Today I got my Daily Dose of grounding in gratitude through:
Podio. Surely the most amazing ‘coordinate and get things done’ software-as-a-service for small, collaborative organisations, ever. I’ve been working and learning across and between desks, continents and organisations with literally a hundred different things like Basecamp, RememberTheMilk, Wikis, Google Apps, WorkFlowPro and other productivity apps and software for the better part of 8 years. And Podio is an absolute perfect fit for what we do now. I have to disclose they do sponsor Pollinators Inc, but I would recommend we pay whatever they ask even if they didn’t. It’s collaborative, incredibly flexible and customisable, simple, they’re always bringing out new features, it can get you away from email and it integrates well with so many other bits of software. It’s not a social network, it’s not a discussion forum, but it is the absolute killer project management / organisational coordination / workflow management app. Hoorah for Podio.
Brothers. A few funny emails sharing news about babies and jobs, proposals for family portrait art competitions, planning some holidays together with parents and discussion of getting bioenergy-powered pools past local government politics. These exchanges are really wonderful to me Even when I called one of them and got so pissed off in the first 30 seconds of conversation that I hung up on him, I still appreciated the unique ability of brothers to enliven (or enrage) you like no-one else can.
Boards. Not the riding kind, the governing kind. As an ‘incorporated association’ Pollinators Inc has a Board. At first a bunch of people invited to ‘just give a bit of guidance’, now a diverse, talented, and thoughtful group of mentors who put in a lot of time supporting a start-up social enterprise. Even when I feel down after our Board meetings or conversations with the Chair or Treasurer, or mildly frustrated at their necessarily risk-averse position on major strategic decisions, I feel grateful. Grateful for their due diligence, their questions, their different view, the care they show, the space they hold and participation in the evolving game of regional social innovation and entrepreneurship.