Dream Big, Do Big

This is the second of my live blogs from Miami working with the Human Services Coalition (HSC) aka Catalyst Miami. Yesterday was a whirlwind day, filled with meetings and introductions, and simply reveling in the joy and strength of this movement for democracy building we’re in.

My day was led by a lot of cool people, folks doing the legwork at HSC who are powerfully energetic and driven. It was heralded, though, by Daniella Levine. Daniella is the whirling dervish ED of HSC, and is a force in this community. In one day I saw her tackle dozens of issues, all the while playing gracious hostess to me and strong leader to her staff. One of her strengths seems to be to dream big and do bigger- through a combination of determination and knowing how to rely on her people to get the job done.

This is the challenge of all my work: how, when and why do I rely on “reality”, or my perception thereof, to guide us? Too many times I’ve thought small when I could’ve been thinking large; other times I’ve lived macro when I should’ve been living micro!

I must’ve heard Daniella spin a dozen ideas yesterday, and watched her (apparently) single-handedly birth a few of them into reality. But it’s those “right people” around her that made all the difference. One idea that is happening is for a spectacular new program centered on youth engagement as a pillar of HSC. Just like that, they’re taking the organizational plunge into this work, powerfully, fully, and meaningfully. I look forward to watching this unfold with great effect!

Today is my workshop, so off I go. More later…

— This is Adam Fletcher’s blog originally posted at http://www.YoungerWorld.org. For more see http://www.bicyclingfish.com

Written by Adam Fletcher, this article was originally posted to http://commonaction.blogspot.com. Learn more at adamfletcher.net!

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For almost two decades, Adam F. C. Fletcher has led international outreach focused on engaging people successfully. Working with thousands of youth-serving nonprofits, K-12 schools, government agencies, international NGOs and other organizations around the world, his work spans the fields of education, public health, economic development and social services, and includes professional development, public speaking, publishing, social media and more. He founded the Freechild Institute for Youth Engagement, SoundOut and CommonAction, as well as writing more than 50 publications and 500 articles. He has also established 150-plus community empowerment projects.

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