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February 12, 2016 at 8:20 pm #16794
The theme of my course is around being a “Protector” or “Guardian” in life with a particular focus on being prepared for climate change, other major world changes and in general being able to thrive under stress, adversity and the unexpected (or better yet prevent it). Thus I am going with the “Community Protector” kind of theme. I want the course to feel accessible and intriguing to men and woman and feel that the protector label may have to masculine of an association with it. What do you think?
My wife suggested Guardian as another possible word. In my mind, Mom’s are some of the most natural protectors out there, but many Mom’s still may not associate with that name. What other words come to mind for folks?
I came across this course that has a very similar theme and I love the language they are using. I don’t want to steal it from them so am looking for people thoughts on other types of language that I could use. http://www.practicalprimitive.com/guardian.html
oh…. one more, I’m thinking about calling my over all business (not the name of the e-course I’m creating) and website, which will host this course but also have several other faucets to it, “Changing World Project”. What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear this? Any other thoughts?
Thanks so much Crew!
Changing World ProjectFebruary 13, 2016 at 1:44 pm #16887
Bradley MorrisMountain Guide@bradleytmorris
Hey @chrisg, this is a great question.
Personally, I resonate more with the Guardian.
I think of the book Power vs Force by David Hawkins and he talks about the difference in using power and using force. For me, the word “Protector” feels more forceful and the word “Guardian” has more power. That is my opinion.
I don’t think you need to worry about using the word Guardian because someone else did. You’ll have your own spin on what that means.
Let’s also look at the definitions:
Protector: a person or thing that protects someone or something.
Guardian:a defender, protector, or keeper.(I like the Keeper element)
As for the title of your business. I think it’s super cool.
The first word that came to my mind was “The Resiliency Project.” This was a thing that I was working on with a friend of mine who passed away. If it resonates, it’s yours’ to take and run with.
Because resiliency is really what you’re teaching at the core of it all, right?
Beautiful job so far. I’m excited for your course to come to life!February 13, 2016 at 4:45 pm #16924
I’m not sure I want to use either word, Guardian or Protector. Any other words that come to mind the embody the essence of what those mean?February 13, 2016 at 5:00 pm #16927
Between The Worlds
Protector of Alchemy
( I loved the word protector; but it may be b/c of being female 🙂
Warriors way of alchemyFebruary 14, 2016 at 7:07 am #16953
Thanks @nikiking Interesting that you liked protector, I thought that may turn some woman off.February 14, 2016 at 10:18 pm #17008
@chrisg Hmmm….carer, caretaker, keeper (you could put a range of words in front of keeper – nature, earth, planet etc) fairy godmother (just kidding).
As for Changing World Project, this has two connotations for me:
– the world is changing and we have to adapt
– we need to change the world
Both of which are true.
I see quite a bit about resilience and climate change from an external point of view, in terms of what we need to do and how to change our behaviours. But far less about how we cope mentally. As someone who has worked in the environmental field for many years, this is something I struggle with. So how to thrive as a community protector/guardian etc. is very important, I believe.February 15, 2016 at 2:19 pm #17097
Great thoughts, thanks @pennyclaringbull
That is what I hoped you would get from the Changing World name. As to your comment: “I see quite a bit about resilience and climate change from an external point of view, in terms of what we need to do and how to change our behaviors. But far less about how we cope mentally.”
This course won’t be about how to be a better environmentalist to help prevent climate change although good stewardship is a core value of mine and woven into everything I do. The focus is more: “Climate Change is here, now, it’s real and were gonna see that more an more over the next 10 years, who all else is seeing this? Ok great, lets get adaptable quick and take care of our families and communities in a proactive way while still doing our best in the world.Let’s turn fear and grief into empowerment and community action” I definitely intend to address “coping mentally” and the grief that comes up with ppl around this as well. That is essential to resiliency.
Thanks again for your thoughts!February 15, 2016 at 7:04 pm #17139
@chrisg – my initial thought was also along the lines of “caretaker” or something with the idea of “keeper”. Protector reminds me of a warrior energy and shouldering responsibility on behalf of many others … a heavy burden … and has a different relationship / position in a community than other roles.
