The Positive Change Core is an organization that hopes to foster the sharing and discussion of events, ideas, news, and contributions related to our mutual interest in strengths-based approaches for schools, youth, and education. In an effort to continue to help do this, PCC invites all who are interested to join in our newly created spaces on Facebook, Twitter, and/or LinkedIn in addition to our website. Be sure to Like PCC, Follow PCC, or add PCC to your network! Links to the PCC social media sites are at the bottom of the website.
The PCC website has a new look, and upcoming events are planned that will likely continue to cause us to further evolve the online presence of PCC. Join the conversation and, if you would like, be ready to help us determine what comes next!
Here’s a Wordle word cloud about PCC. 🙂
(With thanks to Patreece Thompson & Sue James)
The board meeting, conducted via telephone conference, focused on the activities of participants in expanding the use of strengths-based approaches in the education of children and increasing the practice of Appreciative Inquiry.
Two members (Sue James and Robin Stratton-Berkessel) described in glowing terms their experience of the Appreciative Inquiry Conference that was held in Nepal in November of 2009. High points related to location, cultural diversity of attendees and applications of AI in the community, healthcare and spiritual arenas.
For more about the conference in Nepal, please see:
- 2009 World Appreciative Inquiry Conference on the AI Commons Website
- Impressions of Nepal from Robyn Stratton Berkessel
- Three slideshows from Sue James on the BJ Seminars International website
The group then brainstormed recommendations to make the website more dynamic including brief interviews of board members, stories of interest highlighting education in emergent areas, and stories reflecting the power of children and links to interesting articles.
An overview of Voices of Learning in Canton, Ohio. in which 6 schools participated, was presented and overall was a success.
The meeting ended with plans to complete the Leap of Learning Manual and enroll interested teachers, school administrators in the training before publication as well as regional offices of education and education boards.
More detailed information about the meetng (PDF download)
Thank you to everyone who participated on March 1, 2008 in Deerfield, FL either in person at the Hampden Inn or virtually. This was an extraordinary meeting for PCC. We acknowledged that we are at a critical crossroad in our evolution. We have a rich history of working with school communities that want to change direction to using positive approaches with youth. The experience in our membership attests to the strong commitment and significant skills that we can continue to provide. Our chaordic design products are withstanding tests of use in multiple environments.
We decided that it is time to move forward in a direction that will support an involved international community of people who recognize the fundamental value of investment in the quality and experience our youth in educational and developmental arenas. Our Lead Learner product is on schedule and we expect a 2008 publication. Other publications are in progress and we established 2008 production goals.
We embraced the objectives of the International Education Conference and will support organizational activities.
Positive Change Core will move forward throughout 2008. We will embrace new opportunities, explore innovation, and emerge as an energetic andÂ engaging beacon for positive approaches with youth in education and other organizations.
The May 15, 2008 monthly meeting was very exciting. The preparation for Canton is moving forward. We identified virtual participation opportunities (contact Shelia McCann if you are interested). Read our minutes and get excited, too.
In this meeting, we made critical structural decisions and set a path for the future.
I. Updates on Current Activities
- PCC will pursue a single social business entity. The social business will be an LLC-B. The structure will be broad enough to include international personnel and activities. Currently, there is a core of active people, primarily in the US, but the span of interest and collaboration is global. For example, the business should accommodate products and services performed in Australia. The implications of an international business are under review.
- From the international perspective, a quick web-glance indicates that social businesses may exist, but not prominently.
- The nature of the business is a ‘relationship broker’. PCC will connect positive change activities to funding, services, and tools. It will promote and support collaborations. The business design enables measurement of impact and reach of positive approaches in schools and youth organizations.
- Income from the business will support the activities of PCC in schools, communities, and youth organizations.
- PCC is exploring incorporation as an LLC in Florida, Illinois, and Washington. The business will pursue a B designation, institutionalizing commitment to act in the best interests of current/past employees, the environment, stakeholders, and the locations in which we operate.
- We know that the B designation is OK in Washington.
- At the end of the fiscal year, the LLC will not have a profit, however a reasonable contingency account is appropriate.
- A key factor in determining the state for incorporation is cost.
Board of Directors
- We have a list of potential members of the board of directors. We will determine the number and composition based on a structure of roles and responsibilities (board, management, employees, and contractors).
- PCC members on the call are candidates for the board.
- PCC will not pursue a new not-for-profit (NFP) incorporation. However, research into the description and status of the current Delaware incorporation will enable a decision to drop or maintain the Positive Change Corps name.
- We determined that the primary reason for keeping a NFP is to apply for grants. However, our role is to connect schools and youth organizations with funders. We are not their competitors.
- We will choose to amend the existing DE incorporated name to DBA Positive Change Core if the cost is reasonable. If the cost is high, we will not maintain the DE incorporation.
- PCC has about $100 in its account. We need to identify startup costs, such as incorporation, virtual meeting services, and website.
- A recommendation to establish an a $200 fee was made. We will review this suggestion when startup cost research has been completed.
III. Deferred Topics:
- 2009 Canton Gathering (Joyce)
- What are the support needs from PCC?
- What else should we be focusing on to redefine PCC?
- There is a lot more to do.
- International Education Conference and Current status of Core Team
IV. Next Steps for Next Meeting: May 20, 2008 at 6:00pm EDT
- Incorporation (Gina and Shelia). Research and make final recommendations for incorporation. Recommendation should include: state, type of tax structure (LLC-B), and determination of existing DE corporation.
- Board of Directors (Shelia and Gina). Shelia will develop draft roles and responsibilities. Gina will consolidate lists of potential candidates for further review.
- Startup Costs (All). Shelia will present three options for virtual meeting services. Key factors include services, participant load, and cost. Gina and Shelia will identify cost of incorporation as part of their recommendation. Shelia will identify costs associated with the PCC website. Everyone is invited to recommend items that will be necessary to begin our business. Please email Shelia and Gina (firstname.lastname@example.org and Hinrichs@geneseo.net)