I am a work in progress. So are you.
At the end of the year it is a useful exercise to stop and ask yourself: What do I know now that I didn’t know last year?
Answering this question can provide reassurance that progress is in fact in process!
It is also useful to write down your learning so others can benefit from it. My post last year about 2008 has received most traffic on this blog so far. So I’m sharing my list with you again. The challenge is that I learned too much in 2009 for one blog post. Here is my abridged list. A few will become their own post in the coming weeks. But for today this is what I know now that I didn’t know last year.
1. Twitter works.
2. SOFII is transforming how we learn and share together.
3. If you have given all you can – find a new challenge.
4. 5 KM isn’t that far. Run it!
5. You kids will talk to you more if you have an msn account. Learn their language. My daughter's self portrait:
6. Be grateful when someone cares enough to criticize.
7. Burn out is real.
8. The Global South is the new fundraising frontier.
9. Budgets absolutely MUST be driven by a manageable work plan.
10. The more I learn the less I know.
People who influenced me the most in 2009
1. Craig MacKenzie (Ontario) – he tolerates me with calm pragmatism
2. Skye MacKenzie (Ontario)– pays more attention than I think
3. Chase MacKenzie (Ontario) – always full of empathy
4. Ken Burnett (UK & France) – inspirational and challenging at same time
5. Marie Burnett (UK & France) – a magnificent and patient editor
6. Gayle Wood (Ontario) – sensible, wise and fair
7. Mark Phillips (UK) – a generous and charming resource
8. Nisia Hanson (USA) – unfailingly enthusiastic and supportive
9. Jackie Mendoza (UK) – calm, encouraging and makes me laugh
10. John Lepp (Ontario) – generous and honest
11. Ram Kapar (Nepal) – His unfailing determination and for teaching me that humanity is one family and the world is one home
12. Sudeshna Kukherjee (India) – Beautiful. A bright light full of positive energy
The book that had the biggest impact on my work in 2009
The Influential Fundraiser – Bernard Ross and Claire Segal
(Watch this space for more on some of these points. Numbers 1, 7 and 8 are coming soon.)
In order to advance the sector and improve the world we must keep learning and asking ourselves and others ‘Why?’. We must constantly challenge ourselves to do better.
Take a moment now to think about your list of learning for 2009? It would be great if you felt like sharing it and left a comment here. We might all learn something that way.
The most important thing though is to do it. Write it down so you can see how you evolve year after year. You won’t regret it.
Thank you for spending time here.