On the weekend I went to a freelancer's meetup here in Boulder. It was my first time reaching out to like-minds and I'm glad I did. Initially I was skeptical, as it wasn't clear what we would be doing in the two hour session.
First we went around the room and introduced ourselves, then we started brainstorming good topics for discussion. It soon became apparent that a good place to start was talking about our 'problems' and as a collective, working to figure out possible causes, solutions and recommendations. What was great about this is that we used our collective minds to fully understand, break down and define our issues.
We all explained our problems to the group and after some back and forth conversation we realised that the problem we thought we had was actually entrenched in something else altogether. These shifts in perspective were really powerful and helped us all see things in a new light.
It is the power of a collective mind that is so valuable and I'm deeply grateful to have participated. It makes me want to get involved in more group sessions because it's just so hard to see a solution from a single viewpoint.
Having a group of others with a vast degree of life experience greatly expands the pool of possibility, making new ideas and solutions to problems seem "easy".