The blog has been barren of late. This is down to the fact that the school year ended and we’ve been enjoying some family time as well as my hero focus being on charting a path into the future.
To begin this post, I want to share some stories from recent weeks. I’ll tell you about the future after that.
Heroes in the news.
Somaly Mam emerged from a life of sex slavery in Cambodia to become a champion of women’s rights and one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people on the planet. – From the Age newspaper.
Aung San Suu Kyi had her birthday last month. The Elders are still saving her a seat at their council. – From thelders.org. There was also a photo album released of her early years. Specifically interesting to me is the story behind her passport. Check it out at The Guardian.
David Hartsock saved a woman’s life by positioning himself below her during a failed parachute attempt. He wanted to cushion her fall. CBS has a report and video.
Don Ritchie has been saving people’s lives with his kind voice and his choice to look for an opportunity to help every day. He watches a famous suicide spot in Sydney and goes to offer his ear whenever someone takes their position on the cliff. MSNBC has the story.
Now, the future.
This blog has been going for nearly four years without ever really establishing a purpose. It was initially conceived as a place for kids to read more information after seeing a presentation. That didn’t last long as I started writing posts aimed at defining heroism for adults. There have also been phases of reporting the heroic news of the week, detailing hero’s journeys, profiling heroes, offering ideas for teachers in the classroom, and the odd business update.
After fours years it is time to focus. It’s probably four years too late, but now is better than never. I want to keep doing all of those things, but I’m going to be doing them in different forums. (Is the plural of forum fora?)
This blog will continue. Its role will be to examine heroic themes in current events and for reporting any Hero Construction Company news. I will also be aiming to post photos and reports from schools as I present the program. So, this will very much be the Hero Construction Company blog.
I will be using Twitter to report the news in brief. Whenever I see a story involving heroism, I will be posting a link there. If you want to follow along, you can find me at @theherocc.
On September 1st, I will be launching two new sites. One is called The Hero Handbook and will offer readers ideas and actions that can help them lead heroic lives. It’s aimed at adults, but I know a lot of kids who will get plenty out of it as well. The second is The Gallery of Heroes. The Gallery already exists, but it will be getting its own site as a result of us hitting 400 heroes this semester. This will be the place for you to read new profiles and journeys.
September 1st also sees the transformation of the newsletter into a resource for teachers. Every issue (are they still issues when they’re email newsletters?) will focus on ideas teachers can use in their classrooms. Typically this will benefit those teachers who have been part of the presentation, but there will be plenty of stuff for all.
I expect this refocusing to actually produce more content overall. It will also allow you to choose which bits you’re interested in and ignore the rest.
I would truly like to hear your thoughts on this direction. If you have things you’d like to see or questions about what I’ve written, please leave a comment or send an email – firstname.lastname@example.org. Or call – (810) 689 HERO.