Perspectives on OC Philosophy
Originally Published in the Summer 2021 issue of the Open Connections Magazine
The years spent at Open Connections are an incredible time of metamorphosis, of gradual transitioning from early childhood to young adulthood. Our community is privileged to be able to observe youth undergo this change over the years we spend together and we see core OC concepts and values wind up as integral parts of their fully realized young adult selves. We asked the members of our teens in Group Tutorial IV (GTIV) and Shaping Your Life (SYL) to reflect on how the OC philosophy has helped them develop the perspectives through which they experience the world. We hope you enjoy seeing the value of Open Connections through their eyes.
This time we hear from a long-time OC parent and facilitator about:
by Lisa Huis, Facilitator & Alumni Parent
Sometimes I go to my son for advice. He is 23, spent 14 years at OC, and I trust his judgement. One day I asked him his thoughts on the gist of a conversation I was planning to have with his brother. I figured that he knew us both well enough that he would have some insight. He thought for a moment, looked at me and asked, “What is your goal?” His question went well beyond the opportunity for a “yes/no”, and really invited me to pull back and examine my motivations, my goals and even my process... and come to a better understanding and outcome.
Art Work by Lisa: