31 May Stop. Collaborate and Listen.
The Community Foundation has the privilege of being a leader and a neutral convener in Grant County. This means that we get to work with some of the coolest people around these parts. No, seriously these people rock.
Just in the past week, I’ve had the opportunity to work with a group that has weatherized over 100 homes in 4 months and another group that is working on proactive ways to address local poverty issues. I got to sit in on a strategic planning session for the YMCA, one of the largest non-profits in Grant County that’s thinking toward the future. Plus, I got to help with this amazing Summer Passport project for Pre-K through 6th grade students which is chock full of fun activities—all based on the 40 Developmental Assets.
Recently, I attended a state conference for community foundations and heard Keira Amstutz from the Indiana Humanities Council speak. Now Kiera is a verb if there ever was one. The mere title of her speech inspired me: “If we don’t do it, who will?”
Do you want graduation rates to improve? How about improving economic development? A reduction in crime? Well, stop talking about it and find out how to collaborate with and listen to others who share your passion.
On a recent trip to New York City, our tour guide recited this Theodore Roosevelt quote that is held in the American Museum of Natural History. It takes Vanilla Ice’s “Stop. Collaborate and Listen” sentiment to a whole new level. It’s entitled The Critic and is one that I will be memorizing.
Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910