Guiding Principle One: EVERYONE HAS GIFTS
With rare exception people can contribute and want to contribute. Gifts need to be discovered. Gift giving opportunities must be offered. Strong communities know that they need everyone. There is unrecognized capactity and assets in every community. Find it.
Discuss this principle by sharing your own ideas - or by answering one of the following questions:
What are your gifts?
How do you contribute your gifts in the community?
Have you ever experienced a time when you wanted to give your gifts, but were not able to? What were the barriers?
How do you discover other people's gifts?
What place or environment do you find it easiest to discover gifts?
Tell a story about a community that is using everyone's gifts.
Do you think there is unrecognized capacity and assets in your community? How do you know? What are you willing to do about it?
What ideas do you have for ways that we can do a better job at finding people's gifts?
Thanks all this is a helpful conversation. We've recently been involved with Connie and others in facilitating an event in Scotland following the Pathfinders approach. This focussed greatly on people's gifts and capacities progressing to a plan in how they can contribute these in their community, aiming for greater community connections as an outcome.
The plans people made have been a big reminder for me of the importance in exploring and finding people's gifts and how good person centred plans are at putting this at the heart of things e.g. MAP - who is the person and what are their gifts, Pathfinders being based on personal futures planning.
This has also reminded me of a process I was fortunate to explore with Jack and John in Glasgow around 2000ish which was a facilitated process towards identifying 'hidden gifts' and recognising how you bring them. I still have the process information and have been preparing recently to revisit and share this with the facilitator's network in our organisation. It'd be an excellent tool for people to have in their collection both for the people we support and our staff.