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1 Tools for Developing Social Networks December 2, 2008Compiled by Line Plourde-Kelly1

2 December 2, 2008Compiled by Line Plourde-Kelly2 What needs to remain the same and what needs to change? Find out whats important to and for the person? Combine our skills and talents. How well are we doing? MeasurementTeam Organization Individual The 4 Quadrants Of Your Social Networking Efforts

3 How well are we doing? December 2, 2008Compiled by Line Plourde-Kelly3 Measurement Supporting community relationships requires that we first understand that people are often not truly connected in community life. We need ways to measure how well we are doing at supporting social networking because we cannot change what we dont acknowledge.

4 December 2, 2008Compiled by Line Plourde-Kelly4 Service Life Community Life Important for addressed No organized effort to address important to To and for present Active circle of support Included in community life To and for present Closest people are paid or family Few real connections Moving from Service Life to Community Life A Good Paid Life Focus on connecting, building relationships and natural supports Important to present Important to recognized © The Learning Community for Essential Lifestyle Planning, Inc Arrow Assessment

5 December 2, 2008Compiled by Line Plourde-Kelly5 Begin where the person lives Look at a week in the life of someone you want to learn about. Trace the comings and goings between each of the places in the span of that week. Create a graphic of all the places the person goes in that week. Compare. How much social networking is the person doing? Create one for yourself. Community Mapping

6 December 2, 2008Compiled by Line Plourde-Kelly6 Vision Posters Bring the team together and ask questions about what they hope to achieve from their social networking efforts. Begin your efforts with a vision poster. Part of their vision poster needs to include statements of intent in the form of poetry, statements, song and such. Have them use magazines cut-outs, markers, small craft products and such to create their vision. Present the finished product to a larger group to build in accountability. Take only about a half hour to create it and have fun.

7 Combine our skills and talents. December 2, 2008Compiled by Line Plourde-Kelly7 Team No one person possesses all that is required to support others to be meaningfully connected to people and places in the community. We need to be aware of our own gifts and talents first, then gather those who care together to make the introductions and work to support each relationship that matters.

8 83 questions, divided into 4 categories such as members of the community, advocacy and fulfilling dreams. Respond to a series of questions regarding each of our values when supporting and encouraging community relationships. Get an overall picture of where you need work. Rate your practices to reflect how well you are doing this. Build in accountability by making a commitment to your team or supervisor. Create a plan of action for improvement. December 2, 2008Compiled by Line Plourde-Kelly8 Values Checklist

9 December 2, 2008Compiled by Line Plourde-Kelly9 We all come to this work with our own personal set of fears. Identifying where our areas of comfort, stretch and panic are with regards to supporting people in the community. Could this be part of the reason we are unable to support someone in new areas of their lives? Identifying those areas of comfort that are too comfortable - those that we need to begin stretching about. Build in accountability by bringing your plan forward to the team. Creating an action plan that will move us from panic to stretch or from comfort to stretch. Comfort Stretch Panic

10 December 2, 2008Compiled by Line Plourde-Kelly10 Do we know how to network? Supporting someone to connect to their community requires effective networking. Learning the rules of good networking and practicing them gives us the skills we need to support someone who wants to be connected. Remembering that everyone we meet has the power to lead us to others. Using the skills of those around us to do those things that they do well is part of working as a team to accomplish the goals we set out. Drawing on those who already have these skills, naturally. Effective Networking

11 December 2, 2008Compiled by Line Plourde-Kelly11 Take a look at the number of people and the intimacy level of those in your map. Create a people map or relationship map of the people in your life. Categorize them into areas of family and friends. Take a look at the number of people and the intimacy level of those in your map. Pull out existing people maps or relationship maps of people support and care deeply about. These are people you are supporting to connect to their communities. Are there things you could be doing to help the person you support to enhance the relationships they already have? Create an action plan and build in accountability by reporting your actions to the supportive team. Are there people in the maps of those you support whom you didnt know about or have never met? Supporting Existing Relationships

12 Find out whats important to and for the person? December 2, 2008Compiled by Line Plourde-Kelly12 Individual Creating a picture of how the person wants to connect to the community is a powerful way to begin. Using tools with the team around the person to commit to action that will support connection is a strong strategy. Helping the person figure out what level of connection he/she wants as well as where and who to introduce him/her to is a process.

