I hope you're keeping well in these tumultuous times. My plans for Spring certainly didn't include a global pandemic - and now it is giving us all a chance to experience a massive paradox: Radical transformation can be both ridiculously easy and unimaginably hard at the same time.
Depending on where you are in this journey, here are a few resources from around the web that I found useful:
- John Green's Mental Health Tips from People Who've Been There (video, 4') is based on advice from medical practitioners with experience with epidemics and social isolation.
- Training for Change published an excellent (and free) ebook called Leading Groups Online - a down-and-dirty guide to leading online courses, meetings, trainings, and events during the coronavirus pandemic.
- David Algoso proposes a simple three-level planning grid for dealing with the current uncertainty in organizations and teams.
If you ask me, probably the best thing we can do right now is to give ourselves permission to P A U S E
, dial down the perfectionism and take care of each other. This gives us space to sense into the new reality and connect to what matters. And once the long-term direction gets clearer, we'll have energy left to organize.
The time for change is now.
And: There is enough time.
With love and kindness,
Updates and resources from the house of ON:SUBJECT
- Highly recommended: Momentum Lab is offering bi-weekly online trainings for activists, organizers and NGOs (in German). The first training is on 6 April. Momentum Lab is a collaboration of Julia Junge, Susanne Rodemann-Kalkan and Wiebke Herding. More: momentum-lab.de
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