Pollyanna Principles: Power of Thinking Differently
Posted by Allison Fine on July 23, 2009
I love when someone challenges the lens through which I look at the world, challenges my assumptions, and helps me to see things differently.
That’s what the Pollyanna Principles written by Hildy Gotlieb does — in spades!
The book is based on Hildy’s considerable experience hands-on working directly with people and communities. This isn’t a theoretical framework, but a very practical and practiced one that applies across organizations, issue areas and geography.
Here are The Pollyanna Principles:
- We accomplish what we hold ourselves accountable for.
- Each and everyone of us is creating the future, every day, whether we do so consciously or not.
- Everyone and everything is interconnected and interdependent, whether we acknowledge that or not.
- “Being the change we want to see” means walking the talk of our values.
- Strength build upon our stengths, not our weaknesses.
- Individuals will go where systems lead them.
Brimming with enthusiasm and optimism, Hildy challenges each one of us the future that we want. Hildy encourages us to throw off the yoke of the “culture of can’t” weighing us down of what we can’t do and what isn’t practical or doable at the moment. What if we envisioned the world as it could be? What if envisioned a world full of abundance and could envision addressing the underlying issues that are keeping people hungry, homeless, disempowered and disenfranchised not just, in social work language, as their presenting problems? It is a freeing and empowering notion – and the essence of real social change.
I’ve been thinking lately about the meaning of social change and social change organizations. Not all nonprofit organizations fit into this category. Hospitals aren’t creating social change. What about direct service organizations that don’t have an advocacy component? How about businesses that sell things, like books, or confections, and give money to causes – are they doing social change work? I’m not sure that I know all of these answers yet – but Hildy has given me an interesting and helpful framework for thinking about them. Thanks, Hildy!
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