is our best chance to secure social and economic participation in society for all people." (Baker)

Tribes: Find your allies. They pick you up. They support you. 60 Seconds - that's hard for me.

A Heretic: I want to close with an idea: “Heretics are people who hold options at odds with what is generally accepted. Heretics take chances. Take risks. Heretics are the new leaders. The ones who challenge the status quo, who get out in front of their tribes, who create movements.”

Closer: The secret of being wrong isn’t to avoid being wrong! The secret is being willing to be wrong. The secret is realizing that wrong isn't fatal. So go out there & take risks. Take Initiative! Be a Heretic.