Published on March 5, 2014
VOLUME 8 ISSUE Insight News 02/03 February / March 2014 Nichols’ Notes Northern Niassa Province & Lichinga Tete Selva Nampula Manica Gurúè Mussacumbira Nhamazara Chimoio Jason Nichols President Al Corson Vice President Mailing Address PO Box 2937, Mills, WY 82644 Insight Resources International, Inc. Copyright © 2014 Growing Human Potential One Worldview at a Time Greetings in Christ to all our friends and supporters! IRI has undergone a change in leadership, and we wanted to let you know what we’re doing and why. Al Corson has moved from President of IRI to Vice President, and he has asked me to take his place. We are, essentially, switching places in the organization. This was a move that we had been discussing for some time, and Al and I both felt that 2014 was the best time to make this change for a number of reasons. First, as many of you know, IRI has changed tremendously since the organization started as Safari Insight Mission. In response to what we learned in Mozambique, we shifted our focus from agricultural training to a much broader mentoring/discipling model that focuses on helping people learn how to think, as opposed to just telling them what to think or do. This model has proven very successful in Mozambique, and has been received positively by several other groups we have worked with over the last few years, including our seminar in the Philippines, several seminars here in the U.S., and student development programs Al has facilitated in Wyoming. We are very excited about these opportunities, but they are quite different from the original plan Al and Vel established, and as a result, we are moving into areas of development that are not Al’s primary areas of expertise. Al will be the first person to tell you that he does not feel comfortable developing formal academic programs – which is a direction we feel we are being led. I, however, have experience in both academic and business education, so I am both familiar and comfortable in this environment. Second, Al and I agree that as we develop more formal programs and work with higher levels of business and education, we need to continue to expand on the academic theories that Dr. Stuart Cook used to start the Insight Seminars. Again, this level of academic development is much more in tune with my background, and Al feels that I would be better qualified to determine how to proceed in this area. Finally, while we have many opportunities opening up in academic and business areas, we still have much work to do with developing peoples in Mozambique and now in the Philippines and Myanmar. With me taking over the leadership position, Al has more time and opportunity to focus on those ministries. Al has shown incredible talent in coaching and discipling non-westerners, especially in post-colonial cultures such as Mozambique, Myanmar, and the Philippines. We want to make sure that we are putting our people in those places which best suit their abilities, which means putting Al back on the field, while I take care of management and development here in the U.S. This is not to say I won’t be traveling overseas – I am currently working on plans to return to Hong Kong to work with educators there – but Al and I think that my time is best used focusing on the academic and business development opportunities that we see coming in the next few years, and many of those are here in the States. Al and I both want to thank you, our friends, for your continued support and interest in our work. Without your prayers and willingness to contribute, we would never have been able to get this far. It is our hope that 2014 will prove to be a year in which God will reveal new and exiting opportunities to us, and allow us to continue his work around the world.
Nichols Notes cont. Mission Activities March— Al will be in Missouri March— Jason will be in Indiana and continuing in Lincoln Christian University in Illinois. April — Al will be in Montana We are now scheduling for speaking engagements starting in January 2014. Please contact us for Dates and times. We would love to speak with you and/ or your missions committees. Our PayPal button on our website is now working again. Donations may now be received at: Www.insightagentsofchange.co m Shopping on line? Your shopping can benefit IRI. 2 ways to help….. 1. Raise money for Safari Insight Mission just by searching the Internet with GoodSearch.com (powered by Yahoo), or shopping online with GoodShop.com. WE are still listed as Safari Insight Mission w/ Good Search/Shop 2. AmazonSmile just pick Insight Resources International. Page 2 IRI Theory: Direct & Indirect Understanding As IRI continues to develop our ministry, we also seek to develop a better understanding of how people think and learn, so that we can better minister to those we work with. One of the lessons we have learned involves the importance of distinguishing between what we call direct and indirect understanding. We are not claiming these ideas are new, but they do have a significant impact on how we conduct our ministry, and we wanted to share them with you, so that you can better understand why we do what we do. Direct understanding is grasping an idea, and understanding it in a way that makes it "yours." That is, you are comfortable enough with the concept that you can examine, review, critique, and modify the concept based on how it relates to other ideas without having to resort to asking others what to do with it. Our native language, for example, is something we know directly—we are comfortable with it, understand the basics of it with minimal effort, and can adapt it to suit our needs. A professional musician has this type of understanding of the mechanics of playing an instrument; he (or she) does understands the instrument well enough that he is comfortable not only with playing the instrument, but with modifying how to play so that new sounds emerge. Direct understanding is what allows us to adapt, improvise, and be creative with what we know. Only a little of our knowledge, however, is understood directly—most of what we know, we understand indirectly. Indirect understanding is grasping an idea through an intermediary - a teacher, a book, a blog, etc. Initially, all our understanding is indirect, since we need to learn about a subject before we can become proficient with it. Most people, for example, are not professional computer programmers, but most of us can learn how to make a computer do a specific task by reading a book, or following someone else’s instructions (preferably someone who actually has a direct understanding of how computers work). Because our understanding comes through someone else, however, we can’t adapt if things go awry. If the IT person I am talking to on the phone says “do X, Y, and Z” and the computer still doesn’t work after I follow