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Anika Horn

Leaving our comfort zone...

Published over 1 year ago • 3 min read

Hello Reader,

Last week, I spent two days at the Governor's Summit for Rural Prosperity. Among all the policy-makers, delegates and lobbyists, I felt like a fish out of water. I know that advocacy is an essential part of ecosystem building, but having rarely moved in these circles, I was far outside my comfort zone trying to keep up in conversations and asking half-way meaningful questions.

Next week, I'll be competing in a lip sync battle to raise funds for Any Given Child, a local non-profit that ensures arts education for all children in our region. I wouldn't consider fake singing nor dancing like Harry Styles my strengths (don't tell my team that I had to google Harry Styles to find out what we were going for). I'll be - once again - outside of my comfort zone, in front of hundreds of people.

Leaving our comfort zones is emerging as a theme this quarter, and certainly in season 4:

  • Addressing tension? Outside of my comfort zone.
  • Facing conflict? Outside of my comfort zone.
  • Having difficult conversations? DEFINITELY outside of my comfort zone.

With any luck, I'll be a little more comfortable outside of my comfort zone by the end of this season. And I hope you'll come along on this journey with me and the seven ecosystem builders who are sharing their experiences in season 4!

I come across a lot of resources that I think every ecosystem builder should get their hands on. While I share them far and wide on many channels (mostly LinkedIn & Instagram), I love curating a list of the best insights, opportunities and resources for you:

I'll be back in your inbox in two weeks to introduce you to two more ecosystem builders who are good at building social capital, to share my favorite resources, and to remind you that what you do matters!

In camaraderie,

Anika

P.S. For those of you who want in on next week's lip sync battle, you can get your tickets here (if you're in the Shenandoah Valley) and you can buy your votes for Team Katie (you can vote from anywhere in the world!) here!

Anika Horn

I'm an ecosystem builder for social change. I love telling the stories of systemic changemakers around the world who make their communities a better place to live, work and play.

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