Sunday, October 02, 2011
31 (More) Days of #BIF7 - Day 2 - Angela Blanchard
"You can't build on broken."
She was talking about community development and how so often we try and build by focusing on what's wrong: all the myriad issues and problems and what we need to fix. An alternate and better approach, she elaborated, is to look at what's working and can be reproduced, as a model for effecting change.
Angela's current vehicle for change is Neighborhood Centers, where she is President and CEO. Neighborhood Centers is a non-profit bringing resources and education to residents in Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast.
One other point about Angela's story at BIF. When she presented, I was strongly reminded of the book Switch by the Heath brothers, which also emphasizes focusing on the positive (among other tactics) to impact dramatic change.
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This is part of my 31 (More) Days of #BIF7 blog series.