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Pomegranate Center is shifting the paradigm around how people work together. Through our unique inclusive engagement model we help communities discover their ability to spur change and develop their capacity for authentic collective collaboration. By leveraging the power of Place - where people live- we create the conditions that demonstrate democracy at its best, with stories that change from “us and them” to “we.”

Turning “Not in my Neighborhood” into “Welcome Home”

A Note From Our Executive Director

 

Last week the Seattle Times’ front page story was about local resistance to safe injections sites, part of a proposal by public health professionals and local leaders to deal with our ongoing opioid epidemic. This local resistance is part of a larger pattern that has been playing out over the greater Seattle area over that past few years, and beyond. Whether it’s a temporary shelter for the homeless, safe injection sites, or micro apartments, well-intentioned residents are setting a clear message: not in our neighborhood.

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Ground Rules Deep Dive #3: Everyone Participates

Together we are capable of extraordinary achievements. Over the years, Pomegranate Center has proven this by encouraging people to uphold a code of conduct that leads to creativity and collaboration. This code of conduct, what we call “ground rules,” is essential to creating a positive atmosphere that focuses on how things can be improved, free from complaints. In this series of short essays, I will look at different ground rules, evaluate why they are important, and share stories from the field.

At every meeting, there are those who feel and think that they have the only right answer. Naturally, these active individuals put their ideas forth without hesitation. They may have thought about the issue for a while, or they consider themselves more expert, or they speak longer because it confirms their leadership role. In the meantime, those who are less certain are quietly listening and observing the proceedings. They may think that, compared to these more vocal leaders, their thoughts have less value. So, unless invited, they stay quiet and keep their thoughts to themselves.

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A Challenge to our Community

At the start of 2017, friend of Pomegranate Nancy Nordhoff pledged a $37,000 challenge grant to support us in our critical transition period. That means we need to raise money from our supporters in order to match the pledged funding.

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Post-election Reflection: How to do it Better Next Time

by Milenko Matanovic

I yearn for leaders who are collaborators.

In an election, I wait for one candidate to say to another, “That’s an interesting insight—I want to think about it.” Or “That is a different perspective—I never thought about that angle.” Or, “Maybe if we combine our ideas, we might do more good.”

Collaboration must become society’s norm. Why? Because we live in a complex world, yet we act as if someone’s individual expertise or ideology can provide all the answers. The present moment calls for “system leaders” who understand that we require each other’s insights to fully comprehend the needs of our society and its diverse peoples, as well as the entire planet we inhabit.

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