I have to be honest: I’m not the best networker in the world. Everyday I read dozens of emails that come to Freechild and SoundOut from dozens of directions… one group in Rio de Janeiro wants to co-sponsor outreach for South America, another group in Alabama wants training on Activist Learning, and another in Nepal wants to become our partner there. Its a lot to keep up with.
So much so, in fact, that I sometimes don’t connect with folks in my region as much as I want to. There is so much exciting action going on in the Pacific Northwest, like the awesome work that has been going on in Multnomah County for several years. Its hard to get my head wrapped around all of it; building the network is so needed here…
In the Southwest, Youth Action is pulling together the network, in a major way. In the South, Southern Echo and Highlanderare doing it. In the Northeast there is so much regional connection going on that its hard to pull one group out, and in the Midwest they’ve got very little. Kinda like us. Except for the Movement Strategy Center out of the Bay Area, there has been little connecting going on here.
The difference between all these groups and CommonAction (Freechild’s parent org) is that we seek to unite the divergent pathways of youth activism, youth involvement, youth service, and youth media together in a broad coalition of force, authority, and action.
Its friggin glorious – if we can make it fly. Maybe we’re spreading our wings too wide. We haven’t found funding for it yet! I would love to hear what you think.