My worlds have been on a collision trajectory since late 2008, when I left my real job and struck out on a freelance exploration voyage. As a freelancer, my volunteer commitments are never really very far removed from my paid gigs, my leisure choices tend to overlap with my professional interests. That's true for most of us, of course, particularly as the 9 to 5 job becomes increasingly anachronistic. But a freelancer is always (and never really) working.
This city of one million plus often feels like a small village to me. My circles are increasingly overlapping, and each new involvement generates another, and it all makes perfect sense. Civic engagement, it seems, truly feeds itself.
Oddly, one of the spin-offs of all these worlds colliding is that I am finally seeing the point of Twitter. Another wise woman once told me that Facebook is for connecting with people you know, Twitter is for connecting with people you want to know. I find myself tweeting more and more all the time, using it as a tool to connect with people, and increasingly with organizations, whom I want to draw into my universe. And unlike Facebook, Twitter hardly ever makes me scratch my head and wonder what they hell they were thinking, with those suggested connections.
Have your volunteer gigs or other civic circles changed over the years?