Happy New Year from The Association Innovation Blog! I want to wish everyone who reads this blog, everyone in the association community and everyone, everywhere for that matter a very happy 2005. I hope those of us who really care about the future of associations and who share a concern about the way things are going can find a way to work together to make 2005 a remarkable year for this extraordinarily important community of ours! I look forward to using TAIB as a vehicle for advancing those efforts.
Before I get to the actual post, let me just add a quick plug for my 100th post to TAIB. Tomorrow, I will have been blogging for exactly 16 months (my first post was September 2, 2003) and I am going to keep on blogging in 2005. In fact, I hope I will spend more time writing (and recording...sorry text lovers!) this blog, because it is something that I genuinely enjoy. Thank you all for reading and listening. I greatly appreciate your continued support.
I don't think anyone will be shocked by my choice of innovation as the top issue for the association community in 2005. Perhaps the first four issues--the (impending) death of best practices, competition, new science and technology and intangibles--were actually clues designed to guide you toward this final choice. (Hmm...am I that clever? ;>) And I suppose it might seem like a bit of self-serving choice, since innovation is "my thing." I might even willingly plead guilty to that charge. But I know deep inside that this is the work we must do and that we're meant to do. I know that in the 21st Century, associations are destined to transform the landscape of society for the better, and our only hope for seizing the initiative and setting that agenda is devoting ourselves to the whats, whys and hows of innovation today.