Many years ago I did a home remodeling project for Marilyn Ferguson, the author of a popular best-seller at the time, The Aquarian Conspiracy. Hanging out in the energy field of this “one-woman movement for hope” I learned a lot of things, mostly through observation and osmosis. For example, I learned the power of exciting ideas from her monthly newsletter, The Brain Mind Bulletin (I’m surprised at how early I was interested in the brain!). I also saw how grace handled pressure (until it didn’t – Marilyn died of a sudden heart attack at age 70 in 2008). I learned a lot of things from Marilyn, like, that I didn’t have to be a misanthropic, social isolate, which I mostly was; that my own childhood trauma wasn’t personal; that I could use it as fertilizer for my own brain’s flowering. But the most memorable thing I learned from Marilyn was … “all of us together are wiser than any one of us alone.”
Recently, as I pondered how I might make useful use of the collective wisdom of so many people who subscribe to this weekly blog, an idea came to me: A Creativity Sweepstakes. Here’s how it will work. Over the last 7-10 years I have seen a number of the ideas I’ve researched and presented here on this blog slowly filter their way into the mainstream. Two examples are the handful of states recently passing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) legislation and two cities (Beach Cities, CA & Albert Lea, MN) and one state (Iowa) becoming Blue Zone communities. Then, of course, there’s the work of the Sanctuary Institute.
I’d like to see if I can continue to help things move in that direction at the level of parenting and individual child-rearing. Toward that end I have a book that I think can help that isn’t meeting with very strong public reception. I personally find the content quite compelling, but people don’t seem to resonate with the title very much:
$100 to the Winner
So, here’s how the Sweepstakes will work:
1. Fill out the form below and I’ll send you a digital copy of How Parents Screw Us Up (without really meaning to).
2. Read enough of it to gain a sense for what might make an outrageously compelling title and subtitle. Feel free to enlist the help of your creative friends as well; in other words, crowdsource the crowdsourcerer.
3. Email as many new titles as you can come up with to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
4. I’ll pick one and announce a winner when I post my first blog in the new year – January 4th, 2015. The winning title and subtitle together will receive $100.