The natural life of the Coaching Commons is ending.
As a social venture philanthropist, I’m accustomed to some of my projects coming to a conclusion or transitioning into another form. The Coaching Commons isn’t disappearing entirely: its archives will be available at the Institute of Coaching.
It’s a fitting home, because of the coaching-related research done under the auspices of the Institute of Coaching. If future scholars chronicle the development of this field, the archives of The Coaching Commons and its predecessor, The Foundation of Coaching, will probably provide the most comprehensive overview of the times.
The archive of the Coaching Commons comprises several years’ worth of observations and aggregation, a contemporary history of coaching and the people who were shaping its practice.
I’m not sorry to close the Coaching Commons. We didn’t have enough True Fans to warrant the continued investment, and it’s crazy to keep deploying capital to create what’s not passionately desired in this format. We appreciate those of you who teamed up to pledge thousands of dollars, and you are free to redeploy that capital.
Our True Friendraising goal was all or nothing.
When I first became interested in coaching and attempted to find out everything I could about the field, it was the dark age of information. In other words, pre-Wikipedia.
There wasn’t much sophisticated material available about coaching online back then. Very few coaches knew how to find a webpage, much less create one of their own.
Today, most coaches are web-savvy, and anyone seeking information on coaching can access more with one click that I found in months of searching in the early days. We used to scour the internet looking for references to professional coaches (not necessarily in sports). Now, it takes Linda Ballew’s deft and experienced eye an hour or so each morning to cull the hundred-plus Google Alerts and choose the three or four stories to post as daily news.
The independent space the Coaching Commons hoped to create back in the dinosaur days is a click away on Facebook now. Coaches can meet there, exchange news there. If a controversial topic in coaching arises, someone will create a Facebook page about it, and that’s where people will meet to discuss it.
The Coaching Commons is simply not needed – the void it was born to fill no longer exists.
So the natural life of the Coaching Commons is ending, but not without boundless gratitude to the readers, the writers, and those who provided the breath, the heart, and the soul of connection for all these years.
That list is long and you will find it elsewhere on the Commons, but special thanks go to Linda Ballew whose caring attention and love for coaching and journalism shows in every word and every punctuation mark, to David Goldsmith who provided the model, inspiration, and guiding hand, to Andrea Lee who created the format, to Mark Joyella who offered an opportunity for professional journalistic coverage of coaching and coaches, to those who built it and those who came.
Everything is temporary, everything has a life cycle, and this ends the Coaching Commons.