I have had a couple conversations with Bob about the Mirrormere project and this post comes out of our last chat. Bob’s initial invitation inspired me to put my hand up and say “I’m in”. I know many others did too. For myself, it’s very early days for this project, though what I bring to it, and what all of you bring to it, is the result of many years of work, reflection, experience, visioning and perhaps, frustration, disappointment and even anger.
My “I’m in” response was to Bob’s call, however the community will be the curriculum, if you like, and the curriculum will be the community. In other words, it will be up to all of us to work out with each other what Mirrormere is. It seems to me that we still need to know what we are getting into, but the thrill of a venture like this is that “what we are getting into” is entirely dependent on what we throw into the mix, how well we get on with each other and how we synthesise all our respective bits.
What sits with me at this very early stage of the project are questions such as these:
- “Do I belong here?”
- “Who else is here?”
- “How can we begin to form into a community?”
Drawing on my own learning, experience and work in the area of sociometry, one of the most useful ways for me to find answers to these questions is to reach out and invite you to have conversations with me.
It seems to me that in order for us to move from being a group of people connected mainly via Bob and his initial invitation, to becoming more of a community, that “getting to know” stuff needs to happen…at least for me it does. It helps me to find out how I am connected to you, what things we share, what differentiates us, what we bring that complements the other, what visions, desires or aspirations we share. It can help us to begin to find ways of being and working alongside each other, even (and maybe especially) if this is virtual.
So this post is an invitation for everyone to begin connecting with everyone else. I’m fortunate that Bob and I live down the road from each other (which I’ve only recently discovered to my delight), however, when I look at the list of interested folks, we are spread far and wide. Let’s make this manageable and enjoyable. There is a list of fellows with contact details.
I suggest that we might start with some one-to-one Skype calls (other video chat applications are available), beginning to weave our relationships together in an easy way. Then, let those of us who do this, post a brief digest of what emerged in the conversation, in a way that allows the wider group to begin to know something of who everyone is, what is going on in the wider reaches of the group (so that we are aware that life is beginning to flourish) and perhaps something of those aspirations, visions, life (and work) experiences that lead us to be drawn to Mirrormere. Perhaps the folks who do one of these skypes could co-write a brief post for this blog.
Happy to hear comments and further suggestions that add on what I’m putting out. Also happy to begin this connecting up with you. Best place in the first instance to get hold of me is via @JohnQShift on Twitter.