For many years, it’s been my fantasy that George School people would find each other in various parts of the world and foster community as an extension of their shared George School experience.
While meeting this week with a group of alumni in Chicago, I had the privilege to see this begin to take place. Yes, we were meeting to plan an event in May. However, I was gratified to note that the discussion took place within the context of defining a larger vision and purpose for forming the "George School Community in Chicago.” Early on, the conversation began to focus on ways that future endeavors of the organization might include others and serve beyond the extended GS family. Eventually, we got down to business and the meeting was deemed a great success: decisions were made, the timetable established, and our task was accomplished. (Look for information on the Tour of New Chicago Parks … it’s going to be awesome!)
Of course, it’s a work in progress, but what I see emerging is a satellite community that very much reflects the values and characteristic openness of the mother ship: the GS campus community and essential student experience. This is just the beginning; we have yet to discover the ways that these diverse people of talent, conscience, creative energy, and, of course, humor can gather to serve a greater purpose. But here’s the thing: sure, we know how to get things done, how to finish a task, how to reach a goal. More importantly, however, we also know that the value of the accomplishment can be measured by the quality of the journey.