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Who are the members?

Rahaf and I were catching up over falafel in Paris. It was August, 2012, and this was one of the only restaurants still open during the vacation month. We shared stories of international travel, updated each other on our wide-ranging projects, and conferred about the challenges of maintaining healthy relationships and close friendships in light of it all.

At one point, she smiled at me and said, “Do you know what I love about this group? It reminds me that we’re normal.”

Two and a half years later, the members of our community are as diverse as ever. We’re writing books, building companies, performing concerts, organizing festivals, reinventing industries, traveling the world, and more. Rather than present a collection of bios and hint at who we really are, here are some of my favorite shared qualities that bring us together as family:

Growth – We believe that anything is improvable through hard work. Life is an opportunity for learning.

Presence – We believe in showing up and truly listening to each other. 

Vulnerability – We believe in letting ourselves be seen. We let the professional guards down, and ask for help when we need it.

Abundance – We believe that life and relationships are a positive-sum game. We delight in helping each other succeed.

Curiosity – We love exploring new ideas and meeting new people, not purely for the sake of novelty but rather because it is meaningful.

Adventure – We all have our own version of the status quo that we have left behind. We cross borders and find home and community wherever we go.

We all are at different points in our lives. Some of us are undergoing a phase of expansion, when we seek inspiration and broaden our understanding of what is possible. Others are experiencing a phase of distinction, when we discover our voice and begin to make a name for ourselves in our chosen fields. Many members have already started to achieve a measure of distinction in their projects, and are seeking opportunities to deepen their influence in the community. (We’ll elaborate more on these phases of growth in a future post!)

We all have our own stories of shared adventures and life-alteringly meaningful moments with members of this community. Together, we get to celebrate being more than our polished bio of our professional life. We are friends. We are family.

We all have our own favorite qualities we seek, and reasons why we get to feel “normal” with each other.

So what are your favorite qualities of members?

Evan Samek

Bylaws working group

Bylaws…the beginning

Hi Friends

As part of our mandate, we are meant to construct the Bylaws for the community. This is a document which Thousand Network members agree on to represent the values, mission, objectives and operations of the community. It lays the foundation for any legal and financial arrangements and the processes that underpin the engagement, accountability and responsibilities of members.

This is a short note to let you know what we’re up to next and what you can expect to hear about in the next few months. Time to have a good chat about what we want this community to be. This post will bring you up to speed with the Bylaws, which the Transition Board hopes will be the foundation for Thousand Network going forward.


What we’ve done so far:

On the 16th January I posted on our Facebook Group to ask who would like to work on the Bylaws with the Board, calling for those who have the time and the experience. Many members, who were interested in applying their knowledge, got in touch via FB and email. After checking-in with all responders individually on Skype, to collect opinions and suggestions, the following people were kind enough to offer their support and have thus become a working group offering helpful advice to the Board. These are: Kostas Grammatis; Evan Samek; Michel Bachmann; James McBennett; Richard Hylerstedt; Andreas Brenner; Denis Baranov; Sartaj Anand; Alvaro Guirao López; Tiziano Galli; Dominic Llewellyn; Claudio Limacher and Denis Baranov. The boys have stepped up – are there any girls interested in joining?

Based on these discussions, on the 21st of Jan a brief for the Bylaws was written and sent to the committee, advancing on Kosta’s version. The committee responded, and within 2 weeks there were many helpful suggestions, which took us a month to reflect on and digest. Some questions needing a pulse from the community were included in the following survey (deadline 5th March).

Next up:

1. After the 5th of March, the results of the survey will be available in our Google Docs for your perusal. I’ll be using these and further suggestions from the committee to construct the first draft of the Bylaws. These will be available for you to suggest alterations to on 16th March. You will have till the end of March to respond with any suggestions and improvements.

2. We will aim to have the second draft of the Bylaws by mid-April.

3. Meanwhile, to aid us to put the Bylaws into practice, we are brainstorming the content of an Implementation plan. This will include the ratification of the Bylaws and guidance going forward for our community. Please let us know if you would like to be a part of the team to do this. Early April the Implementation Plan Draft_1 will be available for your comments.

If you have a better suggestion, or have previous experience of this process, please get in contact. There are some crucial questions we need to discuss and I hope you will use this blog to comment on how you feel about the process, or to give constructive comments, send me an email on /FB message me.