Following David Noël’s lead and Diana Kimball’s great example, I decided to become a part of a distributed mentoring movement. And while I personally find the term “mentoring”, when spelled out so explicitly, somewhat awkward, I truly believe in the idea.
Every major step forward in my life so far has been inspired and encouraged by the mentors I’ve been fortunate enough to have. I believe that hopes, dreams, and advice are best shared in ongoing, personal relationships, and it’s important to me to make myself available as a mentor to others.
I’ve had so many great experiences in my life, and I’d love to share them if you’re considering pursuing a similar path.
- In 2012, I left my company to switch tracks and strike out on my own again, in a new field.
- In 2010, I co-founded a company, Third Wave, with two friends.
- With a whole bunch of fantastic people I had the opportunity to organize a number of events, including Cognitive Cities Conference, atoms&bits festival, two TEDxKreuzbergs and a number of Ignite Berlins. While I really, really enjoyed the events themselves, there’s nothing I value more than the friendships that have come out of making things happen together.
- Before, I worked as a freelance web strategist for several years.
- Before going freelance, I briefly had a stint as an editor. Shortly after I quit that job, I received a phone call that made me go freelance. I’ve never looked back.
- Somewhat by accident, I studied communications and media, as well as political science, in Berlin (FU), Potsdam, and Sydney. (And ended up with two MAs.) At that time, I also had a small (read: part-time!) company on the side, doing mostly web design and content management.
- I did a number of internships, including at a newspaper newsroom, a publisher, an online magazine, and an embassy.
- Most of these activities seemed, at the time I made my choices, not necessarily oriented towards a clear goal. Yet they felt right, each and every one of them. In hindsight, most of them make much more sense than they did at the time.
If you’d like to work together, you can write me a letter responding to the questions below; I’ll write back to all letters I receive in this way within two weeks no matter what. In response to the most exceptional letters, I’ll propose further correspondence—and in certain cases, an ongoing mentoring relationship.
Tell me about yourself.
- How did you become who you are, and who do you want to become?
- What do you hope to gain from our mentoring relationship?
- What’s the best thing you’ve read, watched, or listened to lately?
- What’s your favorite city, and why?
Add links to any profiles or projects you’re proud of, and send it all to: peter [at this domain name]. (Please use “mentoring” in the subject line.)
I look forward to learning together!