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You Belong

Sebene Selassie

“Not belonging can manifest in different degrees of intensity. It can be momentary or subtle, like feeling slightly out of place at a party where you only know one person. Or it can be tenacious and upsetting, like the ongoing sense of anxiety that exists around our career, relationship status, or bank account balance. Or not belonging can be systemic and profound, like the many layers of oppression that can be internalized. Regardless of the category, degree, or intensity, not belonging is experienced in our very own bodies.”


I’m a student and teacher of people-first growth. Having spent the major part of the last two decades building weird businesses that tried to be good for humans, I'm now working privately on a few experimental projects and cultivating this little digital space of mine.

If you're new here, I'm working on my second book, People-First Growth (slowly, slowly said the sloth), and I’m sharing what I learn in my newsletter. If you geek out on digital gardening, I share mine publicly on Roam. You can say hi on Twitter or by email.

You can also read my first book, Gather the People, originally released in 2015 and updated in 2020 (what a year for a book release). It's a human approach to marketing for people who would rather make what they love than persuade people to buy it. If that's you, I hope it helps.