This phrase has stuck with me since our Swarm event with Mission2020 last month. I have heard it before but this time it meant something different.
This Mission2020 thing kind of came out of know where. One minute I was casually looking for a venue to host 50 people for 48hours in mid July, the next I was calling caterers and before you know it I was writing up the schedule for the event onto big black boards in the entrance hall.
This time those famous Bucky words above rang in my ears. I have been involved in event production in one way or another for the last ten years - sure it was all vastly different, some volunteering, some facilitation, some public speaking and some travel but the whole time I have felt a little on the side lines. I mean I am busy don't get me wrong. I bust my ass making sure the events run smoothly, attendees get a warm family style welcome, dinners are nourishing and warm the soul, as do my handwritten welcome notes or moments of recognition to those who are participating. I am not a passenger though. I am part of the crew and these events are something I helped to create. The concepts are proven. The tables set. The beds made. And this go round, I really stood tall and proud in the event I helped produce.
We need new stories, new tactics and new ways to shift hearts and minds, that a more beautiful world is possible.
That was what our 48hour swarm in Norfolk in July was all about.