Building a network around your passion

Updated: Apr 13, 2021

Passionate people drive change.

Landcare is made up of passionate people, and passionate people have many passions. So now let’s go straight to the tough question for passionate people:

Which of your several passions needs attention now?

This is not an easy question.

Which of your environmental interests needs your attention? What won't let you go? What has a grip on you?

Where is the heat catching hold of you?

The stronger the network I build around my passion, the more I can get done, and the more fun I have working with other people. But which interest, which passion, do I want to put time into, to build the network specific to that passion? And what conversations do I want to have right now?

Here are three of my own possible starting points.

As a writer:

what can I do in a blog that can't be done so well anywhere else?

As an activist:

how can more people bring their narratives into the public domain,

so they aren't marginal, so they get a hearing?

As a systems practitioner:

how do we design for learning within communities of interest? how do we scale up from local level action, so that our critique of governance locally is connected to broader agendas as we rethink governance?

Around which of these will I invest time to build up my networks? Where will I stop rushing on to the next thing and ask myself:

With whom do I want to a good conversation about this?

And about what specifically do I need a conversation?

That's work, net work, and it starts, like most things, with deciding on a focus and putting it on my to-do list. Only then will I cut through all the other things demanding my time.

Only then will I pick up the phone, and call that person I have been thinking of calling for months.

Photo by Sebastian Pociecha on Unsplash

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