“For while we have our eyes on the future
history has its eyes on us”
— Amanda Gorman, excerpt from “The Hill We Climb” inaugural poem
Venture forward. What you do now matters. For today and tomorrow.
Whether you rest on your laurels, continue in complacency, and content yourself with status quo OR dig deeply to find how you might re-invent to find greater balance, justice and truth.
The choice is yours. And, oh, what a choice.
To take the easy path… or forge a new one potent with promise. To work to your least, medium… or greatest capacity. To tread water… or dive into work that centers empathy and equity. To follow… or lead.
The work of those who toil in the vineyards of the social benefit sector is not always easy. Success is not measured by how much profit redounds to shareholders, but by how much social return is generated from your investment. Frankly, this is increasingly important to workers in all sectors. “Do no harm” is not enough; the goal is creating ACTIVE good. The venture is a collective one, with internal and external stakeholders joining together in shared purpose. How you create a collective culture, foster a sense of identity, meaning and belonging, and enthusiastically engage your village, becomes a critical piece of the impact you will have.
What will your legacy be? How will you activate it? How will you reshape the future?
To help you become the best you can be, I’m happy to present this edition of free resources for your continuing education and consideration. This comes with a huge shout-out to this year’s sponsor, Bloomerang.
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Enjoy, and may you go from strength to strength,
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