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CITY AS PLAYGROUND

Exploring the unique promise of cities as places of human spiritual and social flourishing.

The Street & the Academy

Cities, by their very nature, point us to the contradictions and paradoxes that are an inseparable aspect of our world. To love cities – as the Leadership Foundations global network seeks to embody – is to embrace these contradictions.

Join us in this episode where we explore the contradiction and tension between two sources of authority – the Street and the Academy – and how both have something to teach us about our urban world.

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Traditioned Innovation: An Introduction

With the beginning of the new year, 2021 brings plenty of uncertainty along with it. How do we approach this new and uncertain future? How do we seek long-term change in our world’s cities, when we don’t even know what will happen tomorrow?

Could it be that the deepest resources of our traditions hold the key to some of most promising current-day innovations?

 
In this series, Traditioned Innovation, Leadership Foundations explores how we bring to light and make use of the wisdom of our traditions in our new and innovative ways to meet the most urgent challenges of our modern urban world. 

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Celia Vigil

Communications Associate

What book, movie, quote, or tv show has most shaped your understanding of leadership or the city?   

A quote that has shaped my understanding of leadership and the city is, “Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly now, love mercy now, walk humbly now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.”

While the amount of work there is to do to transform cities is great, this quote reminds me that we are freed from having to complete it all, though our obligation to continue remains. We may never see a huge transformation in our lifetime. The work stretches far beyond us. However, this does not make our acts of faithfulness in the day to day less significant, no matter how small they may seem.