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Project Update: Hawthorne Elementary

Here at Pomegranate, we’ve long believed that a school playground is more than a place for kids to run around at recess. It’s a community gathering place where kids connect with the outdoors through open-ended learning. We also know that the process of designing and building a playground is more than a construction project. It’s an opportunity to bring a school’s community together and create a rich platform for student learning and legacy.

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Image of the Future Episode Four: Not What we Have, but who we are

The Institute for Everyday Democracy is a place to exchange ideas, join in discussions, and generate a body of thought about how we participate in our democracy. Through our Image of the Future podcast, we host conversations that collectively explore ideas that prepare us for the future. Such a collective exercise is not about what we like or don’t like, nor is it about the “me” or “mine.” It is a much deeper and courageous exploration of what ought to happen.

This episode features an interview with Ron Sher, the founder of Third Place Books and founder and CEO of Sher Partners, a family real estate development, management, and investment firm. Ron has long been active in the community with special emphasis on the role of urbanism and preservation of the environment.


Ground Rules Deep Dive #9: Do Your Homework and Know the Problem

By Milenko Matanovic

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.

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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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A Happier New Year: A Note From Our Executive Director

“Happy New Year!” may ring hollow for some of you this year. In light of the overwhelming  dourness of our political, cultural, and environmental condition, the sunny disposition of this banal greeting may come off as an affront. “Happy New Year? Are you kidding?”

If this is how you are feeling, let me cheer you up with some stories of community and hope: The Community Lovers Guide. Scroll through this website, and you will see a wonderful menagerie of ways people are coming together to create a world rooted in strong communities of place: Tool banks, community kitchens, pop-up stores, cooperatives, and more. Are you inspired yet?

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