Tear Down that Wall

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ONEplace renovations commence this week. While the conference room remains intact, the walls surrounding the center are coming down. With books boxed, computers carted and pamphlets packed, we’re ready for the walls to fall.

In light of our renovation, it’s tempting to play with the metaphor of “tearing down walls to embrace a broader perspective.” Indeed, creating opportunities for you to connect with your nonprofit colleagues holds a prominent position in our current plan. And, already, several important connections and insights have come about as a result of networking at events and online. Even so, I’ll avoid that temptation.

It’s also quite enticing to conjure the image of “looking out beyond the resource into the wider world.” You know, mapping new ideas and tools on to the current landscape, keeping a long-term view during short-term highs & lows, and continually asking “who else needs to be at the table for this discussion?” Very enticing, but not worth pursuing.

I could, of course, look to an outcome of the renovation – a focused collection, displayed at eye level with featured titles that get to the heart of current professional development needs. But, it’s too early for that.

So, for now, I’ll just leave it as “pardon our dust.”

Wait! Perhaps I should write on the power of asking forgiveness for those little things that….

Maybe next time,


Posted by Thom Andrews at 09/06/2013 04:05:30 PM | 

Ah....but we are also celebrating the community working together and co partnering more than ever before! The expansion of One Place is truly a manifestation of more collective and collaborative thought patterns begining in the region. I am very happy to see this and grateful for all those in the community pulling together instead of focusing on competition.
Posted by: lib coss ( Email ) at 9/10/2013 7:11 PM

Thanks Lib. Every day I'm grateful for the funding community that makes ONEplace available to all without cost. That's one big (financial) wall that never got built.
Posted by: Thom Andrews ( Email ) at 9/11/2013 11:48 AM

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