13 December 2, 2008Compiled by Line Plourde-Kelly13 Using a set of questions that brings out the gifts and talents that the person has that can potentially lead to connections in the community. Collecting a committed team to focus on supporting the person to make connections in the community. Using a Likert scale to rate our ideas based on if the person would like to try it and the likelihood of success. Using a blue skying method of thinking to challenge our existing thinking. Build in accountability by returning to the team and continuing efforts on an on-going basis. Action plan strategies for connection. Using Gifts to Build Connections

14 December 2, 2008Compiled by Line Plourde-Kelly14 Create a good match between the person and a community activity Whats the difference between being present and actually contribution to a place in the community? The next step to plan is having presence, then participation and connecting. Plan the levels of connection starting with being present. You will know the person has achieved their goal when he/she is missed at times when he/she is unable to fulfill their role with the community activity. The last step is having a contributing role with the community activity. Presence to Contribution

15 December 2, 2008Compiled by Line Plourde-Kelly15 Learn about roles. Learning how we introduce each other to new places and activities in the community. How do we apply what we have learned to those with a disability label. Learning about how we contribute. Action plan how you will introduce someone you know and care about with a disability label to the community. Role play introductions. Connections Start with an Introduction

16 What needs to remain the same and what needs to change? December 2, 2008Compiled by Line Plourde-Kelly16 Organization Doing more of what works and stopping what doesnt leads to incremental change in thinking and behaving within an organization. Having an organized effort towards social networking is the only way to make it happen on a meaningful scale. Understanding that using these tools as well as other person centered thinking tools is the way to create that organized effort within an organization is the first step.

17 December 2, 2008Compiled by Line Plourde-Kelly17 And comparing it to the desired outcomes. Taking a look at the current reality of the organization. As well as the Skills and Knowledge and Policies, Practices and Structure of the organization. In the 4 areas of Outcomes for People Supported and Culture of the Organization, Doing so with a leadership team including senior managers and board members can be a powerful work plan. Holds up a mirror to the change strategy that is required. Change Strategy

18 December 2, 2009Compiled by Line Plourde-Kelly18 Conscious Competence Most often those in positions of authority assume a level of competence in those doing the day-to-day work. Leaders of the Social Networking efforts need to know that those in supporting roles do not necessarily know how it is done. Until they are consciously aware of the skills and knowledge they require, they will continue to work the same way and achieve the same results. Generally those doing the day-to-day work are unconscious of their incompetence in the area of social networking. Unconscious competence is the desired level of ability. Its essential that they achieve a level of conscious incompetence in order to move beyond their existing capabilities.

19 December 2, 2008Compiled by Line Plourde-Kelly19 Power of Giving Many of those we support have been the receivers of others gifts. Using the power of giving to begin the process of social networking. Creating opportunities for giving with those we support to build social networks can be life altering. Often the sense of fulfilment we feel from giving has not been experienced by those we support. As an agency, all those supporting people to build social networks need to make an effort to use the power of gift. Whether on an individual level or a community level it is powerful.

20 December 2, 2008Compiled by Line Plourde-Kelly20 Story Telling Organizations and teams use this method of sharing success every day and dont realize that they are doing so. Story telling has been used since the beginning of time to bring about success in so many ways. It can bring about an understanding of concepts in an entertaining way especially for those who coach others. Learning to tell 1 minute stories to each other has many benefits to a team or organization. And every bit as important, it gives those doing the day-to-day work of social networking, the encouragement to keep trying. It can bridge the gap for an organizations management who have many filters to see through to get a real picture.

21 December 2, 2008Compiled by Line Plourde-Kelly21 It can be so easy to forget the work that has been done and the things that have been tried. Another strategy for telling the stories is taking photographs of people who are becoming connected to people and places in their community. After using the tools for a period of time, the pictures that emerge can be themed to represent what has been accomplished as an organization or a team, as well as meaningful connections in terms of relationships or activities. The picture is worth a thousand words. It can take the place of a story when the person gives his/her permission to share them with others. Try it! Underestimating the power of telling stories or creating success posters can slow down success. Success Posters

22 TO REGISTER OR TO REQUEST TRAINING CONTACT: LINE PLOURDE-KELLY BETWEEN THE LINES TRAINING & CONSULTING For more information on Learning Community for person centered practices tools and training visit: and join us at our Ontario Gathering in Sudbury on April 22 nd and 23 rd, 2009 December 2, 2008Compiled by Line Plourde-Kelly22

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