Those of you who know me personally know that in April of this year I stepped down as executive director of my much beloved Groundwire. Those of you who know me well also know this was a very tough decision, and that I did it largely to be able to find time to write.
In 2004, I wrote a piece called “Movement as Network” which captured the imagination of a number of people in the social change community. Over the intervening years, I’ve wanted to follow up on many of the ideas that grew out of that work and my experiences at Groundwire. That is what I will be doing here at the Alchemy of Change blog.
What can you expect to find in this blog? Well, networks play a big role in how I see the world and I think a lot about organizations and how they engage people in their work. Democracy, innovation and sustainability are also key themes that you’ll find woven into much of what I write.
I’ll be trying to write in a modular format with lots of links to related posts so that after a few months there will be a nice little kernel of interconnected ideas for others to use in their work with organizations and networks. Beyond that, I don’t know exactly where this will go.
Turning to writing has been a big step for me. This morning, while at a gathering for my son’s school a man asked me what I do for a living. After a few moments hesitation, I told him “I write. I am a writer.”
So, I guess I better get to it.