Talking to dozens of outdoor industry folks, it's become clear that this was the rule not the exception. There's something about being willing to go off-trail that carries over into the way we do business.
Henry: Bob Swanson said, "You know, your work is coming to an end. You want to come with us? We would hire you. You can take over production." I was good at driving nails, but I didn't know anything about production.
Dan: ...the idea was also to get some outdoor experience 'cause in Ohio we just had forest. I applied for Outward Bound and was accepted in Colorado on the Continental Divide in February. I did the Advanced. In the Advanced you had to know how to ski. I said I knew how to ski. But I didn't.
Kevin: Bruce Hamilton sought me out and asked me if I wanted to be the new Personnel Manager. Noting to him that I had absolutely no background or education in this area (or any area!), I said yes.
I'm going to add a few more below the founder's notes. (I can't resist.) Anyone that's into the Lean Startup ethos can see we were ahead of the curve on the new hotness....pioneers, baby!!
I'm looking for collaborators!
What stories do your Grandparents tell that you would like your Grandchildren to hear?
After trying all sorts of ways to gather tribal stories, the only way that has consistently worked is to gather folks face to face (or in a Skype call) and tell stories.
The rub: someone has to be the scribe that records their tribe or family.
I'm giving this a shot for the Berkeley outdoor biz tribe.
Right not I'm looking for one (and only one) other tribe or family that wants to use the platform to capture their stories. Could you be their scribe? See the Big Ask below for details.
Too much? How about just having a conversation or helping head up a party? See 'Little Asks' below.
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The Big Ask: Could the tribal scribe be you?
I'd like to add one and, for now, only one other totally unrelated group to OutInUnder.
Coding to provide a container so the site looks like home to your group just like it now looks focused on the Outdoor Biz.
Transcriptions of any audio or video content you capture
Stories you capture from your group.
They don't have to be meaningful to everyone. They shouldn't be. The do need to be meaningful to you.
Stories do two things.
They root us in what we've found valuable in the past
They provide paths forward to new members of the tribe when confronting obstacles.
Knowing family stories has, for example, been the key component of resiliency in teenagers and young adults.I think this is of significance in itself and a pointer to the way stories work.
And a few other MIni-Asks:
If you and some of your cohort would like to do a story capture session, let me know. It's lots of fun. I've reached out to a few people already.
Halloween. We've had the occasional Mountain Hardwear Reunion Bash on Halloween. It might be fun to set up a semi-regular all Bay Area Outdoor Companies event. I've got a great mailing list at this point but no bandwidth this year. Anyone want to take charge? We've done potlucks, so they're pretty easy to organize.