I was posting some training materials over at wesleyankids.org about a month ago and came across an interview of a man named Dr. Tim Elmore. He had some phenomenal things to say regarding technology and a growing “artificial maturity” he sees among late adolescents and young adults. You can watch the interview here.
I wanted to find out more about what Dr. Tim Elmore has done and I looked him up at growingleaders.com.
A project he’s been working on for a while is called Habitudes: Images that Form Leadership Habits and Attitudes. Sort of a merged word on habits and attitudes: Habitudes. It looks like there is a faith-based version as well as a public school-based version. I ordered the first Habitudes book on Amazon used for a couple of bucks, and it is phenomenal. There is nothing earth-shattering about the content, rather what is trend-setting is the method he is using to transmit these leadership principles:
Experiential – People are not looking for a sage on the stage, but a guy on the side with experience.
Participatory – Students own what they create.
Image – Learning is driven by images. “A picture is worth a thousand words.”
Connected – Students are connected socially and technologically. Whenever you can group students together to learn, it is extremely beneficial.
It seems Dr. Elmore really understands teenagers and young adults in our current culture and wants to use their digital medium to communicate leadership habits and attitudes. I’m considering using these for Youth group somehow next year. At the very least, Dr. Elmore has helped me think about what mediums I use to teach in our image-saturated world.