At our 30 Years and Beyond Party on Thursday, February 2nd, friends and colleagues of Pomegranate Center came together to honor the work of our founder Milenko Matanovic while simultaneously ushering in a new future with Executive Director Eric Higbee. Some one hundred people, including donors, project partners, trainees, and former employees and interns joined us at Impact Hub Seattle for a night of reminiscing, mingling, and toasting to all that we’ve done and all that’s yet to come.
A Special Announcement From Pomegranate Center
In conjunction with celebrating our 30th anniversary, Pomegranate Center is excited to announce a key organizational transition and a new addition to our programs.
This week, Founder and Executive Director Milenko Matanovic moves out of his current role and into the role of Director Emeritus. Going forward, he will focus his time and energy on writing and speaking engagements, while continuing to conduct trainings and be involved in special consulting projects as needed.
Eric Higbee, Pomegranate Center’s Design Director, is stepping into the role of Executive Director after four years with the organization. He brings with him a decade’s worth of experience in landscape architecture and a passion for grassroots community organizing.
As a part of Milenko’s new role, he will also head up our newly founded Institute for Everyday Democracy. The institute is a place to exchange ideas, participate in discussions, and generate a body of thought about how we participate in our democracy. It is a natural extension of Milenko’s thirty years teaching communities how to work more collaboratively.
Reflecting on his nonprofit, its legacy, and its future, Milenko says, “Pomegranate Center is a small miracle, and I hope to encourage others to jump into small miracles of their own making.”
As part of his transition into Executive Director Emeritus, Milenko Matanovic will lead the Institute for Everyday Democracy, housed within Pomegranate Center’s programs.The institute is a place to exchange ideas, participate in discussions, and generate a body of thought about how we participate in our democracy.
Check back soon for a complete webpage and more information.
“I think that playgrounds should be renamed ‘research environments.’ This is what the children are doing so vigorously. They are not playing. They are finding out how the universe works.” – Buckminster Fuller, architect
In 2016, the Friends of Highland Park Elementary in West Seattle tasked Pomegranate Center to reimagine their asphalt playground into a place of nature, wonder, and exploration. More importantly, we were asked to convene a design process that involved the school’s community and students, recently ranked the second most diverse school of any age level in Washington State.