The Lucky Way #11

Share the luck

We like to share stuff – we work better together and we want everyone to benefit from what we can offer.

We want to share inspiring stories from all kinds of people who make their own luck. If we help just one person, that’s ok with us…

“If you can’t feed a hundred people,
feed just one”
Mother Theresa


The Lucky Way #12

Strong roots, wide branches

We like to build collaborative communities of like-minded people who have skills they can share. There are things we’re good at, and things we’re not, so we know when we need help and we’re not afraid to ask for it.

“It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.”

Napoleon Hill

 

The Lucky Way

At Lucky we like to live and work in a way that fits with our values.

We don’t always get it right, but this is how we try to do things.

It’s all about appreciating what you have and making a life where you work hard but love what you do, so every day is a ‘Lucky Day’.

There are 12 key principles which we call the Lucky Way…

#1 Do what you love, love what you do:

We believe work and life are not separate, if you love what you do, you will want to keep doing it every day.

#2 Make your own luck:

We make our own luck, by working hard and taking opportunities when they present themselves.  We believe we are responsible for our own health and happiness, and we’re not afraid to graft for it.

#3 Design your life, make sure it fits:

We like to think we can design our own lives so we can live the way we want to…every day.

#4 Live light:

We don’t need much to live on, freedom, challenging work and a supportive community around us.

We measure our success by the impact we have on others and how happy we are, not by the money we make or the things we own.

#5 Believe in people:

We like to think most people are good people, so we start with that in mind.

We try to trust our own instincts and will only work with people who we believe in.

#6 No lies please: 

We like honesty; there’s a ‘no lies’ rule at Lucky Towers.

So, if we have a meeting and we invite you over for dinner (which we usually do), be open and honest with us…no double-talk or hanging back.

Oh, and take your shoes off when you come in please, don’t worry, we provide slippers…

#7 Laugh in the face of…(insert bad thing):

We reckon most of the bad stuff in life is driven by fear, so if you’re not afraid of anything, you’re in a pretty good place.

We try to laugh at our problems and just keep on going, because “A life lived in fear is a life half-lived”.

#8 Just Do Stuff: 

We believe in experiencing life, not chasing a dream.

Happy lives are lives lived, so we like to get out there and do stuff…

#9 Push On:

If things go wrong, we pick ourselves up, learn from it and move on.

We’d rather give it a go and fail than not be brave enough to try.

#10 Embrace New Ideas: 

We’re always looking for new ideas and opportunities – and we usually get these by keeping an open mind looking around us.

#11 Share the Luck:

We like to share stuff – we work better together and we want everyone to benefit from what we can offer.

“The more I give to thee, the more I have” (William Shakespeare)

#12 Strong Roots, Wide Branches: 

We like to build collaborative communities of like-minded people who have skills they can share.

There are things we’re good at, and things we’re not, so we know when we need help and we’re not afraid to ask for it.

Share The Luck…

So that’s it…the Lucky Way.  If you like it…tell us below…or on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube or Pinterest and if you’d like to share the luck don’t be shy.

Right now we’re on the lookout for inspiring stories to take part in our ‘Campfire discussion’ – so if yours is a good one, get in touch.

If you want to find our more about We Are Lucky or just say hello, contact Lucy or Chris at hello@wearelucky.org

Our Mission

Our mission is to encourage people and communities to design and create better lives by ‘making their own luck’.

What Does That Mean?

Well…we have a big vision for Lucky, and more ideas and plans than you can shake a stick at…but here’s the back of an envelope version.

We believe that everyone can have a happy, fulfilled, and productive working life if they…

  • Can identify their passion.
  • Are willing to work hard to pursue it.
  • Get the right kind of support.

We Are Lucky has a mission to help people achieve this through…

  • Providing a community of support and services for everyone trying to make their own luck.
  • Helping people find their passion and pursue it.
  • Providing inspiration, information and experiences to build ‘can do’ mindsets.

Making it Sustainable…

  • We believe in helping people to help themselves and want to dedicate our lives to this work.  We call it ‘The Lucky Way.’
  • We could have tried to do this by joining a public sector organisation or charity, but we think we can have a greater impact and achieve more by funding our work on a commercial basis by creating and offering a range of ‘paid for’ products and services.
  • The money we earn from these products and services will fund the time and resources needed to help people and communities make their own luck.

You can support We Are Lucky by buying our products and services, offering your time and support in inspiring others to make their own luck, and/or just spreading the message that you can achieve a happy, fulfilled life, if you go out there and make it happen for yourself.

Find out more about how we plan to make it work >>

Time to Re-Think Higher Education…

Higher Education is never out of the news is it?   Mergers and acquisitions, feuds, accusations of dumbing down or elitism, and increasing pressure from government on recruitment, retention, and revenues – sounds like the kind of wrangling that goes on in a highly competitive marketplace doesn’t it?

The fact is that this is true, and yet somewhere amongst all the politics and economics surely there should still be a focus on that thing we’re all here to bring about?

A little thing called learning…?

A Factory Approach?

Have we become so myopic in our thinking about Higher Education that we’ve resorted to Fordist principles (or perhaps we should say Primark principles these days) and a factory approach?

Don’t get me wrong, there’s fantastic work going on at ground level in teaching, learning and research – we know this from experience – but when the rhetoric from our politicians and leaders is more about numbers than people, more about finance than fascination, more about bringing in cash than creativity and innovation, we worry.

Quasi-Commercial Models Aren’t Working

To me, the quasi-commercial model on which our Universities is run does not seem to be working.  Research we did five years ago on University missions suggested then that Universities were shaping themselves to ‘chase the funding’, and it seems that this situation is only getting worse.

