At the recent LIFE National Leadership Convention, Orrin Woodward invited a special guest, Oliver DeMille, to grace the stage with his wisdom in sharing from the category of Freedom. DeMille is the founder and former president of George Wythe University, he is a founding partner of The Center for Social Leadership, and the author of A Thomas Jefferson Education: Teaching a Generation of Leaders for the 21st Century, The Coming Aristocracy and FreedomShift. He earned his B.A. in Biblical Studies, M.A. in Christian Political Science and Ph.D. in Religious Education. He and his wife have 8 children and he spends most of his time writing.
At this convention, DeMille talked specifically about his most recent book (written in 2010) called FreedomShift. As I was listening to his message I couldn’t help but feel blessed in knowing the 20,000 + people in attendence were hearing the same message I was hearing; that we need to lock arms in union and focus on these three key areas in order to maintain our current freedoms in America:
1) A Revolution of Entrepreneurship
2) The Rise of the Independents: becoming a veracious reader and an independent thinker
3) Building and leading tribes: Community building
I just finished up reading DeMille’s book FreedomShift for the second time. The first time I read it was before I heard him speak LIVE. I encourage anyone who has already read it to read it again. The importance of the information in this book is too high for us to ‘think we have it figured out.’ Oliver’s message is profoundly accurate in that we can’t do this alone. It will take each of us playing our part (3-5% of the population or 1,000,000 committed leaders) in order to protect this country from the apathy and dependence we are headed towards. Immediately at the beginning DeMille states this:
“Our people still show a great capacity for moral courage, tenacity and altruism. There are still those among us who are willing to take risks, endure hardships and make difficult choices. We still take our hats off when the flag goes by. We honor the sacrifices of our military brothers and sisters; we show compassion to the less fortunate. Why, then, are we sliding virtually unchecked down the slippery slope of cultural and societal decay? Why are we losing our freedoms?”
I believe that Orrin Woodward did it right back in the 90’s when he focused on the strength of loyalty and commitment in communities through information. And with the launch of the-LIFE-business approaching in just two days, I foresee a FreedomShift happening on our watch while entrepreneurs go out and become veracious readers and start to think independently and begin to connect individuals who want to make a difference in communities across the world. Will you play your part?