For every session, the first move is to select a seat. While it is always fun to connect with those we know, the adventure is in discovering new friends. So, if a friend is there, be sure there are other empty seats to welcome others, and meet everyone at the table, who knows what might evolve during and after the session.
It’s the first morning of the Grantmakers in Aging Annual conference, and before heading off to the Reframing Aging session, the breakfast conversation provided the opportunity to talk about Age-Friendly states, with Massachusetts (#2), Colorado (#3), Florida (#4) and Michigan (#6) at the table.
Throughout the conference, it seemed like each time someone was sharing a challenge they were facing, I was able to share at least one of TPF’s Fives:
- Discerning when there is a fit for partnering through alignment of leadership, willingness, readiness, capacity and culture
- Building buy-in within an organization by engaging CEO, board, staff, donors, and volunteers
- Advancing community buy-in by working with individuals, business, nonprofits, government, and media
- Shifting paradigmsShifting paradigms: from problems to aspirations, from enabling to engaging, from silos to systems, from outputs to outcomes (well, its four rather than five, but still filled with promise)
It was gratifying that during conversations, people would pull out their pen and ask me to repeat the fives related to whatever topic we were discussing — authentic learning and sharing.
There were plenty of opportunities to weave in thrivability, not arriving with the answer, radical inclusion, collective abundance, and strategic communications. And of course, taking home ideas for ponder is always the added-value of connective tissue building.