The Art of Non-Conformity
I had the privilege of giving a short introduction for Chris Guillebeau when he came through North Carolina on his 50-state, 10-province self-organized “Unconventional Book Tour” of North America. (A short snippet of which is included in this great mini-documentary by Crystal Street.)
I’ve known Chris since 2008, when I published an article he’d written, entitled “God’s Economy: Lessons in Return-On-Investment in West Africa,” on the Emergent Village blog. After reading his personal blog religiously ever since, it was so great to finally meet Chris — and his lovely wife, Jolie — in person!
A lot has changed for Chris (and for me!) in the past couple of years. His writing has taken off, resulting in his first book being published. The experience that he spoke out of in that article two years ago is fleshed out even more in the pages of his book, and, as I shared that night at The Regulator Bookshop in Durham, the thing that’s most impressed me about Chris is how integrated his message is: that, in the very midst of pursuing our dreams and seeking to live an unconventional life, we have a responsibility to make the world a better place.
Chris’ writing is still kicking my butt, challenging me to follow what’s in my heart. I’m grateful for what he’s taught me, and I hope his writing will be a welcome companion for you on your journey to non-conformity as well.