Pam Pittman recently posted this in the comments to one of our posts, but it really deals with its own topic so I wanted to make sure it was seen. Pam is Executive Director of OU-Tulsa’s Center for Community Engagement.
the property of being connected or the degree to which something has connections
WordNet® 3.0, © 2006 by Princeton University.
Ok, I have been duly enticed out of my blog-shyness with two key words shared: ‘entree’ and ‘higher ed roundtable’. Crafty, yet obviously effective. Thanks.
Our connectivity (see above!) exists in varying and diverse degrees, impacting the synergy of moving forward collectively. As we are richly blessed with experts within our Tulsa systems, the global thinkers amongst us (I confess) strategize on how to better connect systems within our system. And when, in the midst of overscheduled days, you nail it again in an inspiring meeting-of-the-minds conversation (Micah and Diane) it spurs the resolve to drive forward.
Entrees into systems (we smiled as we associated this phrase with the meals and secondary services through the awesome Neighborhood Kitchen Project) is an often overlooked key/pathway/bridge to catalyzing and strengthening the connectivity between our systems. However, the definition above that states it is the DEGREE to which something has connections. The relationships in Tulsa exist. Yet, the degree of mindful connectivity is what either propels a collaboration or reinforces fragmentation of our systems.
The higher ed roundtable, to be developed this spring, is a strategy many are interested in and want to access once organized. If we don’t have the infrastructure, it is just another attempt.
So, I blogged because I couldn’t hold back (good job). Love this site. Final word: Would you agree that this blog appoints Micah as advisor to the developing Higher Ed Roundtable?
Comments welcome. :)
Pam Blogger Pittman, OU-Tulsa
Center for Community Engagement