by: Scott Bakken
First, I want to personally thank everyone that attended the very first Socality Live! The sacrifices made to come embodied the exact spirit behind this movement and that reflects the heartbeat of Socality. Shoving people into cars, booking flights, getting passport and traveling from far places including many flight connections and long hours in cars. All of this because you wanted to come discover this community face to face, building lasting relationships and be a part of something bigger than yourself. Words can't really describe the experience that took place at Socality Live. The stories that have been coming in since the event finished are extremely encouraging and inspiring. Socality Live presented us all with a unique experience, a convergence of people gathered together to connect for purpose, connect with each other and capture all of these moments, sharing them with the world.
The Mountain Excursion brought together this community for one day exploration of the majestic Rocky Mountains in Banff, Alberta, Canada. To think that we had 5 buses full of people who were before strangers, but now family experiencing community in the beauty of God's creation is really a highlight of the weekend. These memories will forever be sealed in our hearts. I am still hearing amazing things about Greg's bus!!
Our sessions were filled with inspiration all about being connected for purpose and developing true community! Sam Picken presented us with such incredible insight towards community and has left a lasting impression on us all!
"When you get your hands dirty with love, you don't have time to be critical. You don;t have time to argue about the things that don't really matter. Love people. Truly love people today'- Sam Picken.
A huge thank you to our guests Tim Landis, Dirk Dallas, Paul Tellefsen, Brenton Little and Seth Flood who were incredible with their knowledge of media, arts and leadership. As well to those who contributed in our sessions from Mike Payne, Sam Picken and Phil Leclrec, we have only received amazing feedback from the wealth of knowledge that was shared. Thank you!
I would also like to thank our sponsors who contributed to the event; SAXX underwear, Casetegram, Canon Image Square and Hotel Arts. Also, a huge shout out to Crave Cupcakes for throwing a massive birthday party for everyone Saturday night! I am glad they could give us all a taste of Calgary. The red velvet is out of control!
Finally, to the team who spent months planning the event and worked around the clock to bring every little detail together. Your efforts paid off and left a lasting impression on us all!! You are truly incredible!
Socality Live was just a touch point, a moment in time designed to bring us all together, but this is only the beginning! There is so much more in store and A LOT to be done! One theme through the weekend was that we are connected for purpose and the potential in what we can do collectively as a community is great. We are already working hard towards planning the next event and rolling out even more plans for how we can impact as a community. As much as Socality is global, it has to be local and make sense on the ground, right where you are at. Stay tuned for more as we continue to map out next steps!
We have relaunched the Socality Live website to be filled with personal stories of what happened in the lives of those who attended Socality Live. If you have a story we would love to hear from you so we can share it! Send it along with some photos to firstname.lastname@example.org and subject it Socality Live stories.
OK everyone. The future is big and there is an amazing opportunity at hand for all of us!! Stay connected and let's press in to what is in store for Socality!
The movement has begun ... and it is NOT stopping!
Scott and the Socality team