On Trying Something New
Welcome to Flock Forward!
There’s an exquisite deliciousness bordering on soul-crushing anxiety with trying something new, out of the ordinary, and undeniably public. I’ve been procrastinating showing this site to you all for weeks as I’ve worked through some of my own darkest places around shame, worthiness, power, and privilege. I’ve peered through an immense territory between believing that this site should become huge and famous one day, and trying to convince myself that it is a total waste of space.
Leadership, healing, social justice, community-building, technology, and madness. These are the primary topics that I intend to blog about. My hope, as is suggested around the site, is that this will soon become a community effort, collectively run by its members. I hope that some of my current friends, and friends-not-yet will join in to share articles, events, and other offerings, and see where that goes.
I think our world needs more experiments with collaborative online spaces. Yes, there is a thriving open source community, and popular social networks have already demonstrated a great deal of what sharing can make possible in cyberspace. However, most of the public sharing that happens currently online, such as on Facebook, is done in service to a corporate monolith that defines the experience skims value out of its users. It is not truly collaborative.
I cannot really choose how I share something on Facebook, only what I share. The Facebook administration regularly changes things behind our backs. Pages I’ve run over the past two years have seen a drastic decline in post-views as Facebook shifted its algorithms to focus people more on viral content, rather than nuanced, flavorful discussion.
I sincerely promise not to post link-bait here. I suggest we eschew the list-style format. Hopefully there will be articles here that combine logical thinking with critical theory and empathic process, continuing and deepening the kind of conversations that many of you know I love to have in real life.