Last week, I had a two-hour conversation with the one and only Phil Klein, one of the founding members of TEDxRainier and an incredible conversationalist and community organizer. One of the topics that we stumbled upon was interpersonal traumas and community building: people often try to work out their personal problems through the communities they… Read More Are Your Personal Insecurities Hurting Your Community?
When I tell my friends who are NOT community builders that I had an event with 20 RSVPs and 5 people show up. “That’s so awful. Are you sure this is a good strategy?” When I tell my friends who ARE community builders that I had an event with 20 RSVPs and 5 people show up.… Read More The Real Difference Between Community Builders and Ordinary People
I once had a manager who constantly had us keep tabs on our main competitor. She’d arrange special meetings where we would sleuth into who they were hiring and why; where we’d all gather around and gossip about their new team photos. We’d hire agencies to one-up them at every turn: SEO agencies, PR agencies,… Read More What Happens When You Focus Too Much on the Competition?
We all have gifts to give to the world. This is more important to remember now than it ever has been in my lifetime. I’ve been reading a book called Becoming a Citizen Activist by Nick Licata because I’m trying to understand how change actually happens in American government today. It’s pretty opaque from the average… Read More You Don’t Have to Be a Community Organizer
I’d like to write a “note to self” of sorts, a letter for those community builders who are faced with a lot of choices about where to use their energy and who find that they have little energy to make those choices. It’s not always about being the dependable one. Sometimes it is. It’s nice to… Read More It’s Not Always About Showing Up