Wednesday, September 27, 2006

And every child should have a pony

So the “consultants’ report” is in on the Survival Center. Among the recommendations: they should have social workers on staff, child care for board members, and a new location. As luck would have it, I believe that magical money tree they planted out back is just starting to blossom.

It would have been nice if the consultants had focused on how to help the Center get through this crisis in a way that ensures they stay true to their mission and history, and to help them see through the noise and opportunism of this continuing assault to recognize the legitimate issues.

Instead, according to the paper, they get more piling-on of criticism, and a list of expensive “fixes” all aimed at turning the Center into an entirely different kind of an agency.

Why don’t “they” just start from scratch, and create this “ideal” new agency from the ground up? Why did the Survival Center have to fall in order for this vision of a new agency to emerge?

Providing social services is not a zero-sum game.

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Friday, September 22, 2006

More Survival Center stuff

Recent events have reinvigorated what had been a stalled discussion. Be sure to check out the comments section of the following post, or click here to bring up the post with all its related comments at the end. And please add your own thoughts and opinions as well.

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