Empowering Teachers and the Community through Expectations of Success
Educational reform will be a random walk of failed bromides until we embrace what is at the heart of Finlands success: the adult expectations for childrens' success have more impact than any environmental limitation the students might have. In our communities, our mission must start where Finland IS: all...
Perhaps the most relevant concept in understanding the full brace of change that is this new century is “asymmetry.”
If we had a clear, shared aspiration and set of measures to assure "how will we know" that we are making progress to this collective goal, we have overcome the asymmetry of the problem by focusing on the whole of the solution
Economic Empowerment Drives Poverty Reduction and Business Acceleration!
The key for all businesses and economic development policy makers to remember: Re-think of how you view third graders: in just over ten years they will be your employees, customers and core to your region’s business attractiveness. Don’t value them lightly.
So much of our work changes if, like, our expectation of a pilot - that they will safety land the plane - our expectations of our communities are that they will deliver ALL children to the safety of literacy and through that to a life beyond poverty.
Why, despite all the experimentation in education, have statistics on third-grade reading proficiency shown so little improvement across North America?
Changing Behaviors Across Your Community
Changing Behavior in your community requires that you think through a no blame - no shame approach to mobilizing community action.
Let's stop simply trying to solve all of the problems we have in communities!
A first step in eliminating the details that merely distract, may be to use recent meeting agendas as filters -- if we have struggled achieving our aspirations, those agenda items are probably not central to the real problem.
These three social habits are why some initiatives become world changing movements, while others fail to ignite.
By examining the power of social habits we see how you can fill the streets with protestors who don't know one another and might be there for different reasons, YET are all moving in the same direction.
Aspiration Trumps all other Considerations
"Inside Apple" is a story less of "business success" but rather one of "aspirational success," which in many ways is available to all of us as individuals, organizations and communities.
IDEO'S 3 STEPS TO A MORE OPEN, INNOVATIVE MIND.
The insular fragmentation we have created for our community work has closed us to transformative change. We ask organizations to collaborate, yet force them to compete for precious resources. We often have removed both the accurate problem definition, as well as, the most reasonable solution from our discussions...
Six Elements to Turn Your Ideas of Collective Impact Viral
As you are developing your marketing campaign or community engagement strategy, you should put it through the test of the STEPPS elements. It will move you from your frame of reference to your audiences' and that is the beginning of being contagious!
Getting to Collective Impact
There was a growing understanding that the very community systems developed to do "good things" were not necessarily the same systems required to get "good results." With Community Foundations designed around the "good things" mechanisms, many were feeling the frustration of "you...
Four Steps to Community Sanity
Where communities fail to to even get out of the gate to meaningful change is their failure to agree on a shared definition of what is the target of our collective efforts and how will we know if we are making progress to that result.
Moving from Counting to Accomplishing
A tsunami of measuring things has hit our community efforts over the past decade. For the most part, this "run it like a business" mantra has done little harm, but it also has not gotten us to the promised land of transformative change.
Don't wait for the leader, be the leader.
Community work needs someone to push and lead everyone forward, but the endeavor and the results must be owned by everyone. If an educated workforce becomes “the chamber’s pet project,” it will lose the necessary involvement of every sector.
A community's expectations are a critical element to the success of our innovations
I've come to see that at the very heart of success there are just two interrelated and mutually dependent, elements: the need to change expectations or the "inner attitudes" in James' phrasing and the need to work differently, to innovate.