22 January 2018

Happy New Year! We’ve Got a New Member Meeting Plan Thanks to You!

Happy New Year from Thread STL! We hope 2018 is off to a great start – we’re hard at work fine-tuning our program offerings for this year after we received some terrific feedback from our membership in December (you can review the results in the Thread STL December blog post).

In addition to an array of proposed learning topics to explore this year, we heard from our members that they’d like to: 1) have dedicated networking and relationship building time, 2) hear from local collaborations that excel at one or more aspects of the process of collaboration, and 3) continue learning how to strengthen the role of community voice in St. Louis’ community organizations and collaborations.

We’ll be continuing bi-monthly Member Meetings in 2018 and are adding featured speakers to our agenda. This will be an opportunity for Member Meeting attendees to hear more about the broad array of community partnerships and coalitions in the St. Louis region from the perspective of those who are leading them as well as those who are impacted by them. Featured speakers may be current Thread members or can come from outside of Thread membership. Thread’s Guiding Principles – Authentic Community Voice, Equity & Justice, Strengths & Assets, and Continuous Improvement – will guide featured speakers in what they share at Member Meetings.

To stay true to our guiding principles, we’d like to know who you’d be interested in hearing from at our member meetings this year. We created a form for you to recommend individuals or collaborations in the St. Louis region you admire and want to learn more about. This form will remain open throughout the year as new people and coalitions come to mind!

Finally, we’ve made a small change to the calendar for 2018. Our bi-monthly member meetings will move to the third Wednesday of the months we hold member meetings. Our first member meeting of the year will be Wednesday, February 21, 11:30a – 1:30p – As usual, lunch will be provided. We’re hard at work securing a speaker for the first member meeting. As soon as we have a final decision, you’ll hear from us. See you in February!

21 January 2016

Photos from inaugural Happy Hour

by Lisa Clancy, Thread STL coordinator

Despite snow on the ground and frigid temperatures, nearly 30 Thread STL members and friends gathered at The Pat Connolly Tavern on Wednesday, January 20 to kick off Thread STL’s inaugural year of programming with a Happy Hour. In the words of Thread STL steering committee member Paul Sorenson, Thread STL is a much-needed place for “the connectors to connect.” Indeed, there were many signs of that happening at the event. If the energy and turnout is any indication, Thread STL is off to a great start!



4 November 2015

2015 Saigh Symposium Re-Cap: The Path to Powerful Partnerships

by Lisa Clancy, Thread STL coordinator

On October 27, nearly 200 community leaders and stakeholders gathered at the Nine Network of Public Media for Wyman’s 6th annual Saigh Symposium. This year’s Symposium focused on the role of community partnerships and coalitions as an essential strategy for igniting greater outcomes not only for young people, but for our entire region. Attendees heard from two keynote speakers, Christina Holt and Dr. Pennie Foster-Fishman, as well as a panel of local leaders and practitioners. Both keynote speakers spoke of best practices in partnerships work and provided practical tools and resources to guide partnerships and coalitions to systems-changing impact.

My takeaway? The “wicked” complexity of community problems is ripe in “wicked opportunities” to build our capacities as change agents to address the grand issues facing us. But we, those of us committed to being social change agents, must be ready to learn while doing. And thanks to people like Christina and Dr. Pennie, there’s lots of resources to help us do this important work. I look forward to working with Thread STL to do exactly that– build our own capacity as partnership and coalition professionals so that we can ignite the outcomes our region needs.

A copy of Dr. Pennie Foster-Fishman’s slides can be accessed here, and thanks to our friends at the Nine Network, you can view the entire Saigh Symposium below.