Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. ~ Albert Einstein
“In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.” ~ Eric Hoffer
A THREE-DAY MEETING of subject matter experts and thought leaders on how to build a better world. Passionate seekers from half way around the world meeting, coming together with such energy and synergy to relook, rethink, retool. The challenge – to discover “new wine skins,” new thinking and new paradigms needed to meet a world that is greatly changing. As we were also reminded, defining the problem accurately is 90% of the solution.
So at the Expo, in true HISG fashion, we literally grazed our way across tables while sharing ideas and building relationships. Is that fun or what. As the mantra goes among the HISG folks: Have fun or go home. If you weren’t there, you can catch some great stuff on video, click here. Alternatively, here are 10 thought gems from the Starfish Expo for community empowerment and transformation:
1• No. 1 – Grow People
2• The concept of poverty as broken relationships, not lack
3• Role of Change Agents: Restoration of relationships
4• Power of whole systems thinking – You can’t fix a part
5• Solutions must be holistic, integrated, sustainable for transformation
6• Social systems: How we interact locally and globally in the economic landscape
7• Partner resource owners to empower them as owners
8• Every unit in the chain should be self-funded and self-sustained
9• ABCD Model: Asset-based Community Development- policies and activities based upon capacities, skills and assets of the local community.
10• Relationship driven approach