We evolve at the rate of the tribe we're plugged into. ~
|Buon Viaggio Blog|
We'll be talking about Habitats
on the blog all month.
|DECISIONS, DEADLINES AND DOING IT NOW|
When I was thinking about my theme for 2010, it was an easy
choice. After a year of being a bit of a homebody, I was ready for a change.
I'd been spending lots of time working on projects that required solitude and
now it was time to head in a new direction.|
The theme that was a perfect
fit for this next chapter is Collaborate. Like many folks who are wildly
independent, I'm also an interdependent creature. Working with others who bring
strengths and talents I don't possess produces astonishment-and even magic. We
have the power of synergy to thank for that.
Synergy is something I learned about early in my
entrepreneurial journey. What I didn't know was that it's a rather new word
coined by Buckminster Fuller to describe what happens when we collaborate. My
favorite definition says that when synergy occurs the result is greater than
the sum of the parts.
While we may do wonderful things on our own, we can also
participate in projects that are creative collaborations. The movie business is
one big synergistic enterprise, of course.
Which leads me to tell you about a couple of my current
collaborations that have me so excited I can hardly sleep. The big project (in
terms of people involved) came about when Sandy Dempsey suggested (in her quiet
fashion) that we organize an event to bring Joyfully Jobless folks together.
We began talking about it, picked dates (October 15 &
16), decided that Austin TX would be the
perfect spot for such a thing, and named it the Joyfully Jobless Jamboree.
Not a run-of-the-mill business conference, by any means, but a true celebration
of self-employment is our vision. We also envisioned ways we could help people
connect and, perhaps, form new synergistic relationships of their own.
We gave the Jamboree a theme: More Time More Fun More Money
What we quickly realized was that we also need More People
if we were to bring this lively event to life. Then Alice Barry came up with
the idea of forming a Pardnership Posse. We settled on a dozen folks as our
ideal Posse to add their talents, ideas, spirit (and muscle) to the event.
What's the Posse all about?
The Pardnership Posse is an investment of ideas, time and
money and an incredible opportunity to be one of a handful of people to stake
their claim at the Jamboree and to blaze a trail for others to follow.
All Posse Pardners need to be ready,
willing and able to...
the Joyfully Jobless Jamboree to their own posses and communities.
collaborative conference calls in advance to help brainstorm ways to make this event
fabulous and magical.
- Get behind-the-scenes experience in planning
a creative event
In return for joining this roundup of
ambassadors and mavericks of goodwill when we all meetup in Texas at the Jamboree.
- Your business will be promoted on the Joyfully
Jobless Jamboree website.
- You will have the opportunity to showcase
your business at the Jamboree.
- You will be sittin' down to a private
Jamboree breakfast with Barbara.
- You will receive entrance to the event, all
the speakers, lunch and all-day snacks and beverages
Our deadline for Posse participation is midnight March
19th. So you can't dither on this one if you want to be part of the team.
Head over to Joyfully Jobless Jamboree to sign up.
- And, you will receive a special Pardnership
Posse T-Shirt so everyone at the Jamboree will know who you are.
Still not sure if this is for you? Check out the Pardnership Posse Creed.
Joyfully Jobless Jamboree
|IN BEAUTIFUL PLACES|
When Terri Belford proposed doing Inspired Livelihood
in Sedona, AZ, it met all my criteria for another theme
of mine: spending time with inspiring people in beautiful places. |
I was equally intrigued by the mission of this event. While
many of us love the notion of creating a business that is profitable and makes
a valuable contribution to a better world, designing such an enterprise can be
And that's exactly the challenge we'll be taking on at Inspired
Livelihood. If you want to
bring your values into alignment with
your work, if you refuse to merely give lip service to the things that matter
most, if you want to shine a brighter light, I can't imagine a better backdrop
for doing so than magical Sedona.
The Early Bird deadline is coming up fast on March 15.
Oh, yes, and the wonderful Alice Barry will be with us for this exploration
|JOYFULLY JOBLESS 101|
|When I began doing seminars, I especially enjoyed
collaborating with adult education programs around the country. The independent
programs were an especially good match for me since they were small businesses
that offered a wonderful option for lifelong learners in their communities.|
I'll be back in two of my favorite spots with Making a
Living Without a Job and Establish Yourself as an Expert. If you're
in the San Antonio, TX area, you'll find me at the Northside Independent
School District on
Saturday, March 13.
Then I'm going to be doing both of those programs plus Cheap
Tricks: Marketing on a Shoestring at the wonderful Colorado Free University
in Denver on
March 19 and 20.
|LOOKING FOR A GOOD READ?|
Head on over to Flashlightworthy Books and check out their
hundreds of suggestions. I've got a couple of reading lists posted there,
including one called First the Business, Then the Book, a compilation of my
favorite how-I-built-it stories.|