Day 204/365: Collaborative

I messaged a friend the other day who works for FEMA to try to get a handle on what’s happening with our sister islands in the Caribbean. It appears that crises are outpacing help so she’s unsure where she’s being dispatched next but more than likely it will be to either the US Virgin Islands or San Juan, Puerto Rico.

In the message I also asked her about what we could do to help as citizens within the contiguous states. She said donate, which I did. But I feel like there’s more I can do. I’m just not so sure what. I’m not an organizer and even if I was, I’m not quite sure what I would be organizing for. It would be cool to have an incubator where people did nothing but brainstorm about crises and the best ways to manage them so that the fallout is far less catastrophic than what’s happening now. Maybe it already exists. I mean no idea is really new, right?

What I am sure of is that we’re smarter together so I know there are some good ideas that could come out of collaboration and brainstorming if we got just the right mix of people in the room.

This notion got me thinking about the idea of service. And how even small acts can combine to create a great degree of change. I’d like to start working in small groups to bring about change through acts of service. But I’d like to do it in an innovative and effective way. I think the Millennials have the right idea on this front. Yeah, I know they get a lot of grief for coming off as detached from human connection, lazy and entitled, but I’ve seen a different side of this group, and I feel like they’re the changemakers this world needs to move forward.

If we got millennials together with boomers and Gen Xers, imagine what genius we could come up with. Hmmm … I’ll have to consider how this might come together. Not only are we smarter together, we are stronger together. And now is the perfect time to harness and leverage that. I intend to do what I can to make this possible. We have nothing to lose and everything to gain.


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