“What do you want to talk about?”

“What do you want to talk about?”

This question is one of our favorites at NCPI.  It’s often accompanied by a giant grin on the face of the person asking the question. It’s often received with laughter. And it always marks the beginning of something exciting.

It might just seem like an ordinary question, but the reason for the grins and the laughter is really about what the question represents… It’s a launch pad for creativity and it’s an open invitation. Asking this question is a declaration that anything is possible. If you ask this question at NCPI, you might as well be yelling “Here we go!”

“What do you want to talk about?” is often the first question asked in a course design meeting.  It has taken center stage at staff meetings, board retreats, and nearly every planning session we’ve ever had. It’s been the genesis for conference presentations, articles, and even proposals for new projects.  And now, it’s the genesis for our new blog, NCPI Innovations.

Sometimes, the answer to this question is driven by a project we’re working on, or something that’s happening in the world, or even something one of us read. That’s the beauty of asking “What do you want to talk about?” Whatever the answer, you can bet it’s an idea. It’s an as-of-yet, undefined, and open-ended thought… looking for a bigger conversation, a place to live, a framework that has meaning, and just maybe a place where that idea can become an innovation.

We invite you to join us in these creative conversations in our upcoming posts, where you will get to know us, our ideas, and our innovations. Be sure to follow NCPI on FB, LinkedIn, and on our website, NCPI.us for alerts on new blog posts and other NCPI news.  

Another way for you to tell us what you’d like to talk about is by participating in our Annual Training and Technical Assistance Needs Analysis!  This annual survey is issued to law enforcement nationwide and helps NCPI better understand how we can meet your needs. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for a link to this survey and let us know what you’d like to talk about!