Everyone's talking about purpose these days. Everyone tells you that you need to find yours — for your own sake and for that of humanity’s. There is a growing proliferation of books and articles and workshops with various approaches promising to help you find yours. One approach is visioning, a vogue-ish high-level process used in business, urban planning, nonprofits... anywhere where thinking strategically about future direction is helpful. (5-min read)
Developed by the Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corporation and facilitated in part by Antidote Collective, this intensive 6-month program includes online training activities, expert instruction, one-on-one mentoring sessions, group interaction and industry networking events. Applications due Aug. 15, 2016. (quick read)
For 5 years (2005 to 2010) I was a consultant on pro bono branding and communications projects for several nonprofit clients through Taproot Foundation. It was a highlight of my career, and I encourage it for everyone. Here's an interview that gives a feel of why it's rewarding and impactful. (2-min read)
In this TED Talk, "How the Internet has made social change easy to organize, hard to win," techno-sociologist Zeynep Tufekci makes an argument against digital activism, exclusively. And an argument for what I'll call "slow activism." (quick read)
For most folks 2009 was a challenging year (to say the least). Resolve to rectify that this year.
Engage with us.
We're more than just a physical place with desks and wifi and printers. We're a diverse community of members with a range of creative and technical talents.
We plan programs and events to inspire, educate and bond: personal and professional development workshops, seminars, social and cultural events.
Beacon member Andy Rinehart (a web/multimedia designer) says it pretty well:
"Working at BEAHIVE has solved the isolation problem typical of solopreneurship. But more than that it has given me the chance to belong to something larger. The opportunities for valuable networking, collaboration, consultation and community are huge. I even have the sense that belonging to the hive lends extra credibility to my business. And the space itself has that artisanal sort of magnificence that is out of reach for many freelancers. BEAHIVE is special, progressive, affordable, unique and utterly invaluable."
Join us as a member. Come to one of our events/programs (many are open to all). Or produce a program and help your fellow (wo)man. We have two beautiful spaces for that very purpose.
Already a member? Then engage more. Take advantage of us. We like that.
We have bigger plans for 2010 — togrow our community and our impact, to realize our larger vision.
KINGSTON LAUNCHES We quietly opened Kingston last month and so far we have 9 Founding Members (besides the Chronogram folks). Join before February 1 and you too can be one. We're kicking it in earnest this month with several regular events. See the sidebar.
JINGLE BZZZ, JINGLE BZZZ... Even if you missed our BEAHIVE+BCN Holiday Party last month in Beacon, you may have heard about it. Roughly 200 people rocked the hive on Second Saturday. Fovea raised $700+ from works by local photographers at the silent auction we hosted. The buzz resonated long after the bees left the building. Check out these photos by member Paul O'Hanlon.
MEMBER BZZZ Graphic designer (and BEAHIVE logo and materials creator) Steven Blumenthal recently started MAC MEN, personal training on the most popular Mac apps. He'll come to you or meet you at the Beacon hive on Main St.
Welcome Kingston members: Beth Bengtson, Perry Goldschein and Arthur Zaczkiewicz of sustainability strategy and communications firm SDialogue; life coach Ethan Campbell of Pro Stress Relief; management consultant Chad Gomes of Booz & Company; John Lehane – founder/CTO of WAKA Kickball (!); website designer Sean O'Dwyer of Design ICU; and Debra Seidman of Art of Massage Massage Therapy.
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