• Allison Hammond, Ed.D.

People Centered Planning through Abundance

Hello, it's me, Allison again, and I haven't had a video for a couple weeks. But I've been trying to think about it topic and some of you have been asking me more about what's different about my planning using person-centered planning versus other kinds of planning.

One of the things that occurred to me is that when you do person centered planning, what you're often doing is talking about people and you're often talking about the abundance that the people in the group have and what they're going to use to work towards the future.

Where in many other kinds of planning you're going to be talking about Things. Things that you need to get. Things that you need to do. And often there's a conversation about lack.

And so let's look at some of the differences again.

First of all when you're talking about abundance, everybody's grateful. Everybody's grateful to be there. Everyone's grateful for the opportunity to meet with each other and do some planning.

Also when you're in a person-centered plan, what you do is facilitate so that people learn to appreciate each other and each other's gifts. We also go from the assumption that whoever is in the room is who needs to be in the room. So we say there's enough and we also have an open mind.

We don't question other people's ideas and judge them. We’re willing to accept them and listen and be curious about what those ideas might be.

We also go through celebrations. We celebrate successes and we celebrate what each other is able to contribute.

There's also a building of a sense of trust and safety in the room so that people can share what they really think and what they really feel.

This kind of an experience feels very nourishing. Feels empowering. It feels like I can take anything on. I'm full.

It's also generous. And we also talked about how can we serve? What can we do in the community to work towards our goals. What we can what can we do for our organization to work towards goals. Or maybe even what can I do for myself or what can I do for my friends so that they can reach their goals?

And finally there's a sense of wholeness that comes out of the group. When people leave the group they feel like I'm part of something bigger than myself as well as focusing on what needs to get done for the organization or for the person.

I don't want to spend a lot of time on lack because that's really not what we want to be talking about. But I'm just going to let you look quickly through this list of things that come up when you're talking about planning and you're working toward what are the lack of things. What do we need or what don't we have or what am I going to get out of it? But one thing I wanted to point out is that while lack has its place and planning so does abundance.

I want to say that in both situations what I really believe is that people have the best in mind. So even if they're planning from a sense of lack or a sense of abundance. People, when they're available and when doing planning, they really are bringing in their heart and they really are wanting to do what is best for the group. So sometimes you may find when you're doing planning meetings. There's a combination of both - Lack and Abundance. But what I wanted you to know is when I do person-centered planning and we start with people first what we really want to do and what we work on is let's look at the abundance of what we have and what we can give to the community while we can give to ourselves and what we can give to our friends and families to make the world a better place. Thanks so much.

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