Ready to listen
January 4, 2011
It was no small thrill to see the big yellow sign go up at Magnolia Manor Park this week. Two years ago a group from Sustainable Magnolia gathered at the park to consider the suitability of a community garden in this densely populated sunny park in Magnolia. Pam Lewis, founder of Sustainable Magnolia, quickly gave me the reigns on the project. (I think she did this to demonstrate that great things can happen even under the leadership of someone with absolutely zero experience). Little did we know just how long of a road it would be to get to this point, but here we are.
The exciting part about the sign is that it announces the fact that this park is to be designed with feedback from the community . I love this quote from “Community”, by Peter Block: “Leaders will always be under pressure to speak, but if building social fabric is important, and sustained transformation is the goal, then listening becomes the greater service.” So with that I urge neighbors to bring their voice to the project so that the transformation of the park will indeed be sustainable.