One Word for 2017

One word for 2017

by Colleen Cook

It has become internet-popular to forego the traditional New Year’s resolution list, and instead choose one word that becomes your guiding theme or principal for the year. Admittedly, I haven’t done this for myself yet, but I will be trying it in 2017.

As most things in internet culture go, the origin of the idea seems to be hard to pin down – the earliest post on the idea I could find is on Christine Kane’s blog as early as 2006, however iterations of this idea are all over the place.

As an organization, the Renaissance has a mission and a vision statement, a strategic plan, marketing and development plans, and so many formal planning documents, but I thought it would be interesting to ask our staff to summarize their own departmental goals for 2017 into one word. Here’s what they chose:

Michael Thomas: Expand

Chelsie Thompson: Gratitude

Linda Chambers: Collaboration

Patrick Clinage: Thorough

Ashley Young: Present

Mike Miller: Sustainability

Colleen Cook: Engaging

We hope that as a cultural hub to our community, we can be all of these things, and more. What is YOUR one word for 2017? Let us know in the comments!