UnSectored: An Experiment in Collaborative Change

Written by on October 15, 2012 in CSR, Entrepreneurship, Non-Profit - No comments

http://www.unsectored.netA year ago, UnSectored launched as an experiment in thinking about social change. A few friends and I came together to say that we are too divided in our conversations, and we need a place where we can consider those things that exist in between the commonly-defined paths for making a difference.

The response was overwhelming, and we soon realized that UnSectored was not just a group blog for online conversation, but a community. Recently, we re-launched UnSectored as a platform for that community. And today, we are asking you to join us and help spread the word that social change should be the responsibility of all individuals, organizations and sectors.

Our “re-launch” doesn’t change much. We’ve edited some pages on our website; we’ve formulated some documents for individuals and people to make it easier to get more involved in our offline events and other activities. (If you want to get more involved, let us know.) Really, this shift is an acknowledgement of what UnSectored stumbled upon when we went live a year ago: That there is a real desire from people to come together and talk about these issues, not with any agenda other than creating change.

We hope this broadened focus will grow our community and encourage more dialogue, as well as inspire people to develop collaborative actions for change. Our conversations and actions will both be online and offline, and we want you to get involved to strengthen the UnSectored community.

Primarily, we ask you to go to our site and say you will join us. Ours is a community that believes in the power of structured dialogue and values a participatory process where individuals collectively define progress and enact change. If you agree with what we are about, sign up, and spread the word.

Once you have done that, there are many ways for you to get involved:

  • Read the blog and contribute to conversation online, including by writing posts yourself.
  • If you live in the DC area, come to our UnSectored Talks series, which, if you haven’t been, are intimate discussions around issues related to collaborative and cross-sector change.
  • You can also host your own Talk. If interested, please get in touch with us and we will help you arrange it. We are interested in ways to expand beyond DC, so if you aren’t in the area, but would like to host a Talk, let us know.

Thank you for taking this journey with us. We hope your contributions will keep on coming.

Want to help spread the word? Use the sample posts and Tweets below.

Tweets:

We value a participatory process to define and enact change. Do you? Join the @UnSectored community: http://owl.li/dMM31

There is a real desire from people to come together, without any agenda other than creating change. Join @UnSectored: http://owl.li/dMM31

Our values: Intentionality, Diversity, Engagement, Disruption. Sound like yours? Join the @UnSectored community: http://owl.li/dMM31

Facebook/LinkedIn/Google Plus:

UnSectored is a community of people who believe that social change is the responsibility of all individuals, organizations and sectors. We work between and beyond sectors to collectively define progress and enact change. Community members can use its online platform, offline events, and offline activities to identify intersections, facilitate discussions, encourage cross-sector collaboration, and promote cross-sector change efforts. Join the community today: http://www.unsectored.net/join-us/sign-up/

Jeff Raderstrong

Jeff Raderstrong is a community engagement consultant who helps organizations engage with audiences to collectively define goals. He is also the Founder and Editor of UnSectored and the Co-Founder of the Social Entrepreneurs of Grinnell (SEG). He enjoys biking, vinyl records, and critical thinking.

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