We need to develop and disseminate an entirely new paradigm and practice of collaboration that supersedes the traditional silos that have divided governments, philanthropies and private enterprises for decades and replace it with networks of partnerships working together to create a globally prosperous society. -Simon Mainwaring
When I created this organization nine years I had two MUSTS. 1) We must work to make a meaningful and sustainable impact for all those we work with and 2) we must create as many partnerships as we can; where ever possible don't replicate what already exists. The latter was the most challenging for a number of reasons. However, with lots of support we've come along way. We have had partnerships with schools, government institutions and community organizations within 10 countries in dozens of communities. The learning curve has been steep to make them successful and an event we partnered in two weeks ago was an incredible testament to what's possible.
We received a call in September from a Megan at Coquitlam Center to see if we'd like to be part of an event for 100 girls and young women at an event they were holding called #BeYou. Along with several other businesses they had wanted us to run an activity for girls around journaling and leadership. With a few emails and a quick call we created a plan to offer the participants of the event a 25 min "journaling for health" session. Given the short turn around I was unsure of how we'd come up with 100+ journals for the event. However, thanks to a past partnership with the company who makes Paperblanks, we placed an urgent request for support. They not only came through but they ensured we had the right books for the girls and young women.
The participants of the event were so excited to receive the journals. We were able to talk with them about the importance of journaling and how it supports our health and provide them with some creative writing and reflection activities to start using their journals.
We are so fortunate to have been able to facilitate this experience for those young women and to have partnered with Coquitlam Center and the other businesses to make this happen. It truly takes a village and that village truly provides an opportunity for a more prosperous and healthy future.