And this is true for the host team, too. The four of us - Tim, Chris, Caitlin, and I - bring our own current thinking and questions and share them with the group. And this will be especially true for me at the upcoming Beyond the Basics in Minnesota.
For the past several years, I’ve been working hard to articulate my own thoughts and learning about working in difference and equity, engaging with power differently, and navigating change together over time. I’ve tried to integrate the best of the lessons I’ve learned through years of social justice activism and participatory leadership to develop a useful, practical model about how we can make change together.
I’ve shared bits and pieces of the model here and there. I’ve started and stopped on writing it up. I’ve practiced it, learned from it, and refined it. And it was in the Beyond the Basics gatherings last year, that I realized that I have a contribution to make through this model, and it’s time to bring it outside of my own head and practice and make it visible to the rest of the world.
And that’s an interesting thing about Beyond the Basics. For many of us, it is not only a chance to engage our most challenging questions, but it’s also rare space to pause and reflect on what we do know. It’s a shared time with friends and colleagues that emboldens us to do our work differently in the world. It gives us courage.
For me what this means is that I’ll be bringing my new model to BtB in Minnesota. I’m excited, and trembly, and nervous, and eager to share it with folks. It’s edgy for me, for sure, but I’m going to bring it.
I hope you join me there.