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Submitted by Wendy Wheeler on Tue, 08/11/2009 - 13:30.
Recently, a White House blog President Obama’s community solutions initiative and the “hidden jewels” that emerge during this search – innovative community organizations that every day find new and creative ways to meet local challenges. The White House’s Director of the Domestic Policy Council, Melody Barnes, had traveled to Des Moines, Iowa to visit a literacy promotion program; she was especially taken wit
Submitted by Wendy Wheeler on Thu, 07/23/2009 - 14:23.
Sometimes taking a step back can be a healthy learning experience. I spend so much of my time with people who are “in the business” of community and youth work that our jargon-laden conversations seem like the norm. We’re all mostly on the same page, believe strongly that young people should be included in community development, and jump into the deep end, so to speak, regarding project work. But within this insulated world, there’s an entire spectrum of attitudes regarding how to approach young people in the context of community development.
Submitted by Wendy Wheeler on Wed, 06/17/2009 - 13:22.
I’m exploring connections between service-learning and collective leadership. These two fields are largely separate from one another. Service-learning is an enormous field in and of itself; collective leadership has generally been relegated to the realms of international and community change. But what happens when collective leadership is a central method for practicing service learning?
Submitted by Lisa on Tue, 06/16/2009 - 11:20.
Our Project Coordinator, Lisa Maholchic, makes her first contribution to Innovate with a story about an unexpected run-in during her morning commute.
Submitted by Wendy Wheeler on Fri, 05/08/2009 - 08:37.
It sounds like the start of a woefully corny joke: what do a community organization of the Tohono O’odham Nation in Arizona, a California aquarium, and a youth development organization in Connecticut have in common? The answer, surprisingly not a punch line: us, the Innovation Center!
Submitted by Wendy Wheeler on Thu, 04/23/2009 - 13:09.
I like to say that innovation is a contact sport. It combines ideas and action. Creativity – a good idea – by itself isn’t innovation; the innovation is taking that creativity – that good idea – and applying it in a way that benefits and engages others. And it’s here – in engaging others – that innovation is so very transformative. Roca in Chelsea, Massachusetts (a fabulous organization I’ve written about before in »
Submitted by Wendy Wheeler on Wed, 03/25/2009 - 09:17.
In my past two blog entries I’ve written about the place inspiration and intentionality have in shared leadership; inquisitiveness is an equally prominent aspect of the essence of true shared leadership. Relentless curiosity about what is and what can be propels those participating in shared leadership to tackle deeper and deeper issues in their communities, all the while affecting a change that is rooted more firmly in the community’s foundation.
Submitted by Wendy Wheeler on Fri, 03/06/2009 - 16:20.
In my most recent blog, I wrote about the “Four I’s of Shared Leadership” (inspiration, intentionality, inquisitiveness, and innovation) and discussed how inspiration is both crucial to and inspired by shared leadership. Since that last posting I’ve spent time thinking specifically about intentionality in the context of shared leadership, and hope that this blog post will continue the conversation.
Submitted by Wendy Wheeler on Tue, 02/24/2009 - 11:21.
The collective nature of shared leadership has been one of my favorite ideas in the field of community and youth development. I just can’t get over it. I’ve studied it, written about it, given talks about it, and here at the Innovation Center we’re just closing up a 2-year project that’s centered around it. In fact, youth engagement as a strategy for community leadership has become the centerpiece of the IC’s work over the past several years. Because we’ve been privileged enough to do so much work with youth and adults across the g
Submitted by Wendy Wheeler on Fri, 02/06/2009 - 09:46.
Anyone who has ever once spoken in front of a large group undoubtedly welcomes audience affirmations – the spontaneous amen, bravo, or right on!. These outbursts are strong indicators that the audience has heard and agree or appreciate our messages; they are music to our ears. Yet a recent conversation with Anisha Chablani, Deputy Director of Roca, has led me to think of these audience affirmations in a different way.