Editor's Note: This is the final installment in a five-week series featuring extended video interviews with 10 public innovators in our region trained by The Harwood Institute of Public Innovation. As The Patterson Foundation begins supporting the second-year journey of Aspirations to Actions, the innovators are sharing their reflections from their first year of engaging in our region.
In our final segment, United Sarasota's Mary Mack and Realize Bradenton's Johnette Isham confirm that working with people to find a common purpose while being deliberate and focused on goals will “get it done.”
Mary has always been deeply involved in making her community a better place to live, but she says that the Harwood Institute's process was different and exciting. It changed her thinking and the way she engaged. As she connected with young people, Mary aspired to share her knowledge and “pass the baton” so the work can continue; but make no mistake, she’s not done yet.
Johnette reports that Realize Bradenton used Aspirations to Actions to convene millennials to shape the future of downtown Bradenton. Through numerous conversations with millennials, great ideas emerged that led to Realize Bradenton winning a Knight Cities Challenge grant.
Both Mary and Johnette illustrate how collaboration on all levels can lead to positive change, and that shared vision based on aspirations is how we move from aspirations to actions.
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