Something is happening. It's tough to define exactly what "it" is, but it's exciting, it's inspiring and it's happening now.
We are unbelievably lucky. Bradley, Lauren and I have the opportunity to have inspiring conversations on a daily basis. It's interesting to take a step back and realize there is an underlying continuous theme that runs through each conversation we have. From young professionals to municipal councillors to mayors to business owners to government officials to entrepreneurs, there is a point in the conversation when they lean in with a twinkle in their eye and inevitably say something along the lines of "This is exciting...something's happening and the time is now."
"The strength of the team is each individual member.
The strength of each member is the team."
So what's causing this intangible feeling that is permeating through all these groups, all these generations that sometimes have a hard time finding common ground? I think it's best described as an actionable shared passion. Atlantic pride isn't a new thing. For decades, Atlantic Canadians have known their town, their region, their province has been something to be proud of. What's different is that this pride seems to be manifesting itself into action. Seemingly simultaneously, there's a fast growing number of Atlantic Canadians who are tapping into this shared consciousness and setting out to do something.
A great example of this is the Halifax Social Network. Four events in, they are growing faster than ever expected and are doing their part to catalyze this actionable shared passion. Meech and Sean McMullen have put together something special that has grown beyond expectations simply be reaching out to their network and doing something. If you haven't had the chance to attend an event, put it on your list. The format allows for attendees to meet like-minded individuals from a variety of fields with the goal of sharing ideas and collaborating. It also showcases several individuals as guest-speakers who are given the opportunity to tell their story and inspire. Our very own Bradley Daye was a speaker at a previous event, while April's event showcased an inspiring lineup:
- Sid Kosatsky from HostOften,
- Alfred Burgesson from @HFXcollective/City of Halifax,
- Miriah Kearney from My Home Apparel,
- Quentrel Provo from Stop the Violence,
- Ross Palmer from Grandma Mazel's.
"Unity is strength. . . when there is teamwork and
collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved."
Ultimately, it feels like what is happening is a refreshing take on an age old problem: what to do when a task seems so massive, it's daunting to even try to figure out where to start. Rather than reside to the fact that we can't do it on our own, it seems there has been a shared understanding that we can change the narrative together (shout out to Lauren, Terrence and Duane, hosts of the CTN Podcast with the best name on the market). By playing to our strengths and actually doing something, we can all find ourselves playing a part in generating the momentum that propels us all forward.
We at P4G are incredibly excited about some of the projects we have in the pipeline, and are equally excited to launch a campaign that will provide a platform for some of this shared momentum. We invite you to follow our instagram, facebook and twitter to share in the journey.
Ultimately, we're excited to be part of what's happening. We're excited to do something. Aren't you?