I'm excited about this. The talk will be on April 9th at TEDx in Navesink, NJ, and the title is “Working Out Loud: The making of a movement.” The story I plan to tell won’t be about me or the book or even the practice of working out loud.
The story will be about something much bigger.
The theme of the event is “Makers” and the organizers want to “explore the essence of creation.” In the case of working out loud, the thing that caught their attention is how we’re trying to spread a set of positive behaviors and are beginning to help a wide range of people and organizations around the world.
Here’s a description from the TEDxNavesink website:
“Stories of successful movements and movement-builders can be daunting as well as inspiring. The path can look so straight and assured in hindsight. At the early stages, though, the process of building a movement is fraught with uncertainty and a wide range of everyday crises. How do you start? How do you deal with the uncertainty at the early stages?
This is a story of Working Out Loud. Its aim is to help millions of people build better careers and lives, but will it? Examining it closely in its early stages can help other aspiring movement-builders know what to do and what to avoid.”
The movement we’re making
What’s the point of this movement and why would people want to be a part of it? A few months ago I wrote about where Working Out Loud is heading.
“Collectively, we will help millions of people develop the practice of Working Out Loud.
We’ll do it to help individuals access a better career and life,
to help the work of organizations be more effective and fulfilling,
and to make the planet feel like a more connected, humane place.”
The key words in that statement are “we” and “collectively.” In my talk, I want to celebrate the people who are taking a step for themselves and those helping to spread the practice. I want to inspire others to take a step too, not to follow me but to lead in their own way.
As the event organizers asserted: “We’re all makers, and sometimes we choose to make a difference.” I want to help more people make that choice - in their own lives and in the lives of others.