What do people see in your community?

I had a conversation this week with one of Indy Hall’s newest members. He came for the first time on Monday, returned on Wednesday for Indy Hall Night Owls, and returned again last night to give a talk to one of our technology meetups.

His name is Austin.

Its been a while since I’ve seen somebody throw themselves headfirst into Indy Hall as quickly as Austin has.

He asked questions about our story, our history, and how the whole thing works. He was told me how excited he was to be a part of it.

I’d just met him, but I recognized the way he was smiling. I see it every time somebody really experiences Indy Hall, when they realize that it’s more than just a colorful, unusual, and inspiring place to work.

Then I realized the way he was smiling was special.

Austin is blind. He doesn’t get to “see” Indy Hall the way everyone else does, but is in no way at a disadvantage for experiencing Indy Hall. He may not get to enjoy the artwork, bright lights, and high ceilings the same way other members do. But those aren’t the features, they’re artifacts of the most important feature: the people who’ve chosen to call this place home.

In a way, his blindness gave him a powerful shortcut to see Indy Hall for what it really is.

What will a blind person “see” when they encounter your community?

You should read Austin’s post about his visit to Indy Hall.

  • http://twitter.com/TannenbaumMike Mike Tannenbaum

    I met Austin after BarCamp this year and he was one of the best people I met. Glad to hear he’s at Indy Hall and already adding his vivaciousness.