an Artist-In-Residency Program for Jewish Day Schools
It’s in there. It is. The vision, the concept, what the final product will look like. It’s all there in your head, your heart – in the gut of your belly. Marinating, curating, gestating. For weeks, months, sometimes years.
Where it isn’t is on paper, in a clear, articulated plan for the entire world to see and applaud you for your ingenuity and brilliance. You wish someone had invented that perfect brain dump. A digital download that would magically compose and sort all of your thoughts and ideas into a compelling, articulate business plan or proposal. Yeah, that would be nice. One day there will be an app for that.
In the meantime, there’s PresenTense. And the thoughtful planning and preparation process they take their Fellows though in helping to bring our ideas from concept to paper to fruition. The ongoing workshops, case studies, coaching and mentorship all serve as infusions of pitocin, stimulating ideas and accelerating the process, ultimately enabling us to “give birth” to our ideas.
But then there’s the labor. It’s the toughest part, really. No one really tell you about that part at the beginning. It’s where we are right at this moment. Our ideas are out there but we need to continue honing, editing, refining. It’s painful and sometimes we wish we had never gotten ourselves into this situation to begin with. “YOU did this to me!” we yell at ourselves as we stare at our weary reflection in the mirror. But our mentors and coaches are right there with us. They are the doulas of innovation. Partners standing by our sides, offering care and support and pushing us to push harder when necessary.
We could use an epidural at this point. Something to cut some of the pain of the process. Maybe we’ll throw back some drinks at the mentor dinner. Maybe more than a few afterwards. But after that we must only forge forward, push through the hard parts and try to enjoy the process along the way. In the beginning we didn’t know exactly what our ideas would but we knew they would be amazing and would change the lives of hundreds if not thousands of people. In the end we will be able to look back with pride at the relationships we developed, the lessons we gleaned and at the process that transformed us from visionary to full-fledged entrepreneur. So until there’s an app that can magically grow a seed of an idea into the birth of a new endeavor, we can be thankful for organizations like PresenTense.