doing uncommon work for the common good
Thriving Communities Initiative was launched on the premise that visual stories connect us and stories expand our own sense of perceived limits. Stories offer examples of courageous steps taken and for those wanting to make their own community thrive. Those stories originate in each community, yours and mine. They reveal the passion and dream of an individual who knows their community enough to sense where major work is needed to create space for that sector to thrive thus making the community more resilient.
The next challenge is to quantify and make real the opportunity that exists when we expand our vision of what can be done in our communities. We strive to reveal the power of that opportunity, as well as the ways in which change in one place can have a domino effect not only on those immediately impacted but potentially on communities everywhere. Our task is to suggest that sometimes overwhelming community challenges are community opportunities. We think that these grassroots vignettes will stimulate individuals who are ready to make a difference no matter what community they live in.
Our task is to suggest that sometimes
overwhelming community challenges
are community opportunities.
Can a few dedicated people be one of the pebbles dropped into a pond that creates powerful ripples of thriving efforts? Many organizations and gifted individuals around the country are part of this effort. We join them because we know that if we are to survive as a healthy nation, it will because our communities are strong and thriving.
Thriving Communities was conceived as an effort to support community action, not to lead. Our fiscal agent is the Whidbey Institute. Our annual budget is about $25,000 which is raised through specific funding efforts for filming and staffing of 1.2. Our advisors assist our focus and direction. Conference registration fees and tax-deductible donations also help fund our ongoing work, and allow us to offer scholarships to participants in financial need.