When I started #gtchat, I strongly believed in its power to support gifted students throughout the world. What I didn’t expect was the intensity and excitement of orchestrating and participating in the chats week in and week out. It’s been an utter privilege, and I now find myself wanting to devote even more time and energy to this fruitful endeavor.
I have a large vision for #gtchat and want to do everything I can to ensure its sanctity as an open forum devoted to finding solutions for gifted learners worldwide. Global #gtchat ultimately belongs to us all (not just me). It can’t exist in a vacuum. After all, we birthed it via collaboration!
I believe we’re at the very, very beginning of something quite extraordinary that has the potential to challenge our perceptions and knowledge about collaboration, culture, advocacy and peer-to-peer support in the global gifted education realm. I know this because I’ve been the beneficiary of your wisdom, your input, your enthusiasm and support!
In order for me to take #gtchat to the next level and be pragmatic, I need to find a way to support my efforts, while still serving as a marketing communications consultant to gifted organizations and communities through my business Ingeniosus. I have been surprised by the time commitment inherent in orchestrating #gtchat (i.e. the votes, prep work, moderating, transcript uploads, blog posts, DMs). It truly hit me last month, when I was writing two 3,000-word articles (for free) on advocacy and #gtchat, while also working on #gtchat presentations for upcoming conferences (which I’ll need to travel to, pay for, etc.). Truth is – I love the work. It just takes time and resources!
My primary goal is to spread the word, so that others can benefit from this real-time forum brimming with bright minds and resources. When I talked about #gtchat Ambassadors, I was serious. I would love to have as many of you talking about #gtchat and advocacy as possible. I simply realized that I personally couldn’t keep coordinating the chats, writing features, doing presentations and traveling (and paying for it all), while still serving clients and duly making my financial family contributions.
I don’t know if I’ll get $2,500.00 for the year from a single corporate sponsor (which would cover my trip to Atlanta for NAGC 2010 and allow me to purchase a laptop to use!) or if I’ll be able to do more and serve more potently. It will depend on how individuals, businesses and organizations respond. The more sponsors I have and the more trainings and presentations I do, the more outlets I can serve. I’m hoping to continue to build this safe haven for parents of gifted children and provide a worthy — and hopefully inspiring — service to many.
I greatly appreciate the lively chats, shared experiences, thoughtful commentary, research, authentic truths and ideas that continue to be shared each week. Most importantly, I value the comraderie that’s developing. Twitter is (and I believe should be) about the relationships first and foremost. You each matter to me and I hope this post gives you a a better glimpse into my recent decision. I welcome your feedback, as #gtchat is yours.