If you want to get your stuff in a monthly magazine you need to have it ready about six months before. Fortunately, the internet came along and so speeded things up a little. No sooner had I sent my press release to the venerable but suitably hip and contemporary online eco-site, Tree Hugger, than they published a jolly nice feature on my work and sent me an email to say I'd been hugged. I felt warmly embraced.
That same week, last week that is. I got a slightly more formal letter by traditonal post from a somewhat more established organisation, the RSA (The Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) , inviting me to become a fellow. They said this was as a result of the competition I won and the work I'm doing with sustainability. Rather like the international design award I feel really honoured and suprised at the same time. You do your thing and hope it works and when someone notices I feel delighted and slightly embarrased in a rather British kind of way. (Or maybe it's not just us.)
One thing about the fellowship (yes it does sound a little Tolkein) is that I can use the spectacular house to meet friends and have business meetings. A spectacular Robert Adam building, I just can't wait. I do have to stump up the fees first, though they aren't dreadfully unreasonable. Another thing is that I can also nominate other people, which is pretty cool.
I have wanted in my slightly fogeyish way to find a club to join, though I do look at these things with a rather large dose of irony. Pubs in London are sometimes just too chaotic for my aesthetic sensibilities. I, not very seriously, looked into the one that is affiliated with my university but the dress code was the main thing to put me off. No jeans.
But, it's not all about dress code, Of Course. The RSA is a dynamic place with a broad social, arts & technology agenda - importantly, not politically aligned. It has been running for over 250 years and was the 'cradle for englightenment thinking'