The Engage Network has been, since before its inception, a purpose-driven endeavor. It was built on the individual and collective purposes of many smart, soulful, visionary, successful, strategic, heartfelt, and intentional people. We take purpose seriously here– both the purpose of the Engage Network and the purpose of our individual staff, directors, and leaders all over the world.
Living and working on purpose is not as easy as it sounds. It means holding yourself accountable for how that purpose gets expressed in the world every day. You measure your accomplishments not only on the money you raise, or the deals you close, or the number of your followers on twitter, or your click-through rate. You also measure your accomplishments on whether or not your purpose is alive and expressed.
If you are living on purpose, your heart is happy. Even when external conditions are challenging, you feel a deep sense of faith- an inner knowing and peace. You are in the right place, at the right time, doing what you were meant to be doing. That is what purpose feels like when it is ignited and vibrantly alive.
Being accountable to a purpose also means that you have to be honest. When your purpose isn’t thriving, you have to stare your life down in the face and ask yourself why. You have to realize that you are 100% responsible for your purpose and how it is expressed. It is up to you to adjust your attitude, your perspective, your circumstances and your relationships so that your purpose can flourish.
Sometimes, your purpose calls you so loudly that, even when life is going along “just fine,” you are still compelled to move on. You lean into the unknown and trust that your purpose is moving you in the right direction. It is an act of profound faith and commitment. And it is scary.
So it is with that loud call of purpose that I tell you I am leaving my day-to-day role at the Engage Network. I am leaving not because I have a better opportunity somewhere else, or because something is horribly wrong. I am leaving because it is time for me to step into a new, yet to be created, vibrant, joyful expression of my purpose. And I can’t say enough how it is the power and potency of our work at the Engage Network that allows me to make this leap of faith.
I have treasured and loved my work as one of the many co-Founders and co-Creators of the What’s Your Tree program; and as a co-Founder and co-Director of Engage. I am proud of the work Engage has done in the past five years, from incubating and nurturing the Off the Mat, Into the World movement; to launching the now international small group program, What’s Your Tree; to doing outstanding work on citizen-led engagement strategy with organizations like Slow Food USA, Habitat for Humanity International, Greenpeace International, Center for Community Change, Green for All and several others.
My co-Director, Marianne Manilov, holds a powerful and exciting vision for the future of the Engage Network. It is a crucial time in our world for leaderful, decentralized movements, and the Engage Network is at the cutting edge of bringing this thinking and strategy to organizations, alliances and networks that are ready for it. For those of you who know or have worked with Marianne, you know that it is her most deep and joyful expression of her purpose to continue to expand this body of work. So rest assured, you will continue to see the Engage Network do many exciting, innovative things in the coming years.
In the meantime, my transition out of my day-to-day role and into an advisory/founder role will happen in a deliberate and intentional way in the coming months. You will still be able to reach me at my engagenet.org email address in the foreseeable future, and my ties to the work of the Engage Network are forever.
I am so proud to have been part of this journey with you, and look forward to when we meet again.
With all my love,