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Capturing the spirit with a net

by Jeff Urban (guest post)
follow me on Twitter: @jeffurban

I feel very fortunate to have a number of friends that are very active and community minded individuals. Many of them I met through my years of involvement with the Leadership Twin Cities program. We get together for happy hour to try to solve the world’s problems. Okay, maybe we don’t solve problems, but we do discuss our community’s current issues and successes. After each happy hour I am:

  • Inspired and humbled by my friends and the difference they’re making in the community
  • Enlightened by the knowledge shared
  • Concerned about the difficult challenges our community faces
  • Reflective on what I could do to help

For years I’ve wondered how I could capture the spirit of these happy hours and make them something more. Long story short, in September 2009, I launched the Leadership and Community (L&C) collaborative blog with the initial idea of taking our happy hours online. Our small group often shared news of people, places and organizations that were doing exciting things. But how could the few of us spread the word easily and effectively?

Social media created this unique opportunity to share our ideas and thoughts. So, I created the L&C blog with the thought of bringing people together, to discuss issues. The L&C blog has developed a diverse following–generations, industries, professions, backgrounds, ethnicity, and faith. The commonality amongst everyone is that they care about our community—a key for bringing people together.

We invite YNPN-TC members to connect and communicate with our Leadership and Community blog. We are interested in finding other voices, different viewpoints, and a variety of subjects that focus on community and leadership. Read the blog. Share your voice. Pass it to your connections.

And if you’re a blogger—contact us about submitting a post. Perhaps all of the little happy hours, informal circles, and large networking organizations will be part of the conversation you started.

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