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The 10 Top Things We’veLearned (So Far)
Think of a time…
A little background
Find the right match• “get the match right and everything else falls into place”~ David Pitonyak
Ask good questions• Be prepared to learn something you didn’tknow … even if you know the person well!
Imagine better!• Dream bigger! What is your vision of a good life?
This isn’t rocket science • But it does require a different skill set from the one wetraditionally hire for and reward…
It requires organizationalcommitment• Shifting from service provision to apartnership approach
Look to natural supports as a firstresponse• Ask “who might we enlist to help us with this?”
The language we use is important
Use Technology !
Leadership is key!• Building and sustaining networks requires facilitationand strong leadership, someone who can rally peo...
There are some great examples out there!• Mary Kealy fromIreland• Were part of a worldwidedialogue, a grassrootscommunity ...
Pat FratangeloMichael KendrickJanet KleesDavid PitonyakJohn LordJohn and ConnieO’Brien
One Person at a time…but not in single file 
Thanks for taking part!• Spectrumfriends.ca• 101friends.ca• Ray@spectrumsociety.org Ray Hunter• susan@spectrumsociety.org ...
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The Better Networks Project - Spectrum Society. The Top Ten Things We Learned.

We supported ten folks in a demonstration project which looked at expanding their networks and their influence on their supports. This is some of what we learned, presented at Inclusion BC 2013.

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The Better Networks Project - Spectrum Society. The Top Ten Things We Learned.

  1. 1. The 10 Top Things We’veLearned (So Far)
  2. 2. Think of a time…
  3. 3. A little background
  4. 4. Find the right match• “get the match right and everything else falls into place”~ David Pitonyak
  5. 5. Ask good questions• Be prepared to learn something you didn’tknow … even if you know the person well!
  6. 6. Imagine better!• Dream bigger! What is your vision of a good life?
  7. 7. This isn’t rocket science • But it does require a different skill set from the one wetraditionally hire for and reward…
  8. 8. It requires organizationalcommitment• Shifting from service provision to apartnership approach
  9. 9. Look to natural supports as a firstresponse• Ask “who might we enlist to help us with this?”
  10. 10. The language we use is important
  11. 11. Use Technology !
  12. 12. Leadership is key!• Building and sustaining networks requires facilitationand strong leadership, someone who can rally people to abrighter future.
  13. 13. There are some great examples out there!• Mary Kealy fromIreland• Were part of a worldwidedialogue, a grassrootscommunity building movement
  14. 14. Pat FratangeloMichael KendrickJanet KleesDavid PitonyakJohn LordJohn and ConnieO’Brien
  15. 15. One Person at a time…but not in single file 
  16. 16. Thanks for taking part!• Spectrumfriends.ca• 101friends.ca• Ray@spectrumsociety.org Ray Hunter• susan@spectrumsociety.org Susan Stanfield• aaron@spectrumsociety.org Aaron Johannes• shelley@spectrumsociety.org Shelley NessmanExpress yourselfBuild your NetworkFind your Voice

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