SUBTLE: two-months on the ground



adjective, sub·tler, sub·tlest.

1. thin, tenuous, or rarefied, as a fluid or an odor.

2. fine or delicate in meaning or intent; difficult to perceive or understand: subtle irony.

3. delicate or faint and mysterious: a subtle smile.

4. requiring mental acuteness, penetration, or discernment: a subtle philosophy.

5. characterized by mental acuteness or penetration: a subtle understanding.

Before starting Wide Awake International (WAI) I spent the last 10 years working for some highly successful, highly visible non-profit organizations. 

These organizations had passionate founding directors, well-integrated into their communities.  The interventions are time tested and effective.  The staff are highly trained, committed and able to do their best work.

I've been unsure what to share on this blog, because all my past work was drenched in fantastic statistics, impact, change, work, work, work.  It felt so good to be a part of something big... something dramatic... important.

While chatting with a couple who have been fantastic moral support to us on this journey:

Sandra: "Why don't you update us on the Wide-Awake blog?"

Me: "I'm struggling with what to say,  Most of the "news" is me figuring out a bus system or how to say the right word to the woman at the corner market.  It's not an outcome."

If you would like to read about our daily adventures in culture, as a family, visit Kim's blog

If you would like to read about our daily adventures in culture, as a family, visit Kim's blog

Sandra:  "You need to share your stories.  People who are engaged now are partnering because they are excited about building something new.  They are passionate.  Let them follow closely so they can celebrate with you."

Me: "Ok, I'll write some posts."

Thank you Sandra for pushing me, for supporting us along the way, and for letting us crash at your house.

WAI is a baby.  Our first job is to learn how to be O.K. with being hand-fed as we discover this big wide world around us.


Our outcomes are subtle, but that doesn't make them less important. 

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