'So this is the difference, creating social fabric creates a sense of belonging. When we have a sense of belonging and spiritual development, hey, the sky’s the limit, things happen. This community, they’re doing it for themselves…' Annalise Jennings
‘And so we started with a blank canvas. And my message to you when you walk into communities, when you walk into organizations, is to have the respect, the respect to tap into the wisdom of the collective. Walk in there with a blank agenda, but with an absolute knowing of "Who you are" and "What you stand for". And watch that magic start to flow.’
‘But what he [Napranum Male Elder] also asked for was to have this place of choice. What he was looking for, what he said was, “Annalise, what we need is choice. We need connection, we need this sense of belonging to Mother Earth.’ Napranum Male Elder
‘What I saw in this community… hope, education, career opportunity were so far away from the reality of this community, it really, really struck me.’
What does it take to create community?
'This is about moving from the root cause of failure to the root cause of success. From looking at our problems as deficiencies and needs, we have spent an enormous amount of money, billions of dollars, in servicing deficiencies and needs. How about we start to refocus our funding and put it into possibilities and gifts and restoring the social fabric of community…'
'So this is the difference, creating social fabric creates a sense of belonging. When we have a sense of belonging and spiritual development, hey, the sky’s the limit, things happen. This community, they’re doing it for themselves...'
'Why are communities disengaged? Because they are constantly told they are wrong. Because they are constantly told they have a problem. So let’s start shifting our language and taking responsibility for that.
>> See slideshow describing Annalise's project