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Compassionate Pioneering
& Compassionate Pioneers
“Compassionate Pioneers” try to do better and help others.

Recognize, encourage, and support Compassionate Pioneers.

Recognize, encourage, and support occasional acts of Compassionate Pioneering
by those who cannot be Compassionate Pioneers all the time!  [Most of us.]

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Compassionate Pioneering

Compassionate Pioneers are those who not only reach beyond their own limits and lead the way in developing or trying new options, but who also encourage and help their colleagues to take the same path.  Perhaps only a few of us can be “Compassionate Pioneers,” but most of us can engage occasionally in acts of “Compassionate Pioneering” – and we should do so as often as we can.  

Those who frequently give their ideas and their work to an environment of sharing and who build upon each other’s contributions are compassionate pioneers.

Every contribution of an idea or effort to an environment of sharing and building upon each other’s contributions is an act of compassionate pioneering.

We can all be Compassionate Pioneers more often. 

- Steven W. Gilbert
November 27, 2001

For more information about the origins of this notion and some ideas about extending it,  see:
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"Tempered Radicals"

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Next Steps
Find, develop ways to encourage, support, sustain acts of Compassionate Pioneering and Compassionate Pioneers! 

Record Your Own Answers
to Our Compassionate Pioneering  Interview Questions

1.  Who are one or two people you can easily identify as obvious "Compassionate Pioneers"? 


2.  Who are one or two less obvious ("unsung heroes") who occasionally act like Compassionate Pioneers?

3.  What are one or two exemplary activities of "Compassionate Pioneering" done by unsung heroes? 


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We want to collect and publish stories about Compassionate Pioneering and Compassionate Pioneers – especially in educational uses of information technology.

Stories of Compassionate Pioneering should not be written or submitted by the pioneer him/herself, because these stories should be written or told with feelings of gratitude for the action performed -- or explicitly to thank the Compassionate Pioneer. 

These stories need only be about specific acts of compassionate pioneering.  These acts need not be heroic in scale and need not have been performed by someone who is widely recognized as a Compassionate Pioneer.  

However, stories are also welcome about individuals who have demonstrated that they are truly “Compassionate Pioneers” through many innovative contributions and continuing, sustained efforts to help others.

[Of course, we’re also looking for stories that clearly explain how a Compassionate Pioneer made an innovative improvement in teaching and learning that makes use of information technology AND how that same person helped a colleague to make a similar effort.]

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