• Core Values

    1. Careful Planning and Preparation

    2. Inclusion and Demographic Diversity

    3. Collaboration and Shared Purpose

    4. Openness and Learning

    5. Transparency and Trust

    6. Impact and Action

    7. Sustained Engagement and Participatory Culture

    8. Commitment to Civil Dialogue

  • Topical Teams

    1. Arts/Culture/Recreation
    2. Community/Civic Capacity
    3. Economy
    4. Education
    5. Environment
    6. Families & Youth
    7. Health
    8. Housing
    9. Physical Infrastructure
    10. Public Safety
    11. Transportation
    12. Faith

April 9, 2010

We can do it!

 What will it take for us to set aside our differences, work through conflicts, and build a resilient, vibrant, healthy community and world for all?  Should we set our difference aside, or embrace them and learn from each other? 

 We can focus on how the world is falling apart…  We can fret about the world coming to an end… in 2012?  We can talk about the demise of civilization.  We can focus on the decline of healthy community and family values. 

 And we can choose to focus on the vast opportunity and potential that lies before us…  It is a choice, and we need to consciously make that choice in every moment.  There is evidence that demonstrates the impact on our health of what we choose to focus on.  It stands to reason, that the choices we make in the world also impact what will be…

 We are surrounded by so much shame and blame.  We can perpetuate the continuation of shaming, blaming, and denying our part in all this.  And we can choose to do it differently!  What’s our choice? 

 I recently posted a quote from Peter Block that raised the question:  Perhaps we should take some time to stop asking how? and ask why?  Why should we come together to build a thriving community?  Why should we come together to share our thoughts, resources, and capacity to be in a healthy community?  Why should we embrace our differences to learn from one another?  Why should we care?

 I guess the real question is just how important is that resilient, vibrant, healthy community and world for us?

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