A big philosophy in my life is to “Work Smarter, Not Harder.” Why reinvent the wheel when others have mastered that, and probably better than I could have. When thinking about what I want my blog to be, I think about what I really like. And I like organization. Not just organizing my closet or pantry, but organizing the work place. Making better processes and streamlining practices to make a better functioning organization.
I am by no means an expert, since I have only been in the “work force” for about 8 years, and three of those years were spent in Burkina Faso. I do however always take note of all processes and structure around me. When I am at a meeting, I make note of the agenda, (if provided), the layout of the meeting, or how well people stayed on track. At large conferences, it is the program booklet, keynote speaker, or ice breaker.
I always write down notes everywhere I go, I even have a large notebook(s) where I put all this information on things that I love (or don’t). I also keep this note book in a filing cabinet where all my paper resources live. All my conference agenda’s, list of handouts, past curriculum I’ve taught, etc. More recently, I’ve been trying to move everything over to an electronic format, so these resources are readily available.Even if I can’t use a resource provided for me, it doesn’t mean I won’t know someone who will need it.
Going back to when I was starting this blog and really wanting to find my niche, I made a list of things I like and would like to write about. Sharing resources and creating an on-line space for social change agents was one of them. I don’t need to hoard all the resources given to me, they need to be shared for all to use!
When I taught a few classes on Community Engaged Leadership, I used a few of these resources to really help give character to my presentation. These resources are really helpful for individuals who are new to social change and community engagement.
- Everyone Leads by Paul Schmitz
- Community Psychology by Isaac Prilleltensky
- Forces for Good by Crutchfield and Grant
- From the Ground Up by Chetkovich and Kunreuther
- Community Toolbox: http://ctb.ku.edu/en
- Online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. Our mission is to promote community health and development by connecting people, ideas, and resources.
- Interaction Institute for Social Change: http://www.interactioninstitute.org/
- Builds leadership and collaborative capacity of grassroots leaders to engage, speak out, and participate fully in determining the policies and decisions that affect their lives and their communities.
- Participatory Analysis for Community Action (PACA)
- This was my favorite resource I used during my Peace Corps service.
- World Café: http://www.theworldcafe.com/
- Really great activity to use with students and youth.
Are there any resources you’ve used that is beneficial to creating social change?