Where Can I Build a Partnership Community?
Start where you are. Partnership begins with you and your behavior, and you can bring partnership principles into any community that you belong to--from family to the workplace.
All successful initiatives begin in the heart and mind of one person committed to action. Since most people have a deep desire to be part of the solution to what ails our culture, there are roles that everyone can play--from an individual who writes opinion pieces and blogs to a nonprofit that wants to organize a campaign.
You can foster the development of partnership principles in any group that you're a member of. Here are just a few examples:
- Community collaborative
- City wide campaign
- Church/synagogue/mosque interested in book study, discussion, social justice project
- Voluntary associations affiliated with a cause: women’s groups; home schoolers, etc.
- In-service education for educators or human service organizations
- Peace initiative
- Chamber of commerce task force
- Leadership training program
- College department of social work, leadership, family studies, education
- Media group campaign
- Professional associations, such as an education association
Adapted from materials prepared for the Center for Partnership Studies by Kathleen Hermes, M.A. Transformative Leadership, Partnership Concentration at the California Institute of Integral Studies.