What’s Next for Me
I’ve been doing quite a bit of thinking lately about who I am and what I want to do with my life. This process of personal reflection began in March when an issue arose with my former employer that caused me to stop and reevaluate some things — and opened up some space to do some blue sky thinking.
At the beginning of November, I redesigned my personal website and in the process did some work of re-branding myself, developing the Knightopia concept, and incorporating my official tagline (It’s like utopia—only better!) for the first time.
The focus of my work in recent years has focused on “Communication + Mission,” even to the point of developing a vision for “Kingdom Journalism” and branding myself as a “Kingdom Journalist.” While I still think there’s a lot of value in that language (I even have half a book proposal drafted on the subject), I realized that it’s not quite as accessible conceptually as I’d like it to be for a broader range of people.
So I’m setting aside “Kingdom Journalism” for right now and changing the language I use about what I really enjoy doing and that is (to steal a phrase from one of my favorite bloggers, Andrew Jones):
Telling Stories and Throwing Parties
Telling Stories for me is all about communication, storytelling, using words and images to create a compelling narrative. This is not only information, but also interaction and conversation — in other words, social media. I’ve been involved in the social media space pretty heavily for the past several years, and as I consider pursuing another full-time position, I’m most interested in finding a social media marketing job that will allow me to focus on utilizing (and continuing to develop) my skills in this area.
Throwing Parties for me is all about creating spaces where stories can be told and where interaction/conversation can take place (whether it be virtual or actual). I’ve had the privilege of coordinating a monthly Meetup group for the past five years (among other IRL “parties”), and I’ve had the opportunity to curate several online communities over the past few years, as well. I see value and find joy in both, and I’m excited to be involved with both in a new venture also launched at the beginning of November called TransFORM.
There’s a lot to the TransFORM story that I hope to tell at some point, but suffice it to say that it’s really come together over the past eight months. I’m excited that we’ll be hosting our first TransFORM event (a missional community formation learning party, if you will), in Washington, D.C., next spring (April 30-May 2, 2010), featuring some amazing people, talking about some exciting missional work that’s already being done, with the hope of spurring on others to love and good deeds (i.e., forming new missional communities of practice).
I’ve had encouraging conversations with potential funders that could really make things happen, and I’m beginning to pursue 501c3 status for TransFORM. If I could dedicate myself 100% to developing TransFORM, I absolutely would. I’m coming to the realization, though, that it’s probably more realistic (and possibly even better) to be bi-vocational and work another social media/communication job in addition to developing TransFORM. I’m not sure yet what the right way forward is exactly, but I’m excited to find out. I’m knocking on every door right now, waiting to see which one(s) will open up.
I appreciate everyone’s friendship, prayers, and support — and any job leads you might know of!