Beyond Recovery is a recipient of the McVety Grant funding. Every quarter, we receive an update. The first quarterly report described three key components to building a successful foundation:
- Program Development
These three components emerged out of a week that Jacqueline Hollows, director of Beyond Recovery, spent shadowing various classes. These classes were designed by the Cypress Iniative to bring the three principles understanding to schools and community organizations. Through observation, curiosity and innate wisdom, Jacqueline walked away from the experience with many insights.
One insight I thought was particularly interesting was the realization that everyone working on a team needs to promote and represent that organization.
As the founder of Divine Play, a social business located in Charlottesville, VA (that I ran for seven years), I struggled with creating a team. The three principles practitioners I worked with wanted to build their own business, not promote Divine Play. I supported them in developing their ideas. I did not clarify Divine Play’s vision. I trained practitioners in how to deliver the three principles. I did not train them in how to present, coordinate and sell Divine Play’s mission.
It was an innocent mistake that undermined the business of teaching the principles. It meant that I attracted workers who wanted support in creating their own vision – not people who wanted to invest their energy and time into promoting one vision.
Reading Jaqueline’s update clarified this dilemma for me. I realized, that in order to create a team, there has to be a clear vision and request to invest in that vision. This doesn’t mean there can’t be other friends and colleagues teaching the principles in Charlottesville, VA. It does means that the people I might hire would have to commit to delivering one message, one story and one brand.
Insights act as a catalyst to grasping a new understanding. This particular insight lends itself to understanding the third topic – program development. As part of developing a program, clear structures need to be put in place.
Three principles practitioners often shy away from setting up clear teaching directives, fearful that they will pigeon hold the three principles understanding into something it is not. According to Jaqueline Hallows, the Cypress Initiative has handled this issue beautifully, by developing clear objectives and leaving space for each facilitators wisdom to guide the education experience.
These three lessons are not all there is to learn about facilitating a three principles program, however, they lay out a nice map for what you can do in your community to start sharing the three principles. Remember, you are a unique expression of creative potential, listen to your own path and don’t worry if it looks the same as these people and their programs.