Libraries are essential to the community. They provide information, education, resources, access to technology, and space where people can gather. But the coronavirus has caused libraries to change how they operate. Here’s how.
Great minds don’t just focus on one thing at a time, whether that’s products, people, spaces or time. Working with Ted (Teddy) Leonard, the CEO of Photobucket, we found one of these minds that innately understood that a workspace is more than just somewhere that teams sit and get things done all day. Teddy rides mountain bikes with us and from the saddle of our bikes is where some of the best time designing his new space took place – because the design of a truly valuable space demands an intimate understanding of the brand that their workspace serves. It’s imperative to understand the company Core Values, their Mission and their growth Goals, and it’s even more important to understand who they are, as individuals and as a team. How do they like to work together? What percentage of their time is occupied with collaborative work vs head down getting shit done? How and when through the day are they looking for social time? What kinds of activities do they spend their time on outside the office?
I have to admit to some feelings of guilt here. It seems a bit wrong to be personally finding so many opportunities for joy during a time when there are so many people suffering with broken hearts watching their loved ones in the midst of being torn apart by this virus. To be clear, I am also finding many, many opportunities to feel grief in my empathy for thousands of people I’ve never met, don’t get me wrong. It seems like I should also be finding a way to physically roll up my sleeves to help our global community in larger ways than I have found, instead of simply cloistering up in my little enclave and feeling the joy of having my loved ones surrounding me. We have been tightly knit as kids are home from college and off of school for the rest of the year and we are laughing and enjoying each other’s company. During this time we are working on big house projects, gathering around the dining room table playing games, cooking and eating together, dancing together while listening to each other’s playlists, taking the dog for walks and climbing through our forest trails out our backyard enjoying the feeling of awe that comes with the silence that two feet of fresh fallen snow in late March offers. But in this case, it seems the best thing that I can do for our community is to gather my family away from the outbreak and make sure that we are not participating in the spread of this malicious new virus. How is it that this epic pandemic could lead to this beautiful silver lining?
Up until Jake Burton’s memorial, I knew he had an enormous impact on the trajectory of my life. I had always felt that he was an important source of inspiration but, until then I had failed to internalize the full extent of how he had been a mentor to me in the way he lived his life. As my business partner Mike and I were driving from Evergreen to the airport in Denver, it began to hit me – thoughts about the first time I met Jake, and started working for him at Burton, and everything that had happened since.