Editor's Note: This is the fourth 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.
Charlotte County's Kathy Silverberg and DeSoto County's Ashley Coone are both passionate about Aspirations to Actions and how it provides a fresh and positive approach that makes a difference in connecting with the community.
Kathy believes “intentionality” allows the conversation to change from a focus on problems and challenges to positives and progress. It opens the door to collaboration and inclusion. Likewise, Ashley says by including people in the process, they feel their opinions matter. Very quickly she realized that her project was more than bricks and mortar.
She says, “This was about changing lives.” She cautions that being “inward” can be dangerous, but by turning outward, people can start to hope. And Ashley is all about hope!
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