I initially typed this two weeks ago but at the time was not ready to share.  

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When the school year started I shared with the Mount Vernon Upper School faculty my personal mission.  My mission is to assist 10,000 people in exploring and reaching their Creative Confidence.  Over the past 9 months I think I have had an impact on this mission but I feel that I have not made the impact that I desired.  I also am not tracking this impact.  So my question becomes, How do you measure the success of a mission if you are not tracking your progress?  A bigger question, if I am not engaging with this mission on a daily basis is that mission truly the mission.  Something has to change…

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A dictionary definition of change; to make or become different.  It is a verb and requires an action to be taken in order for it to happen.  I am referencing the thought of change because of my experience Friday March 25, 2016 with Creative Mornings Atlanta. This month’s topic was CHANGE and D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik was the speaker for the month.  D.R.E.S. spoke of “Walking In My Purpose.” He shared moments of his childhood and his love of Atlanta.  He spoke of how he had one vision and purpose and how it CHANGED over time.  He gave intimate details of homelessness  and rising to represent the US as a cultural ambassador in China.  He made me laugh and he made me think.  Yamean!  

His journey made me think of my journey and how over the course of life it has changed.  How certain times it seemed like I was in a deep dark hole and at times on top of the world. How here and now I feel  I am at a Crossroad and feeling (knowing) that change must come.  “You can change” and even with small change a difference can be made.  “You are standing on the shoulders of GIANTS.” With that being part of my DNA it is time to step out on faith.  

Last week I lost a piece of my college years, when I heard  PHIFE DAWG of A TRIBE CALLED QUEST was dead.  He was only 45 and it made me wonder did he get all of his TRUTH out.  It made me realize that life is finite and I must express my TRUTH before life passes me by.  One of my GIANTS, my Grandmother is very sick.  She is one of my GIANTS because when life was at its low points she stood in the GAP for me.  I owe it to her to fulfill my work purpose and to help others achieve their purpose.    

So what is next?  I have to spend more time engaged in  person to person interactions.  More stepping out of my introverted state to reach the massive audiences awaiting for CREATIVE CONFIDENCE to be released and realized.  More finding my way and allowing my faith and not fears to feed my soul and step into my greatness.  So my platform for sharing my reflections will change.  I will now use the venue of the JAMCAMEXPERIENCE.org to share my truth. I will share my thoughts as an educator, learner, connector, creative and design thinker.  CHANGE IS A CONSTANT, EMBRACE IT.  

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DeepReflection, DesignThinking, Education, Empathy

The JamCam Experience: Memoirs of an Innovative Teacher in an Ever Changing World


Allow me to introduce myself. I am James Campbell – Educator, Learner, Connector and Design Thinker.  I am also a husband, father, son, cousin, uncle, teacher, coach and a host of other things.  I attempted to identify the four words that best describe me and how I am connected to others but could also describe me if I were to stand alone.  In August of 2015, I shared with my co-workers my personal life mission: Assist 10,000 people in exploring and developing their Creative Confidence.  Over the course of this school year, I feel I have made progress on this mission but I do not have the numbers to back it up.  I have discovered my biggest gap exploring my Creative Confidence.  

I tend to be an encourager as I try to inspire students to pursue their passion.  I strive to help others share the best they have to offer.  I give space and time (sometimes at my detriment) for others to gain creative confidence.  What about me?

So it is now April and I am dealing with the closing of another school year and the mad rush to complete the many tasks that all teachers must accomplish.  My dilemma: I do not just want to finish the year exhausted and My Bucket Empty.  I need to fill my bucket and find my passion. I need to explore my creative confidence and strive to share my best.  I need to share my story.

I am switching gears in my thinking.  I plan to focus on identifying my passion.  I hope to explore my creative confidence.  I will seek and share my strengths and weakness.  I will make myself vulnerable to criticism and feedback from the outside world.

If you are reading this initial post, I hope you will read others.  Since I am not using Grammly and I write “fill” when I should “feel”. Please feel free to comment with edit recommendations.  If you start noticing patterns and consistent behaviors, please point them out.  If you identify strengths I should explore or weakness I need to conquer, please speak up.  Hopefully my rambling will free you up to explore your own Creative Confidence, Pursue Your Passions and Share your Story.  Thanks for reading.