Joe Walsh: Good Episode
I like to think of life in terms of episodes. Change, conflict, resolution, growth, sadness, travel, betrayal, joy, turmoil, can all make for good episodes. This month’s episode is titled “Joe and the Power of Communication.” It’s a good one, if a bit heady at times.
Communication. This job involves a lot of it, and I love it. I have always had trouble being the most open version of myself on the job. There’s this implied pressure to cater your personality to the environment, which is pretty goofy logic when you really think about it. Point being, I thought I couldn't be "me" while employed. People's Liberty is proving "me" wrong. It’s a bit scary to be open all the time, but it’s also the only way to be, the only way to gain access to other people’s souls.
The vibe at People’s Liberty is very open and person-to-person. I’ve never been a part of a group that is so concerned with improving, reaching more people, and so open to changing things up (I’m writing this at a desk in our office on the third floor; last week our office was on the second floor. “Let’s try it out,” they said). I think this urgency comes from the knowledge that this place is only around for five years. If there’s a perfect way to run this type of organization, we need to figure it out NOW. That efficiency requires constant check-ins and honest assessment. It’s inspiring.
Also, these people keep asking me what I want to do next, who I want to meet, etc. The directness of these questions is refreshing. It’s making me really face this stuff in a way I usually don’t. I’ve always had these vague thoughts about what I want to do, like be my own boss, start a collective, travel, find my people, work with friends, go fast down hills, work toward social good. That is all great but what am I doing in two months when I’m out of here? To be continued in “Joe harnesses the energy of People’s Liberty and rides it into the sunset.”
P.S. I will post this link anywhere that gives me the chance. This is Water by David Foster Wallace