Thriving Richmond: Next Step

On October 3rd, over 60 people attended the first Thriving Richmond event.

On October 3rd, over 60 people attended the first Thriving Richmond event.

Good budgets and policies will only be as sustainable and accountable as we, the public, make it. That’s why it is imperative that we build a collective impact network in Richmond.

If you are interested in being a part of the Thriving Richmond organizing team (STAY RVA, Support Our Schools, Building a Better RPS, and Richmond Council of PTAs) that will help determine next steps, show up to Urban Farmhouse Scott’s Addition on Wednesday (November 8th) at 4:00pm. Contact Rupa Murthy at email or (804) 683-3796 with any questions.

Thriving Richmond: First Step

On October 3rd, more than 60 community leaders and volunteers from dozens of advocacy groups, service providers, and philanthropic foundations came together at the YWCA of Richmond. The meeting’s goal was to begin building a network of service provider and advocacy stakeholders around a collective impact model.

John Sarvay of Floricane, facilitated the event and provided this summary report of input gained.

When asked about participants vision of change, 62 words were generated and categorized into the following five (5) themes:

  • Safe and Secure
  • Caring, Supportive, and Empowered
  • Energy and Inspiration
  • Potential and Learning
  • Equity and Equality

When asked about first steps, over 300 responses were generated. Wow, that’s a lot of steps! In the appendix, John recorded all of the responses, but he took an initial stab at organizing them into 19 broad categories. The top five (5) categories that generated the highest quantity of responses were:

  • Engage with Parents and Families
  • Resources and Funding
  • Teachers and Staff
  • Political Leadership
  • Community Identity

But, as John was clear to point out, quantity doesn’t always equal quality. The best action steps can be those that offer a unique perspective or have fewer responses, but were starred as highly important.

Thriving Richmond: Next Step

In following the collective impact framework, our challenge for next steps will be to identify a common agenda and prioritize action steps.

If you are interested in being a part of the Thriving Richmond organizing team (STAY RVA, Support Our Schools, Building a Better RPS, and Richmond Council of PTAs) that will help determine next steps, show up to Urban Farmhouse Scott’s Addition on Wednesday (November 8th) at 4:00pm. Contact Rupa Murthy at email or (804) 683-3796 with any questions.

At this small group action meeting, we’re going to discuss the following:

  1. How do we develop a common agenda and prioritize action steps within the service provider and advocacy stakeholder community? Who is doing this already?  
  2. How will future engagement efforts represent the diversity of Richmond and include voices of RPS parents, teachers, and staff?
  3. How are our organizing efforts helping to better inform and reform our interaction between institutions, government, service providers, philanthropy, and advocates?

If this is your passion, I hope you can make it on November 8th. If you can’t make it or don’t have time to attend, be sure to stay tuned for our next large group gathering!