Dr. Maria Montessori was an Italian scientist and educational innovator who developed a revolutionary approach for young children in the early 20th century. And Montessori classrooms today are designed to encourage spontaneous, hands-on, experimentation in small groups of mixed-aged students. There is freedom to explore, innovate and collaborate within a well equipped and beautifully designed classroom.
In my experience as director of admissions and head of school for several large Montessori programs, it was not uncommon for parents returning from an observation of one of our classrooms to remark, "I wish I could go to a Montessori school."
Seeing the natural expression of ideas and creativity unfold in an enriching, well equipped classroom inspires and is truly satisfying.
The Positive Impact Center (PIC) wants to make this style of opportunity available to adults in a spacious, well-designed, supportive atmosphere - where diverse groups of individuals can engage with one another for greater innovation and success. Teachers, mentors, entrepreneurs, activists and artists can mix it up for the greater good.
Imagine our Positive Impact community center where members who range in age, background and expertise can work, meet and support one another to produce the optimal outcomes for our organizations, businesses and community.
The vision for the Positive Impact Center, Nevada County became clear as I interviewed nonprofit leaders and long-time community members.
Flexible, affordable office, meeting and event space will provide greater opportunities to collaborate and share resources and greatly enhance our impact while making it even more fun!
In fall 2016 I was part of the team that planned and hosted the LOVE event that took place in the newly remodeled L.O.V.E. Building in Condon Park in Grass Valley. It was sponsored by the Progressive Alliance and the Peace and Justice Center. It provided an opportunity for nonprofits to present their missions and projects to the public and to recruit volunteers.
As far we could tell, nothing like this has happened in recent years and 35 local organizations participated. Many other groups declined to host a table because they didn't have enough volunteers! The gathering had an added benefit: we had a chance to spend time together and get to know one another better. The energy that filled the building that afternoon was very much that of excitement and Love.
I envision that the Positive Impact Center will be just like that event - every day. A friendly, nurturing, well equipped space for the community to gather, learn, meet, have impact and enjoy working together.