Feeling Energized by the Fresh Perspectives of Neighbors

Over the past three weeks, we've met with over a dozen individuals from neighborhoods throughout Sarasota County - individuals who are interested in working as Resident Community Changemakers in their home neighborhoods.  These residents shared pictures of the places in their neighborhood they like best, described neighbor-led efforts already underway, and talked about their hopes for their home neighborhoods, as well as our broader shared community.  Each conversation generated new curiosities and started to bring some aspect of Sarasota County into clearer focus, as we reflected together on the particular "good stuff" that already exists in a given neighborhood and the different ways that residents are connecting with one another in neighborhoods throughout the county.  The enthusiasm and creativity expressed by these Sarasota County residents is impressive, and if it is any indication of the potential that exists here, then our community has much to anticipate in 2012!