By Maria Reidelbach:
This past Wednesday, Re>Think Local partnered with Glynwood to co-create a summit meeting of leaders from many wonderful Mid-Hudson Valley organizations. The Mid-Hudson Valley is blessed with a great number of groups that have been working to create more resiliency for many years, and I’m sure that you’ve noticed all the new and growing groups and initiatives dedicated to the health of our community, environment and economy, from the local food movement to the maker revolution.
Kathleen Frith, President of Glynwood, Ajax Greene and I (both Re>Think board members) organized the gathering to help us find out where our efforts intersect and overlap, to create vigorous hybrids and collaborations that amp up our effectiveness, expand our networks and share resources.
We deliberately planned an unplanned evening, our thinking being that even at the most elaborate conferences, some of the best connections are made after hours. It couldn’t have been a more beautiful evening, despite the chill. It was warm inside the gracious meeting rooms at Glynwood, with a delicious spread of snacks and an atmospheric fire.
But the best part was the high energy of the rooms—the buzz was fierce, and didn’t abate all evening. The event was over at 7:00 but many stayed until almost 8:00. An informal exit poll I conducted was very positive—the gathering was successful at nurturing many new relationships and ideas. And it was great that a room full of very, very hardworking, community-minded, caring people could relax and enjoy a bit of food and drink in such a lovely setting.
Afterward, Katheen, Ajax, Scott Tillitt, Chair of Re>Think, Doreen Johnson, Outreach & Community Engagement Director, and I agreed that the Tipping Point summit is definitely worth repeating, and Kathleen generously offered Glywood as a repeat venue.
Many thanks our partners and staff at Glynwood for hosting us. We look forward to continued collaboration.