Moving to a Community of Interest or Practice
Crase, Dixie R., Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences
Try to picture Thomas Edison as vividly as you can. Think about where he is and what he is doing. Is he alone? Psychologist Carol Dweck discovered that almost everyone describes Edison as a reclusive guy working on things by himself. However, "Edison was not a loner. For the invention of the light bulb, he had 30 assistants, including well-trained scientists, often working around the clock in a corporate-funded, state-of-the-art laboratory!" (Dweck, 2006, p.55). If Edison and other brilliant individuals need the benefit of exchanging ideas with others, surely most of us do as well.
The New Year presents each of us a clean slate, a new opportunity to pursue our personal and professional goals. Will we accomplish more pushing ahead on our own or working with others? Although individual initiative and responsibility are invaluable, the willingness to work effectively with others in your Affiliate and your association will result in a more successful future for you and others.
Are you actively involved in your current section or division's movement toward a Community of Interest or Practice? If not, now is the time to contact the leaders of your section or division. Raise questions and share your ideas about this major change in the structure of our association.
Consider the elements of family and consumer sciences that are of the greatest interest to you. Are you most concerned about the financial literacy of our young people? Do you sense the significance of helping working parents meet the daily demands of balancing work and family? …