Aspirations to Actions: No one has ever asked us before

Aspirations to Actions: No one has ever asked us before

Posted on October 22, 2015 by Beth Doyle

Editor's Note: This is part of 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. 

John McCarthy and Mary Butler of Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence (SCOPE) share that using The Harwood Institute’s techniques have helped this organization change how they operate.

As a community-building organization, SCOPE was excited to learn a new way to engage the community to bring about positive change. While conducting Community Conversations--one of The Harwood Institute's engagement tools-- a common comment among participants was: “no one has ever asked us before.” It was clear asking people what they aspire for their community struck a chord.

As John says, “When you ask people what their aspiration for the community is, it comes from the heart. It really comes from deep inside.”

Hear more from John and Mary:

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