Nobody's Distributed Leadership Network: A Call to Action: Sunday, Feb 5 @ 5 PM Eastern on Clubhouse
Nobody's Leadership Network, Part 1
This article is overdue.
A couple of weeks ago, I spent five days traveling to Austin and back. Some of that time was spent talking with my friend Kai about what might be done to improve the situations of a large number of Americans, but the primary event of the week was a dinner that he coaxed me into hosting (after months of prodding). In some sense, this was a dinner for Rounding the Earth readers to come together, enjoy a good meal, celebrate life, and network. In the end, there were more requests for tickets than we had seats. And that's phenomenal, since I'm just another nobody.
In the end, I was very glad to have spent an evening with all of the amazing people who attended. I could write plenty about that evening, but I want to move on to something more important: leadership.
A lot of people are worried about a rapidly changing world. It's better to channel that energy building and preparing than it is to sit and worry. We may not know exactly what we face with World War E, but there are antifragile methods for accruing wealth and power—or more importantly, productive feedback loops of life.
Both America and the larger world have a lot of untapped leadership potential at the local level. A lot of potential leaders are lulled into more passive roles, but some people are ready. And there are ways to bring others along.
There are methods for bringing communities together for business, services, food production, education, technology, engineering, construction, and everything else communities need—to build up new or existing communities. I'd like to bring together experts to talk about those, and to compile something like a handbook.
We are planning a Leaders of Leaders event in Miami, date yet to be determined. This would be a call to those in the world who are ready for a new kind of humanitarian effort. These will be people who can invest something in getting an educational effort off the ground. Hard times are likely ahead.
Advantages of distributed leadership:
Encourages more people to work toward engineering the best versions of themselves.
Encourages education, broadly (children and adults, both). Yes, my favorite topic.
Distributes the "messiah complex". Many listeners are better than one.
Keeps any one leader's flaws from spoiling progress.
Increases the costs of all forms of attack on the efforts.
Lowers the profits of centralizers who would make humans into cattle.
This is a call for builders. This is a call for influencers. This is a call for rebels. This is a call for humanitarians. This is a call for business leaders. This is a call for strategists. More importantly, if this is your call, join us. If planting the seeds of such an effort sounds interesting, please join us tomorrow at 5 PM Eastern on Clubhouse for a discussion of organizing Nobody's Distributed Leadership Network.
It doesn't matter that I'm not a particularly good leader. There are millions out there who are, and I’d like to lend a hand.
I like it. I am a private person who has always shuddered at the idea of putting my head above the parapet, but thinking about it, I realize each of us can exercise leadership in our personal interactions with our fellow human beings. It is easy to do this, and it costs nothing. Simply treat everyone we encounter with dignity, kindness, generosity, and love. Joy is infectious. Building relationships thusly builds trust, and building trust builds community. You are right on the money that hard times are ahead, but we will survive by working creatively together. We nobodys are smarter and more generous than the morons currently in charge. I'm with you that education is crucial; this love of learning is deep within my genetic endowment, generations deep. Attaining optimal health is crucial, too. It is mostly a matter of doing the opposite of what the government says. Building soil health is essential, too. In the 32 years we've resided on this little plot of land, soil organisms have built 2-3 inches of topsoil by my speeding up the process of soil building by giving them nutrients in the form of recyclable plant material. Plants, especially the trees, bring minerals up from deep in the soil. The leaves, when they fall, make those minerals available to the feeder roots, assisted by the fungal symbionts.
First of all Mathew, you are a somebody and I have read your substacks for a while now, so I can say that with certainty. Secondly, your idea of gathering people who think alike, who question the narrative, who have leadership skills is a brilliant idea. I live in the UK and would love to have access to such a group. There are many controversial topics on the table these days, in the UK including 15 minute cities, CBDC, strikes by teachers, border patrol, postal workers, train staff, civil servants, nurses, paramedics/ambulance staff. The government is stoically ignoring all the strikers, as if they did not exist. We know of two in top gov’t jobs are WEF puppets. The concerns are growing, and yet, I only have substack and twitter and other social media outlets to interact with like minded people. I did attend the Better Way Conference in Bath, England last year. It was a tonic. Finally, I admire what you are doing and please know you are a somebody💕