FSLN plug has me thinking...

I saw this post by one of our Community Moderators, Dar Wolnik, plugging the FSLN and wanted to share with the rest of the FSLN community -- specifically, this part:

I remember when I first joined Market Umbrella in 2000 and the E.D. gave me a list of names and phone numbers and said, “if you need help, call these folks. They are our network and will help you just as they helped me. And whenever a market calls us, return that call right away; in this work, everyone shares.”

Rarely can we accomplish things by working in silos. Asking for help, sharing tips, engaging in meaningful collaboration is valuable within and beyond food systems work.

Honestly, I have a hard time asking for help, both professionally and personally. Is it the fear of looking like I don't know what I'm doing? Feeling dependent on others? Coming across as "weak"? - Probably, but I gotta get over it! (PS. I truly believe that entering food systems work and being part of this network has played a critical role in helping me realize this and take steps to shift this mindset.)

So, thank you Dar, for not just plugging the FSLN, but for the reminder that a core value of being connected to and part of a network -- or more accurately, a community -- is the knowledge that when you say "help," the community answers with "how?"

And how special is that?


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    Dar Wolnik on 4/25/2019 3:17:26 PM

    That is so right. Asking for help (partnership) is a core principle of the direct marketing movement, and should be an intentional act by all of those advocates along the spectrum. Making time to tell others what is not working or what you are struggling with in terms of the work is as important as answering the phone when others call to tell you what is happening. Of course we learned the lesson down here on the Louisiana Gulf Coast in a different way after the levee breaks of 2005, after the BP oil spill of 2010, the flood of 2016 (I can go on)- that asking for help requires the belief that we are truly connected. I think often of something my pal writer, radio host and New Orleans Slow Food chapter founder Poppy Tooker said to me in 2005 after we realized the level of destruction we were facing in the Gulf Coast region:"Yeah things suck right now, but the good thing is that we are part of the food community, and that community always helps." Making those connections real and actionable must be is a primary goal of our work whether it be rural to urban or suburban, market to market, new farmer to multi-generation, market organizer to corner store and so on. Lastly, it seems to me that the idea of emergence as described by Meg Wheatley and Deb Frieze is deeply rooted in building dynamic useful networks and to me, is the real work of any support network for producers or front line organizers. https://www.margaretwheatley.com/articles/emergence.html

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    Annalina Kazickas on 4/26/2019 1:17:18 PM

    Thanks for sharing that article - it offers a really great articulation of the power of networks and intentional communities of practice.

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    ELICIA CHAVEREST on 4/29/2019 1:44:05 PM

    Good one Annalina and Dar, the power of networking, building relationships and using those contacts . I'm just reading this and just wrote an article on the power of networking. Great minds think alike

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