This feels like a moment to get good at proposals. Nobody knows what we’re doing, but everybody has the same opportunity to propose things to do. An online youth service learning cohort. Livestreamed worship. Sabbath. All of these options had to be proposed by someone who was willing to be told “no” or willing to try a thing that could flop. If it did flop, the person who proposed the idea would be known.
I want to get better at proposals, which means (I think) that I need to get better at thinking on my own for longer before I share an idea and solicit input. “What could we do?” feels a lot less useful than “Here’s what I propose we do,” because “Here’s what I propose” contains actual content people can react to, and reacting to content flexes a different muscle than coming up with something out of thin air.
Maybe collaboration works best when it starts with a specific proposal.