“To choose to be curious about futures one might not yet have contemplated, about being intentionally open to the unknown, asking more questions about what emerges, and doing some rapid prototyping to see what might work, using that information to build and (re)shape that emerging future.”
- What it means to be curious and open to alternative presents – and futures
- How do you structure an environment and mindset to do this
- What does it mean to prototype a potential future
- How to shape an emerging future in a different direction
- Why you need to be curious to do this and the benefit of curiosity
Lynn Borton is a facilitator—of conversations and transformation—with more than two decades of experience in governance and change management in the non-profit sector. For nearly 25 years she worked with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness – the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization), capped by a dozen years as chief operating officer. In the summer of 2014 a confluence of events reminded her that life is short and in 2015 she left NAMI to write and consult. Lynn is producer and host of “Choose to be Curious” a biweekly radio show on WERA-LP 96.7 FM in Arlington, Va.
Since her departure from NAMI she has worked with established non-profits and emerging start-ups, traveled in Southeast Asia, plunged into the frozen Atlantic Ocean, posed as a painter’s model, sewn two quilts, taken two MOOCs, participated in a Moth Story Slam, given a LEAD Talk, begun a personal blog, trained in radio production—and enjoyed a lot more sleep.
Lynn graduated from Yale with honors and a degree in Religious Studies, but she learned her most important lessons working in a community mental health center following graduation. When pressed, Lynn describes herself as mostly grown up, with grey hair and laugh-lines to show for it; a hard-working, mission-driven former executive; unrepentant volunteer and middling cook.
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