Inspired in equal parts by my reflections upon turning 40, a $90K real estate mistake, and the comments made by our own Peter Coyote at the Red Room's panel discussion at the Commonwealth Club, I have started a motivational speaking career around the subject of community building.
I would be thrilled if you would visit my brand spanking new blog for Sunnyside Communications... Where Community Grows at http://caffeinatedponderings.typepad.com/sunnyside_communications/
My first speech, which I am delivering to local volunteer organizations, school groups and corporations looking to inspire team and community building, is titled Life 4.0 and includes 5 simple steps for carving out community where you work and live. I came up with the title when I discovered that the whole Web 2.0 phenomenon was already transitioning into Web 3.0. The way I see it, Life needs to stay one step ahead.
Here is Peter's quote that brought me chills when it rolled off his lips:
"A true community is there to bring you chicken soup when you are ill, take care of your children when you cannot , and bury you when you die."
My follow-up question to all of you is: Do you have a community that will be there for you in your hour of need? And, just as importantly, are you committed to being a source of community to those around you?
I hope you can answer a resounding YES to both of those questions. If you answered "No" or even a "Yes... ish," I am hoping you will take steps toward making deeper connections wherever you spend your time, whether you're in a cubicle at work, chatting with kids in your carpool, or even taking a moment to read and respond to the blogs written by your fellow Redroom authors (instead of just waiting for someone to respond to yours).
Though my words will be spoken rather than written in this new venture, I still have the same mission we all do as writers-- that of inspiring, informing and entertaining anyone willing to hear my message.
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