Monday, August 22, 2016

Hello, Goodbye, Hello



Dear Association Subculture Readers -

I know it has been a long time since I have posted. Please forgive the communications sabbatical I took from blogging and social media (although I have been active on Facebook). I've missed you guys. I wanted to send you a quick message to let you know I'm back, but I'm shuttering the Subculture and moving my efforts to a new platform - The Association Forecast.

During my time away from the Subculture, I embarked on an intensive search for new information and knowledge. I needed time to grow and to study. To find what seemed to be missing from my work. What I found on this learning journey is a world practically convulsing with change. I find this very moment an exciting time to be alive, and I am laser focused on bringing you new visions for the association of the future. Expect to see regular posts and vlogs on the Forecast on the impact of technology, changes in the education to employment system and how our society is changing as a whole.

Some of you may be wondering why I decided to shut the Subculture down and didn't just retool it to reflect the new approach. I struggled with that - mightily. Leaving a carefully crafted brand "aesthetic" is hard (not to mention the link-love - I'm leaving the addy up in case anyone hits your pages, there won't be a dead link). But, I needed a clean break and an umbrella brand to build under that is more reflective of the work I want to do now. (The "good" news is, I refuse to grow up entirely and I am relatively sure the more "rock and roll" attitudes I have will still show up from time to time. :))

I had the choice to just "subscribe" each of you to the new platform, but I thought that was kind of ....well, rude to be honest. I believe you guys should have the choice to resubscribe if you would like to. The Forecast is me, but it won't be exactly like the old Subculture. There are subscribe links on the sidebar of each blog post to make it easy for you.

The move is imminent and I want to offer one last parting item. Elizabeth Weaver Engel, MA, CAE from Spark and I just dropped a new white paper you can download for free called "The Association Role in the New Education Paradigm." I will have a number of blogs blasting out of the Forecast that will expand on areas in this paper in the coming days. So please join me, I would love to see you there.

I want to thank all of my readers from the bottom of my heart for your support and the love y'all showed the Subculture. I will never forget it and I will do my best to do you proud as I move into this next phase.

All the love and peace out - (I'll catch you on the flip side...)

Shelly






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