I’ve spent this week together with some of my team, for the first time in two years. Indeed, for some of us it is the first time we have ever ‘met’. Together.

Intellectually i feel certain we should be able to thrive apart: emotionally i have loved us being together.

We have been energetic, and quiet. We sat, and we walked. We got hot around the fire, and cold in the winter wind. We ate too much chocolate, but it was great chocolate. And drank a lot of coffee.

I am unsure how to measure productivity: we completed our agenda, but it was not a challenging agenda. We even took away actions. But we also took away stories: i learned things about others.

Being together bought us closer together. I wonder if the opposite is true: if we are apart, do we continue drifting? Till we are out of earshot? Out of sight? Or are we simply connected by longer threads?

This morning, back on Zoom, everyone had energy, which is, itself, interesting. Where did that energy come from? Is it internally generated, collaboratively generated, traded, or shared?

What is the legacy of togetherness? What is it’s half life? Do we simply need to ‘top it up’ like the fuel tank, stopping at the gas station every month or two? Or do elements of it persist over time?

About julianstodd

Author, Artist, Researcher, and Founder of Sea Salt Learning. My work explores the context of the Social Age and the intersection of formal and social systems.
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