Adaptation in Scarce Times: 2012 Spring Meeting Speakers
Let's face it. The past few years have been tough. Community needs are great, and resources are scarce. But sometimes scarcity can expose opportunities. On June 5, 2012 SVP invited community leaders from Puget Sound and beyond to talk about adaptation – Ignite style. Each speaker had 5 minutes and 20 images to share their story. Check out their videos below.
"Partnerships...are the glue that is going to help our education system change," shares Trish Millines Dziko. As the Founder and CEO of Technology Access Foundation, she witnessed many kids of color coming into their internship program unprepared – so she decided to work within the classroom instead of around it.
As scarcity of available resources grows, nonprofits are learning to adapt to new situations while still being able to meet their growing need for services. Ben Klasky, CEO and President of Islandwood, shares the story of how their organization has adapted to times of scarcity - coming out stronger and more courageous.
In times of scarcity, it's not only nonprofits who lack resources. The city of Portland discovered that there is only one book per 300 children in poor neighborhoods, and even worse, 1 out of 3 children are unprepared for kindergarten. Mark Holloway, Executive Director of SVP Portland, shares how SVP and their partners lined up to tackle this problem of scarcity.
In scarce times, many organizations have had to adapt and innovate in order to survive. For Nguoi Viet Tay Bac (Northwest Vietnamese News), the value of relationships and learning the art of giving and receiving were the keys to their survival.
It's easy to feel like progress is far out of our reach, especially when times are tough; good news and small-scale successes can be easily forgotten. Continuous progress occurs when we take a hard look at our current state and our unique strengths, and work up from there. Steve Sundquist shares how.
Building an Early Learning system is a lot like building a family. Molly Boyajian, Director of Policy and Community Partnerships at Thrive By Five, shares a bit about her own upbringing, and how it relates to adaptations in the early learning community.
When the economy bottomed out, most nonprofits didn't necessarily know how to deal with the new environment. The game had changed and there were no instructions or directions to help find a way to survive.