Working session 2 summary
In small groups, participants discussed these questions:
Glue has been identified as: “The adhesive substance of a partnership that promotes and sustains trust, communication, connectedness, and meaningful work efforts and products. Glue ranges from building sweat equity to establishing credibility, to being able to translate and navigate between the community and academic realms. Glue resonates in the process, infrastructure, policies and procedures that honor open communication, fairness, trust, and meaningful planning processes that ensure each partner is respected and heard.“
Summary of discussion:
- A convenient meeting space
- Communications to assure that everyone is aware of agendas and decisions
- Resources to provide occasional retreats for the partnership to reevaluate and plan strategically
- Time spent in collaboration and meetings by all organizational representatives.
Research questions and areas of interest:
- Idea of children struggling socially/emotionally
- Why Sudbury is ranking low in school readiness (investigate physical health/wellbeing/emotional maturity)
- How do we help? What would help?
Moving forward/Next Steps:
- People should work together on small projects to move our process forward
- Projects could be small and tangible and not overly ambitious
- Work on understanding what is needed in the community, and a project that would make a difference.