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Posts Tagged ‘community’

My (CrossFit) Gym

When people ask me what CrossFit is, I have a hard time explaining it because by definition, it is “broad, general, and inclusive.” CrossFit specializes by not specializing. It’s one of those things that you need to experience in order to understand.

This is one of the gentlest videos I’ve watched about CrossFit, but the message is compelling all the same. There is no blood, sweat, or tears in this video, but it gives me chills all the same. And it shows the one thing that keeps me going back to my gym.

My Gym from Patrick Cummings on Vimeo.


Community is a word that we throw around haphazardly. Sometimes it’s an adjective, a verb, a noun; other times it’s a goal, an objective, an obstacle. But rarely do we use it to mean the definition we learned in fourth grade: a group of people living in a particular local area having common interests.

At My Gym

At my gym, when they don’t show up, I call them.
At my gym, when I don’t show up, they call me.
My gym is different than other gyms. And I am different because of my gym.

At my gym, we celebrate birthdays by doing handstands.
At my gym, the mayor makes me my own jump rope.

At my gym, we scream when we accomplish personal records.
At my gym, we write those records on the wall.

My gym is Lynnwood CrossFit, and I am better because of my gym.

The Lab: Think Out Loud By Listening

I recently participated in a unique experiment called The Lab, more specifically the Nonprofit Lab (#NPLab). The Lab is the was created by Erica Mills, Peter Drury, and Zan McColloch-Lussier, three rockstars of nonprofit marketing.

The Lab is not another tweetup or opportunity to collect business cards, although that did happen. It was started because Erica, Peter, and Zan were having similar conversations about the change and innoviation that is happening in the nonprofit sector and wanted to open it up to a bigger conversation. And so The Lab was born.

As they put it:

It is our goal to convene a consistent core of smart, engaged, strategic nonprofit leaders. But not just that. We want to create a community of professional peers who together can take risks, inquire, challenge, respect confidentiality, and think out loud. Together.

The first event featured T.A. McCann, the CEO and founder of Gist, to share his insights on how to listen effectively using social media.

Here are the highlights from T.A.’s talk: