Last week I attended #JW11 and got to thinking about my personal ‘notch’ metaphorically speaking for a community leather belt. When you are amongst amazing talent in your colleagues at a conference, it is infectious and one can start to feed off the energy in the room, which I did. At the
same time, it was an opportunity to reflect on my personal mark in my professional field of Community Building as I had the opportunity to meet
people that I’d not yet had the honor to meet in this field. Therefore, I challenge each of us as community weavers or managers to think about our legacies, our tattoos, notches or marks that we desire in our community lives. Is it an adoption rate, a culture shift, a new technology, or new idea? It’s a very personal manner how one defines their personal mission statement or their approach to the shiny quarter. Which is why I implore that each of us in our field spends some time quarterly to reflect on our approaches in communication, technology and stewardship?
Lastly, I was relieved when I reviewed the definition of community in Wikipedia, since the sociologists are also confused on the term, Community, as it means something to everyone in a different way. “In sociology, the concept of community has led to significant debate, and sociologists are yet to reach agreement on a definition of the term. There were ninety-four discrete definitions of the term by the mid-1950s.”