I met Alice Coles at The Bigger Game Expo in May 2013 in Silver Bay, NY, along with her daughter, where they were invited by The Bigger Game as Special Guests.
The November 2003 video of Alice Coles and Ed Bradley on 60 Minutes has been seen by thousands of Bigger Game workshop participants as an example of a Bigger Game Player. She finally got to meet the Bigger Game community and we got to meet her last month at Silver Bay, NY.
Here are two links to the story:
In short, Alice lived in the squalor community of Bayview, VA where in 1995 a 270 acre Federal Prison was planned to be built right in the middle of the community. After organizing the community, enrolling the press and politicians, and others, she won. WOW! She realized that if they could do that, what else could they do. They raised millions of dollars and rebuilt the community – with a new house for every community member – right across the street. She now is Executive Director at Bayview Citizens for Social Justice.
She agreed to update us on the rest of the story. Here is her first post as a blog here:
“My Experience at the Bigger Game Expo:
While traveling to the Bigger Game Expo, all I was envisioning was an opportunity for a get-a-way, a secluded place of natural beauty, another award of recognition and an opportunity or two to network with the possibility of receiving new ideas and funding.
Oh, my Lord; to my surprise there was an awakening for me. This great awakening was an acute awareness that jolted my perception of a Bigger Game, sparked by the impacts, lessons and shared principles learned at this powerful event and all of its attendants. This diverse group surfaced a hidden truth of creativity and design within me that began to undo the negativity of (low self esteem) thoughts I had about myself and added positive ideas that sparked a personal change within. This assembly of folks opened their hearts, shared their experiences, wisdom and talents while coaching and steering us to higher heights towards our Bigger Game. After attending this event, my life has taken a paradigm shift. EVERYTHING, the way I once knew it has shifted. This experience has caused me to re-evaluate my current life’s goal while snatching me right out of my victim mentality.
I am so proud of Rick and Chuck and I am honored to help tell the Bigger Game Story.
I have so much more to share with Rick, Chuck and others.