I promised four blogs on the Community Inc. Model and why the workshop on November 21st is so valuable. Here’s #1/4
The idea of community governance is not new. people have been coming together for years in communities around the world to develop a shared vision of what they want their community to look like. But since the days of John Carver and Marvin Weisbord a whole bunch of stuff has changed in our society: Funding diversity, sustainability, Private Public Partnerships, social innovation, social enterprise, social capital, social entrepreneurship, social, social, social.
I remember when we were all called social workers. Why must we reinvent the wheel? Do we still focus on the work with people for the good of all. Why are we so fragmented as an industry? Dan Palotta has written extensively on the history of our sector, and public policy has been overlaid on public policy to react to the shifting needs of community. Social planning councils across the country, foundations, Imagine Canada, and accreditation bodies espouse the value of quality of life. As we continue to focus on the “client” and those we serve I believe we are slowly forgetting the most important variable – us.
Community as Governance is an intrinsic look at what our role is in community. What is our impact? How do we lead? What tools can I use? Who will be on my side? How do I leverage my affiliations? The Community Inc. workshop on November 21st focuses on helping YOU uncover your leadership style so you can emerge as a champion in the work you do. If you are on a Community Board it will help you ask the difficult questions and shift board policy and have meaningful dialogue on the state of achieving your Vision and Mission. We have become so focused on operations and chasing the almighty dollar to keep programs running that I believe we have slipped in our ability to express our ourselves and more importantly do whatever is necessary to create bridges of support between community groups, non-traditional partners and those who can actually lead action. Not just talk about it.
Will you join me?
13 days left until the November 21st workshop
Register here: http://www.communityinc.tk