I attended a fascinating workshop today, the Cincinnati Chamber’s Securing the Future, that inspired me to revisit our vision and think about our wildest dreams, thanks to presenter and author Dan Pallotta. My personal tagline is Leader of Hopes and Dreams. I have been asked to explain why I included this in my title. It is critical that each of us live an inspired life, full of hopes and dreams, to create a better world.
So every day when I go to work and participants come to Camp Joy how do we change the conversation so that our staff and guests look at the possibilities and opportunities, not the barriers and problems. A shift in mindset is the beginning to critical collective impact and change.
After today I plan to shift the mindset at Joy to help the cause of educating the community about the value and impact of the Non-Profit sector beyond just asking the most common question of “how much of the budget goes towards the cause and how much is spent on overhead?” When I share the Camp Joy elevator speech I often share that we are a non-profit. Now I will change the language and encourage all of our staff to change our language to: Camp Joy is a community organization, Camp Joy is a catalyst for change within the community. We will move away from the negative connotation and language and emphasize our great value.
Each of us that lead community organizations are indeed catalysts for change. We must start individually in our own organizations with a mind shift and language change. So how do we come together to make an even larger impact? Agenda 360, Bold Goals, Vision 2015, Strive and the Green Umbrella are a couple of initiatives and organizations in the Greater Cincinnati area coordinating community wide impact. These groups and several other businesses and organizations are in a prime position to help spread the message. We should all be proud to be considered overhead, because it is the hopes and dreams within each of us that advance the cause and have direct impact that WILL change the world.