From the first page of this groundbreaking work, prepare to be inspired to get to work creating an extraordinary future for your community — even and especially in tough economic times. It is a startling realization in my case; I am in my fourth decade of service in this sector. For this practical Nebraskan who is sick of books that are 'All hat, no cattle,' The Pollyanna Principles provides enough cattle to earn Hildy Gottlieb a ten-gallon hat! Strength builds upon our strengths, not our weaknesses. What future will you create? The Pollyanna Principles cites example after example of successful collaborative and capacity building efforts that provide a much broader impact without the need for additional resources. And within a year, a community that had been thousands strong just faded away.
Do you feel that way when you get a flyer for a charity event or a sale at the mall? We accomplish what we hold ourselves accountable for, and therefore our potential is limited only by us. This book shows you how your company can make that change, and what it looks like when you get there. There's just something more exciting, and more energizing, about working for an organization that is wholly driven by its vision, and how its work benefits the community and world around it. Individuals will go where systems lead them, and there are warning signals if those systems are failing frustration, blame, if only we had more money, etc. Ed Publisher, Educator, and life-long Community Volunteer If youre looking for a book about how you can use your organization to be the change in your community and the world, you need to get a copy of The Pollyanna Principles. Rule 5: Make it easier by building upon strengths.
Hildy backs up the Pollyanna Principles with extensive resource materials on her website, and teaches week long immersion courses in this approach as well. We need to change our expectations from problem-solving to vision-based results. By providing a path to results for our organizations, and more importantly, our communities, Hildy Gottlieb proves that visionary change is practical and accomplishable. Because they owned the platform that supported the community, they assumed they could make all the decisions. How would people need to behave? There are many ways in which great community facilitators make it easy for people to feel engaged. Everyone and everything is interconnected and interdependent, whether we acknowledge that or not. With valiant missions and goals to impact a social issue or cause, they aspire to make a difference in the world.
Although I have worked in this sector over 30 years, I found the new approaches refreshing and invigorating. Assuming your organization is like so many nonprofits, you might be frustrated by fundraising. When high expectations guide the work of the leaders, and all of these principles are put into action, inspired change takes place. Whether the cause is saving the planet or selling Pepsi, community is the new buzzword. From the first page of this groundbreaking work, prepare to be inspired to get to work creating an extraordinary future for your community. John McKnight, professor emeritus of social policy and education at Northwestern University and most recently the author of The Abundant Community has had a life's worth of experience in galvanizing communities.
What would they need to feel? We can create the future we want for our communities! But you already do that! In the latest episode of Making Change, Mr. If you think these concepts are too pie in the sky, Gottlieb provides concrete tools on how to work with your board and staff to turn your dreams into reality. Have you ever felt like a Pollyanna? This new type of thinking is paramount to success. Or do you want to create a world with no more need for drugs? Then, after almost a decade, without consulting any of the community members, the organization that housed that community changed some critical parameters. She believes that taking a different path to create that future is required.
That is the difference between promoting your new community to the world vs. She is dedicated to bearing the message that we can make a difference in the future of the world. If someone takes the time to personally invite me to something, I feel warm and fuzzy and happy. This is Rule 1 for a simple reason: This rule will make or break all the others. Hildy is president of the Community-Driven Institute, a sought-after speaker, and a faculty member in the Duquesne University School of Leadership. Marc Pitman, author Ask Without Fear! Hildy claims that the governing body, the Board of Directors, of an organization bears significant responsibility in the development of the shared vision and sustainable programming for the community.
Talk about the power of Rule 1! And the fastest route to that result is to identify and build upon strengths that already exist in the community — strengths the group may not even know they have. Like many communities that fade away or explode loudly , they learned Rule 1 the hard way. Have you ever wished you could be that optimistic? With these pieces in place, you will find that your community will emerge as a place of fun, all on its own. I highly recommend her book to every organization I interact with! We are creating the future right now, with everything we do and say. It is a book that focuses on creating the future we want for our communities, and this requires looking well beyond the problems.
I recently finished reading by Hildy Gottlieb. We need to root our decisions in the values we want to model in our communities. From the first page of this groundbreaking work, prepare to be inspired to get to work creating an extraordinary future for your community. By understanding just a few rules-of-the-road, any community can be poised for ongoing connection. McKnight speaks to Hildy Gottlieb, the host, on what works -- and what doesn't -- in community organizing, and how to spark social-change movements from inside your neighborhood. How much time do you spend discussing how you will measure the impact of your programs in the community? If we assume that the problems will always be there, then that is the expectation upon which we will act. The Pollyanna Principles will show you how to create the future for your organization and your community right now! And that is the role of a true facilitator.