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A Note From Our Executive Director: Looking Back on 2016

Pomegranate Center’s expertise is to link places with constructive engagement of their users. Our placemaking focus is on outdoor social spaces, parks designed around community ideas and realized in a “barn-raising” spirit with many hands. We’ve completed over 50 such gathering places, each a classroom where we learned new lessons. Now, these teaching have coalesced into our well-tested Pomegranate Method that we are offering to new partners.

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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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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

Collaboration as the New Normal

by Milenko Matanovic, Pomegranate Center Founder

When it comes to community, together we always know more.

Whenever I make this statement, I get serious push-back:  artists know more about design, engineers must handle all calculations and so on and so on. Read more

Together We Know More

by Milenko Matanovic

Listening is a critical component of a strong democracy. Only by listening to each other can we create a sense of shared ownership, in turn building community, trust and safety. By listening we discover new things, and we start appreciating how useful different perspectives can be. Read more