125: Think in terms of ecosystems when building community.

About Pamela Slim


What is the Main Street Learning Lab, and why did you open it?

“…We really just started to have conversations and ponder, something I know as parents and as mentors. We really have a core belief that for kids especially, that often their vision and their goals in terms of what they want to accomplish includes seeing people that look like them…”


Why is it important to think in terms of ecosystems when building community?

“when I talk about ecosystem, it’s a specific kind of approach in a way of thinking. And it was really the foundation of the work that I did when I did the community tour…”


Why is a small business so critical to sustainable economic development for all?

“…that said, that small businesses generate 99.7% of all new jobs…”


Can you share with me your most successful or favorite networking story/experience that you’ve had?

“I used to go to SXSW (South By South West) every year, a big conference in Austin Texas. That attracts a lot of people who I am interested in working with, everything from social change to digital marketing strategy and tech and innovation…”


How do you stay in front of or best nurture your network community?

“I think part of it is, understanding kind of what your wingspan is if you will. What is the amount of contacts that you can really manage effectively…”


Any final words of advice for our listeners?

“I think one of the most important things to remember when building and connecting is that we really are all equals. And a term I like to use is, sometimes the people that we admire are just maybe a little more experienced equals. They’ve been in the industry a little bit longer…”


You can get in contact with Pamela at:

Website: PamelaSlim.com


Twitter: @pamslim