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  • Beyond Self Improvement and Burnout

    Beyond Self-Improvement and Burn-Out

    The goal of mindfulness practice is to allow what is inherently positive, already here within us, to shine forth, as opposed to creating a “new and improved” version of ourselves. It is not about self-improvement or fabricating a special, meditative state of mind. It’s not a matter of reaching a higher consciousness, but rather letting the mind truly relax and settle into its naturally open and creative state.

  • Developmental Evaluation: Panning for DE Gold

    Panning for DE Gold

    Inspiring Communities and its nested initiatives (three collective impact community sites) use a developmental evaluation approach to reflect upon achievements and learnings in real time to help with course adjustments as needed and evolution of planned activities. In October, a Developmental Evaluation report, called a DE Brief, was produced and shared with government partners. While the full 10 page document is chock full of reflection and learnings important to the work of Inspiring Communities, we’d like to pull out just a few highlights and share the summary of impacts identified for the period of July through September 2020.

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    Nourished by These Stories

    Midway Reflections on the Narrative Project by Susan Szpakowski, Orchestrator of How We THRIVE “A people are as healthy and confident as the stories they […]

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    Systems Change During Covid-19 Pandemic

    A reflection by Cari Patterson, Director of Evaluation and Research Inspiring Communities works in a complex environment. Ultimately we are building toward a culture […]