One last pic of beautiful California flowers from this week... I'm so ready for spring!
This week, I have been in California with Balle, the Business Alliance of Local Living Economies, to design the next iteration of their fellowship program which brings together those who are working in localism across the country. The folks of the fellowship are brought together as they dream up, work for, and make a new economy happen.
It’s really interesting - and different - work for me. And this week was a chance for those of us who are facilitating the fellowship to come together and share our work with each other as we design the next fellowship curriculum. Specifically, Gibran Rivera and I were asked to share some of what we’ve learned about systems change work and equity.
(If you don’t know Gibran, you should! He is one of my new favorite people/thinkers/co-conspirators. Check out his website.)
After some really good conversation trying to figure out how to simplify something so large into about an hour of teaching and conversation, Gibran and I decide to focus our time on four key learnings from our work. Here’s my summary of what we shared with the group:
I had a great time coming up with these four things with Gibran. It’s absolutely not a comprehensive list, and it doesn’t cover so many of the nuances of this work, but it was really fun to boil down some of what I’ve learned into a few lessons. Let me know what you think!
So this week, I’m in California here with BALLE working to design their next fellows leadership cohort. Whenever I travel, I try to get out for a run within the first day or so of arriving. I always feel like I can’t quite land in a place until I have the air deeply in my lungs. So this morning, I went for a run in Berkeley, CA and took a few pictures. At first I was caught by the flowers and plants, (so different than what is in Ohio right now!), but then I started noticing the signs - the literal signifiers - that I was not in the place I call home.
So interesting, strange, and fun!
I’m sure the rest of the week will also be full of newness and tons of learning. I’ll be sure to share more!
“Under Construction” - The view of my backyard right now.
Currently, we’re building a small apartment for my mom in our backyard so that she can be closer to us as she gets older. This was precipitated by a health scare this summer, but we’ve always known my mom would come to live with us eventually. It has always been part of our family plan, and we’re really fortunate that this is an option for us.
But, of course, it’s fraught when you’re renegotiating things with a parent. There are shifting dynamics of power to navigate and new boundaries to create, and I’ve had some real angst about it all. But as mom and I were laughing together this weekend as we picked out tiles for her new bathroom, I knew it was going to be okay.
It’s helpful for me to think about being “under construction” around our mother-daughter relationship right now. What’s being built is not just the physical structure in our back yard. We’re actually building the next phase of our relationship, as well. And as with all construction projects, you need good plans but then you also have to just figure it out along the way!
I’m reminded that I actually have a lot of things “under construction” right now - new teams I’m on, new online and coaching work, new projects that feel a bit impossible in their audacity, and the ever changing needs of my family. This might be an especially intense period of change for me, but the truth is I’m always “under construction.”
How about you…what are you building in your life or work right now?
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