Thanks for being a part of the Fruition Coalition in 2012!
At this time of year, I like to reflect on what has been accomplished. This year, the Fruition Coalition:
- Was re-energized by the founding director (me) leaving the material and psychological security of my full time job
- Published 139 blog posts on The Activist’s Muse
- Launched the Fruition Academy of Social Imagination and Action
- Held two webinars: Teaching, Learning, and Transformation & Social Reciprocity…total attendance was 58 people in four countries on three continents
- Temporarily suspended the Fruition Academy of Social Imagination and Action due to intellectual and financial sustainability concerns and therefore did not conduct the two webinars I was most excited about — Existential Leadership and Quantum Theory for Activists
- Launched Le Salon Utopique, an online community for progressive activists
- Worked with an intern from University of Maryland to organize the Changemaker Chat section of the blog (thank you Kerry!)
- Launched the Social+ campaign to promote extending the idea of carbon neutrality to all of our micro and macro social actions
- Completed two program development projects with local organizations
As for me personally (but in a professional sense), I:
- Participated in three presentations at the International Leadership Association
- Started blogging for Huffington Post
- Experienced tremendous self-doubt and anxiety — which was at times freeing and at other times paralyzing
- Learned to feel more comfortable with ambiguity and uncertainty
- Tutored two students in statistics, revealing the need for simple, easy to understand statistics instructions which I have yet to find online or in textbooks (perhaps I can find a way make stats fun!)
- Taught an Introduction to Fundraising class for the second time
- Worked as a research assistant for an awesome, brilliant professor
- Read a ton of amazing books and papers and added much to my reading list which now includes almost 4,000 books and several hundred papers
- Narrowed down the topic for my dissertation, which is now looking something like the myths of social justice leadership
- Did not for one moment regret my decision to make the major life transition to become self-employed, despite the emotional and financial challenges (“That which does not kill us makes us stronger” — F. Nietzsche)
Tomorrow, I will reveal the Fruition Coalition’s plans for 2013!
Looking back on the past year, what have been your highlights?