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Age-Friendly Sarasota community report highlights transportation aspirations

Transportation is a critical element of our daily lives — from traveling to work in a car to taking public transportation to the grocery store or appointments. Age-Friendly Sarasota recently completed an assessment of nearly 1,200 Sarasota County residents’ aspirations regarding community features across eight domains of livability — including transportation. Assessment findings were analyzed by age… Read more »

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Leveraging knowledge and achieving sustainability through aging mastery

The Patterson Foundation (TPF) and National Council on Aging (NCOA) are “AMPing up” NCOA’s Aging Mastery Program® (AMP) by connecting the dots from what’s working in communities across the country to building in sustainable strategies.   AMP is a 10-week, self-paced program enabling participants to create personal pathways for aging well and for cultivating health and… Read more »

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EdExplore SRQ, Any Given Child facilitate arts for complete Sarasota education

Editor’s Note: Brian Hersh is the program director of Any Given Child Sarasota and Angela Hartvigsen is the fine arts curriculum coordinator and EdExplore SRQ project manager for Sarasota County Schools. With the recent start of a new school year and the upcoming season of local arts and cultural events, it is important for us to remember the impact… Read more »

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2016 Giving Challenge raises $13.4 million for area nonprofits

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County’s 2016 Giving Challenge has raised more than $5.6 million through 63,567 gifts, with an added $7.5 million in matching funding from The Patterson Foundation benefiting area nonprofits. More than $200,000 in grant prizes from partner foundations will be awarded to the organizations receiving gifts from the highest number of… Read more »

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The Giving Partner eliminates the guesswork

It is no secret that we live in an era of information overload. We are able to search any organization and collect an abundance of data through our phones or computers. How can we trust the information we research? Is it accurate? Does it have all of the pertinent information we seek? With the leadership… Read more »

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The stages of community life

Throughout 30 years of his career in public innovation, Rich Harwood, founder of The Harwood Institute of Public Innovation, has seen some communities make great progress while others do not. He wondered why this was happening. After deep exploration, his research revealed that communities go through stages. From that, he developed Community Rhythms: The 5 Stages of Community… Read more »

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Enthusiasm builds ahead of public innovators lab

Editor’s Note: Frances Bermudez is a staff member at the North Sarasota Library. She will be participating in the public innovators lab next week, which will train individuals to implement the methods of the The Harwood Institute for Social Innovation. Who doesn’t like to be invited to something? I was recently invited to participate in… Read more »

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Assets and aspirations drive Age-Friendly Sarasota

The letter “A” in the Age-Friendly Sarasota values statement “FOR ALL AGES,” stands for assets and aspirations – and represents one of our guiding principles. Assets…whether as individuals, organizations or in community, can be so affirming  – and Sarasota County residents should be proud of its existing age-friendly assets across all domains of livability. Here’s… Read more »

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Elements at the heart of turning outward

Over the past several weeks, we have learned about turning outward, aspirations, and public knowledge from Rich Harwood, the president and founder of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation. He also shares with us that intentionality lives throughout the Harwood approach. As we take in the practice, The Harwood Institute has developed a set of… Read more »

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Age-Friendly Sarasota community report highlights housing aspirations

Age-Friendly Sarasota recently completed an assessment of nearly 1,200 Sarasota County residents’ aspirations regarding community features across eight domains of livability. It comes as no surprise that housing aspirations included everything from aging in place to access to affordable housing. Findings were analyzed by age groups including Boomers (age 50-69 at the time of the… Read more »