Shift-It Resources

Someone recently wrote, kind of disparagingly, that there are hundreds maybe thousands of kinds of person centred planning tools.  Well, not really.  I’ve found about 80 and while there continue to be new ones created all the time, they often replicate other resources, for reasons of corporate or personal branding rather than because someone has a new, better idea.   These are also often uninformed by theory and contemporary practices.  If you really don’t have a better idea, don’t bother, really.  If you do, please create and share it! Of these processes, the most elegant and beneficial that I’ve found are … Continue reading Shift-It Resources

PATH – the Dream section comes first in the buffet of choices and plans…

PATH has seven sections and over the years each of them has captured my attention and, for a while, I think that part is the most important part.  But I was struck this week as I think about these ideas by this posting from Seth Godin, one of my go-to leaders (I ask my leadership students to subscribe to his blog and then try to use his postings for discussions over the semester).  Godin writes: What’s at the front of the line? A study of behavior at breakfast buffets showed that the first item in the buffet was taken by … Continue reading PATH – the Dream section comes first in the buffet of choices and plans…

Friendly oppression… in person centred planning

Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed was first published in 1970 – 50 years ago now!  It has had incredible impact in education, community development and social supports and yet few people have actually read it.  In the 80s, studying education I remember my SFU (at that time a hotbed of Marxist theory) profs talking about it in this hushed, kind of sacred, inspiring way and yet it was so difficult to read… but so exciting.  What’s important to me about this text is that Freire gives us a way think about oppression beyond our usual images of pimps and … Continue reading Friendly oppression… in person centred planning