On Sunday, February 10, I gave a talk on my book, Conscious Cooperation: How to Create Successful Construction Projects, and its roots, at the local Sunday Supper Club, as mentioned in the previous blog. A totally unexpected alliance has emerged from that evening.
Joerg Meyer, formerly a highly successful business turn-around specialist in Europe, was in attendance. He did not expect my talk to be what it was; he expected some guy to talk about carpentry and construction. We spoke together afterwards, and it turns out he has been working toward offering support and development help to local businesses. See www.gotomycommunity.com To say we hit it off well is an understatement. Our approaches to business and all human interaction is so in-synch it is remarkable. When I read his website I told my girlfriend, “I could have written this.” We also found more places of overlap, and they keep unfolding.
We met two days ago to discuss how we might work together. I brought up offering conferences that use the deceptively simple Open Space Technology format, which basically says that the attendees are the experts. Our place is to set the tone of a gathering and then guide them into their own small discussion groups, then bring the group back together as a whole to share results and next steps. I have worked with this format on several occasions before, and the results are always surprising and typically add up to way beyond the sum of the parts. Just great stuff. Thank you, Harrison Owen.
I told Joerg we should have exposure about what we are doing, and he told me of how he had just connected deeply with Randy Allen, who runs the local AM radio station, WKCW. Randy already offered Joerg his own weekly radio show after their first long discussion. It turns out that Randy has a great and long history in radio and tv work, and now he has taken over the local station in Warrenton, VA. His work experience includes stints in New York and Washington.
In no time Joerg told Randy about me, and less than twenty-four hours later, yesterday, we met together. Well, just as Joerg said, Randy is totally aligned with us, and he is tremendously excited about working together toward this developing vision of helping the local business community to come together in a deeper way that can benefit all. Joerg and Randy are both infectious in their enthusiasm and attentiveness. I am fortunate in that they have embraced me into what seems like a really rich association of kindred spirits, and they feel fortunate that I showed up now. Interestingly, Joerg had not gone to a Sunday Supper Club group for two years, and the night I spoke his wife convinced him to go. There is a lot going on behind the scenes here!
The three of us have great energy for this endeavor, and we are all committed. Ultimately we would like to spread what we offer to the business community on a larger scale, but we are starting at home. We all care about this a lot. We care about the people here. That shared passion has a lot of power.