Last week, while my family was in the country, I slowed down. I took the long route on purpose. I stayed at the speed limit (almost). I didn't curse at yellow traffic lights or people taking a long time at the ALDI checkout ahead of me.
I savored. I gave myself permission to just be present and enjoy. Time with my parents is precious and I didn't want to squander it. And I actually enjoyed myself a lot more because I wasn't constantly stressing about everything I wasn't getting done. Being present WAS the job. And I was killing it.
I'm skipping conference season this year but if you're in the mood for travel and want to meet some fellow ecosystem builders, you still have ample opportunity!
Whatever you tackle this last quarter, I hope you remember to be present and savor it. As I mentioned in the fourth Summer Skill Session, our work is first and foremost about listening and relationship building, both of which are hard to quantify and check off of a to-do list. Here's what I got for you this week:
There's no playbook (yet)
On top of my typical in-between-seasons update, hear more about two of the main convenings for ecosystem builders this fall:
Each day, I come across a handful of resources that I think every ecosystem builder should know about. Here are the highlights:
Save the date ecosystem builders!📅
- October 11-12: e.Builders Forum, RTP NC
- October 17-19: SCN Summit in Dallas Fort-Worth, TX
If you're in the Raleigh/Durham, NC, area in mid-October, check out the FYSO founder weekend.
My friends at Zebras Unite are hiring a revenue producer. Check out the job description and pass it along to people in your network!
The Skoll Foundation is looking for someone to manage their convenings (both in-person and virtual). If you know an experienced events genius, spread the word!
If you're passionate about rural ecosystem development, see whether any of these roles fit the bill!
I'm super excited to see The Rural Slice come to life! Brēyana Ray, Director of the Rural Innovation Network, launched this project to tell the stories of women in color who work in tech in rural America.
Lastly, we're only four weeks away from the launch of What Works: A Comprehensive Framework to Change the Way We Approach Goal Setting by Tara McMullen. I pre-ordered this weeks ago and can't wait to dive in!
Season 4 launches next week and I can't wait to share the conversations I've had with ecosystem practitioners about how we build trust and manage conflict in entrepreneurial ecosystems! If you follow Ecosystems for Change on the podcast player of your choice, you'll get notified of new episodes! I'm all for convenience friends!
See you in mid-October!