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Turn Again: Aspirations to Actions

Reduce poverty Increase job opportunities Increase civility I was fortunate to be included in the recent Public Innovators Lab, which was funded by The Patterson Foundation and presented by The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation. Prior to the training, which is part of The Patterson Foundation’s Aspirations to Actions initiative, a Town Hall presentation with… Read more »

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Patriot Plaza community dedication brings positive outcomes

To say the Patriot Plaza community dedication exuded positivity would be quite the understatement. Beginning with the ticket distribution in early June,  you could feel the spirit of patriotism shared by everyone — from young families to retired veterans — who went out of their way to obtain the free tickets for the event. When… Read more »

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Community change is about seeing the possibilities

In the last blog, I wrote about turning outward, which is one of the tools taught by Rich Harwood and The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation. How will things be different if we turn outward and use other tools taught by Rich and his team? How will it impact our community, our organization and us, as individuals?… Read more »

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Students with Diabetes connects young people to careers making a difference

Students With Diabetes was founded to help young adults with Type 1 Diabetes transition from youth to adulthood in a safe, socially acceptable, and relevant way. Over the years, the mission of the organization has held true, but the vehicles it uses have grown in scope. One such vehicle is the Students With Diabetes Internship… Read more »

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When partnering, alignment and trust can trump money

Foundations have money. Nonprofit agencies need money to do their work. This dynamic makes for interesting relationships. Or should I say partnerships? Foundations and nonprofits like to call their relationships partnerships, but what does this really mean and what makes a good partnership? Some may say that any time a foundation “gifts” money to a… Read more »

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Sentiments collected at Patriot Plaza dedication shared at VA hospital

The Patterson Foundation collected more than 200 personally written thank you cards during the Patriot Plaza community dedication June 28. These cards, which included words of gratitude and encouragement, were recently distributed to veterans being cared for at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System in St. Petersburg. Andy Hooker, a veteran who lives in Sarasota… Read more »

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Turning outward to drive community change

In the work of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, Rich Harwood, founder and president, talks about public innovators “turning outward.” But what does that mean and how do you do that? Each day, we all make decisions based on a variety of inputs we receive from our surroundings. If we are trying to make a personal… Read more »

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Learning to engage with your community

How does positive community change occur? How do we ensure community engagement by all citizens when we, as leaders, make decisions? How do we create authentic hope? These questions are considered by communities all across the nation as they deal with pivotal issues including education, health care, transportation, job creation, etc. Can you remember a time when our… Read more »

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Workshop connects EdExplore partners to classroom changes

Kevin E. Baird, speaker, consultant and chairman of the Center for College an Career Readiness, gave his all to bring Florida Standards to life for some 80 EdExplore community partners and Sarasota County Schools educators during a workshop on July 29. He was on his knees, dashing around the room, joining conversations, continually challenging the… Read more »

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Nonprofits learn valuable disaster preparation lessons

Bob Ottenhoff, CEO of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP), recently spoke to key local government and nonprofit leaders about how they can best prepare for response and recovery following disasters. His message was factually astounding. Here are some key points worth memorizing: 1. 40% of all hurricanes that make landfall in the U.S. hit… Read more »

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Recoding Organizational DNA participants learn to ‘lead the change’

Recoding Organizational DNA launched July 11 during a kickoff where representatives from more than 16 organizations (including CEOs, board chairs, board members, communications leads, volunteers and more) committed to participate in six “labs” — or workshops — over seven months where they will learn, digest and begin putting into practice the changes asked of them… Read more »