I went back to school for a graphic design degree at the beginning of this year. After 3 semesters (including summer), I’ve decided to go a different route. Starting next semester, I will be transferring to Rose State College to pursue an associate’s degree in business. I’ve already had a few strange reactions to this decision. I think the assumption is that I’m going to become some kind of corporate sellout. Honestly, I don’t want to wear long sleeves for the rest of my life. So, obviously, I’m going another direction with this.
The initial benefit to getting a better understanding of how businesses work will help me while I’m working for my mom. Right now, I do a lot of the work at her office (she’s a counselor). But, I’d like to be able to do more, i.e. the finances. That’s short term.
Convergence has been a disjointed idea in my head for at least 5 years. My eventual vision is to get a space which has multiple functions. The full vision is yet to be realized. I think it will depend on who is involved and what direction we feel like it should go. But, in some respect, it is a “business.” If I’m going to be “managing” how everything runs and the people who are helping, I need to know at least something about management. Right now, I know next to nothing.
Starting right now, we have the opportunity to make people aware of things going on locally and around the world through our events. We also have the opportunity to treat people fairly. So, hopefully we can stick to sustainable and socially responsible business practices, long term. At our first show, we were graciously donated Fair Trade, Organic coffee from Primacafe. Great stuff. We also put out info cards about Fair Trade. We want to be able to do more things like this. As Convergence progresses, hopefully we can be part of indwelling the business world, creating relationships with nearby businesses, being hospitable to people with no agenda, and much more.
Maybe I’m walking a hard line. Maybe it’s next to impossible to remain a faithful follower of Christ and be a good “businessman,” but maybe that’s what we’re called to do, to “live the tension.”