Q Los Angeles 2013
Arts + Entertainment
Science + Tech
A Thousand Wells
Jena Lee Nardella
At the age of 22, Jena founded Blood:Water Mission with the band, Jars of Clay. Her collaborative writing includes
Hope in the Dark, Zealous Love
The Revolution: A Field Manual for Changing Your World
. She serves on the board for the Center for Nonprofit Management and the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health. She and her husband live in Nashville and often travel to Africa.
Jena's work is laudable, but this is a an example of exactly what she is attempting to dispel.
It seems to me that this was not 100,000 American individuals each having a good idea on their own, but was influencers (Blood:Water Mission; Jars of Clay, et.al.) influencing.
Gladwell is right.
I think what this really shows is not how big or small the influence, but how aggressive the influencer is. I agree with Steve W. This young lady is special, but it takes a dynamic influencer who can communicate to have success in anything.
Melody Harrison Hanson
She has a great idea -- the power of the individual. Her concept does break down because it is not that simple. It takes an idea. It takes a person with some energy and passion who believes in themselves, their idea and are articulate, focused and passionate. Likely, social media helped and I do agree, Jars of Clay, with their built in marketing and systems for communication, were likely a huge factor in their success.
What an inspiring message! God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things when we offer ourselves as instruments to do His work. I don't agree with the others. It was ordinary people who did the bake sales and collections to make Blood Water Mission a success and though well known, ordinary people with an idea. Regardless of who (whether the origin of the idea is from someone well known or not) delivers the message or idea, unless people are willing to follow their idea, it will not be a success. And though well known, the impetus and success of their mission was the result of a giving group of people offering their talents and asking God to use them to help others. As Jena says, "it is not about us" and it is a testament to the selflessness of those who made Blood Water Mission a success. I find Jena's message so encouraging to others. So many of us think that we can't make a difference...Jena gives her own example and experience to show that any of us can.
Another great example of innovation, I am glad to find it. There are so many developers working on this segment but this is one of the best innovative idea ever. Thanks for sharing it here.
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