Friday Five: Authentic engagement

I have been in my new home of Leiden for exactly one month. This was not the welcome home I had been expecting after living away from my family for the past 15-months in London completing my first post-doc research position. Two days after I left London, countries all over Europe went on lock-down. The world has turned upside-down.

I am thankful to have a healthy family and my partner’s work not interrupted (for now). We have worked from home since 2008, so the transition to remote working has not impacted us. My children (10 and 16) are old enough to remain occupied and completing their remote school work for long stretches of time – allowing the adults to work in relative peace. I say all this not to gloat that I have it better, but to say that I have the bandwidth to be of service to others…and that is what I am trying to do. I can’t just tell people to be ‘CALM’, but I can  create and freely share resources to be able to take a calm approach to new ways of working and communicating. Please let me know how I may be of service to you.

Check out this week’s Friday Five list for your cultural prescription:

  • Podcast: WorkLife with Adam Grant: Season 3 – Authenticity is a double-edged sword - This podcast was taped before COVID, but it offers some food-for-thought about how much to be ourselves and expose who we are and where we live and how we live to others when remote working.
  • Tweet: “It’s a tough gig competing with baby giraffes!” by Kati Price, 10 April - The V&A’s Head of Digital was on BBC Breakfast this morning (Friday, 10 April) discussing the ‘maker’ content available on their website like ‘Design a Wig‘. We may not be able to visit the museum, but the museum is helping us establish mini-maker communities within our own homes.
  • Article: Empathetic audience engagement during the apocalypse by Andrea Jones – We know we cannot carry on with business as usual. This post outlines the stages of grief – something we are all collectively experiencing. We have to let go of what we thought we knew and find innovative ways to rediscover “what we (orgs) have + what they (audiences / visitors / consumers) have = what they need.”
  • Book: Maker City: A Practical Guide for Reinventing Our Cities by Peter Hirshberg, Dale Dougherty and Marcia Kadanoff
  • Video: Agile Leadership – MCN SIG Strategy Webinar (January 2020) – Right now, all of us are working without a net. It is difficult to plan too far ahead, so we need to get better at being nimble and working together. You don’t need to know all the ins-and-outs of Agile to practice agile ways of working. This webinar will get you started on the right path.
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