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Thinking in New Directions -- Resources to Inspire!

Developing new strategies for FINE took us through an exciting process that taught us a lot about thinking in new and innovative ways. We found the following resources especially stimulating and thought they might help inspire you to take creative approaches in designing your family engagement work.


 Finding Meaning in Details

This 2005 TED Talk features IDEO's Paul Bennett, who teaches through design elements the importance of paying attention to even small details to ensure meaningful, human-centered results. His message holds lessons for everyone who wants to communicate effectively with families. For instance, looking at issues from a family's point of view is likely to provide a new understanding of the family's situation. It is also important when engaging with families to keep in mind Bennett's belief that "small is the new big"-that small, personal gestures often mean more to families than large ones. View video

 


 Collaborating for Creativity

We-Think is a collaboratively produced book by Charles Leadbeater, who looks at the scope and possibilities of mass innovation in the age of the Web. The book examines the powerful ways in which the Web allows us to share ideas, collaborate, and participate in thinking on a worldwide community level as never before, opening up enhanced opportunities for creativity and innovation. This unique book can be especially inspiring to those who want to harness the power of the Internet and collaborate with others to develop new, meaningful approaches to supporting children and their families. Learn more  

 


Building Adult Capabilities to Help Children's Outcomes



This is a short video on a theory of change from the Frontiers of Innovation at the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. The video explains why actively building the caregiving skills of the entire community of adults in children's lives, especially when children are young, is critical to ensuring positive outcomes for children. Doing so is particularly important for disadvantaged children and families. Among other messages, the video clearly points to the numerous advantages of a two-generational approach in building a strong foundation for children to improve their lifelong outcomes. View video

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