Neither institute, conference, nor innovators lab shall stop me from blogging for you. But it will influence what I talk about.
So I'm attending the ALA/Harwood Institute Public Innovators Lab in
beautifully humid Atlanta this week. One of the titles of this lab is
Libraries Transforming Communities. This lab is into the kinds of things
that we're into at Constructive Summer, writ large onto a the idea of
driving transformative change within communities. Next week I'll have
much more, but since I'm in the midst of it right now I just want to
share with you this:
See how this is what we're all about here? First, ownership: it's yours
- your profession, your institution, your community. So what does it
mean like to own your work and your community? You have to be open to
discovery, which means risk, you have to listen to learn, your have to
care so deeply, you have to be ready to hold opposing views at once
(maybe just for a minute) and finally you have to start to be brutally
honest with yourself.
Right, seems clear enough. But this is what I want to underline about
it: this way of being isn't a thing that you reach, it is a practice.
You practice a practice even well after you master it because it isn't
an end state. The more you practice it the easier it gets, the more you
practice it the more infrequently you fail miserably, the more brutally
honest you can be with yourself. Start a practice in being in a safe
space and grow it out. Start today.