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Ground Rules Deep Dive #1: Turn Opposition Into Proposition

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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Conveners, Not Leaders: A Note From Our Executive Director

Here at Pomegranate Center we are careful to distinguish between conveners and leaders. What’s the difference?

A leader is someone in charge, who has the authority to make decisions. Our current president, for example, is a leader.

A convener, on the other hand, is someone who has the ability to bring people together, capitalize on their diverse strengths, and move an issue toward collective action. Our current president, I would argue, is not a convener.

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Year-end Highlight: New Zealand Trainings

by Shalema Wanden-Hannay, Beacon Pathway Inc., and Kait Heacock

This year’s trainings work took Milenko down the West Coast–from Seattle to Ashland, OR to National City, CA–and all the way to Auckland, New Zealand, where he introduced our method for effective and joyful collaboration and welcomed a new group of trainees into our network of engaged, global citizens.

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Looking Toward the Future

by Milenko Matanovic

As Pomegranate Center plans for its next steps, we asked our Board and supporters to help us improve our work and impact. As a part of this learning, we posted a survey to our mailing list. Read more

Paper Roads and Placemaking

What is a Paper Road? In New Zealand, it’s a common term for a legal road that may exist only on paper. These roads are typically not fully developed but are well known as walking and biking routes for locals. One industrious group of New Zealanders saw Paper Roads as a perfect opportunity for placemaking. Read more