The following poem is from Margaret Wheatley’s book Turnning to One Another: simple conversations to restore hope to the future. The poem was read individually and collectively at the June 16th, 2015 leadership summit and used to inspire conversation about what we are all doing as individuals and as a group to reach our goal of becoming the healthiest community. You can view details about the event and the slides shared at the event here.
Turning to One Another
-Margaret J. Wheatley
There is no greater power than a community discovering
what it cares about.
Ask “What is possible?” not “What’s wrong?” Keep asking.
Notice what you care about.
Assume that many others share your dreams.
Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters.
Talk to people you know.
Talk to people you don’t know.
Talk to people you never talk to.
Be intrigued by the differences you hear.
Expect to be surprised.
Treasure curiosity more than certainty.
Invite in everybody who cares to work on what’s possible.
Acknowledge that everyone is an expert about something.
Know that creative solutions come from new connections.
Remember, you don’t fear people whose story you know.
Real listening always brings people closer together.
Trust that meaningful conversations can change your world.
Rely on human goodness. Stay together.