Competitive recruitment may be seen as one way of driving up quality, but with so much pressure to gain money through recruiting ever more students, and particularly students from outside the EU, it’s easy to see how standards could be put at risk.

The Role of Universities in Pushing the Boundaries of Human Knowledge

We rely on our Universities to seek the knowledge the private sector cannot or will not fund, to push the boundaries of human knowledge, and to develop and nurture the minds of the generations who will take this work and humanity forward.

But can all our Universities deliver on these promises in our current system?

The simple answer is no.

The Need for Personalised Education

We need differentiation, focus, and a holistic, personalised view of education that does not seek to churn graduates out on a conveyor belt, but that recognises the unique skills and abilities of each individual and provides them with the support and opportunities to make the best choices for them.

We need to provide opportunities for them to continue to learn throughout their lives in a way that suits them and in ways that are relevant to a world that seems to transform itself every second week.

Rethinking the System

To do this, we need to have a complete rethink of the system.  Instead of focusing on long term developments of education programmes that are obsolete before they even start, we need to collaborate and share.

We see a future where students learn throughout their lifetime by accessing bite-sized chunks of education, available to all and constantly and collaboratively updated by a network of experts; by collaborating in project teams and gaining a portfolio of skills that are demonstrated to employers through tangible results not through the abstraction of qualifications and certificates.

Would you rather be able to create your own package of learning that suits you and generates a valued and valuable set of demonstrable skills and abilities, or learn the same obsolete facts as everyone else in a class of 500?   Would you rather study the things you’re passionate about, that interest and engage you, or study what you think you might need to in order to get a job? Thought so.

One Size Does Not Fit All

The fact is, just like with clothing, one size does not fit all when it comes to learning, but you need to know your measurements before you can find something that fits. We need to bring back a culture of tailored education, not just for the few, but for everyone whatever their age or background, and to do this we need to radically rethink our systems for developing and distributing learning opportunities.

The Power of Technology

We need to use technology and the human brain to their fullest capacities to create new collaborative learning models that are open, accessible, and above all human-centred.  This is not impossible – all the tools are there – we just need to let go of old systems and have the confidence and ambition to create something new, something better, something amazing.

What Do You Think?

What do you think? At Lucky we’re determined to offer people the opportunity to experience learning in this way, and we can’t wait to get started.  If you too are ready to make a change, get in touch – we’d love to work with you.

The Lucky Team

Made Your Own Luck?

Share Your Story…

We’re collecting everyday stories from people who have made their own luck in life to feature on the Lucky web site.

So if you’ve grafted to set up your own business, charity or community organisation; pursued your passion against all odds; or just lived your life to the full despite what anyone says, please get in touch.

We want to feature people and their organisations on this site to inspire others, here in South Wales and beyond, to get out there and make some luck for themselves.

Share the luck in the comments box below or say hello by contacting Lucy or Chris at hello@wearelucky.org

So, if you’d like to join us, email us at hello@wearelucky.org and we’ll be in touch.

Who We Are

So you’re wondering who is behind this Lucky thing?  Well, we’re just a couple of people who believe that if you get out of bed in the morning and do the stuff you love then you can’t go far wrong…

ChrisChris Thomas (chris@wearelucky.org)

  • Designer and former University Lecturer
  • Opportunity junkie and problem solver
  • Gets stuff done that no-one else thinks is possible
  • Sees in pictures
  • And..has a not-so-secret (any more) kitchen utensil addiction

 

LucyLucy Griffiths (lucy@wearelucky.org)

  • Writer, editor, marketer and former University Lecturer
  • Loves language, creative people and all things purple
  • Thinks about things…a lot…
  • Gets out of bed at 5am because there is ‘stuff to do’
  • One ‘k’ away from being Lucky

Basically, we’re both communicators, problem solvers, and people-helpers and we work best together, sorting out people’s problems and helping them get their messages across.

Qualifications and Experience

We have a whole bunch of qualifications and experience in all kinds of jobs too, so if you’re interested in that sort of stuff find us on LinkedIn or ask us about it, but we reckon it’s who you are and what you do today that counts…so all you really need to know is that Lucy does the words, Chris does the pictures..and that we both want to make the world a better place.

No fuss, no stress, just people getting on with it, and doing the best job we can.

PS: The sketches of us on this page are by our fab illustrator buddy, Karl Mountford.

Making Lucky Work

In order to be able to provide services and support for individuals, organisations and communities we have to generate funding.

We want this business to be sustainable and not reliant handouts.

Here’s how…

Lucky Services:  Whenever you pay for a Lucky service (marketing and business support, education, events), you help fund our work.

Lucky Products:  We’re developing our own products alongside our work on Lucky and the plan is that whenever you buy a Lucky product, you will help fund our work.

Lucky Community:  Whenever you participate in our online community, give your time to a Lucky project or event follow an advertiser’s link on the Lucky web site you help support or fund our work.

We will use the income from Lucky products and services to help fund the time and resources needed to run Lucky projects and provide support for other organisations with a similar mission.

Where are we now?

We’re right at the start of our journey…we know that we need find ways to generate income to fund our community work first, so we’re busy working to develop our products and services and to gain contracts for work using the skills we have.

Once we’re up and running, we’ve got a whole series of projects we’d like to support and work on – everything from enterprise education in the South Wales valleys, ‘design your life’ workshops to deprived communities and recording and sharing campfire conversations with inspiring people to working with start-up companies in Africa.

Once we’re sustainable, we can really get going.

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