the instructions, I can’t easily improvise a different solution (I need to go back to the IT specialist and ask her for a new solution, instead). When we learn, I.R.I. Office: (307)-277-4639 we often learn indirectly, but our goal should be a direct understanding of any Email: email@example.com ideas we need to use in our work. I.R.I President: Al Corson Email:the problems IRI has run into is that most teaching firstname.lastname@example.org One of I.R.I. Secretary: Velma Corson (307) 277-4639 (nearly all, really), emphasizesEmail: email@example.com situations, the indirect understanding. In most learning teacher gives you information, and then you're done. In some contexts, this is necessary Insightnewsletter, Jason Nichols - (307)269-0145 engage the reader), and often isn't a Seminars: (like this where I am limited in how I can & Vice-President Email: firstname.lastname@example.org serious problem. Many times, just having a specific set of data is sufficient to our purpose. Unfortunately, there are many cases where ideas need to be internalized to use them suc I.R.I. Promotions: Jack Harper - (918)355-5523 cessfully (especially 2631 E. Albany #A, Broken Arrow, OK 74012 solving, etc.). In these cases, situations that require analysis, problem Email: email@example.com Donate with GoodSearch.com and GoodShop.com
Page 3 the learner needs to form a direct understanding of key concepts in order to develop new ideas, but, all too often, our educational system has left them with an indirect understanding. This can drastically hinder the process of innovation and adaptation in both an individual and a culture. Much of our work at IRI is focused on figuring out ways to help people move from indirect to direct understanding in areas critical for their development. This often requires building people’s conceptual and analytical skills so that they can identify key concepts relevant to their lives, and determine the best way to gain a direct understanding of those ideas. Many cultures have, regrettably, had their conceptual and analytical skills atrophy, limiting the degree of direct understanding evidenced by individuals in the culture. This is most frequent in cultures that were deliberately suppressed, as is the case with many post-colonial cultures. Such cases are tragic, for after enduring centuries of being told they are ignorant and incapable, a postcolonial culture often breaks away from their suppressor only to discover that their understanding of how to manage their environment has atrophied—which feeds the lie about their inability that their suppressors told them. In other cases, environmental, social and educational factors can have an impact on the ideas that the people in a culture understand. As we have already noted, there is a dangerous focus in U.S. education toward promoting an indirect understanding of many key academic subjects, and U.S. is not alone in this. Fortunately, these trends can be changed—everyone has the capacity to understand and innovate. There are several ways that IRI promotes direct understanding (and associated conceptual and innovative skills), including coaching sessions that focus on brainstorming, “lessons of opportunity” that we use to prompt our learners to develop problem solving skills (“So the car broke down? Great! What do we do now, and why?”), and seminars focused on helping people practice conceptual and analytical thinking. Developing direct understanding is often a slow, time consuming process, at least at first. Once we get people thinking about how to make the transition from indirect to direct understanding, however, they start to develop their own systems in addition to those we have come up with - a kind of learning snowball effect. The initial start is a slow burn, but once our programs gets going, well...there is a reason we don't feel that we need to be in Mozambique all the time now. The Mozambicans, having acquired a direct understanding of several key principles of development, are now developing themselves like crazy. This kind of self-development is the goal of IRI. We want to work with as many people and organizations as we can—we want to spread as far as we can, and impact as many people as possible for the sake of the Kingdom and their own well-being (as if those two things aren’t really one and the same). Ultimately, however, we want to work ourselves out of a job. We will know we are done when we are no longer needed. We pray that will happen sooner rather than later. Jason Visit us on the web at http://www.insightagentsofchange.com Financial Partners Please send your donations to: Insight Resources International PO Box 2937 Mills, WY 82644 Raising special funds over the regular monthly costs for the upcoming trip Fall of 2014 Al—funds to fly from USA to Mozambique May 2014 He will be there for about 2-3 months. Then Al and Leonard will fly from Mozambique to Hong Kong. Al, Leonard, Linda, will fly Round trip Hong Kong to Philippines 2 team members will fly round trip from USA to Hong Kong to meet up with the rest of the team for the Myanmar portion. Al, Leonard, Linda, 3 team members from Philippines, and 2 team members from USA will fly round trip from Hong Kong to Myanmar December Leonard will fly back to Mozambique. Al will fly to Alaska for 2 months then back to the lower 48 in the end of January 2015. Insight Resources International PO Box 2937 Mills, WY 82644
Prayer Partners Please pray for Al and Jason as they teach others. Please Pray for these Things: PAGE 4 Please continue to pray for the growth of those in Hong Kong, Philippines, Myanmar, and Mozambique. Pray for Al and Jason as they meet and plan for the upcoming year. The greatest thing that you can do for Insight Resources International is to actively pray. We believe that Prayer is the cornerstone of this ministry and without it we cannot stand against Satan’s attacks. Pray for Leonard, Jose’, George, and Tito as the Country of Mozambique is still in Political Unrest. Praise for our faithful supporters. We thank you all. Get our Newsletter via Email To get our newsletter via email please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your information. The newsletters is mailed from email@example.com Please put this in your approved list. Please notify us of any address changes so you do not miss receiving our newsletters. Growing Human Potential One Worldview at a Time Contact Us: President &Insight Seminars: Jason Nichols - (307)269-0145 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org I.R.I Vice-President: Al Corson Email: email@example.com I.R.I. Secretary: Velma Corson (307) 277-4639 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Insight Resources International, Inc. Email: email@example.com PO Box 2937 Mills, WY 82644 I.R.I. Office: (307)-277-4639
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