By Mélissa Dubé
Public Engagement Organizer
As you will have read in Moustapha’s blog, every year, RESULTS organizes an International Conference (IC) in Washington, DC in July. Coming back from events like this, I take time to reflect back on lessons learned and new ideas to connect the dots. Here are my three main takeaways from the conference:
1. Goosebumps guaranteed.
I get goosebumps… sometimes a lot. This certainly was true at the IC as the days were jammed packed with incredible and inspiring human beings. We heard personal and touching stories during which people always got back up from when life knocked them down. We heard from strong women who are taking organizing and advocacy to another level. Two people particularly gave me most goosebumps: Tishaura O. Jones and Heather Booth. I encourage you to click on their names to watch for yourself!
2. Don’t reinvent the wheel but make sure it spins right for you.
The IC was also a great opportunity to meet the international colleagues who also work on community engagement in person. These conversations were eye-opening and also reassuring. It was a good reminder that it is okay to be unsure and to ask for help. It was also a good reminder that while there is no reason to reinvent the wheel in every office across the world, it’s also important to ensure that the wheel “spins right” for each one of us back in our home country. It’s easy to get stuck in your own bubble, but others are likely going through similar paths! You can always tighten or change a bolt to adapt it to your reality! Thank you to the grassroots teams from RESULTS offices around the world for your support!
3. Relationships are everything.
Before going to the IC, I had attended a local community event where the guest speaker said one thing that stuck with me “Your best ‘currency’ is your relationships.” I definitely think this fits well with RESULTS and its community. To be in a room of over 500 people who share common values and goals left me humble, inspired and reminded me that I’m part of something incredibly meaningful. There’s no better payment.
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