Building Community – You won socks

Dated: July 6 2021

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When checking email this morning, I choose to first open this one: “Congrats, you just won a challenge prize: Specialized Biking Socks”. I’m excited.

1985 was the International Year of the  Youth. It was also my final year of High School. I was very involved in Student Leadership.  In January of ’85, “We Are the World” was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, and sung by many of America’s most popular musicians at the time. I was very involved in Red Cross Youth Volunteer Leadership attending conferences and workshops around the World.

“Think Global, Act Local” was in my DNA.

Since that time I have tried various work and volunteer roles within my community … with attempts to ‘give back. I’ve been on various boards, held a position as editor of the local newsletter, coached youth sport, and my very worst disaster as a community volunteer was in a role as “Facilities Supervisor”.

Getting back to “Winning Socks”. In May of this year, I learned of Climbduro. It’s a Calgary-based start-up that is all about digging deep, challenging your friends, and most importantly challenging yourself (on a bicycle). In May, I registered an account, and have enjoyed participating in the bicycle segment challenges in and around Calgary.

By participating, I feel part of the community. Sometimes, I think that riding a bicycle does make the world a better place.

What does “Thinking Global, Act Local” mean to you? Is building community important? What are simple examples that you’ve noticed? I would love to hear about some community builders/examples in your life. Can you comment/share in the comments below?

This is part of a series of pieces, written in about twelve minutes, proofread once with tiny edits, and then posted online. Someday, probably not, I may publish a book entitled: Bryon Wrote This Book in 12 Minutes. 

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Bryon Howard

From a very young age, I had determined that I wanted to be in the eco-tourism / adventure business. I would take small groups of people into communities in interesting parts of the world. I would ass....

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