I looked up guardian synonyms and one that popped out at me was “champion”. I thought “community champion” really suited the role you are trying to play and it has the feeling of being inclusive as well. Maybe a bit of poking around with synonyms will trigger something.February 16, 2016 at 1:11 pm #17252
I’m going to dig deeper with the synonyms. “Community Champion”, hmm….. That’s interesting, I like the feel of it as well. It does feel a bit broader and more comprehensive. I alo need to work on linking which ever word I choose to a word that really pains a picture of what the course actually is. This is all great feedback so far. Thanks everyone!February 17, 2016 at 6:09 am #17307
What came to me when I read the thread is that maybe the intent is different than be a keeper. To me, your project is helping to preserve some kind of balance to conduct changes. I am not sure we can stop climate changes. And there is a deeper wisdom than pollution and spoiling. My opinion and feeling are that the world is chnaging and evolving. We can’t stop that flow. But we can definitely help to make is smooth and more confortable. To me, you represent with your idea like a benevolent guide to go through the changes. I am not very good to find names, but I transmit my inspiration.February 17, 2016 at 8:27 am #17348
Perhaps the reason “Guardian” and “Protector” or “Keeper” don’t quite resonate is because they bring to mind a sense of protecting/keeping an old tradition, keeping things as they were, keeping people safe from outside/novel new ways to be.
But what you talk about is “rapid adaptability” and “resiliency” – both of which suggest an open, emerging, change/growth and flexible component.
You are talking about (I think) someone who helps facilitate transition in people. Like a midwife, or a psychopomp. Champion also has the connotation of someone moving/on a quest/working towards something too.
Catalyst? Agent of change and transformation. hm.. will keep thinkingFebruary 26, 2016 at 4:34 pm #18533
Thanks again everyone, @catherine_wildfox @peggy @lorrainewatson @pennyclaringbull @nikiking @bradleytmorris
Hearing how different words sit with everyone and what it invokes has been so helpful for me!
I’m going to summarize and comment on some of the suggestions here that really stood out to help me. I put the original comments in bold and my thoughts written directly after. Any more thoughts are greatly appreciated!
Protector reminds me of a warrior energy and shouldering responsibility on behalf of many others … a heavy burden
hmm… interesting thought, I am liking the word protector and was happy others associated with it as well, but maybe it is too much of a heavy burden to take on. The flip side could be that my target market could be ppl willing to hold that commitment for their community.
But what you talk about is “rapid adaptability” and “resiliency
“Rapid Adaptability” – I absolutely love this phrase. I’m not sure it is the name of the course but the concept is great, maybe it is part of a tag line or a chapter title. Tag line idea: “Developing Resilience and Rapid Adaptability in a Changing World” Thanks!
So how to thrive as a community protector/guardian etc. is very important
This was the first time I heard “Thrive”, I like that word as well. What about “The Guardian’s Way – Thriving in Changing Times – ”
David Hawkins and he talks about the difference in using power and using force. For me, the word “Protector” feels more forceful and the word “Guardian” has more power.
Love this idea of tapping into the force vs power as well. Maybe I could consult Yoda, what was the name of that planet he lives on again? 🙂
To me, you represent with your idea like a benevolent guide to go through the changes.
Yes, this is definitely the idea, being a guide as we go through big changes and training others to be the guide in their families and communities. Maybe I could incorporate “guide” into the name?? “Guardians Way – Becoming a Guide in a Changing Climate”
Another thought: “Eye of the Guardian – Becoming the Guide in a Changing World”
or “Eye of the Protector – Your Guide to Thriving in a Changing Climate”
I’ve decided to name my webpage/blog “Changing World Project”, this will be my content on conversation page. The course will be marketed through the page but will also have it’s own identity.
Thanks again everyone, I haven’t quite hit the nail on the head yet but I’m getting closer, I can feel it!February 27, 2016 at 12:02 pm #18602
Bradley MorrisMountain Guide@bradleytmorris
What awesome clarity you’ve received so far Chris!
Perhaps you want to make a list of the Key words and phrases that resonate with you and then repost them here for more feedback AND ask your outside the mountain communities to give feedback. Words are amazing!
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