Eclectic Curiosity

Posted on August 15th, 2003, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Uncategorized. No Comments

Fast Company Meets the Church. This is the transcript of an interview with Alan Webber, co-founder and former editor of Fast Company, about the movement and sense of community that grew around his popular magazine. He discusses the non-negotiable values that made Fast Company stand out from the pack and the need to cover new ground in order to achieve inspiration.

It’s going outside of your comfort zone; it’s redefining the boundaries of your relationships so that you change the definition of the community. The community is no longer them versus us. It’s all of us together trying to achieve a core value that is absolutely undebatable.

That’s just one example of what I think is at the heart of moving across your comfort zone, whether it’s geographic to the inner city, or racial, or in this case political. It’s having the courage to speak out to the people who think you’re on their team, saying, “We’re not on teams here, folks. We’re not trying to win a head count battle. We’re trying to maintain a sense of peace, and we ultimately care about the outcome more than we care about the process.” …

About ten years ago I believed that the greatest force for change was in business, that we had a huge opportunity as the world migrated from politics, which seemed less relevant, to the private sector where there was a huge amount of energy, activity, belief and passion. The private sector was where the game was. I think today the game is moving again, but it’s not moving in any one direction. It’s across the boundaries. It’s in the private sector, the public sector, and the nonprofit sector. It’s as people move from a narrow definition of their work to a broad definition of their work and lives. It’s wherever you are. So all of these things are alive in churches and in synagogues and in mosques and in Washington and it’s in everybody who has played connect the dots.

This, incidentally, was found on a religious leadership website for a company called Leadership Network. I doubletaked at their introduction; somewhat uncommon in increasingly specialized, fragmented and (self-)isolated religious circles.

Leadership Network is an advance scout for the emerging church. Leadership Network searches for innovative church leaders who find themselves both immersed in and excited by the tumultuous change of this age. These leaders, though few in number, are found in churches of all denominations and sizes across the U.S. and Canada. They are of all ages and ethnicities.

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