way of looking at things” (Miiller, 1957). These organizations present only a few of the
many forums for civic and cultural engagement that are addressing change on a wider
community level. When we look through the eyes of others, there is a lot more to see.
Landing In The Right Place
The freelancers involved in this story are extremely adaptive and have the ability to
improvise with situations as they are presented. Location, although critical, is not their first
consideration. Where they show allegiance is to their relationships. I was at a party the
other night and someone asked, ‘what would be your ideal city?’ I paused and thought
about it and replied, “Wherever I land.” Deep down I knew that I would find a way to
connect and locate my space within a community. With “over-the-horizon” radar, all these
freelancers intuitively sense when and what they need to shift direction.
There are plenty of “ideal” cities filled with creative enterprise, better opportunities and
entertainment. Freelancers are relationally oriented. The folks involved with this project
prefer the “real” of a town or city where neighbors, family and friends intersect. You can
either live in a “creative” city or creatively impact your community. Although plenty of folks
are now struggling with the economy and that includes freelancers what I have learned
from the participants involved with this project is that they stabilize when they reach out to
their network of friends for work. If you want to become more engaged with your
neighbors or community, connect with a freelancer because they know everyone.
Although expanding your relational network is important for freelance, it is more critical to
know when the cultural voices embodied by your family, friends, and coworkers are holding
you back because of their own fears. This idea is explored in the next chapter “This is a
Real Job.”
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