Sarah’s Snippets – 2/2/2016
“An education isn’t about how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It’s being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don’t.” – Anatole France
Differentiating between what one knows and what one does not know can be quite challenging. It seems that in place of differentiation one often finds answers and solutions to challenges. Locating the differentiation requires one to be open to different points of view and to new perspectives. It requires reaching out to others who have a stake in the situation for their input instead of making quick jumps to judgment. Simply said, finding the answers in the place of differentiation requires some kind of partnering.
SALT has a vision for renewal of the area. However, we are still missing answers. Answers about the pieces of that vision. Reaching out and listening to others, who are part of the vision, has helped our mission move forward. As we dive into the new grants for 2016 and as plans are being developed, partnering remains essential. For this reason, SALT will be partnering with a graduate class from Sage College in Albany to conduct a community needs assessment (CNA) this spring. A CNA helps a community to identify its strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities and then focus its resources toward improvement. If outside support is needed, the process helps identify groups that can funnel support into the community. The CNA seeks to identify the continuing needs through local input. This information will help everyone in the area obtain updated figures about assets of and needs for the county. Many of our towns have taken an evaluative look at themselves already. This CNA will help view the assets and needs together to create a larger county picture.
The information gathered will help fill the gap between what we know and what we do not. This information can then be utilized to assist with developing solutions, with applying resources, and with enhancing the county’s strengths as we keep moving forward toward renewal.