12/7 Reverb10 Prompt – Community. Where have you discovered community, online or otherwise, in 2010? What community would you like to join, create or more deeply connect with in 2011? via Cali Harris.
Offline: Siem Reap.
I moved knowing only one person in Cambodia — my mentor, former boss & dear friend.
On my third day in town, I attended a going away party. Everyone told me it was a sort of initiation. Comings and goings are frequent here. Welcome parties blend with birthdays and farewells. Siem Reap can be very transient.
Still, I’ve found an incredible posse here. I lamented a few weeks ago about getting my priorities mixed-up and spending too much time in bars and too little time cultivating my friendships. But, that’s not the fault of my community. No, it’s mine.
I’m constantly amazed by the residents of Siem Reap. The artists. The makers. The retailers. The teachers. The hotel managers. The bar owners. The NGO workers. The entrepreneurs.
It’s a surprisingly fluid community. It’s not limited by industry or age or nationality. It’s rooted in the fact that whether we are here for 6 months or 6 years, Cambodia is our adopted homeland.
The one downside I see is that it is primarily an expat community, unlike Phnom Penh which appears to be much more integrated.
Twitter has been a portal into an incredibly supportive and inspirational community. It’s a place to join conversations with my idols. Track the progress of my mentors (who may not know I view them as such).
It’s an opportunity to involve myself in the communities I want to be a part of: the passionate entrepreneurs + unconventional lifestyle experts + industry thought leaders + excellent, gut-wrenching, soul-baring, truth-telling writers.
You’re always welcome to chat me up: @tenaciousleigh. If you’re reading this, then you’re part of my community. I want to know you.
As I think ahead to 2011, one of the themes that recurs is the need to tend my current relationships. This nagging feeling that I need to foster what I already have. So I want to focus on deepening my connections and expanding my participation within my current communities. After that I can look towards joining new groups.
Reverb 10 is an annual event and online initiative to reflect on your year and manifest what’s next.