Wednesday, January 11, 2012


My friend Andrew Thornhill recently sent out a link to a piece in MediaPost declaring women "the most powerful gender." Other than its confusing using of "most" rather than "more" (are they expanding "gender" to include more than "male" and "female?"), the article is illuminating. It also challenges everything I'm doing, by simply raising the question, "Who's my market?"

"Homewood Nation," I would say, is first of all for residents of Homewood, then for others who care about Homewood. But who are they, where are they, what are they after, and what do I offer?

What do I most want to happen?

New conversations among Homewood residents, infused with joy, pride and power. Conversations about legacies, about ownership and about designing our future. Conversations that make people stand taller, and that put a spring in their step.

All of that for residents of Homewood. Then, for others who care about Homewood, conversations about how they can be partners with residents in bringing the future to light. Conversations about learning: what we can learn from them, and what they can learn from us.

I want to find the people who want to have those conversations. Maybe the way to do that is to simply go ahead and offer the conversations.

"Community Conversations," sponsored by Homewood Nation.

It occurs to me that many of the meetings that I have intended that focus on resident input have focused questions like, "What are your concerns/issues/problems?" I want to host a meeting that begins with, and quickly gets to, the question, "What are your dreams?"

I believe that dreams are bigger and more powerful than problems.

I also find dreams more interesting than problems, which I generally find to be merely annoying. That may prevent me from ever becoming a hacker, although I am a longtime hacker wannabe.

Ah well. Can't do/be everything.
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