What the world needs is people who have come alive. ~ Howard Thurman

You are cordially invited to join the Actionable Innovations Global community for a conversation with Jenny Finn, the Founding Visionary and Executive Director of Springhouse, an innovative nonprofit organization and school located in Virginia.

Thirty-three years ago, Jenny Finn woke up to the gift of this life in an extraordinary way. That wake up call quickly turned into a call to service to mentor people, communities, and organizations in the art of coming alive. Jenny had no idea that following that call would lead to founding a school or a printing press – but she did both through Springhouse. Springhouse is a cultural experiment that creates culture that takes care of Life through education, media, and a global network. Springhouse practices and shares Sourced Design through a high school, the Sourced Design Lab, a cultural design program for adults, and our very own print shop called Sourced Press.  

If we are to live in a world where all life thrives, we will need to change the way we live. We can completely redesign education in ways that support that change and prepare us to create a culture that takes care of Life. In this session, participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their own desire to come alive and assess their willingness to change. Jenny will share about her experience in cultural design, including what she has learned from the 10-year experiment at Springhouse. She will introduce the five principles of Sourced Design and share a unique educational model that puts Life at the center and supports people and communities as they learn how to come alive. 

Jenny Finn has designed structures that foster vitality in people, communities, and organizations for nearly 30 years. She holds a Ph.D. in Sustainability Education and co-founded Springhouse a school inspired by a vision to live in a world where all life thrives. Dr. Finn’s research, mentoring, and teaching invites people to deepen the relationship they have with themselves in order to serve the world with greater clarity and compassion. Her work has taken many forms including non-profit leadership, trauma and hospice care, chaplaincy, clinical private practice, community building through the expressive arts, and education. With a dedicated and inspiring community, Dr. Finn articulated Sourced Design– principles that take care of life in a person, community, and place. These principles are practiced at Springhouse and shared globally with those who share the vision of a thriving world. 

Actionable Innovations Global is a professional learning community where participants explore innovation in education. We meet on a regular basis to discuss trends in education and invite inspiring guests to join us and share their work. Parents, educators, students, and others interested in improving teaching and learning are always welcome.


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