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?