Hope, as it turns out, is alive and well in Tulsa, Oklahoma!
On Tuesday, October 16, 2012, almost 300 professionals working with more than 90 Tulsa-area nonprofits gathered on the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa Schusterman Center campus for a common purpose: to learn about Hope Theory and its application to the mission of their respective organizations.
The theme of this event was “A Common Language for Collective Impact” and the grounding premise was simple—individually, nonprofit organizations provide a safety net for at-risk clients experiencing poverty, abuse, neglect and other hardships. We wanted to explore ways in which these individual agencies can come together to collectively enhance social change.
Hope Theory provides a common language that becomes the glue for our communities. There are main components of hope:
- Goals: Our behavior is determined by goals we desire;
- Pathways to achieving goals; and
- Agency: Commitment, Determination, Motivation to follow pathways. Read More »