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An EPIC Community?

Community.

As we prepare for GSS 2013 in Vancouver, we offer a starting point for discussion and determination around epic engagement and community building at work, school and beyond. We offer some thoughts on the concept of community.

Dictionary.com says it is “a social group of any size whose members reside in a specific locality, share government, and often have a common cultural and historical heritage”.

Businessdictionary.com says it is a “Self-organized network of people with common agenda, cause, or interest, who collaborate by sharing ideas, information, and other resources”.

The Universal House of Justice defines it as “… a composition of diverse, interacting participants that are achieving unity in an unremitting quest for spiritual and social progress.”

We might suggest there is an EPIC definition of community which we offer into the mix.

Community is the sum total of voices, wisdom and talent, both diverse and same, which can be harnessed in powerful unity to achieve uncommon results.

With this definition, we suggest communities are deeper than teams. They have longer roots and stronger cultures. They are broad and deep. They are best built on both collective and character leadership, understanding and maximizing all levels of capacity within the community in question. Communities exist at work, in school and in what we consider traditional communities. That being said, it is not merely a collection of people. It is organic, dynamic and of spirit.

This is the community of which we speak and address in engaging and building, advancing together in thought, will and action.

Let’s build community that is both diverse and united, engaged and empowered. The result is incredible prosperity on a myriad of levels.

Stay tuned for news from Vancouver!

Lynn and Barry
engage, educate and empower

The EPIC First Blog Post!

EPICempowering participation in communities… advance together in thought, will and action.

We are excited about the launch of EPIC Engagement and Consulting. We are excited because EPIC is not simply a business model or revenue stream. It is our passion and purpose, our joy and service. That is EPIC; it is who we are, and it is what we do.

Our combined expertise was born of hard earned experience in collective leadership and communications… and character, culture and capacity building. We come from the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. We come from the worlds of education, management and leadership; and we understand their combined roles in building great communities at work, school and beyond.

We contend that in times of both trial and triumph, we are tested in terms of how well we work together… how well we engage one another. The forces of both crisis and comfort have their respective dangers. How do we respond to both the spirit of challenge and complacency as organizations… as companies, campuses and larger communities looking to get and stay strong, happy and prosperous?

As we launch EPIC, we are headed to Vancouver, British Columbia for the Global Speaker Summit running December 8-10, 2013. Engaging with change agents the world over, we are excited about the collective wisdom coming together and the amazing connections for service. We will be fully engaging the conference as participants, volunteers, workshop hosts and musicians! We will be sharing the experience in real time, via social media, blogging and video. The timing for EPIC is perfect and we look forward to the synergy and the energy that arises from it.

Bottom line, we are excited and hope you are too. Engage us; we will engage you!

Lynn and Barry
engage, educate and empower

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