This is the first in a series of interviews with the founders and members of Positive Change Core (PCC) to create a mosaic of relationship, perspectives, and reflections of their experience.
On Friday, February 5, 2020 Patreece Thompson interviewed PCC Founder, Marge Schiller, PhD.
Patreece: What are the images of hope that have evolved since PCC emerged from the ashes of 911?
Marge: It is clearer than ever before that the universal, multicultural image of hope is in children. We see it now in Haiti that what affects and moves us to action is the hope we see in their eyes.
What is remarkable about children is their purity, their deep connection to what is best in us as humans. They show us love, hope, and joy.
Patreece: As you are speaking, I’m remembering the picture of the young Haitian boy pulled out of the rubble left by the earthquake, raising his hands in victory, despite the ordeal he had just gone through.
Marge: Yes, Children ARE victorious…
Patreece: What are some high points for you in PCC creating a culture where the strength of children are uplifted and expanded?
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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:
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)