The Great Relief of Having You to Talk To

  • It’s just been weeks since I left the job as Executive Director of the DMZ (dmz.ryerson.ca – the wonderful incubator I co-founded) to start a new company called The Pivotal Point.  

    I left the DMZ with the goal of sharing this community based model with like-minded schools, businesses and governments.

    I speak to at least 15 people everyday and yet, I’m feeling lonely. I think I miss the daily team conversations about our common mission at the DMZ.

    However, part of starting a new business like The Pivotal Point is growing a network of can-doers who share the vision of accelerating change by enabling community based entrepreneurial environments.

    Luckily I do have a few people I am starting to count on for this type of interaction. You could say they are part of a developing team. And although we all have separate companies or organizations, we connect because we share a piece of the overarching mission.  

    These are the conversations I crave the most.

    No matter what, we gotta talk.

     

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Valerie Fox

User experience and organizational design. Invention, innovation, facilitation, brainstorming. Entrepreneur, intrapreneur: always discovering, learning, figuring it out, getting it done.

2 Comments

  1. I know exactly what you mean Valerie. I’ve been freelance consulting for over 2 years now and really miss the daily interactions with people working towards the same goals. It’s a wonderful thing to be able to have Skype meetings with clients in the US but nothing quite replaces real life connections.

    • Thanks for your comment Lynn. I was so hoping that its just a matter of getting used to. I have colleagues that relish the ability to have time to tune out, so that they can get their heads down to work. I understand that, but I’m finding I still long for the go-across-the hall-to-chat when I feel the urge. Again, phone is cool, but its not the same. This is why I love to hang out in incubators, coffee shops and clubs.

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