VISION, MISSION, & VALUES

GUIDING VISION

That gifted people around the globe are able to meet fundamental needs via proactive engagement with their gifted peers.

Our reference for "fundamental needs" comes from bottom-up development models which plan community growth, development and sustenance based on meeting human needs. Of particular interest to IG is the Human Needs and Human-scale Development Model, from economist Manfred Max-Neef, whose matrix of needs below helps us considering what needs we are meeting and how we are offering to meet them within the IG Community.

 

MISSION

To provide the infrastructure, support, education, guidance, opportunity, and professional development opportunities that allow gifted people to proactively meet their fundamental needs with and among their gifted peers.

As this filters down into the primary channels of support for our members, IG has the follow departments:

VALUES

Proactivity, collaboration, solidarity, kindness, promoting knowledge on giftedness, and promoting good living for gifted people.

WHERE DO YOU FIT IN INTERGIFTED?  

Here are some ways that InterGifted offers to support members in meeting fundamental needs. You can use this list as a self-identification tool to see what needs you currently have, and where you want to proactively engage in the InterGifted community.

Subsistence

  • IG's Professional Network & Facebook group – meeting potential clients and like-minded collaborators, promoting and getting support for your work and projects, professional growth through courses and peer groups, and having increased income as a result
  • for InterGifted network coaches and those who offer courses via IG – increased visibility, opportunity, support, collaboration, room for professional growth, and income

Protection

  • the secret Facebook group and peer groups – a safe place to be one’s ‘gifted’ self, to express one’s complex thoughts and overexcitabilities
  • the Coaching Network and, less officially, older or more experienced group members – coaches and mentors who are looking out for the younger or less experienced members, as it relates to living well with giftedness

Affection

  • finding like-minded friends
  • spending time in peer groups
  • emotionally supporting each other on Facebook
  • being able to express private emotions with coaches and peer coaches

Understanding

  • providing knowledge about giftedness via talks, courses and other information to promote self-understanding
  • ‘discovery partners’ via peer groups and in the Facebook group
  • personalized guidance via coaching and peer coaching
  • provide real-time insight into other gifted people’s lives, in other cultures, other ages, and other places in the world

Participation

  • providing opportunities for members to take leadership roles in peer groups, give talks, or offer workshops and events
  • opportunities to share meaningful information and support via Facebook and in friendships developed in IG
  • The Coaching Network and Peer-to-Peer Coaching Network offers lots of opportunity for participation
  • opportunities to donate money, time, and expertise

Leisure

  • providing the opportunity to have fun with other members in peer groups
  • friendships, interactive learning, discussions and sharing on Facebook
  • perhaps physical meet-ups in the future

Creation

  • providing access to like-minded people to create with
  • peer group leaders can create whatever kind of group they desire
  • members and network coaches can create paid groups, workshops, courses, talks, etc
  • any member can present, ask for feedback and hone skills

Identity

  • ability to recognize oneself better as a gifted person
  • having a common language to understand and discuss one’s mind & emotions
  • sense of belonging and similarity within the group
  • seeing the possibilities for self-growth in peers and via peer groups, courses, workshops, talks, etc.
  • being encouraged to commit to self-growth by example and shared vision
  • feeling stronger in oneself by seeing other gifted people feel proud of themselves and overcome personal obstacles
  • a sense of belonging via Facebook, peer groups, the coaching network, the professional network, etc.

Freedom

  • a sense of overcoming physical boundaries – age, race, physical location
  • ability to relate with the outside world
  • ability to speak one’s mind, disagree, have challenging and engaging discussions
  • ability to take social risks, because of an underlying feeling of self-esteem and social safety